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Paris: To CDG by motorcycle shuttle

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There are a bevy of options for traveling to and from Paris airports. None of them are perfect. The bus is a bit slow and crowded, ditto for the Metro; airport shuttles and taxis are expensive and slug along through traffic with blatant disregard for impending departure times. Most frustrating of all is watching motorcycles glide carelessly by as your driver blabs away into an awkward bluetooth headset.

Now, thanks to two motorbike chauffeur services, you can stop dreaming of whizzing along the périphérique atop a German motorcycle and actually hop on the back of one.

ParisMotos and Citybird chauffeur services offer a very cool alternative to other airport transport options. A bit beyond the Cheapo budget at €55 to €75 for service to CDG (and €45 to €55 to Orly), these motorcycle shuttles provide riders with jet-black helmets, gloves, and jackets and a solemn promise to get to the airport on-time. Both offer ample space for medium sized baggage—which is more than the train or bus can claim.

While you will surely feel James Dean cool on the back of one of these motorcycles, navigating through traffic and hugging the back of an accented stranger can be a bit frightening.

The hog-to-airport option, it must be said, is really only appealing to solo travelers comfortable with aggressive driving, hostile traffic, and frazzled helmet hair.

About the author

Enchanted by maps at a young age, Michael's first voyages were of the unglamourous variety (think Florida, Subarus, and talking mice). It was in an Australian hostel, while sleeping on a bare mattress, that he discovered the value of quality budget travel. Following a six month sejour on Australia's Sunshine Coast, Michael finished his studies at Hunter College in New York and moved to Paris. In Paris, Mike edits and writes for The Paris Times and checks out cheap sleeps for EuroCheapo. When not walking the streets of Paris pretending to be Ernest Hemingway, Michael enjoys penning short stories and playing the didjeridoo.

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