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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

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Code:
Europe 1                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
domestic                     20,000          9,000

France/Netherlands       20,000          9,000               30,000
Germany                      20,000          9,000               30,000
UK                           20,000            9,000                30,000

Belgium                      20,000           9,000               30,000
Ireland                      20,000            9,000               30,000
Luxembourg                                      9,000              30,000
Switzerland                  20,000           9,000               30,000
Code:
Europe 2                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Austria                      25,000            15,000             30,000
Denmark                      25,000           15,000            30,000
Finland                      25,000             20,000            30,000
Gibraltar                                          15,000
Italy                        25,000              15,000            30,000
Malta                       25,000             20,000             30,000
Norway                       25,000           15,000            30,000
Portugal                     25,000            15,000            30,000
Spain                        25,000             15,000            30,000
Sweden                       25,000           15,000            30,000
Code:
Europe 3                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Albania                      30,000             20,000             30,000
Belorussia                   30,000                                  30,000
Bosnia                       30,000                                   30,000
Bulgaria                     30,000              20,000            30,000
Croatia                      30,000                                   30,000
Cyprus                       30,000             20,000             30,000
Czech Republic               30,000            15,000            30,000
Estonia                         30,000                                 30,000
Greece                       30,000              20,000            30,000
Hungary                      30,000              15,000            30,000
Latvia                         30,000                                   30,000
Lithuania                      30,000                                  30,000
Macedonia, FYROM         30,000                                  30,000
Moldavia                                                                  30,000
Montenegro                                                             30,000
Poland                       30,000              15,000             30,000
Romania                      30,000             20,000             30,000
Russia                       30,000               20,000             30,000
Slovakia                    30,000                                     30,000
Slovenia                    30,000                                     30,000
Serbia                       30,000                                     30,000
Turkey                       30,000              20,000             30,000
Ukraine                      30,000               20,000             30,000
Code:
Atlantic Ocean        AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
Islands
_______________________________________________________________
Azores                                                                40,000
Canary Islands             30,000                                40,000
Cap Verde                                                           40,000
Madeira                                                               40,000
Sao Tome & Principe                                              40,000
Code:
Africa 1 North Africa            AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Algeria                          30,000             20,000           40,000
Libya                       30,000             20,000           40,000
Morocco                       30,000                            40,000
Sudan                                                               40,000
Tunisia                       30,000             20,000           40,000
Code:
Africa 2 - West Africa                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Benin
Burkina-Faso
Djibouti
Gambia
Guinea,
Guinea, Bissau
Ivory Coast
Liberia
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra-Leone
Togo
Code:
Africa 3 - Middle Africa        AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________

Angola
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo
Congo, DRC
Gabon,
Guinea, Equatorial
Code:
Africa 4 - East Africa        AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________

Burundi
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mozambique
Rwanda
Somalia
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Code:
Africa 5 - Southern Africa        AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________

Botswana
Lesotho
Namibia
South Africa
Swaziland
Code:
Middle East                    AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________

Egypt
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon                     20,000
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
Code:
Caucasus, Central Asia                AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Armenia
Azerbaidjan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kirghizstan
Russia, Central
Tadjikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan                 20,000
Code:
North America                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
United States
Hawaii
Canada
Mexico
Greenland
Bermuda
Code:
Central America, Caribbean                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Antigua
Aruba                  
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Cayman Islands
Costa Rica
Cuba
Curaçao
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
French Guyana
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Martinique
Nicaragua
Panama
Puerto Rico
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Suriname
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
Virgin Islands
Code:
South America                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay
Venezuela
Code:
Hawaii                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
domestic                     20,000
Code:
Indian Ocean                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Comoros
Mauritius
Reunion
Seychelles                     20,000
Code:
South Asia                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Bangla-Desh
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri-Lanka                     20,000
Code:
Asia 1                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
China, PRC
China, ROC
Hong-Kong
Japan
Korea, ROK
Mongolia
Russia, Siberia
Code:
Asia 2                     AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Brunei
Burma
Cambodia
Indonesia
Laos
Malaysia
Philippines
Singapore
Thailand
Vietnam
Code:
South Pacific 1                AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Australia
New Zealand
Code:
South Pacific 2                AF/KL              BA                LH/LX
_________________________________________________________________________
Cook Islands
Fiji
French Polynesia
Guam
Mariannas
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
New Caledonia
Norfolk Islands
Palau
Samoa
Tonga

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Very good idea! Transferring at CDG is not always that easy or fun. I would like it if we could include good restaurants or other places nice to wait in.
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Very good idea! Transferring at CDG is not always that easy or fun. I would like it if we could include good restaurants or other places nice to wait in.
will be done. I am working on it
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Hmmm... Sorry for me not responding sooner but I am under the gun with some major deadlines at the moment (and I thought summer was a dead period!).

I think this thread may be better served as :

a) a sticky

and

b) more appropriately in the Paris airports forum as opposed to here. Why? Because even though its AF's hub, it's not relevant to FB (besides, will we have a similar one for Schipol?).

I'm open to comments before moving it...
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Originally Posted by dctorres
Hmmm... Sorry for me not responding sooner but I am under the gun with some major deadlines at the moment (and I thought summer was a dead period!).

I think this thread may be better served as :

a) a sticky

and

b) more appropriately in the Paris airports forum as opposed to here. Why? Because even though its AF's hub, it's not relevant to FB (besides, will we have a similar one for Schipol?).

I'm open to comments before moving it...
I didn't even know we had a Paris airport forum! Learn something new every day!
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Originally Posted by dctorres
(besides, will we have a similar one for Schipol?).
Does one need a guide to navigate Schiphol? I don't think so

Seriously, I don't think it's a good idea to move a useful thread to where no one can see it (Paris airport forum - huh?)
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Requested information; Minimum Connection Time. (For T1<->T2 I believe it is as much as 2 hours!!!)
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Originally Posted by larsll
Requested information; Minimum Connection Time. (For T1<->T2 I believe it is as much as 2 hours!!!)
I'll try to put this in. I just need help from other fellow FlyerTalkers to get the exact time. I think 2 hours should be ok from T1 to T2.
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I think it's useful to have it here, rather than the Paris airport forum, which I haven't been in in my life. With the merging of AF/KLM, then I would imagine many KLM fliers are going to be using CDG rather more than previously, so it would be useful to have this info somewhere to hand..
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Originally Posted by chrissxb
I'll try to put this in. I just need help from other fellow FlyerTalkers to get the exact time. I think 2 hours should be ok from T1 to T2.
Google came up with a goldmine:
http://www1.iata.org/WHIP/_Files/WgI.../MCT%20CDG.doc

Silly times...T1 MCT at 90 minutes! And as I feared MCT of 2hrs between T1 and T2... Overall it makes the airport totally useless for intra-european commuting connections. As a comparison; MCT at AMS is as far as I remember 35 minutes. Similar for other hubs like FRA and MUC.
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Originally Posted by larsll
Google came up with a goldmine:
http://www1.iata.org/WHIP/_Files/WgI.../MCT%20CDG.doc

Silly times...T1 MCT at 90 minutes! And as I feared MCT of 2hrs between T1 and T2... Overall it makes the airport totally useless for intra-european commuting connections. As a comparison; MCT at AMS is as far as I remember 35 minutes. Similar for other hubs like FRA and MUC.
I'd say for intra-european flight 45min is ok (if you know how to walk). Did that several times. thanks for the link. I'll update the thread. 35min for AMS ... seems very short for me.. you can have really long walks at AMS, too.
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I'd say for intra-european flight 45min is ok (if you know how to walk). Did that several times. thanks for the link. I'll update the thread. 35min for AMS ... seems very short for me.. you can have really long walks at AMS, too.
At CDG I'd say a frequent visitor of the airport would need 45mins within T2 and an hour if doing a terminal change. Within T1 30-45mins should suffice. Sadly MCT is set not by how fast we are able to move about an airport that is a logistical mess, but how fast your average tourist will be able to do it.

And the problem is that MCT is what the booking engines will use as a minimum transfer, unless you force it, and then if you loose your connection or luggage you are out of luck.
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I think it's useful to have it here, rather than the Paris airport forum, which I haven't been in in my life. With the merging of AF/KLM, then I would imagine many KLM fliers are going to be using CDG rather more than previously, so it would be useful to have this info somewhere to hand..
Agree with Jenbel; at least for the time being, this thread seems well-suited to the newly established FB forum.

Many thanks to chrissxb for all the work.
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