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Old Jul 25, 05, 1:50 pm
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FAQ 5A1 - Paris CDG Airport FAQ

I tried to collect general information on CDG Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris and to give answers to the questions, you may have, concerning connections,lounges,ground transportation, etc.

CDG Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris, that is:

Terminal CDG1
(oneworld and StarAlliance)

and the newer Terminal CDG2 (mostly used by AirFrance and Skyteam Carrier)
CDG2 Terminal A,B,C,D and Rail Station

CDG 2 Terminal E,F
CDG2E on reduced service since the accident last year here is the FlyerTalk thread with info about CDG 2E

All Airlines with local contact information and Terminal at CDG can be found here


Terminal 1


When you get off the plane, follow the "Correspondance Transfer" signs up to the Transfer desk to check your departure terminal.
If your connection is at Terminal 1:
- You do not need to go through police controls
- Find out which departure satellite you have to go to at one of the two Transfer desks between satellites 2-3 and 4-5

If your connection is at Terminal 2:
- For an international flight: Take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (within customs zone) at satellite 3
- Domestic flight or Schengen: Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs and proceed to police controls
Take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 1) at shop level

If your connection is at Terminal 3:
- Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs and proceed to police controls, then collect your luggage
- Next take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 2) at shop level

If your connection is at Terminal Sud or Terminal Ouest at Orly Airport:
Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs and proceed to police controls
- To get to Orly by the RER B + automatic metro Orlyval:
Take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 2) at shop level, in the direction of Gare RER 1
Next take the RER B to Antony RER station, and then follow the Orlyval connection for Orly Airport
- To go to Orly on the Air France bus:
Take the shuttle at arrival level, exit 34

Unfortunately, the RER B and Air France buses do not provide facilities for disabled people; it is recommended that alternative arrangements be made in advance.

Terminal 2 (Air France and other Skyteam Carriers)

When you get off the plane, follow the "Correspondance Transfer" signs up to the Transfer desk to check your departure terminal.
If your connection is at Terminal 2:
Check your departure terminal at the Transfer desk:
- For an international flight, departures are from Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2E or 2F: Take the Air France shuttle bus (within customs zone) situated close to the Transfer desk
- For a domestic flight or Schengen, departures are from Terminals 2D or 2F: Proceed to the public area and follow the "Correspondance Transfer" signs
more explicite info to come, I am checking old FT threads for advice
If your connection is at Terminal 1:
- International flight:
Take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (within customs zone) situated close to the Transfer desk
- Domestic flight or Schengen:
Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs and proceed to police controls
Then take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 1) to Terminal 1
If your connection is at Terminal 3:
Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs and proceed to police controls, then collect your luggage
Next take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 5) to Terminal 3
If your connection is at Terminal Sud or Terminal Ouest at Orly Airport:
Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs and proceed to police controls
- To get to Orly via the RER B + automatic metro Orlyval:
Go to the SNCF/RER station by the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 3) or by the pedestrian walkway
Next take the RER B to Antony RER station, and then follow the Orlyval connection for Orly Airport
- To get to Orly via the Air France bus from Terminal:
-2A and 2C: take exit 2 of 2C
-2B and 2D: take exit 2 of 2B
-2E and 2F: take the connecting passageway, exit 3

Unfortunately, the RER B and Air France buses do not provide facilities for disabled people; it is recommended that alternative arrangements be made in advance.

If your connection is at the SNCF train station:
Follow the "Sortie - Exit" signs, collect your luggage and go through police controls. From terminal:
-2A: Take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 3), exit 8
-2B: Take the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 3), exit 6
-2C & 2D: Follow the signposts and take the pedestrian walkway
-2E: Take the pedestrian walkway or the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 3) exit 2.06, Level 2 (Departures)
-2F: Take the pedestrian walkway or the Aéroports de Paris shuttle bus (line 3) exit 2.08, Level 2 (Departures)

minimum connection times:

Terminal 1 : All connections : 90 minutes
Terminal 2 : All connections : 90 minutes
Terminal 3 : All connections : 60 minutes
Between terminals : All connections : 120 minutes
Between airports CDG / ORY : All connections : 180 minutes

within the same carrier and within the same Terminal, faster connection times can be made. Terminal2D has been reorganized, you can access all gates from any security checkpoint which reduces wait-time. I'd say 45min is realistic. (within Schengen)





AIR FRANCE has the following lounges at the CDG2 Terminal.


Access policy:

You can use Air France´s and SkyTeam´s lounges if:
* you fly in L´Espace Première (First) or L´Espace Affaires (Business),
* you are a Flying Blue Gold or Platinum, SkyTeam Elite Plus, or Club 2000 member,
* you travel as a first class or business class passenger on an international SkyTeam flight.

Tempo Challenge passengers have access to lounges at CDG2.



List of Air France lounges


- Paris CDG2 A East: Smoking, Internet+WiFi+Shower
- Paris CDG2 B: non smoking, Internet+WiFi+Shower
- Paris CDG2 C arrival lounge - looks at the arrival lounge - thread with photos in post #93
- Paris CDG2 C (Business): Smoking, Internet+WiFi+Shower
- Paris CDG2 D: Smoking, Internet+WiFi
- Paris CDG2 E (Business): two lounges, depends on boarding gate, info here
- Paris CDG2 E First class lounge with limousine service, coming summer 2006
- Paris CDG2 F1: Smoking, Internet+WiFi+Shower
- Paris CDG2 F2 (Business): Smoking, Internet+WiFi+Shower


Departures Lounge

During departures or connecting flights, and during all Air France and SkyTeam stopovers, our Departures lounge can offer you:

* light dining with a large choice of beverages
* Business and Communications space (telephone, fax, PC, printer, free Internet access)
* international newspapers
* comfortable armchairs
* showers in certain airports
* LCD screens
* smoking area in most lounges

Arrivals Lounge

Feel fresh and relaxed when you arrive at Paris/Charles-de-Gaulle


* spacious shower stalls
* clothes pressing service
* a substantial breakfast
* Business and Communications space (telephone, fax, PC, printer, free Internet access)
* international newspapers
* an area with LCD screens
* smoking area
* reservations service for those traveling to Paris

Location: Paris/Charles-de-Gaulle, Terminal 2C : outside the customers area, opposite gate C2

Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


All Skyteam Carriers use AF lounges in CDG2

restaurants, shopping:

You can take a moment to relax in one of the many Terminal bars (Café Sélect, France Café, etc.). There are also various Relay shops on hand, selling newspapers, magazines and books.

Are you waiting for a transfer and have to stay in the airside zone? If so, make the most of the occasion to do a little shopping. You will find all the major Paris fashion brands …at duty-free prices!
You can also eat in one of the several restaurants available, such as the Hippopotamus, Clément Ader and brasserie FLO . McDonalds (between 2A and 2C, between 2B and 2D) and Quick (2F) can be found at the airport, too
If you feel like a change of hairstyle, there is a hairdressing salon (Coiffure Christian Gilles) in the hall of Terminal 2F.



ground transportation


you have three ways to get into town with public ground transportation

RATP is the local metro and bus company. Serving the Airport with commuter trains RER trains from the railstation between Terminal ABCD and EF.
The other way to get to downtown Paris is the bus.
Its operated by RATP and its called Roissybus

or you can use the Air France Coaches

I know there are alot of things to add ... to be continued with your help



threads about CDG on other forums

interesting thread/discussion on the CO board:
The French Connection: A rational discussion on CDG

Last edited by Gajan; Feb 12, 11 at 9:54 am
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