We came to Europe via Paris. This is actually my first time at the Charles de Gaulle airport. My previous trips in the city were via train. It was very quick and efficient from the plane to immigration. They didn’t really ask any question. We were on to the baggage carousel which actually took a while. The area was kind of congested with a lot of passengers and our bags took a while to be loaded off. To go into the city, we opted to take the train. We just actually followed the signs and directions to the station.
There are several trains departing from here so If you’re main destination is not Paris and somewhere else, there are plenty of option. To Paris, we had to take the RER Line B direction Paris (Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse). Arrival Stations are Gare du Nord which is our stop, Châtelet les Halles, St Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, Cité Universitaire
This is the line that we saw at the ticketing machines. It might have been easier to go to the ticket office but I was already committed. I only found out while on line that these machines only took coins or credit cards. Thank goodness for credit cards since we only had paper bills. Fare is 9.75 euros per person.
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I actually chose a hotel in this area since we’ll be taking a train after Paris anyways. I thought it was really convenient. The green line bus we planned to take around the city stopped near here. Unfortunately, we didn’t think it was worth it because some of the buses specifically the green and yellow lines won’t be running because of Tour de France. We were planning to get the 2 day pass at least since it was more sulit. Our hotel – Hotel de l’Europe is only a couple of blocks from here. It was a little hard to find though but Thank you to the very nice Parisians who helped us locate it.
Hotel Website: http://www.europe-paris-hotel.com/
I admit I took mostly crappy pictures of the hotels we’ve been to on this trip. Haha. I was really tired. We booked a twin room for 80 euros a night and this was one of the cheaper ones. This hotel had really good reviews on Tripadvisor. Although we want it cheap, we also want it decent. We considered a hostel but we prefer having our own bathroom. Their bathroom was surprisingly modern and nice compared to the dated room.
The website pictures look waaaayyyy nicer like the one above so don’t believe everything you see. Haha. No, it actually looks like that except for the really nice lighting. The room doesn’t have AC which can be an issue at the height of summer. Fortunately for us, the weather was really nice at night. We just opened the windows. Our room faced the street and it wasn’t really noisy. They only have one lift. At least they had one. Haha. Not sure about breakfast since our room price didn’t include one but they do offer it. They also sell water and sodas for a really good price. The small water was 1 euro and the big one was 2 euros which isn’t too bad. There are also several buses that stop directly in front of the hotel. It was a shame that we didn’t know this since we didn’t ask. We were going by metro which was fine but can be daunting with transfers and such. The bus especially for close distances like Montmarte can take you there at the metro stop without transfers. I say that it’s pretty much a good value hotel. I would check other options if budget wasn’t such an issue but it was on this trip. :P