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.
This is the oldest terminal, with a central check-in area leading to the boarding gates in seven satellite buildings via underground walkways.
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.
There are two separate buildings: one for arrivals and one for departures.
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.
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
If you hold a European e-Passport, you can avoid the queues by using the electronic border control. Simply scan your electronic travel document, glance at the camera, and you’re through border control. Frequent travellers holding an e-Passport who are non-EU citizens can also use the reduced passport controls at the Schengen external borders. Participants need to register at the Enrolment Center and can then use e-Gates just as travellers from the EU, the European Economic Area and Switzerland can.
Locations: Terminal 1, next to Exit 24 and Terminal 2E, next to Exit 10 on the Departures level
Opening hours: 08:00-20:00 daily
The regional train, RER 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 to get to 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)
Location: 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
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
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
Cost: From EUR 209 walk-in
A godsend for parents. There are 73 free Sony PSP3s set up near departure gates throughout all three terminals.
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.
Terminal 1, before security, CDGVAL Level, Hall 6
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, before security, arrivals level
Terminal 3, after security, departures level
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
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, 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
Operating hours: 05:45 to 23:00
Locations: Terminal 1: Gate 32 AND Terminal 2: Gates B1, C2 and E8
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 are free, 20 minutes costs EUR 2, for 30 minutes EUR 3, 40 minutes EUR 4, and 50 minutes EUR 6.
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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