Are you wondering how to get from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris? Well the good news is that not only is it really easy to connect from Charles De Gaulle airport to Disneyland Paris, there are also several options that you can take. In this guide we will look at what the fastest and cheapest options are for getting between the two as well as given you in depth instructions for every step of the journey.
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How to Get from Charles De Gaulle to Disneyland Paris
When you are looking at how to get from Charles De Gaulle to Disneyland Paris you have several options open to you. They are:
- Train – TGV
- Train – RER
- Private Transfers
- Hire Car
As Charles De Gaulle is one of the busiest airports in the world we recommend you have a plan in place for your transfer to Disneyland Paris before you travel to avoid stress and confusion on arrival.
As we have said above, there are lots of options for getting between the airport and the parks but which is right for your family? Below we will give you a run down of each option, the costs and time it takes so you can make an informed decision about which journey type is right for you.
How to Get the train from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris
Many people who are transferring to Disneyland PArid from CDG opt to take the train but to add more confusion to the matter there are two types of train journeys that can take you between the two. These are
The TGV is France’s high speed intercity train. If you are looking at journey time alone then the TGV will take you quickest from CDG to EuroDisney. But this comes with caveats such as a much lower frequency which can prove problematic when you don’t know how long it will take you to get through passport control and to collect your luggage.
It can also be a more costly option as although there are tickets for less than 20 Euros available, these will sell out and if you can’t book your ticket in advance because you don’t know what time train you need to get you could end up paying for a much more expensive ticket.
The RER on the other hand is the Parisian regional railway. The journey time to transfer from Charles de Gaulle airport to Disneyland Paris is longer on the RER than the TGV (you are looking at about 70 minutes door to door allowing for connection time), however it is cheaper. You must also complete a transfer after you board the RER at Charles de Gaulle which if you are nervous traveller may cause you some worry (but it is easy I promise).
Therefore if you want to take the train from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris you have two options and both in my opinion are easy and good ways to make the transfer. However if you are traveling to Disneyland Paris on a budget I would recommend taking the RER as if you can’t book TGV in advance you may find the costs go up.
However if you are traveling to Disneyland Paris with a toddler, or maybe you are traveling to Disneyland Paris pregnant then I would personally select the TGV to have the convenience of the shorter journey time and to eliminate that exchange connection.
So now you know what the options are, and the pros and cons of each I will walk you through the step by step process of transferring via both these methods.
If you want to get advice on how to get from other areas of Paris to Disneyland Paris check out this post.
How to Get the TGV train from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris
The first thing to note about transferring from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris via TGV is that it is possible to prebook your ticket but it is not something I recommend.
You never know how quick – or how slow – you will clear immigration and be able to collect your bags. Therefore it is hard to know which train you will want to board. As the TGV tickets are linked to a specific train you will end up padding your time which could mean sitting around at CDG for longer than necessary.
We therefore recommend taking a bit of a financial hit by buying your ticket on the day (for travellers more concerned about their budgets we recommend taking the rER transfer instead). Given the short journey time of only 10 minutes once on board you won’t be worried about seats so on the day tickets are perfectly fine for most travellers.
If you are traveling from the UK to Disneyland Paris however and are only taking carry on you may feel more confident about booking a specific train time however you never know when delays may hit.
If you are traveling via TGV then you need to head to Areoport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV station. Depending on what terminal your flight lands at this might involve a longer walk or require a transfer via the CDGVAL.
When you arrive at the station look for the ticket machines in the station marked Billets Grandes Lignes where you can purchase your ticket. There are options for multiple languages including Spanish, German and of course English.
When you are purchasing your ticket don’t be tempted to look for Disneyland Paris. This is not the station. There is in fact no station with Disneyland Paris in the title. Instead you are looking for the station Marne La Vallee – Chessy.
Once you have purchased your tickets you will notice two boards – a green and a blue one. The blue once is for departures and the green one for arrivals. You only need to worry about reading the blue one. Now again, you will not find Disneyland Paris on any of the boards. Instead you need to look for Marne La Vallee – Chessy as one of the stops.
Note: Porte means platform on your ticket or on the boards.
You head to your platform and board your train. If you want to use your designated seat it is clearly marked on both your tickets and on the electronic display above the seats.
Lastly, the great thing about traveling via TGV is that the first stop is Marne La Vallee – Chessy and is only about a ten minute journey. So you don’t have to worry about when your stop is and you don’t have a long journey time – making it perfect for those traveling with toddlers and small kids.
It is worth also noting here that if you want to head straight into the parks rather than heading to your Disneyland Paris hotel you can make use of the luggage lockers at the station or if you are staying onsite there is the Disney Express check in which organises the transfer of your luggage from the station to the hotel while you go off to the parks.
How to Get the RER from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Disneyland Paris
If you decide the TGV isn’t for you the other train option from CDG to DLP is the RER. The tickets are cheaper at around 17 Euros in total but will take you just over an hour. Again your destination is Marne La Vallee – Chessy rather than Disneyland Paris when it comes to purchasing your tickets.
Taking the RER between the airport and Disneyland does mean you will have an added extra connection. When at Charles De Gaulle buy your ticket and then head for the RER Line B. Take this train until you reach Chatelet Les Halles (you will pass through Gare Du Nord – for more information on how to get from Gare Du Nord to Disneyland Paris check out this post).
When you disembark the tran at Chatelet Les Halles you need to follow signs for RER Line A towards Boissy St Leger / Marne la Vallee. The great thing is once you get to Chatelet the line usually has the Mickey Mouse ears next to the name which makes transferring between lines even easier.
The trickest part of this journey is making sure you get on the right RER Line A train as it has two branches. You just need to be sure you get the one that goes to Marne La Vallee or has the Mickey Ears on the board. Do not get a train with Boissy St Leger on the front of the train.
When you reach Marne La Vallee disembark the train. Be sure to have your ticket handy as you will need this at the exit gate.
Overall this journey will take around 70 minutes but is one of the cheapest ways to get from Charles Du Galle to Disneyland Paris.
Note: As I said above the same luggage options are available to you whether you travel by TGV or RER to Marne La Vallee.
Taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris
If you are worried about making the train transfers or are traveling very early or late then you may decide to take a taxi from Charles De Galle to Disneyland Paris. The great news is that this is a very easy option as the taxi rank is very clearly signposted.
Perhaps the main benefit of taking a taxi over a train is that you can go directly to the hotel with your luggage. Follow the signs to the Taxis and tell the driver the name of the hotel you want to be dropped off at.
The price of a taxi is usually between 75 – 90 Euros depending on the time of day you are traveling and the traffic you encounter. But if there are 4 of you traveling a taxi actually doesn’t wind up being that much more expensive that the train but can certainly take longer than the TGV (providing you time your train perfectly).
Uber from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris
If you like to use a car hailing app the good news is that Uber is allowed at Charles De Gaulle airport. The interface for Uber is the same in France as the UK and USA so use as usual. The cost of an Uber between Charles De Gaulle airport and Disneyland Paris is about the same as a taxi anywhere from 75-90 Euros but again this price can go up significantly if you encounter bad traffic or surge pricing and dependent on the time of day you are traveling etc.
Best private transfers from Charles de Gaulle to disneyland paris
If you don’t want to take the train but also don’t want to face the queues at the taxi rank the best option for you could be a private transfers. As with any airport int he world there are lots of companies that offer private transfers but there are a few that specialise in transfers to Disneyland Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The big private transfer names in Paris are:
- Prestige Travel – Western Tours
These are reliable local companies that have a history in transfers between the airport and the parks. They can be booked online in advance, guarantee English speaking drivers and if specified in advance can provide car seats which are a legal requirement in France.
The journey is usually around 70 Euros each way but will depend on the size of party and vehicle type required.
Disneyland Paris airport shuttle
The shuttle between CDG and Disneyland Paris is called the Magic Shuttle. How long the journey takes really depends on how long you have to wait for the next hourly transfer.
It usually costs around 23 Euros for an adult and 10 Euros a child and takes about 45 minutes. Also if you have a few of you going it can actually end up being cheaper to take a private transfer over the shuttle which will also be cheaper.
I personally prefer to transfer via private transfer or the train as if you have to wait for a bus it can take a long time.
FAQS About how to travel from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris
Is there a shuttle from the airport to Disneyland Paris?
Yes there is a shuttle from the airport ti Disneyland Paris. It is called the Magic shuttle. However this is not my favourite method of transfer. The cost is around 23 Euros per adult so if you are in a group a private transfer will be a similar cost. Also if you don’t time the bus right you might be waiting around awhile.
Is the Disneyland Paris shuttle free?
The Disneyland Paris shuttle between the airport and Disneyland Paris is not free. It costs around 23 Euros a person each way.
However the shuttles that run between the Disneyland Paris hotels and the parks is free.
How much is uber from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland?
An Uber is usually around 80 Euros but this depends on a lot of factors such as time of day, traffic etc so you would be better to budget more in your budget for the transfer or go with a private transfer which has a fixed cost if you are worried about costs mounting.
Have you travelled between Charles de Gaulle and Disneyland Paris? What is your provided method of transfer and why – let us know in the comments.