Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide (CDG)
Code: CDGNo. of terminals: 3 Dialling code: +33Timezone: GMT ++01:00
BP 20101, 95711, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, France
Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport is located 23km (14 miles) northeast of Paris.
01 4862 2280 or 7036 3950/3950.
Here you'll find essential information on Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, including contact details, airport transfer facts, details of airport facilities, and how to get there.
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.
There are several information desks throughout Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Free guides and maps of Paris and the airport are available on request. There are also tourist information offices in the terminals.
Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are linked by the CDGVAL airport métro line. Shuttles operate to the more distant Terminal 2G.
From Paris, take the A1 via Porte de la Chapelle. Alternatively, take the A3 via Porte de Bagnolet, join the A1, and follow signposts for Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Rail: RER trains (www.ratp.fr) serve the airport in conjunction with ADP shuttles. Line B runs from Terminal 1 and from the TGV station at Terminal 2 to Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les-Halles, St Michel, Luxembourg, Port Royal and Denfert-Rochereau, with connections to the métro. The journey time to Gare du Nord is about 25 minutes, and the fare is €9.10. TGV (tel: 3635; www.tgv-europe.com) and Thalys (tel: 08 9235 3536; www.thalys.com) trains also run to various destinations in Paris and beyond. There is a SNCF desk on the fourth floor of Terminal 2 for public transport enquiries.
Bus: Local buses 350 and 351 connect central Paris to the airport. Roissybus (www.ratp.fr) serves all three terminals and runs to Place de l'Opéra for the Paris métro (journey time: 45-60 minutes; fare: €10). The Noctilien night service has three routes linking the airport with various destinations in Paris between 0430 and 0130.
Shuttle: The Val d'Europe Airports shuttle (VEA) operates services between Paris hotels, Disneyland and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (fare: €18).
Coach: Air France coaches (tel: 0892 350 820; www.lescarsairfrance.com) depart from terminals 1 and 2 to Porte Maillot and Arc de Triomphe to Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon. They also provide connections to Paris-Orly Airport, from terminals 1 and 2.
Taxi: A taxi to the city centre will take around 45 minutes. Taxi companies include Alpha Taxis (tel: 01 4585 8585), Les Taxis Bleus (tel: 0891 701 010), Taxis G7 (tel: 01 4739 4739), Taxis (tel: 01 4270 0042) and G7 Horizon (tel: 01 4739 0091). The average fare to central Paris is around €50.
There are bureaux de change and at least one ATM in each of the three terminals. A bank branch is located in the train station between terminals 2D and 2F.
Post offices can be found in terminals 1 and 2. Wireless internet access is available, as is mobile phone rental.
There is a wide choice of bars, cafés and restaurants at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, serving French and international cuisine in all terminals.
There is a good selection of shops of all types in all three terminals, including duty-free shopping for passengers leaving the EU.
Lockers are no longer available due to security concerns. There are lost and found offices in all the terminals. (tel: 01 4862 1334 or 4816 6383).
There are work areas in terminals 1 and 2 where travellers can also recharge their electronic equipment. Conference and meeting facilities are available at the larger hotels close to and in the terminals – the nearest is the Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre (tel: 01 4919 7070: www.starwoodhotels.com), within Terminal 2.
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has excellent facilities for disabled travellers, who should inform their airline in advance of their needs. Information desks also offer a special welcome service for disabled passengers. Reserved car parking spaces are provided in designated areas and discount on parking is available on presentation of a valid disability badge.
Each terminal has its own short-term covered car park with direct access to the terminal by lift. The long-term car park PR is for Terminal 1, and car park PX is for Terminals 2 and 3; all are linked by a free airport shuttle bus.
Car hire companies at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport include: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and TT Car Transit, which have offices in terminals 1 and 2. Europcar has a further desk in Terminal 3.