Getting to CDG for early morning flight

May 23rd, 2008, 05:56 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 355
Getting to CDG for early morning flight

We're renting a flat for our upcoming first-time trip to Paris. It's located at: 5 passage de l’Ancre which is apparently a pedestrian only passage which begins at 223 rue Saint-Martin and finishes at 30 rue Turbigo.

Our return flight leaves at 9 am on a Sunday morning. We're not sure how long it will take to get to the airport, assuming there would be little traffic early on Sunday morning or if we could take the RER. Also getting a hotel near the airport for Saturday night is another possibility.

What would you recommend? As always your advice is greatly appreciated!

Kiddo is offline  
May 23rd, 2008, 06:11 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,664
Done it many times - taxi.

Hotel near CDG on a Sat night would be my very last choice.

Stu Dudley
StuDudley is online now  
May 23rd, 2008, 06:13 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 3,110
At that time I would think a cab would take about 35 or 40 minutes. But you can't count on it....allow at least an hour.

I think you're pretty close to the RER line. If you don't have much luggage, that's the way I would go.

No need to stay at the airport.
JeanneB is offline  
May 23rd, 2008, 06:36 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,537
I think you could easily get a taxi to the airport in the morning.

We had an apartment in the Montmartre last November, and a flight out at 6 a.m. --- we stayed at the Sheraton airport hotel, and it was so stupid. We paid a small fortune to be there, since it is located right in the terminal, and then in the morning they had the entrance from the hotel into the terminal locked, with no one available to open it, so fat lot of good it did us.

The taxi ride out to the airport the night before at about 11 p.m. on a weeknight took about a half hour to 40 minutes. I would imagine an early Sunday morning would be similar time-wise.
scdreamer is offline  
May 23rd, 2008, 06:41 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 355
Thanks Stu -- Any idea of approximate cost of taxi?

JeanneB -- Yes I think we're close to the RER. The directions given by the owner of the flat said to take the RER to Chatelet les Halles and then metro line 4 to Reaumur-Sebastopol.

She also mentioned that there are shuttles which I'm going to check out now.
Kiddo is offline  
May 23rd, 2008, 06:48 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 45,629
Call a taxi the night before. Expect to take up to an hour to get to CDG, though that early on a Sunday it will likely take less. Although generally speaking it's essential to get to CDG 3 hours before an int'l flight, you can get by with 2.5 hours at that time of day.

Absolutely no reason to spend the last night near the airport - blech.
StCirq is offline  
May 23rd, 2008, 08:26 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,421
We've returned home from Paris many Sundays and there has never been any traffic. Ride is typically 30 minutes, or just over.

Shuttles are notoriously unreliable, and that time of the morning you don't want to waste time picking up/dropping off others along the way.

Agree with the taxi and phoning the night before. Most flats have a list of taxi numbers by the phone. Ask how they will charge, as many will offer a flat rate - which is usually much higher than actual fare.

Or, just phone G7. They have a special number for english speaking customers 01-41-27-66-99. For us, they've always arrived a few minutes early, and started with only the base fare on the meter.
djkbooks is offline  
May 23rd, 2008, 10:04 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,664
I think the Taxi is about 50 to 60 Es - which is about 1/6th of what a hotel at the airport would cost. Don't end your stay in Paris with transportation anxiety problems - get a taxi. It's very relaxing on a Sunday morning with no traffic. Like dkjbooks said - most flats will have a orientation brochure for you which has lots of taxi-to-the-airport suggestions.

Stu Dudley
StuDudley is online now  
May 23rd, 2008, 10:14 PM
  #9  
Les
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 434
Just did the same thing, from the north Marais district (doesn't sound like it's too far from your apartmwent). I used a G7 taxi, reserved it the day before, they were waiting outside our apartment at 8 A.M., English-speaking driver (although that's not necessary - every driver knows CDG). They take cash or credit card (but require a credit card number when you reserve). We paid cash. Total cost to airport was 46 euros (including the extra charge for an early cab, and for a "family" car to accommodate a wheelchair). There was also a 5 euro reservation charge on my credit card bill, which I just received. I disputed the charge, because the person I reserved with (also English-speaking) specifically said there would be no additional charges to those I mentioned above.
Driving time was about 30 minutes (can't remember exactly), with very light traffic (it was a "bridge" day between two holidays).
Les is offline  
May 24th, 2008, 04:02 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 21,212
The RER is perfect for a Sunday morning. Fast and secure for 8.20€ per person.
kerouac is online now  
May 24th, 2008, 03:40 PM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 355
Thank you for all your replies. I guess it's settled then -- we'll stay another night at the flat and head to CDG on Sunday morning.
Kiddo is offline  
May 24th, 2008, 07:03 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,135


Another vote for taking a taxi. Plan on leaving the apt. at around 5 :45 am.
Brazilnut is offline  
May 24th, 2008, 07:43 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 350
I lived one block over on Rue de Turbigo for about six months. Assuming you aren't carrying too much you can walk to Châtelet - Les Halles and catch the RER.
MrNuke is offline  
May 25th, 2008, 03:21 PM
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 355
Thanks for all your replies.

Mr. Nuke -- can you tell me a little about the neighbourhood? Any moderately priced restaurants that you can recommend or cafes or bistros?
Kiddo is offline  
May 25th, 2008, 03:42 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,127
Have another night in your Paris flat and leave for CDG early. And like others suggested take a taxi early morning (traffic will be light). You can also reserve one of those car service companies.
francophile03 is offline  
May 25th, 2008, 05:30 PM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 1,345
If you decide to take the RER, remember to check the schedule since it is a Sunday. But they are pretty regular from about 6AM onwards.
jpie is offline  
May 25th, 2008, 06:38 PM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 350
The neighborhood is pretty central with fairly vibrant night life. The immediate area is sort of the far edge of the garment district. With the metro you can get to any part of the city fairly quickly because Réaumur-Sébastopol is the intersection of line 3 (east to west) and line 4 (north to south). There is a monoprix at Réaumur-Sébastopol. If you head across Sébastopol you will run into a lot of nice little restaurants as well as the market street Rue Montorgueil.
MrNuke is offline  
May 25th, 2008, 11:23 PM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 40
My advice is stay at the airport. It would probably be less expensive and less stressful than worrying about getting a taxi at 6:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. We've stayed at nearby CDG airport hotels which are considerably less (not cheap, I say) than the Hilton or Sheraton, plus they offer convenient, free shuttles to CDG. But if you can afford the Hilton, maybe you should just rent a stretch limo and really go first class.

My advice, again, is to avoid the stress and worry and be at the airport for an early flight home.
NorCal is offline  
Jun 1st, 2008, 07:09 AM
  #19  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 355
Thanks everyone!

While we would have preferred to stay at the flat the last night of our vacation, unfortunately it's booked, so as it turns out we will be staying in a hotel near the airport.

I'm thinking that once we check in to our airport hotel, we're probably going to want to come back into the city for our final night and say 'au revoir' to Paris.

Are there hotels at the airport within walking distance to the RER?

Kiddo is offline  
Jun 1st, 2008, 07:22 AM
  #20  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 21,212
The Sheraton is part of terminal 2 and is directly on top of the CDG-2 RER station.

There is an Ibis on top of the CDG-1 RER station, and the Hilton is only a block away.

Otherwise, the various chains have shuttles -- Accor has shuttles to the various Mercure/Novotel/Ibis/Etap/Suitehôtel/Formule 1 places -- and a separate one for its Pullman Hôtel. Louvre Hôtels runs a shuttle to its places -- Campanile, Kyriad, Kyriad Prestige and Première Classe. And naturally Holiday Inn and all of the other chains also run shuttles.
kerouac is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:03 AM.