Best Paris Airport Transfers for Taxi and Shuttle – Which to Choose? A Comparison

You’ve done it. You’ve booked a flight to Paris. The trip of a lifetime is finally coming true. Now you’re faced with that daunting task everyone hates, but has to do – research. Proper research before any trip is essential to avoid hassle, especially if you’re going with family or a group of friends, and have lots of luggage to carry. If you’re not part of a tour group, a big part of your travel will involve shuttling back and forth: from the airport to the hotel, from the hotel to the attractions, and vice versa.

Those on a budget can opt for cheaper choices like the train or bus, but these tend to take up more time and will be difficult to navigate if you have luggage + small kids in tow, or seniors. Personally, I’d pay a little extra for a taxi/shuttle, since I’ll be chauffeured to the doorstep of my destination in comfort, worry-free. I wouldn’t want to spend my first day on a holiday stressing out about the commute. Sometimes it might even be better to pick a taxi: bus ride for one can cost up to 12€, while 4pax by taxi averages about 60€.

OVERVIEW OF PARIS AIRPORT TRANSFERS 

There are three airports in and around Paris, namely the Roissy-Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) that serves international flights, the Orly Airport in the south that serves domestic and European flights, as well as the northwest Beauvais Airport for mainly European flights, about 90 minutes drive from central Paris. There are numerous taxi and shuttle services available, so here I’ve narrowed them down to three choices, with comparisons, to help you make the best decision. 🙂

Piyo Cab 

image credit: http://www.piyocab.com/blog

Piyo Cab is a private budget/low-cost taxi and shuttle provider that services all three airports to places such as Disneyland Paris and its hotels, railway stations, the major business district of La Defense, Park Asterix, and more. All cars are air-conditioned and non-smoking, with professional drivers who know the ins-and-outs of Paris, to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting with your name board, and they will also monitor flight schedules in case of delays, so a driver may be despatched at the right time. Drivers will wait up to 1 hour for free, but beyond the hour between 9PM to 6AM, a 15% surcharge of the booking amount is applicable.

As they are a private taxi/shuttle service, you’ll never have to worry about sharing the ride with others. Larger vehicles can seat up to eight passengers. For groups, you might even get discounts !

Bookings can be made online or via smartphone. If changes need to be made or you need to cancel the reservation, simply do so 24 hours before by emailing or calling them at the 24-hour hotline provided.

Traveling with the little ones? Request for a baby seat in the order form and they’ll happily accommodate! 🙂 Payment is by cash when you get to your destination.

Pros: air conditioned and non smoking private cabs/shuttles that cater up to 8 passengers, online booking available, 24 hour hotline and customer service, baby seat, free delayed arrival waiting for up to one hour.

Cons: Payment via cash only; some passengers might prefer using their cards/online payment. So get some cash ready if you’re booking their service.

Top Paris Transfer 

image credit: topparistransfers.com

One of the older taxi/shuttle services on this list, Top Paris Transfer has been in the industry for over 15 years and are accredited by the French Transport Ministry. Like Piyo Cab, they service all three airports and adopt a non-sharing policy. Bookings can be done up to 24 hours before your trip by filling up a reservation form online, or through the phone via 24-hour hotline.

Upon arrival at the airport, a chauffeur will be waiting with your name card and if the flight gets delayed, they have a one-hour waiting period free of charge, with an additional 15% surcharge for anything beyond the time limit.

The company goes the extra mile by not only chauffeuring you to the destination, but also offering packages for trips around Paris during your stay, be it to the Versailles or a Giverny Garden Tour. Another major plus? They offer services to areas beyond Paris: so you can go on that day trip to Normandy to enjoy the local cuisine, or walk in the gardens of the Loire Valley Chateaux.

Pros: air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicles up to 8 passengers, booking online or through phone, 24 hour hotline, baby seat, free delayed waiting for an hour, services available for travel beyond Paris, tour packages

Cons: Cash payment only (might be a hassle for those who prefer cashless methods or travelers cheques), extra charge for night services between 9PM – 6.30AM

T2 Transfer 

I’ve spoken a bit about T2 Transfer in my previous post on attractions in Paris and the different transport options available, but here’s another breakdown.

The company provides private taxi and shuttle transfers to and from Paris and any of the three airports. They service attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, the city centre and more. They have air conditioned vehicles that can fit up to eight people, as well as smaller taxis that fit three (additional charge for fourth rider). Taxi or shuttles have to be booked 48 hours before arrival either online or via phone call to their 24 hour hotline. This is a longer period than the earlier two services mentioned, but the plus point is that they allow payment online via credit cards so you don’t have to handle any cash! For those who want to, there is the option of paying the driver after you’ve arrived at the destination.

The follow real-time flight changes to adjust for delayed flights, and drivers will be waiting at arrivals with a namecard. One thing to mention is that they claim to have drivers who can communicate in English, so that might be something to consider for English-speaking travelers.

Pros: air conditioned rides, online booking and payment with option for cash on delivery, 24 hour hotline, English-speaking drivers, baby seat available on request

Cons: booking must be done 48 hours prior.

PRICES

All three have competitive prices and rates are pretty standard. Here are the rates:

Piyo Cab: RATES 

Top Paris Transfer: RATES 

T2 Transfer: RATES 

 

I hope this guide has been useful in helping you to pick the best Paris airport transfers available, and Happy travels!

Hop On Hop Off – Sightseeing Bus around Kuala Lumpur

KL’s muggy weather and confusing roads are terrible for walks – but there’s a way for tourists to get all the sights in without getting lost/drenched in sweat. The Hop On Hop Off service takes riders sightseeing around the city on a double-decker bus, complete with insightful commentary. Riders can choose to sit on the open-air deck, or enjoy the comforts of a cool air-conditioned coach. The buses run every 20-30 minutes and stop at over 42 attractions.

True to its name, tourists can simply hop on and hop off whenever they like – as long as they have passes. Convenient to get around, and you save on exorbitant taxi fares (taxis charge cutthroat rates in KL).

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Got to try the service for the first time as part of an event. Weather was great, so a whole bunch of us sat on the upper deck.

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Some of the popular spots that the buses stop at: the Petronas Twin Towers, Bintang Walk, Merdeka Square, KL Tower, KL Sentral, Lake Gardens, Petaling Street (Chinatown), Jamek Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and St Mary’s Cathedral.

If weather permits, sit on the upper deck. You’ll get views of KL you won’t get from the ground. The route offers scenic views of both old and new KL – colonial structures with beautiful English architecture, colourful/beautiful places of worship, vibrant business districts as well as tall, modern skyscrapers.

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KL Tower, located at the top of Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. The bus drives right up to the entrance, so you don’t even have to hike up the steep hill.

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Afternoon traffic.

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Feeling dwarved in the commercial district, where I cricked my neck looking up at the skyscrapers.

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The iconic KLCC towers from afar.

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And upclose.

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The shopping district of Bukit Bintang.

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Stop here to shop for branded items if you have the cash to spare.

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Traffic is unavoidable in KL, but hey, at least you can look down and laugh at tiny people  there are lots of interesting things to see while waiting.

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Looping past Petaling Street (Chinatown), Central Market and Kota Raya, which, from what I hear, is now dubbed ‘Mini Manila’ because of its huge OFW population.

Where do I Hop On? 

There are hundreds of bus stops all over KL, marked by colorful signage. The buses stop at over 100 major hotels in the city.

There are 24-hour tickets and 48-hour tickets, which allow riders unlimited access within that time period. The 24-hour ticket is priced at RM40 for foreigners. Children below 5 ride for free. Tourists can purchase them online at http://www.myhoponhopoff.com/.

 

Transport in Manila: LRT & Tricycles

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Getting around Manila is fairly convenient. There are loads of jeepneys, tricycles and pedicabs for short-distance travel, taxis (when they are willing to take you lol), buses and the LRT. It can get a bit confusing for the average traveler though; thankfully I had a local to guide me 😀

E and I traveled around using all of the above modes except taxis. From Quezon City to the city center, we took the LRT from Anonas to Rekto. Before entering the station, commuters are frisked and their bags checked at the security point. Our ride was 25PHP (about RM2.50). The trains, although they looked older than the ones in Malaysia, were clean. It wasn’t very crowded in mid-morning, but evening was another story…

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Crowd around 3.30pm. It wasn’t even rush hour yet!

During our stay, we experienced going on the train after work hours and it was madness. Takes the term ‘packed like sardines’ to a whole new level – I basically had my face squashed against someone’s chest and couldn’t move. Try to avoid peak hours if you’re travelling. Jeepneys will be hard to hail as well; we waited close to two hours for one before giving up and taking the train.

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Observation: all the escalators are… stepalators. Because they were all broken down and we had to climb them lol.

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I enjoyed riding the tricycles. They are bikes attached to sidecars which can ferry two to three people each time. These are only for inter-city travel covering short distances, and cost less than 20PHP. The ‘route’ of each tricycle is painted on the front of the sidecar.

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Overall, transport in Manila is convenient, but I strongly recommend planning your travel itinerary right to avoid rush hours. The jams are bad (even worse than KL, and that’s saying something) and it gets really polluted. I got a headache while waiting for the jeepney, standing at the roadside inhaling carbon monoxide for two hours.

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Arriving in E’s neighbourhood. Sari-sari stores are small neighbourhood shops selling everything from snacks to groceries and cigarettes.

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We were met by his mom’s cute but mean cat, Meme. He’s a boy cat and he loves poking his head into bags.

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Mean, bitey, scratchy cat. BUT HE’S SO FLUFFY

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SO. FLUFFEH

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There’s also Ino, a very sweet natured white mongrel who likes to be petted. She’d lean her body against my legs and wait for me to start petting her. When I stopped, she’d make a circle and then rest herself on me again. So sweet ❤