Taking the Eurostar to Disneyland Paris can be expensive and the direct train service can fill up very fast. An alternative is taking the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord and taking the RER A to Disneyland Paris which opens up cheaper tickets and more frequent departures. But just how do you get to Disneyland Paris from Paris Gare du Nord by RER? This simple guide will walk you through the easy steps you need to take for an easy (and short) journey.
Arriving at Gare du Nord
Upon arriving at Gare du Nord, you simply walk to the front of the train to get off the platform and enter the main station concourse, here you will find shops, restaurants and (payable) toilets.
However, if you are wanting to go straight to Disneyland Paris simply follow the M and RER signs. These will point to the left, simply walk to the very end of the station concourse.
This is a very wide and open area and features a large restaurant and Starbucks location, in the centre of this area are some white ticket machines that say ‘Paris – Ile de France | train, RER, tramway, métro. These machines are where we will purchase our tickets to get to Disneyland Paris on the RER.
Buying tickets for the RER
Upon finding a vacant machine, you will be presented with a screen that looks somewhat like this:
You are able to swap the language into English (or pick from a range of languages, this guide will follow an English translated menu). From here, simple press ‘Purchase Tickets’.
You are now presented with a range of options, we will be pressing ‘Tickets for airports, Ile de France main stations, tourist areas’:
On the next screen, you simply confirm that you will be leaving from PARIS NORD, select this option:
The next screen allows you to select from Airports, Main Stations or Tourist Areas. Select ‘Tourist Areas’:
Disneyland Paris is listed prominently on this next menu, simply press it:
You now need to select your fare type, full fare is for adults and obviously child fares are for those under the age of 10.
The next screen is where you will be able to select your ticket quantity. Tickets purchased here are valid in both out and return directions (therefore, if you are traveling back from Paris Gare du Nord, you’d want to buy 2 tickets or select ‘Round Trip’). Each ticket is priced €7.60:
Once selected you are able to purchase more tickets of select the pay option. The machine takes both cash and card:
And that’s it. Your tickets will be printed. Keep these very safe, you will need them to both enter and exit the RER system.
Getting on the train
Now that you have purchased your tickets, you will be able to take the RER. Next to the ticket machines there is an escalator with a sign that looks like this:
From here, we will be following the signs to RER B (the light blue line). From the bottom of the escalator, you’ll need to turn to the left:
From here the signs become more complicated, but you are looking for the B with a ‘SUD’ next to it (SUD means South). The locations (Aéroport D’Orly, Robinson, Massy Palaiseau, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse) are the final destinations of the line:
Head through the ticket barriers (again: hold on to your tickets, you will next need them at the station at Disneyland Paris and in case of a random inspection on board). From here it’s quite straight forward, simply head down the escalator marked RER B SUD. The platform will be on your right hand side. You may take any train:
Go one stop (Châtelet les Halles) and get off the train. The transfer to the RER A is extremely simple, simply walk to the opposite platform:
Check the departure boards, you need to take a train to Marne-la-Vallée Chessy (Disneyland Paris). This is handily indicated on the boards by a little Mickey icon. Board the train and simply ride all the way to the end of the line:
Once you reach Marne-la-Vallée Chessy simply get off the train, head up the escalators and through the ticket barriers. You are now in the heart of Disneyland Paris!