Airport Guide to Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

Airport Name
Charles de Gaulle Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 14 miles northeast of Paris.

Terminals
3

IATA Code
CDG

Telephone
+33 (0)1 4862 2280, or 7036 3950 or, 3950

Airport Overview

Also known as Roissy Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is located 16 miles outside of the famous City of Lights. Among the busiest airports in the world, Charles de Gaulle processes an astounding 58 million passengers each year.

With the lure of Parisian glamour drawing millions from across the world, Charles de Gaulle is where most vacations in France begin and end. Flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport are available from almost everywhere, including London, New York, Beijing, Johannesburg, Moscow, Berlin, Toronto, Sydney, Dublin, Delhi, Mauritius, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago, Rome, Seoul, Hong Kong, Geneva, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro and Dubai. There are also many local flight connections to other, smaller French airports.

Terminal Transfer

There are three terminals at Charles de Gaulle. You can transfer between them via the new airport metro line, the CDGVAL, which is free and travels every 5-20 minutes depending on the time of day. However, there’s only one station at Terminal 2, which means there may be a bit of a walk to your gate. You’ll need to catch both an airport shuttle and the CDGVAL to transfer from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2G. If you’re transferring between terminals, give yourself plenty of time to do so as it might get confusing.

Getting into Town

Train: Paris Charles de Gaulle is linked to the city by the metro, which is a quick and easy way to get into Paris. The TGV station (Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV) is located on the lowest level of Terminal 2. You can buy tickets from machines in the station and board the train for the 50-minute journey into Paris.

Bus: The Roissybus links Charles de Gaulle to central Paris, and stops at Terminals 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 1, and 3. The bus ride takes 45-60 minutes. The 350 and 351 buses also run from the airport into Paris.

Taxi: There are taxi ranks at Terminal 1, Exit 20; Terminals 2A and 2C, Exit 6; Terminals 2B and 2D, Exit 7; and Terminals 2E and 2F, Exit 1. Fares increase by about 15 percent at night, and on Sundays and public vacations.

Car Parking

Parking is available in lots P1 (Terminal 1), P3 (Terminal 3), PAB (Terminals 2A and 2B), PCD (Terminals 2C and 2D), PEF (Terminals 2E and 2F), and PG (Terminal 2G). Lot PR is for people with reduced mobility. Lot P3 is for long-term parking. All short-term and drop-off lots offer 10 minutes of free parking.

Information Desks

There are information desks in the public areas of each terminal.

Airport Facilities

Money: Banks, ATMs, currency-exchange offices and post offices.

Luggage: There is a lost-property office, and there are left-luggage facilities near the TGV station. The airport also offers baggage shipping services and luggage wrapping.

Conference and business: Internet kiosks throughout the airport offer printing, web cam, and CD and DVD writing. There are also workstations with plug points. The Roissy Charles de Gaulle 1 Business Center in Terminal 1 has meeting rooms for up to 15 people, audio-visual equipment and a VIP lounge.

Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi available throughout all terminals.

Shopping: There is no shortage of shopping at Charles de Gaulle. Of course there are plenty of luxury brands (it is Paris after all), including Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Bulgari, Cartier, Dior, Hugo Boss, and Yves Saint Laurent. You can buy almost anything at the airport, from clothing, jewelry and accessories, to perfume and cosmetics, to toys and candy, to electronics and home decor items. There is duty-free shopping – your last chance to grab that bottle of French Champagne.

Food and drink: This being Paris, there are plenty of gleaming, sophisticated restaurants, even in the airport. Ranging from the family-friendly Hippopotamus to the grass-covered La Terrasse de Paris, there’s something for everyone. There are also sandwich and coffee bars in each concourse, and many bars to enjoy a glass of wine or draught beer.

 

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