I got a late flight arrive in Paris around 21:50pm and will by shuttle bus arrive in Porte Maillot Metro around 11:30pm. Does anybody know what is the safe way to Gare Du Nord Area?
I am thinking try to take a taxi, does anybody can advise me how much do they cost and how long does it take to get there?
In fact, I am trying to book 3 people budget hotel. Do you have suggestion on which area will be better and cheap??
Thanks a lot!!!
I'm not sure what the exact charge for a taxi will be from Porte Maillot to Gare du Nord, but the Taxi Bleu website has rates per kilometre so you can figure out an approx. one ( http://www.taxis-bleus.com/A_html/reglementation.html ).
Also, if you don't want to spend the cash to take a taxi, you can always take public transport. Instead of taking the shuttle from CDG, you can take the RER B communter train into town and get off at Gare du Nord. It will cost less (7.60 Euro per person) and that way you will get straight to your destination rather than changing modes of transport (Official Paris Public Transport site for fares, http://www.ratp.fr/ParisVisite/Eng/Voy_q/f_travel.htm ). If you still take the shuttle into town, you can take the metro ( 1.30 Euro per person, per ride) to Gare du Nord from Porte Maillot. Get on the Line 1 metro at Porte Maillot (direction Chateau de Vincennes) and then get off at Bastille. Change to Line 5 at Bastille (direction Bobigny-Pablo Picaso) and that will take you to Gare du Nord. (for a Paris metro/RER map, http://www.paris.org/Metro/gifs/metro01.map.jpg )
As for budget places to stay in the centre of the city, your best bet should be in the Latin Quarter and St. Germain. You should also be able to find a few in the Marais region. Avoid the areas around the Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, because they tend to have more expensive rates.