New Express Train from Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport Has Been Approved

Getting to and from Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport can be a nightmare, but there's hope for improvement: Last week, the French parliament approved plans for an express train between central Paris and France's largest airport, cutting travel time to just 20 minutes. The only catch: You'll have to wait until 2023, when the train line, dubbed the "Charles De Gaulle Express," is scheduled to be completed.

According to reports, building the line will cost roughly €1.69 billion ($1.77 billion), and SNCF, France's national state-owned railway company, and Aeroports de Paris, the country's airport authority, will oversee construction. The line is planned to run from Paris's Gare de L'Est, which is in the 10th arrondissement, to Charles de Gaulle. Tickets are projected to go for €24 (about $25) one-way.

For now, however, anyone looking to travel between Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport by train will need to take the regional commuter RER B or "Blue" train, which will drop you at Gare du Nord as well as Châtelet les Halles, St Michel/Nôtre Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, and Cité Universitaire. It's slower than the proposed express line, but costs less, too: just €10 ($10.50) for adults and €7 (about $7) for kids.

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