"Easiest" and "cheapest" are never the same.
The easiest is to follow the signs for taxis and take a taxi off the official taxi rank, which will cost abouyt €50. Or for €9.75 each, you can follow the signs for RER trains to Paris and take the train. Get off at Chatalet Les Halles and change to Metro Line 1 towards La Defense, getting off at CDG Etoile.
However, if your hotel is a mile from CDG Etoile, there will be other Metro stations that are closer to the hotel.
Thanks sidneynick. I'll be staying at Hotel Niel, 11 Rue Saussier-Leroy, Paris. Which RER should I use? Should I change to M1 or do you suggest another one? Can I carry a large luggage into these trains?
Also after a couple of days, I'll be taking a trip to Bayeux and Pontorson (to visit Mont Saint Michel). The booking that I made departs from Paris St. Lazare. What's the best way to get there from my hotel?
The closest Metro station to your hotel is Ternes on Line 2. You could walk from CDG Etoile station on Line 1, using the directions I gave previously, or you could get off the RER train at Gare du Nord and follow the signs for Metro Line 2. Take Line 2 towards Porte Dauphin and get off at Ternes.
There is only RER Line B at CDG airport.
You need to become familiar with the journey planner at www.ratp.fr
You don't want to carry large luggage anywhere where you'll be using public transportation. It's a royal PITA. No one, unless meeting with French aristocrats or going to a wedding, or maybe a cruise, needs much of anything more than a 22" rollaboard to spend a week or several in Paris and France.
To learn your way around Paris on public transportation, study www.ratp.fr and www.parisbytrain.com.
Much depends on whether you will be able to manage your "large luggage" on public transportation and also whether you can redistribute.
For two people, it may be far better to choose two much smaller bags, plus, perhaps a tote or two, for better distribution of what you'll be hauling.
Or, decide whether the cost of a taxi from CDG is worth the extra expense to bring all that with you.
All in all bringing "large luggage" will be neither easy, nor cheap, but the taxi fare may be worth it to you to bring all you need/want for your stay.
However, all that will be burdensome for your train travels.
While I'm not one who could ever make do with a 22" rollaboard on any trip, it is positively essential that you plan to haul no more than you can comfortably manage yourselves for your planned travels.
So, see if you can figure out how to haul all you wish in smaller bags.
When I arrive in Paris next month Ternes will be my local Metro too, I'm still undecided about getting the train (though we will only have one bag each, and we are comfortable with that on public transport - we'll probably be getting the train to the airport here in Sydney).
An alternative to catching a taxi/train is to get the Air France bus, which has a drop off at Etoile/Champs
-Elysées - this costs approx €17 each (for a one-way ticket, cheaper if bought online, even cheaper if buying return).
"Our buses leave for Paris every 30 minutes from 5:45 am to 11:00 pm, and take approximately one hour." (from the website)
I stayed at the Hotel Niel some years ago and used the Air France coach from and to CDG airport. I believe - but I could be misremembering - that I got off the coach on the Avenue des Ternes (before the coach reached the Place des Ternes then turned right up Avenue Mac Mahon) about as close as one could get to Rue Saussier-Leroy.
Thanks HB77. I'll look into it. Perhaps it will be better to use this service and then get a taxi from the Etoile stop to my hotel.
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