CDG: Paris CDG Airport - Airport Guide, Terminal map, lounges, bars & restaurants
Paris CDG Airport GuideNEWS: A further satellite extension to Terminal 2E is due to open in late 2012, which will allow the transfer of all SkyTeam alliance flights to terminals 2E, 2F and 2G.
Its proper title is Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle, or as the local people know it Roissy Airport after the local village - although it has never officially had that name.
There isn't all that much shopping at Paris CDG Airport - most of it is at Roissypôle, a shopping centre at the outskirts of the airport. It has the airline offices and and a Hilton hotel too.
Paris CDG Airport Terminal 1
The second floor contains shops and restaurants - however check in is on the third floor: you need to go down to eat. Departing passengers then head to the fourth floor, where there is a basic duty-free shop and border control. There is also access to satellite terminals, via boarding tunnels passing under the tarmac.
The passage between the floors is done through escalators arranged in web around the central core of the building, which are suspended over the central court. These are covered with a plastic cover to keep the rain off. Alas this is the only place you can see the sky: there are no view of planes from terminal 1.
Opened in 1974 Terminal 1 is a ten-floors-high circular building surrounded by seven satellite buildings, each with six gates, in the image of an octopus. There have been several extensions during the following decades, all designed by architect was Paul Andreu.
Paris CDG Airport Terminal 2Paris CDG Airport Terminal 2 is the newest terminal. 2E opened in 2004, and a large part of the departure lounges of 2E collapsed a year later, and it wasn't fully reopened until 2008.
Terminal 2 actually has seven terminals: You can walk between 2A to 2F - although at nearly a kilometer long, it is a long walk! There is a bus shuttle (outside security) to the remote Terminal 2G, which can take some time. Air France regional flights operate from 2G.
Satellite 3 (or S3) is not a terminal as such, just gates for aircraft. It is to the immediate east of Terminals 2E and 2F provides jetways for the Airbus A380.
Paris CDG Airport Terminal 3Compared to the vast Terminal 2, Terminal 3 is just a small single hall, over 3kms (2 miles) away - it is a long walk.
However, all the good hotels are at this terminal. You can get to it on the free shuttle, or walk from here to the RER and CDGVAL trains - they are only 300 meters away.
Photography at Paris CDG AirportThere is a total ban on any passengers taking any photographs anywhere (landside or airside) at CDG Airport. This specifically bans photographs of aircraft, buildings, lounges, and even meals. It is rigously enforced by zealous security guards, and if you carry a camera publicly you may be detained and asked to show what images you have taken.
First & Business Class lounges at Paris Airport
Paris Airport transportationTravellers should know that many bus, limousine and shuttle bus services operating to and from Paris Airport usually require pre-booking.
Paris CDG Airport trainNEWS: The CDG Express will link Paris CDG Airport to Paris Gare de l'Est from 2016 with new high speed trains
If you want to get a train to Paris CDG Airport, or from it on arrival, you have three choices: the RER, the TGV, or the CDGVAL train.
The main route from Paris CDG to Paris (Paris Airport to paris airport to city centre) is on the REB. REB Express trains take 30 minutes to the Gare du Nord (the main northern rail station in Paris), stopping services about 40: These stop at Cité Universitaire, Bourg-la-Reine, La Croix de Berny, Antony, Massy–Palaiseau, Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, and Gare du Nord.
The cost of a ticket to Paris city centre from Paris CDG airport on the REB is €9.25EUR, one way.
There are also TGV Trains. The SNCF LGV Interconnexion Est high-speed line has direct trains to Lille, Strasbourg, Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Poitiers, Rennes, and Brussels in Belgium.
On arrival at CDG, to get to the train stations, follow the signs (or take the shuttle bus (runs every 4-5 minutes)) to Terminal 2E/F, and follow the 'Train to Paris' sign to catch the RER train. Head to the station atrium, where there is an HSBC ATM (chances are you'll need euros in cash to buy a ticket) then go to the bottom of the atrium, Level 2. The SNCF ticket office is split into two: head to the left for REB and Paris tickets, known as Billets Ile-de-France. The Right deals with TGV.
Beware, a trap that many tourists fall into it to get off at the wrong station. REB Station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1, is right at Terminal 3 inside Roissypôle, although you can walk to Terminal 1 at a pinch. Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 TGV, is beside the TGV station under Terminal 2.
Paris Airport shuttle bus servicesFew people take the bus from Paris CDG airport, but you can do so if you are really determined. There is a bus and coach station in Roissypôle, next to the RER B station.
Roissybus departs from terminal 1 heads non-stop to Paris, terminating behind the Palais Garnier. The cost of a bus from PAris CDG to city centre is €12EUR.
There are also local buses 350 and 351 the airport to all the suburbs, and the the Parc Astérix.
Air France coaches called "Les Cars Air France" depart from terminals 2 to Porte Maillot and Arc de Triomphe to Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, and Paris Orly. This Paris CDG to Paris Orly bus is very useful, but it costs €15EUR.
Paris Airport taxi servicesGetting a taxi to and from Paris CDG Airport is usually trouble free, but very expensive.
Car Hire at Paris AirportMajor car hire operators are located in the Arrivals Halls. To save time and ensure you get the car you want, book your rental in advance. Rental car operators from Paris Airport include: Europcar, Thrifty, Avis and Budget.
Paris CDG Airport HotelThere are three airport hotels at Paris CDG airport.
The main hotel is the Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. It is five minutes walk from the terminals, and it has a shuttle bus service to the TGV station at Terminal 2F. There are several good restaurants and bars and a swimming pool.
The Ibis Paris CDG Airport is located directly opposite the new Terminal 3 at CDG. It is vast, with 772 rooms, four restaurants, and numerous bars. There is a shuttle to Terminals 1 and 2, and the TGV station.
The Novotel Paris CDG Airport is smaller, with 200-rooms, and also located at Terminal 3 and the TGV rail station. There is a restaurant and bar.
Paris Airport Left LuggageParis CDG airport no longer offers luggage storage, and lockers are no longer available due to security worries.
Car parkingParis CDG airport car parking is quite good.
Both terminal 1 and 2 has its own short-term covered car park with direct walking access to the terminal by lift.
Terminal 1 has a long-term car park called PR, and car park PX is for Terminals 2 and 3.
Paris CDG Airport Bars and Restaurants
Paris CDG Coffee Cart BarOpen: 1100-2300 Terminal 2E, Airside
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