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CDG Express is a planned railway line between Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport to alleviate the saturation of the RER B line. As of June 2019, it is scheduled to open in late 2025[1] and, when operational, it will take no more than 20 minutes to travel the 32-kilometre distance, for a fare of 24€.[2]

CDG Express
TerminiGare de l'Est
Charles de Gaulle Airport
Planned openingJanuary 2024
RATP Group
Rolling stockAlstom Coradia Liner
Line length32 km (20 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge


In June 2000 SNCF, Réseau Ferré de France and Aéroports de Paris formed CDG-Express, a groupement d'intérêt économique, to develop a high-speed rail link from Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport. It was proposed to open in 2006.[3]

In July 2008 a consortium of Vinci, Caisse des dépôts et consignations, Axa and Keolis was selected to finance, build and manage the line with a scheduled 2013 opening.[4] However the project stalled, until it was relaunched in January 2014.[5]

It will be built and operated by a 50:50 joint venture between SNCF and Paris Aéroport.[6] Hello Paris, a Keolis and RATP Group joint venture, will operate the line for 15 years from January 2024 with a fleet of Alstom Coradia Liners.[7]

On May 29, 2019, transports minister Élisabeth Borne announced the CDG Express would be delayed to late 2025[1], after the 2024 Summer Olympics[8], in order to focus on other infrastructure works in the northern suburbs of Paris.[9]


  1. ^ a b "La future ligne de train CDG Express ne sera finalement pas en service pour les JO de 2024" (in French). 2019-05-29. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  2. ^ "Transport: full steam ahead for the CDG Express project". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ Roissy - CDG link deal Railway Gazette International July 2000
  4. ^ Preferred bidder selected for CDG Express concession Railway Gazette International 2 July 2008
  5. ^ Charles-de-Gaulle Airport rail link project relaunched Railway Gazette International 24 January 2014
  6. ^ Charles-de-Gaulle Airport rail linking funding model approved Railway Gazette International 26 June 2017
  7. ^ Operator selected for CDG Express airport rail link Railway Gazette International 20 November 2018
  8. ^ Vigoureux, Thierry (2019-05-30). "Le CDG Express sur une voie de garage". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  9. ^ "Le CDG Express reporté à «fin 2025», annonce la ministre des Transports" (in French). 2019-05-29. Retrieved 2019-05-30.

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