Charles de Gaulle International Airport - CDG

Paris, France (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

e-Gates, automated border control

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

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Getting into Paris

By regional train: RER

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)
 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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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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Espace Musées and Café Cubiste

Art exhibition next to gourmet food

Go for a stroll through the 2,500 square feet art museum at CDG. Twice a year, the airport gem, Espace Musées hosts one of the greatest Parisian museums for a unique exhibition: Musée Rodin, Fondation Dubuffet, Mobilier National, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Petit Palais have exhibited here since 2013. Entrance is free. 

Right next to Espace Musées, Café Cubiste regularly changes its decoration, to complement Espace Musées’ exhibitions.

With the very contemporary atmosphere of an art gallery, designed by the famous architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Café Cubiste offers you both culinary and artistic experiences. From small snacks to gourmet meals, combining French and international dishes, particularly Asian food. While waiting for your food you can enjoy the art books library. Take away menu available.

Location: Terminal 2E, after security, Gate M
Opening hours: 06:00-02:00

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Video lounges

Free films for two

Paris Charles de Gaulle offers video lounges: free-to-use, comfy seats wide enough for two people with remote control in the armrests, in-built speakers, and their own 3D screen. You can choose your language (English or French) and watch HD films, or kids can play PlayStation 3 games.

Location: Terminal 2E, after security, halls L and M (Galerie Parisienne)

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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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Travel within Terminal 2

Take the shuttle bus

Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle is actually 7 small terminals in one (2A–2G), and if you’ve got luggage, we recommend you take the Roissybus shuttle when moving around inside it. These leave from outside the main entrances every few minutes, around the clock, and are free. N1 connects terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, and the RER/TGV rail station, N2 connects terminals 2E and 2F with remote terminal 2G, and N3 connects terminals 2C & 2D with the RER/TGV rail station and the remote terminal 2G. 

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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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Music lounges

Relax with great music

The music lounge areas are free to use and offer a touch-screen selection of original music. They're open 24 hours and have comfortable seats.

Location: Terminal 2E, after security

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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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Various locations

Cathay Pacific Lounge
iMac computers, great Oriental cuisine with noodle bar, great view of the tarmac, selective vines and champagnes as well as shower possibilities.
Connection building between Terminals 2A and 2C, level 2, after security
Hours: 06:00-21:30 daily

Air France La Première
This is the Air France flagship lounge. It is luxurious, featuring a spa area, a bar and many more amenities.
Terminal 2E, after security

Air France Lounges:

  • Terminal 2F, after security, at the end of peninsula F2
    Opening hours: 05:30-22:00 daily
  • Terminal 2E, after security, boarding gates M
    Hours: 05:30-14:00 daily
  • Terminal 2E, after security, boarding gates L
    Hours: 05:30-22:00 daily
  • Terminal 2E, after security, boarding gates K
    Hours: 05:30-23:30 daily
  • Terminal 2G, after security, waiting area before boarding, near the perfume shop
    Hours: 06:00-21:30 daily

Etihad Lounge
Terminal 2A, after security
Hours: 24 hours daily

Emirates Lounge
Connection building between Terminals 2A and 2C, after security, level 2

Sheltair Lounge
The lounge features refreshments, Wifi, alcoholic beverages, TVs and comfortable resting areas.
Terminal 2D, after security, level 1, after passport control turn right
Hours: 05:30-21:00 daily

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
The Air Canada lounge offers a fully equipped business centre and a charging kiosk for your mobile devices.
Terminal 2A, after security
Hours: 2 hours before first flight, 30 minutes after last flight

American Airlines Admirals Club
Modern lounge with complimentary Wifi and showers. Open to the public starting at USD 50.
Connector building between Terminal 2A and 2C
Hours: 06:00-12:30 daily

El Al King David Lounge
The El Al lounge features a business centre, snacks and very comfortable seating areas.
Terminal A2, after security, Gallery Level, near the check-in counters

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Free light therapy

To escape the winter blues

If you're feeling in need of some sunshine, Charles de Gaulle offers free light therapy in specially designed bubbles located in Terminal 2E, after security, at Gate L34 

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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, 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
Terminal 1: Gate 32 AND 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 are free, 20 minutes costs EUR 2, for 30 minutes EUR 3, 40 minutes EUR 4, and 50 minutes EUR 6. 

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up to 75% off the price of an overnight stay

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How does it work:

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4/ Pay only at the check in
5/ Cancel at no cost until last minute


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