Category: RER B

CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris

Arrival at CDG T2
Get to Train Station
Station Photos
Money, Left Luggage

Train Tickets
RER B Trains
TGV Trains
Schedules & Virtual Tour

CDG Airport Terminal 2 Train Station Atrium
This is a step-by-step photo guide of taking RER B Paris city trains from CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris city centre. From the CDG arrivals lounge to central Paris, I’ll guide you step-by-step on how to make this transfer. If you’re arriving at Terminal 1, see the CDG Terminal 1 to Paris photo guide.
For train times, train ticket prices, maps and other details see the Overview CDG to Paris by Train article.

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Arrival at CDG
Upon arrival at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 the first thing that will happen after exiting the plane is immigration/passport control, which can be very quick depending on where you are sitting on the plane.  If you’re seated near the front of the plane and are the first to exit, you’ll be the first to go through immigration screening by French national police.  You could be past immigration within 5 minutes (or 40 if you’re the last to exit a large plane).
Next you’ll collect your baggage at the carousels.  Estimate a good 30 minutes for this.  Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of expediency, perhaps even a little slow.
Customs control for baggage is next, which is separate from passport control and handled by customs officers near the exit of the baggage collection area.  In general the customs officers spot check passengers and only stop those who (rarely) rouse their curiosity.  After this you’ll exit into an unsecured area of Charles de Gaulle Airport free to make your way to Paris or other cities via train.
If you happen to be arriving via Terminal 2G, the new Schengen (Euro Borderless Zone) terminal, you’ll need to take a shuttle bus to Terminal 2E/F in order to catch the RER train.  The shuttle buses, circulating every 4-5 minutes, can be found just outside the arrivals area of 2G.  [Thanks to Lynne P. for this updated information].
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How to Get to the Train Station at CDG Terminal 2
Immediately upon exiting the baggage collection area doors of any CDG Terminal 2 sub-terminal (T2A through T2G), you’ll see the sign below providing directions to CDG Ground Transportation options.
I’ve circled in red on the right side Gare SNCF / Railway Station and also Paris par Train / Paris by Train.  Follow these two signs to get to the trains from CDG Airport Terminal 2 to Paris.
CDG Airport Terminal 2 Arrivals Area Sign
The CDG Terminal 2 arrivals area hall will look like this:

Notice the blue overhead signs? Those will point to Gare SNCF / Railway Station, Paris par Train / Paris by Train. Follow these signs to make your way to the train station located right within Terminal 2.
Here are some close-up photos of signs pointing to the CDG Terminal 2 train station:

At the end of each of the terminal buildings (there are seven sub-terminals at Terminal 2: terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G) will be a large sign noting how long it will take to reach other terminals and the train station. In this photo, we see that the train station at Terminal 2 is 3 to 5 minutes walk from Terminal 2F.

Here is a map of Charles de Gaulle Airport showing the layout of CDG Terminal 2. Also visible are Terminal 3, Terminal 1 (which has its own train station) and CDGVAL shuttle train between CDG’s 3 terminals and parking structures.

(Courtesy of ADP)
The moving sidewalks between Terminal 2’s sub-terminals definitely speed up walking times:
CDG Moving Sidewalks
Closer to the train station area you’ll find more signs directing you down to the station.

 
CDG T2 Paris RER Trains & Grandes Lignes Sign
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Train Station Photos
When you’ve arrived at CDG Terminal 2 train station, you’ll be on Level 4 of an atrium.  In the photo below you can see:

Departures information board in the center with vertical curving display
CDG information booth the far end, mostly obscured behind the arrivals/departures display board
CDG Airport Baggage Storage services (orange color, run by Baggages du Monde) on the left of information booth
Escalators down to Paris city trains (RER B) and Grandes Lignes trains (TGV intercity trains)

CDG Airport Terminal 2 Train Station Atrium

The photo below of CDG Terminal 2 train station was taken one level down from the above photo and shows (from left to right):

TGV / Intercity train ticket office (barely visible, just beyond the seating area on left)
seating / waiting area for Grandes Lignes / TGV trains departing CDG Airport train station
Departures information board (top, center/left)
Escalators down to CDG Train ticket offices level
Train ticket vending machines, green, yellow and blue.

Green train ticket machines: Paris and suburbs city trains (tickets for Paris RER, Paris Metro, Transilien)
Yellow train ticket machines: TGV / SNCF and other highspeed/normal speed intercity trains (Thalys, Lyria, Eurostar, ICE, Intercities, Corail, etc.)
Blue train ticket machines: same as green machines – RER B tickets, Paris Metro, Versailles, Disneyland, etc.
Red machines are food vending machines for snacks and hot & cold drinks

Overhead departures video screen showing next RER B trains departing to Paris
Paris RER train ticket office at extreme right. Also sells Paris Metro tickets, day tickets, Pass Navigo, Paris Visite

CDG Terminal 2 Train Station Ticket Offices Atrium
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Money, Information, Left Luggage – at CDG Terminal 2
A full service HSBC bank is available at CDG T2 train station (barely visible on right side of below photo).  You may wish to withdraw some Euro cash notes from the HSBC bank machine or exchange money from the clerk.  If you have non-smart-chip/PIN-protected credit cards, they generally won’t work with the automated ticket machines.  Thus you’ll need Euro cash to buy your tickets from the ticket office.  The automated train ticket vending machines don’t take Euro cash notes, only coins. There is now a change machine in the CDG Airport train station, accepting 10 & 20 euro notes and producing one/two euro coins. The bill change machine is in the middle of the train ticket machines.
CDG T2 – baggage storage, info booth, bank
Closer photo of HSBC bank at CDG Terminal 2 train station.
CDG T2 Train Station Bank
CDG Airport left luggage / bag storage services handled by Baggages du Monde.  On level 4 (same level at which you walked here to arrive). Contrary to what some information people are finding on other websites, left luggage services at CDG are open/running/in operation.  They are not closed due to security threats.
CDG T2 Bag Storage
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Paris Metro/RER Train Tickets CDG Airport Terminal 2
CDG airport train ticket office in Terminal 2 is split into two separate offices on opposite sides of the atrium. Paris Metro / RER tickets and passes for traveling within Paris and the Ile-de-France area (Disneyland Paris, Versailles, etc.) has a sign outside reading Billets Paris et Ile-de-France visible in the photo below.
CDG Airport Train Ticket Office Terminal 2

To buy TGV Train tickets at CDG Airport visit the Grandes Lignes train ticket office on the opposite side of the atrium, across from the Paris et Ile-de-France ticket office. The Grandes Lignes ticket office deals exclusively with TGV train tickets and also other brands of intercity trains (Thalys, Eurostar, ICE, etc.). This includes sale, collection, refunds and changes of train tickets going between cities in France and to other European countries. Trains traveling to other cities within France (or other countries such as Belgium, Germany, England), are known as the Grandes Lignes trains. Popular France destinations include trains to Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Nice, etc.

To buy single train tickets to Paris you may use a smart chip credit card or Euro coins (not cash notes) with the white colored Tickets et Navigo vending machines to purchase such tickets.  A change machine accepting 10€ and 20€ notes is available on-site to produce 1 and 2 euro coins. Note that you cannot buy the Pass Navigo from these automatic train ticket machines.  You must visit the Paris Ile-de-France ticket office to purchase the Navigo Pass due to the plastic physical card.  (This ticket office is visible two photos above under banner “Billets Paris et Ile-de-France”.)  The Paris Visite multi-day train ticket, you can buy from these ticket machines.
CDG Train Ticket Machine – white
Bear in mind that these machines will not work with credit cards without chip+PIN, still somewhat common in United States circa 2014/2015. Also, do not use the yellow ticket machines for Paris train tickets. The yellow machines are for TGV, Eurostar, Thalys and other intercity trains.
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Paris Train (RER B) Platforms
After buying your train tickets or passes it’s time to turn towards the train platforms which will require descending another set of escalators or stairs onto Level 1. The Paris Train platforms are marked as “Voie” (“platform or lane”) 11 and 12 and also show “RER B Paris par Train“, the Regional Express Network trains that operate between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Paris city centre.
CDG T2 RER B Paris Train Entrance Area
 
CDG T2 RER B Paris Train Entrance Doors
This is a photo overlooking Paris bound train platforms 11 and 12 at CDG Terminal 2 Station.

On the platform itself you’ll see signs noting that all trains are going to Paris, since Aeroport Charles de Gaulle is the terminus or end-of-line station for the RER B train line.

Note that although the platform sign reads Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, this platform shown is not the TGV train platform, it’s simply the name of this station as a whole.

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Intercity (TGV) Train Platform
The CDG Airport TGV train platform entrance is located immediately left of the Paris Train platforms through a door marked “Porte S” leading to voie (lanes) 3 to 6.  The video screen overhead shows destinations of TGV Trains leaving CDG, train departure time and from which lane (voie).
CDG T2 TGV Train Platform Entrance
If you’re taking a TGV train to another city besides Paris, the train platform area should look like the following:

If you’re taking the RER B to Paris, remember to keep your train ticket with you at all times throughout the journey.  You may be asked by a ticket controller to show a valid fare or otherwise pay a penalty fare of 35€. The tickets are also required to exit the arrival station in Paris as there will be turnstiles protecting the exits, just as they protect entrances.
Finally, your RER train ticket is also good for connections onto the Paris Metro and other RER train lines once you’ve arrived in Paris given that:

your connections are made within 90 minutes (counting from ticket validation time at CDG Train station turnstiles/gates)
you don’t leave the confines of Metro/RER stations after arriving in Paris
you aren’t transferring onto buses or trams –  your RER train ticket isn’t valid for them. You must purchase a new Metro/Bus/Tram ticket to transfer onto buses & trams.

The first Paris city centre station will be Gare du Nord, requiring about 30 minutes for the voyage from Airport CDG Terminal 2.  Paris stations along the RER B line after Gare du Nord will be Chatelet Les Halles, St. Michel-Notre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert Rochereau and Cité Universitaire.
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Schedules & Virtual Tour
The following train timetables show departure times of RER B trains leaving CDG Terminal 2 towards Paris and here are instructions on how to read Paris RER Timetables.
RER B Train Schedule (departure times) CDG Terminal 2 to Paris Mondays to Fridays (except holidays)
RER B Train Schedule (departure times) CDG Terminal 2 to Paris Saturday, Sunday and holidays
First & last trains timetable for Paris Metro and RER A / RER B trains.
Gares360.com has produced a virtual photo visit of CDG Terminal 2 train station, allowing you to visually see all levels of the train station.  Select the level & vantage point you wish to see on the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Finally here’s a video detailing the Facts & Figures about the RER B train line in Paris.
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Paris RER Train Strike 2018

Paris RER Train Strike 2018
 
RER Strike Ended June 28 2018
Updated July 13, 2018.
Paris airport trains (RER B) are running normally as of Friday June 29, 2018 See Schedule Below
 
<!–Paris RER C / RER D / RER E trains are affected by strike May 20-24, 2018.–>
RER B Trains from CDG Airport to Paris city center
Paris airport trains were affected by strike between from April 3, 2018 through to June 28, 2018. Normal RER B airport train service resumed June 29, 2018 and continues today. The Paris train strike / service disruption affected the frequency of RER B trains, reducing RER B trains by 1/3 to 1/2 during strike days.
There are no further strikes planned affecting the RER B train from CDG Airport to Paris city center.
<!–Due to Paris Train strike action, the RER B CDG Airport train to Paris, will be running at reduced frequency on June 27, 2018 and June 28, 2018. The RER B train will be operating at half capacity or 1 train for every 2 airport trains normally scheduled.–>
Here is a calendar of Paris Train Strike days for April, May and June 2018 that were scheduled to affect Paris RER trains.

The information below is kept only for historical purposes. The Paris train strike of 2018 is now over as of June 29, 2018.

CDG to Paris Train Strike Schedule
The next RER B strike train schedule for Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28, 2018 are now available. For June 27, 2018, RER B strike impact will be 1/2 normal frequency the entire day for RER B trains between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord with 2/3 normal frequency of RER trains between Gare du Nord and southbound through the rest of Paris.
Below is the CDG to Paris RER B train strike schedule during the Paris train strike on June 27 & 28, 2018.
During the Paris Train Strike RER B trains will terminate at Gare du Nord station in the north section of Paris (details further below).
CDG to Paris RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 27 & 28, 2018

<!–CDG to Paris RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 23, 2018
(will be updated with June 28, 2018 when available)–>
How to read strike schedule for the RER B train:

Find columns of times that stretch between Aeroport CDG 2 TGV (for CDG Terminal 2) or Aeroport CDG 1 (for CDG Terminal 1 & 3) and Gare du Nord.
At the top of the red highlighted columns (in image below) are RER B train departure times from the two CDG airport train stations.
Bottom times are when the RER B train arrives at Gare du Nord.
When a column of times has no times listed for the Aeroport CDG2-TGV / Aeroport CDG 1 rows, those trains don’t service the airport (and are on a separate leg of the RER B line traveling from Mitry-Claye to Aulnay-sous-Bois where the RER B forks to either CDG or Mitry-Claye).

Four letter codes + number at the top of the schedule columns are marked on the front of each RER train & on overhead screens at train platforms, identifying which stations will be served by this RER train.

This is useful when your RER train could take multiple routes (possibly skipping your destination station), but isn’t necessary when taking RER B trains from CDG Airport to Paris which normally stop at all Paris stations. Normally…
During the Paris train strike, RER B Trains departing CDG Airport will terminate at Gare du Nord at surface level. Passengers wishing to travel further south along the RER B train line (towards Paris city center stations St. Michel-Notre Dame, Chatelet Les Halles, Luxembourg, etc.) will need to transfer to an underground RER B train at Gare du Nord (using the same RER ticket). Follow the RER B signs at Gare du Nord to find the underground RER B train platforms that will continue service south throughout the city.

 
RER B Trains from Paris to CDG Airport
RER B trains from Paris city center to CDG Airport will depart from Gare du Nord at surface level lanes 30 to 36 (the Grandes Lignes area) during the strike. Normally RER B trains depart Gare du Nord from the underground platforms, but not during reduced service period of the Paris train strike.
Due to Paris train strike on Wednesday June 27, 2018 and Thursday June 28, 2018 there will be only 1 RER B train for every 2 normally scheduled will be running between Gare du Nord and CDG for the entire day. The Paris train strike will also affect RER B trains between southern terminus stations (Robinson/St-Remy-les-Chevreuse), central Paris and Gare du Nord, reducing RER B trains by one-third during rush hours (7h-9h, 17h-19h), i.e. 2 trains for every 3 normally scheduled to run between Gare du Nord and south through Paris city towards Robinson / St-Remy-les-Chevreuse.
Paris to CDG Train Strike Schedule
See the full Paris to CDG RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 27 & 28, 2018

<!–See the full Paris to CDG RER B Train Strike Schedule for June 23, 2018
(will be updated for June 28, 2018 when available)–>
Again, trains leaving Paris for Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport will be leaving from Gare du Nord, from surface level lanes 30-36. If you’re on RER B anywhere south of Gare du Nord (say at Chatelet Les Halles, Luxembourg, etc.) you’ll need to switch to a surface level RER B train at Gare du Nord to get to CDG Airport.
 

RER A Trains between Paris and Disneyland
RER A trains from Paris city center to Disneyland Paris are not affected by the Paris train strike on Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28, 2018 and should run at normal frequency<!–half normal frequency (1 train for every 2 normally scheduled). In past Paris train strike days, the Disneyland section of the RER A train is usually not affected by strike, but this has now changed and Disneyland will be affected by the train strike. Again, expect half the usual amount of RER A trains going between Paris and Disneyland–>. Below is the schedule of RER A trains between Paris and Disneyland during the the last Paris Train strike day that did affect RER A on May 18, 2018 and will be updated for June 27 / 28, 2018 if there is strike disruption and once the RER A train strike schedule is made available from Paris train authority. RER A trains from Paris to La Défense will likely also be running at normal frequency during the strike. Usually only RER A trains running between Paris and Cergy & Poissy are affected & running at 1/2 frequency during Paris train strike days. Paris to Disneyland is usually not affected by strike.
See the full Paris to Disneyland (Marne La Vallée) RER A Train Strike Schedule for May 18, 2018 (will be updated for June 27/28, 2018 if impacted by strike)
See the full Disneyland to Paris RER A Train Strike Schedule for May 18, 2018 (will be updated for June 27/28, 2018 if impacted by strike)
How to read strike schedule for the RER A train:

Find your departure station in the vertical column of station names. Paris stations are highlighted in a red box, center-left.
Moving horizontally from your station name, find a column which shows a time for your station. This is the departure time from that station.
Then moving vertically down, check if a time is shown on the row for Marne la Vallée-Chessy station (circled bottom left). If a time is shown on the Marne la Vallée-Chessy row, this RER A train goes from Paris to Disneyland station, which is Marne la Vallée-Chessy.
In the red vertical highlighted columns of times, you’ll noticed a big gap without times. The Paris RER A Disney train will not stop at these stations.

RER C / RER D / RER E Trains
Paris Train Strike is affecting RER C/D/E at this time and running at 1/2 normal frequency.
RER C trains will be running at 1/2 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.
RER D trains will be running at 1/2 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.
RER E trains will be running at 2/3 frequency for June 27/28, 2018.

Transilien Trains – La Defense to Versailles
Due to Paris train strike there is currently a reduction in Versailles trains to 2/3 normal frequency from Paris St. Lazare to Versailles (Transilien L trains) for June 25/26, 2018. In addition trains will terminate (at St. Cloud) before the final station and a replacement bus will complete the trip. Note that after 10:10PM (22:10) the Paris-Versailles trains from Paris St. Lazare to Versailles Rive-Droite will terminate at St. Cloud and the remainder of the stations will be served by a replacement bus service to Versailles Rive Droite. Same thing in the reverse direction from Versailles Rive Droite to Paris St. Lazare, a bus service will run between Versailles Rive Droite to St. Cloud where the Transilien L train will take passengers to Paris St. Lazare. This is normally what happens along Paris-Versailles train line when there is a complete stoppage of trains along the Paris Versailles train line due to strike: a bus service will substitute train service between Paris and Versailles on Transilien L line.
See the Paris Versailles Transilien L train strike schedule June 25-26, 2018<!– (will be updated for June 27 when available from Transilien).–.

No RER B Strike Planned for June 24-26 2018

No Strike action is planned for June 24 2018 through June 26, 2018 (inclusive) for the Paris Airport Train (RER B) and should not affect Paris Airport trains (RER B) on June 24 – June 26, 2018. This will be updated as train authorities publish Paris train strike information.

Note that the RER C, RER D and RER E are affected by strike action, reducing RER C/D/E frequency everyday to 3/4 normal frequency for RER C, 2/3 normal frequency for RER D and RER E.

General RER Strike Information

During strike action, Paris RER B trains from CDG Airport will run at 1/3rd normal frequency (one train in three) between CDG Airport and Gare du Nord station in Paris.

Paris Metro Trains are different from Paris RER trains.

CDG Airport trains are only RER trains, not Paris Metro trains.

See Paris Metro train strike information.

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