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threerohdes Jan 18th, 2007 05:26 AM

Least confusing way from CDG to Rue Cler
I have a friend meeting my daughter and I in Paris on April 1. She is coming in on an Air France flight from Dublin around 8:30 at night. I have never been to Paris, she has never been to Paris, and we are both completely unfamiliar with the bus, shuttle, metro, and underground modes of transit.

My hotel, the Champs du Mars, has these stops posted on their website.

Métro - Subway: Ecole Militaire
Bus stop: 28-80-82-92
RER: Invalides-Pont de l'Alma
Airport Shuttle Bus Stop:

What would be the best way for a person completely unfamiliar with CDG, Paris, and public transportation to get from the airport to the hotel? She is traveling alone with one piece of luggage

Obviously, a taxi would be the default method, but it can be cost prohibitive from what I understand.

starrsville Jan 18th, 2007 05:51 AM

If she is arriving at 8:30 at night, a taxi will not be "cost prohibitive".

Have your friend grab a taxi at the CDG and she'll arrive quickly and with no stress.

ira Jan 18th, 2007 05:53 AM

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janisj Jan 18th, 2007 06:03 AM

If she is arriving at 8:30 p.m. it will be after 9:30 before she is even ready to get on the RER or shuttle. The transfer into the city is not hard - but at night when she has not been in Paris before I'd take a taxi.

Barring that - my recommendation would be take the RER to Gare du Nord and a taxi from there to the hotel.

Travelnut Jan 18th, 2007 06:17 AM

For one person, a shuttle service is more cost-effective than a taxi and almost as easy. A taxi will cost about 40-50E and a shuttle will cost about 18-20E. They are both 'door to door'.

Dukey Jan 18th, 2007 06:25 AM

Unless she can avoid the usual, "When you arrive call us on this toll-free number and we'll tell you at which door to meet us" proviso for some of the CDG shuttles then, frankly, I think the easiest way is to walk out the door and hail a cab.

Yes, it is more expensive than a shuttle but it may end up being easier to get and faster to the hotel.

Robespierre Jan 18th, 2007 06:45 AM

"What would be the best way for a person completely unfamiliar with CDG, Paris, and public transportation to get from the airport to the hotel?"

Um, the <b>best</b> way would be to gain some familiarity with CDG, Paris, and public transportation. Why? Because you can save a bundle by knowing what you're doing and not having to rely on taxis.

The train from CDG Terminal 2 (RER B) takes you right down the middle of Paris. One of the stops is at the Jardin du Luxembourg. Right outside the exit from the train station are several bus stops. One of them is the N&deg; 82.

Personally, I would ride the RER to Luxembourg and the N&deg; 82 bus to &Eacute;cole Militaire. Here's the map showing how that happens:;nompdf=82

Note that your stop is immediately after you pass the Invalides (golden dome - can't miss it).

Your fare will be &euro;8,10 for the train and &euro;1,40 for the bus (unless you buy a transit pass, in which case the bus will be free - but that's a whole 'nother subject).

For the very intrepid, there are several ways to get there by M&eacute;tro, but the RER-bus route above is a no-brainer.

Robespierre Jan 18th, 2007 06:56 AM

Oh, by the way - here's a map of your landing zone at &Eacute;cole Militaire.

The N&deg; 82 bus stop is on Avenue de Tourville, at the bottom of the map (over on the left, adjacent to the M&eacute;tro symbol). Rue Cler is around the corner to the northeast - it's the only street that has a <i><b>Poste</b></i> symbol on it. Happy trails!

Lori Jan 18th, 2007 07:14 AM

Taxi Taxi Taxi - at that time of the night traffic will be minimal, it's less hassle for a person traveling alone, particularly if you do not know the city. Sometimes convenience far outweights saving a dollar (or Euro).

I know others disagree, but if it were me I'd do the taxi (and I know Paris well).

starrsville Jan 18th, 2007 07:15 AM

IMO, the &quot;Least confusing way from CDG to Rue Cler&quot; is simple - a taxi

The text of the post just confirms (for me) that is the best option for the friend

The excerpt &quot;Obviously, a taxi would be the default method, but it can be cost prohibitive from what I understand.&quot; is based on misinformation, IMO.

IMO, there is one best and least confusing way - a taxi

A shuttle would be a distant second for me or a friend of mine. The savings would be neglible considering the factors. An easy, late night arrival would EASILY be worth it. I'd save 30 euros elsewhere in the trip to get to my hotel quickly and start my first trip to Paris without any hassles.

wanderful Jan 18th, 2007 07:32 AM

The “least confusing way” to get from CDG to the city, especially after the confusion of flying, is: “TAXI!”

Robespierre Jan 18th, 2007 07:38 AM

Yes, the &quot;least confusing way&quot; would be to shell out $60-75 for a taxi. But the OP also asked for the &quot;best&quot; way, evincing a willingness to try something else. Let's say that your ultimate destination were Lyon. How would you get to your hotel?

1. Take the train from the TGV station in Terminal 2 to Lyon.
2. When you arrive, take either a taxi or (if you did your homework) public transit to your hotel.

I don't see why Paris is any different.

starrsville Jan 18th, 2007 07:45 AM

No, the title of the post was &quot;Least confusing way&quot; and the fare will be approximately 40 euros.

For many of, if not the majority, that is also the &quot;best&quot; option for the traveler in question.

The OP (and her friend) can make their own informed decision based on accurate information and a variety of opinions.

Why go off on a tangent to Lyon? It has no bearing on this poster's friend's travel plans. You use your plan to travel to the boonies. The friend is traveling to Rue Cler.

Robespierre Jan 18th, 2007 07:48 AM

Lyon isn't a tangent. It's a destination city that's accessible by rail. Just like Paris.

starrsville Jan 18th, 2007 07:51 AM

Gee, I missed the part of the OP's post that her friend needed help on getting to Lyon.

Robespierre Jan 18th, 2007 07:54 AM

Geez. Go look up <i>analogy</i> and get back to us.

starrsville Jan 18th, 2007 07:58 AM

Geez. Go look up stubborn and get back to us.

Robespierre Jan 18th, 2007 08:11 AM

Getting into personalities pretty early today, eh?

starrsville Jan 18th, 2007 08:18 AM

threerohdes, I hope you, your daughter and your friend have a wonderful first trip to Paris.

As you can see, the majority of the posters on this thread recommend a taxi for your friend's late arrival at night.

A shuttle seems to be the second &quot;least confusing and/or best&quot; option.

I strongly recommend the taxi and feel it is more than worth the 20 euro savings over a shuttle. I prefer not to wait as the shuttle drives around to other hotels dropping off other passengers.

I would not take the RER or metro.

Good luck evaluating the options and making the right decision for you.

Please be aware that one poster who is recommending options other than Paris, does not actually stay in Paris whe he is visiting &quot;Paris&quot;, but an exurb called Antony. He is very comfortable naviaging the RER and metro - but is both a male and a seasoned traveler of both.

Enjoy Rue Cler and Paris!

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