|Taxis & Transfers: CDG Airport to Paris|
The advantages of taking a private transfer or a taxi from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport into central Paris are obvious: you load yourself and your luggage into a taxi at the airport, sit back, relax, and let the driver take you directly to your hotel or rental apartment.
Fares are known in advance: you reserve your private transfer and pay online. Taxis work on flat fares from CDG to central Paris.
Private transfers and taxis are the most expensive option for single travelers and couples, though with 3+ travelers together they offer good value for money, and with 5+ travelers they offer the best value.
Depending on traffic, a private transfer or taxi ride might take longer than the RER train, and for a single traveler might take as long as a much cheaper airport bus (though an airport bus does not take you directly to your destination).
Sixt, the German car rental/hire company, offers an excellent airport transfer service called MyDriver: you book your transfer online, your driver meets you at the airport arrivals area holding a sign bearing your name, helps with your luggage, and drives you in a late-model German car or van to your destination. Four classes of service, with approximate fares between Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Place de l'Opéra, Paris:
—Economy Class, BMW 2 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases: 62€
—Business Class, BMW 5 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases: 74€
—First Class, Mercedes-Benz S-class auto, up to 3 passengers and 3 suitcases: 100€
—Business Van, Mercedes-Benz V-class van, up to 5 passengers and 4 suitcases: 94€
These fares compare very well to taxi fares and spare you the confusion of having to find a taxi, pay the fare after your ride, calculate and pay a tip, etc. For MyDriver, you pay in advance online, and there are no additional charges for help with luggage, tip, etc. It's all taken care of.
If your flight is late, the driver will know, and plan accordingly. There is no surcharge for waiting time. If you must cancel, you may do so without penalty up to one hour before your scheduled pick-up time.
It's a great system, with luxury cars, all operated with German efficiency! Check fares here.
Avoid Unauthorized Taxis!
Do not respond to anyone in the terminal who asks if you would like taxi service, even if they "look official." Instead, follow the signs to the authorized taxi stand and take one of the authorized taxis there.
Whether or not to use a taxi depends to some extent how close your destination is to an RER Line B train station, Métro station, or airport bus stop: if close to a station, you might save time—and will certainly save a lot of money—by taking the train and Métro, or an airport bus.
Although this short in-the-city taxi ride will cost much less than the 25-km ride from the airport, you will still have to pay the minimum fare, and it's a hassle to change vehicles.