2° - By road with Roissy-Bus to Paris and then with the train from Gare St Lazare to Vernon :
Finding the Roissy Bus (Opera Bus) at the Airport
The Roissy Bus pickup stops are well marked within the terminals. From terminal 2A you pick it up right outside door nine (gate nine). Here are all the pickup locations:
- Terminal 1 - Arrival level (5), door 30
- Terminal 2A - outside door 9
- Terminal 2B - use Terminal 2B's pickup outside door 11
- Terminal 2C - use Terminal 2A's pick-up outside door 9
- Terminal 2D - outside door 11
- Terminal 2E and 2F – use the pickup near door 5 in La galerie, connecting the two terminals
- Terminal 3 - near Arrival sections, by the taxi stands
Buying Tickets for the Roissy Bus
The one way ticket costs 8.50 Euro and is one of the better bargains in Paris these days.
You have four options for purchasing tickets for the bus:
- From the machine in terminal 2A near door 10 (gate A 10) - see photo to right.
- At the ticket counter at in terminal 2D at Gate D 11.
- On the bus from the driver.
- If you have a Paris Visite valid for zones 1 to 5, you can use that.
My guess is that terminals 1, 2E, 2F and 3 have corresponding areas for purchasing tickets near the pick-up point, but I am not certain.
They request that you purchase tickets ahead of time, but the day I traveled, the machine was not working, and I did not want to cross the busy street between terminal 2A and 2D to purchase a ticket at the ticket counter, so I bought my ticket on the bus. The bus driver didn't flinch. Yes, it does require you to have euro when you arrive, but there are ATMs in the airport.
About the Roissy Bus
From 6:00am until 7:00pm, the bus runs every 15 minutes. From 7:00pm until 11:00 pm, every20 minutes. (Note, these are the times from the website. The sign for the bus says every 15 minutes until 8:00pm.) The bus runs seven days a week. The travel time into Paris, once you leave the airport (which can take 30 - 40 minutes because it stops at every terminal), is about 60 minutes.
It is not a "coach bus" in that it has no place to store your luggage underneath, but is like a city bus, with an accordion center connecting two halves. At the front and in the middle of the bus are two small shelves to store luggage.
If you're staying near the Opera, or don't mind transferring to another form of transportation once you arrive, the Roissy Bus is a great alternative to a high-priced taxi or the RER train.
You can use the Roissy Bus to return to the airport, picking it up on the same corner that you disembarked (Rue des Scribes). Buses run from Rue Scribe starting at 5:45am until 11:00pm with the same frequency as mentioned above.
Then you have to walk down Rue Auber and the Rue du Havre and you are infront of Gare St.Lazare.