a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 26, 2013
First time to Paris,flying in to CDG from Toronto and going to Hotel Novotel Paris Les Halles. 2 Adults, 2 children (7&12). We do not speek any french. Is the best way to travel to the hotel by taking the RER B to Chatelet- Les Halles,take a cab or take a shuttle bus. My concern is taking up too much space with our luggage on the RER B and getting in others way and keeping an eye on my kids. Do you know how much roughly a cab would cost? Our flight arrives at 7:30 am.
Thank you for any suggestions
Not sure I'd want to deal with luggage and kids on the RER after a flight. When we have very early or late flights, we take a shuttle and in your situation, I'd take a shuttle. We use Paris Blue Shuttle and they are excellent. The drivers speak English. [original link]
There are other shuttles but we've not used them although others here on VT have and will probably recommend them. There are various buses but that involves struggling with kids and luggage too. The shuttle is cheaper than a taxi and just as easy, right to your hotel door.
Thank you for the information. I will take a look at the link you have sent me for the shuttle service.
Thank you [VT member 7ba16] and gwened you both helped me take some stress off my planning and now I can move on to my Things To Do List.
Thanks [VT member 7ba16],
Have a wonderful trip.
I certainly agree that you want to avoid the RER when travelling with a family from CDG. We have used Bee Shuttle twice and have found it very reliable and cost effective. Book in advsnce and you'll be greeted by a driver waiting for you with your name on a sign. [original link]. Enjoy!
Buses and shuttles are fine too but when you add your and kids tickets, it might come close
to a taxi fare.
A taxi from CDG will cost you between 40 to 50 Euro but will take the hassle of loading your luggage
onto the bus then taking your kids onto the bus and off the bus. You do the math and figure out
if taxi comes closer to total shuttle or bus fare or not.
I would prefer a taxi.