Charles de Gaulle International Airport (T1)

Paris, FR


Getting around the airport

Three terminals with a CDVAL shuttle train

Paris-Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) Airport is a sprawling, busy transport hub that lies 23km north-east of Paris.

There are three terminals, connected by a free train. Confusingly, the terminals are all different layouts and are laid out in the order of Terminal 1, then Terminal 3 in the middle, then Terminal 2. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your flight.

Terminal 1

This is the oldest terminal, with a central check-in area leading to the boarding gates in seven satellite buildings via underground walkways.  

Terminal 2

This modern building is split into seven terminals, 2A-2G. Terminal 2E is divided further into halls K, L and M. Terminals 2A-2F are connected by ground-level or underground walkways, but you need to take a bus from the other terminals to reach 2G.

You'll find the regional station for the RER and TGV trains here, below the common area linking Terminals 2C and 2F.

Terminal 3

There are two separate buildings: one for arrivals and one for departures.

Shuttle train

The driverless shuttle train, the CDGVAL, connects the three terminals, train stations and car parks. It's clearly signposted. Trains leave every four minutes from 04:30 to 01:30, and every 20 minutes from 01:30 to 04:30. Journey time is around 8 minutes end-to-end.

Beware that if you’re flying from Terminal 3, you'll have to get off at Terminal 1 and walk a short distance. You might be better off taking the shuttle bus if you have lots of luggage.

Shuttle bus

There are shuttle buses connecting the Terminal 2 buildings. However, walking to each one takes only five minutes or so. You will need to take one, however, to get from 2F to the separate 2G building. 

Route N1: Transfer between 2A, 2C, 2E, 2F and the main train station
Route N2: Transfer between 2F and 2G

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Cross EU borders super fast

Automated border control

To avoid the queues, register for Automated Border Control, and you can move through passport control in just 30 seconds.

Terminal 1, next to Exit 24 
Terminal 2E, next to Exit 10 on Departures level
Opening hours: 08:00-20:00

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Getting into Paris

By regional train: RER

The regional RER train is the most convenient and cost-effective route to Paris.


The RER B train takes you to Gare du Nord, the gateway to the Metro and high-speed TGV trains, in just 25-30 minutes, or about nine stops. Trains leave every 10-20 minutes from the station near Terminal 3 from 04:50 to 23:50, and leave Terminal 2 two minutes later. Some trains have fewer stops into Paris, and are worth waiting a few minutes for.

Cost: EUR 10 one-way (buy a 'Billet Île-de-France', taking you from Zone 5 to 1)
 You can buy tickets in the automatic vending machines in the stations. There are two stations: One in the Roissypole building near Terminal 3 (Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle 1) and another in Terminal 2 between buildings 2E and 2F (Aéroport de Charles de Gaulle 2 - TGV). Look for the Gare (station) signs and train symbols. 

Returning to the airport: Make sure your train's destination is ‘Charles de Gaulle-Roissy’. ‘B3’ trains go to CDG, and ‘B5’ trains split off for another suburb.

Tip: Please beware of ticket scams and pickpockets in the stations and trains.


The trip to Paris city centre can take from 40 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. Tips are not expected. 

Cost: About EUR 70 (many don't take credit cards, so have about EUR 100 cash on you) 


If you've got time, and want a little comfort, there's a decent, air-conditioned bus that takes you directly to Opéra station in 60-75 minutes. Buses leave CDG every 15-20 minutes from 06:00-00:30, and from Paris Opéra from 05:15-00:30.

Cost: EUR 11.50 one-way (buy tickets at vending machines or on the bus)

Buses 350 and 351

If you're on a budget, there are also standard Paris buses taking you into the centre regularly, for about half the price. Take the 350 to Paris Gare de l'Est (north-east Paris) in 60-80 minutes from 06:05-22:30, or the 351 to Place de la Nation (north of the Seine, further east) in 70-90 minutes from 07:00-21:37. Buses leave every 15-30 minutes.

Cost: EUR 6

Night bus

Often the best way to get into Paris at night is to use the N143 night-time bus line. It takes 55 minutes to reach Gare de l’Est, where you can take Metro lines 4,5 and 7 (after 05.30).

It leaves Terminal 3 at 12.02 am, stopping at Terminals 1 and 2 about four and 12 minutes later, then goes every half-an-hour until 04:32.

Cost: EUR 6 

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Parisian luxury and elegance

Hermès high fashion house dates back to 1837 and exemplifies Parisian luxury and elegance. At this shop you’ll find their classic silk scarves, leather goods, and other lifestyle pieces. 

Terminal 1, after security, boarding level, next to gates 40 to 48
Opening hours: 06:00-22:15 

Terminal 2A, after security, level 1
Opening hours: 06:00-23:30

Terminal 2E, after security, level 1 and level 2
Opening hours: 06:00-23:00 

Terminal 2F, after security, level 2
Opening hours: 06:00-21:45

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Luggage storage

Keep your bags safe

Bagages du Monde offers a luggage storage service (6 hours minimum). Rates are EUR 6.00 per bag up to 6 hours, EUR 12.00 for 6 – 12 hours, EUR 15.00 for 12-24 hours. 

Terminal 2, at TGV-RER train station level, in front of the Sheraton Hotel
Hours: 6.00 to 21.30

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Day rooms available

The only hotel located inside the airport, the Sheraton has four stars, and offers day rooms from 09:00 to 18:00. Try the Kitao massage to ease your jet lag. 

Location: Just above the RER train station in Terminal 2
From EUR 209 walk-in

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Medical problems

24-hour medical centre

If you need a doctor to deal with an emergency or a general medical problem, the Medical Centre is open 24 hours a day. 

Location: Terminal 2F, before security, arrivals level, just by Gate 017

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Kids entertainment

Head for the free Playstations

A godsend for parents. There are 73 free Sony PSP3s set up near departure gates throughout all three terminals.

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Royal Quartz

Watch expertise

Royal Quartz specialises in jewellery and watches. Come here to browse a selection of luxury brands such as Breitling, Jaeger Le Coultre and Vacheron Constantin.

Location: Terminal 1, after security, boarding level, opposite Gates 10 to 18
Opening hours: 06:00-22:15

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Star Alliance lounges and pay-in ICARE lounge

  • ICARE Lounge
    If you’re on a layover, try the ICARE Lounge, offering comfy armchairs and sofas, as well as free Wi-Fi, drinks and meals. It's open to the public starting at EUR 30.
    Location: Terminal 1, after security
    Opening hours: 6:30-23:30
  • Star Alliance Lounge (Business Class)
    Location: Terminal 1, after security, level 10
  • Star Alliance Lounge (First Class)
    Location: Terminal 1, after security, level 11
  • SAS Business Lounge
    Location: Terminal 1, after security, Satellite 7, lower level
  • Lufthansa Business Lounge
    Location: Terminal 1, after security, Satellite 6, lower level
  • Lufthansa Senator Lounge
    Location: Terminal 1, after security, Satellite 6, lower level
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Iconic bags

Longchamp, the French luxury leather goods company, was founded in Paris in 1948. You'll find the iconic Pliage backpack and other pieces in a variety of sizes and colours.

Terminal 1, after security, boarding level, opposite Gates 40 to 48
Opening hours: 06:00-22:15 

Terminal 2C, after security, level 1
Opening hours: 08:00-23:30 

Terminal 2E, after security, level 1 and level 2
Opening hours: 06:00-23:00 

Terminal 2F, after security, level 2
Opening hours: 06:00-21:45  

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Only in airport lounges

Showers are only available within airline lounges, such as the Cathay Pacific lounge or most of the Air France lounges.

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VAT refunds

Save some money

If you want to get your VAT refunded on goods you’ve bought in France, the purchases must have been made the same day in the same store and exceed EUR 175 in value. 

In Terminal 1, before security, CDGVAL Level, Hall 6
In Terminal 2A, before security, Gate 5, Departures level
Terminal 2C, after security, departures level, Gate 4
Terminal 2E, after security, departures level, Gate 8
Terminal 2F, befoe security, arrivals level
Terminal 3, after security, departures level

Hours: 6:30-22:30

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Save on your car rental

Lowest price guaranteed

You'll find all these names in CDG's Terminal 1: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Sixt, Interrent, Alamo, Advantage, Dollar, National and Thrifty.

Location: Terminal 1, before security, 2ACD and 2E and 2F

TT Car Transit is in Terminal 2A. 

Location: Terminal 2A, before security, 2C, 2D, 2E and 2F 

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The Hippopotamus Grill

Great steaks

The surroundings aren’t great (it's dark and headroom is low), but the food is decent – particularly the steaks – and the prices are the same as in their city centre restaurants.

Location: Terminal 1, landside, level 5, near where the shuttle arrives and Aer Lingus check-in

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Air France coaches

Comfortable connections to central Paris destinations

With taxis being expensive and trains sometimes very full, the 'Les Cars' Air France coach service into Paris is a great option. Coaches connect Terminals 1 and 2 with central Paris destinations and Disneyland.

Coaches run every 15 minutes, from 05:45 to 23:00, and journey time is around an hour. You can buy your ticket at vending machines, from the driver or at the Air France Coaches ticket counters in the terminals. 

Cost: From EUR 17 one-way, EUR 29 return 

Terminal 1: Gate 32,
Terminal 2: Gates B1, C2 and E8

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Layover of a lifetime

Only 12 minutes to Disneyland

The CDG to Disneyland Paris service is excellent. TGV (high-speed) and RER (normal) trains both go there from the station inside Terminal 2 (located between 2D and 2F). The TGV gets there in only 12 minutes.

You can buy tickets from the yellow ticket vending machines throughout the station. Always enter your arrival destination as ‘Marne La Vallee’. Ticket prices vary from EUR 15 to EUR 24 each.

The first TGV train leaves CDG at 06:54, and the last one leaves at 21:55, seven days a week. Disneyland Paris is generally open from 10:00 to 20:00.

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Airport pick-up

Plan ahead

If you’re being picked up, the short-term car park at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is most convenient, and well signposted.

Pick-up and drop-off at Terminal 2 for 10 minutes is free, 20 minutes costs EUR 2, 30 minutes EUR 3, 40 minutes EUR 4 and 50 minutes EUR 6. 

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Brioche Dorée

Decent sandwiches and pastries

There are limited eating options in Terminal 1 and 3, so this is a welcome oasis, with many outlets dotted around Terminal 1, and one in Terminal 3.

Brioche Dorée is a well-known French chain, calling itself a 'Parisian bakery café. It serves light snacks like ham and cheese sandwiches and salads, as well as hot food like quiches and gratins, and sweet treats like chocolate tarts and pastries. They offer options for kids, too.

Terminal 1 locations:
Before security, CDGVAL level
Before security, departures level, in the middle of the circular concourse
After security, arrivals level, baggage reclaim area, near Exit 4
After security, boarding level, small kiosks beside Satellite 6 (Gates 60-68) and Satellite 7 (Gates 70-78)

Terminal 3 location:
Before security, departures level

Opening hours: Before security 05:30-18:00, after security when flights are running 

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