Guide to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport [CDG]

Read our complete guide to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris: Terminals, transfers, flights, Stores, Location and useful information... Learn everything about the main airport of France.

Description of Charles de Gaulle Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is the largest international commercial airport in France and the second largest passenger airport in Europe with approximately 76 million passengers per year.

It is located about 23 kilometers north of Paris in the suburb of Roissy and is therefore, the airport is simply called "Roissy" by Parisians. It is named after the French general and statesman Charles de Gaulle.

Terminals at the airport:

  • Terminal 1: Central terminal building, mainly reserved for Star Alliance airlines
  • Terminal 2: Arrival and departure terminal of Air France and its Sky Team-Partners
  • Terminal 3: Arrival and departure terminal of most charter airlines and low carriers

Arrivals: To check the current arrival times, please visit the official homepage of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, and select Paris-CDG.

Departure: The up-to-date departure times can be found on the homepage of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. To find your flight easier, please select Paris-CDG.

To get details about your flight, you can also consult the website of the airline in charge of your carrier.

Transfer from and to the Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport

Which options are available?

  • Roissybus: The Parisian public transport company RATP operates the Roissybus, which connects the Opera metro station directly to the airport every 15 to 30 minutes between 5:15 and 0:30. The ticket costs 12 € for one way and the journey lasts between 60 to 75 minutes.
  • Bus: In addition, there are two scheduled buses to Roissy, line 350 - from train station Paris-Est - and 351 - from Place de la Nation. During rush hour they run every 20 minutes. The journey time is about 75 minutes and costs 6 €. 
  • Metro: There is no direct metro connection to Charles de Gaulle Airport. 
  • RER: The RER (Réseau Express Régional), the Parisian rapid transit system, provides connection to Paris. Trains depart from the station under Terminal 2, stop at Terminal 3 and travel to the city center, where they stop at all RER stations. After you entered Paris (at station Gare du Nord), you can change your itinerary with the Metro. The RER ticket is also valid for the metro, so you do not need a new ticket until you go out of the rail system. The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs about 10 euros. More information on the Paris Public Transport here.
  • Car: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is located in the north of Paris and is connected to Paris and French highways via the A1 highway, exit no. 6. More on Car Rentals in Paris.
  • Private transfer : Various companies offer airport transfers in limousines, where the chauffeur picks up the guest at the gate. Get options of Private Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris in our shop.
  • Magical Shuttle: The Magical Shuttle connects Charles de Gaulle with several hotels and Disneyland Paris. This shuttle is not suited for visitors who will stay in the center of Paris.

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Parking at the Airport

In the direct neighborhood of the terminal, arriving and departing passengers can use numerous paid parking spaces in multistory parking lots and open-air parking lots. Drop-off parking spaces are available near each terminal. The maximum parking time here is between 10 minutes and one hour.

Detailed information on parkings in Paris in our dedicated articles. 

Taxi, Uber and Bolt

There are fixed prices for trips from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris : 53 € for the right bank of the Seine and 58 € for the left bank.

According to the currently valid taxi-rates, the basic fee for a cab in Paris is 7,10 €, the kilometer price is 1,12 € for the first seven kilometers and 1,65 € for each additional kilometer. Standing and waiting times are charged at 37 € per hour.

You can travel with Uber and Bolt to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The cost of the trip depends on the load of the vehicles and the time of the trip.

Night tariff:

The night tariff is valid from Monday to Saturday for the time between 17:00 in the evening and 10:00 in the morning and on Sundays all day. During the night the basic charge is 7.10 euro, the price per kilometer is 1.35 euro, for standing and waiting times 38 euro are charged.  

Transfer inside the airport: Inside the airport, the CDGVal, a free automatic shuttle, operates between the terminals of CDG airport.
It connects the individual terminals, the train station and the parking lots

Bus for group transfers

Arrangement of buses for airport transfers from or to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for groups of 12 or more. 

Regional train & long-distance train

Aeroport Chalres de Gaulle train station is a long-distance train station located below Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

It is connected to the LGV Nord, which connects Paris with the Belgian border and the Eurotunnel, via the Interconnection EST, a high-speed line that bypasses the Paris metropolitan area.

All intercity trains running from Brussels and Lille to the west, southwest and south of France stop at the airport.

The Marne-la-Vallée - Chessy station at Disneyland Resort Paris is directly accessible by train from the airport.

About 150 trains arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport every day, including the RER.

TGV and Thalys at the airport

  • The TGV is the high-speed train of the SNCF, the French railroad company. It connects the major French cities with a maximum speed of 320 km/h.
  • For example, Paris is only 3 hours away from Marseille and 2 hours from Lyon and Bordeaux thanks to the high-speed rail network. 
  • The Thalys trains, a high speed train of the TGV, run almost every half hour without a stopover from Brussels to Paris Chales de Gaulle, the journey time is about 80 minutes. .

Lounges at the Airport

There are numerous lounges at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, 7 of these are Air France lounges.
Depending on the lounge, economy passengers can also purchase lounge access for a fee. 

  • Air France Lounges: among others in Terminal 2E, 2G, 2G, both in the non-Schengen and Schengen area
  • Icare Lounge: Terminal 1, airside, in front of security control, international departures.
  • Star Alliance Lounge: Terminal 1, airside, level 11. Schengen flights only. Showers are available.
  • Lufthansa Business Lounge: Terminal 1 after the security check at Gate 60 
  • Salon Galaxy: Terminal 1, after passport and before security check, level 10 in the non-Schengen area 
  • Lufthansa Senator Lounge: Terminal 1, after the security check, departure satellite No 6 
  • SAS Lounge: Terminal 1 after security check, satellite 7, level 10, near gates 70-78 
  • Qatar Airways Premium Lounge: Terminal 1, in front of the security control, level 11
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge: Terminal 2A, airside after passport control on the lower level of the satellite building, near Gates A37-39.
  • Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge: Terminal 2A-2C after security check, level 2 in the connecting building between Terminals 2A and 2C
  • Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge: Terminal 2A-2C after security check, level 2, in the connecting building between terminals 2A and 2C
  • American Airlines Admirals Club: Terminal 2A-2C after security check, level 2, in the connecting building between terminals 2A and 2C 
  • The Emirates Lounge: Terminal 2A-2C after security check, level 2, in the connecting building between terminals 2A and 2C
  • King David Lounge: Terminal 2A International, after security check
  • Salon Paris: Terminal 2C after security check, departure level between terminals C83 and C84.
  • Sheltair Lounge: Terminal 2D, after security check, airside, level 1.
  • Yotel Lounge: Terminal 2E, airside after security check, Non-Schengen departure and transit passengers.

Shopping, Stores and Duty-Free

The stores at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport are generally open Monday to Sunday, many of them from 06:00 to 22:00.

Perfumeries, jewelers, fashion boutiques, press stores, wine stores, confectionery stores, libraries, electronics stores and gift shops are available to travelers.

A supermarket can be found in the underground connection zone connecting terminals 2 A-C to 2 B-D.

If you have some more time, you can visit the nearby Aéroville shopping center, which offers a large selection of 200 stores.


The choice is huge - from perfumes, through branded clothing, to alcoholic beverages. Duty-free stores can be found in the departure terminals after passport and security checks. They are usually open from 05:00 to 22:00.

Food: The gastronomic offer is divided into 3 areas, On The Go, Bars and Restaurants. With numerous bistros, cafés and pubs, travelers have a rich choice in all terminals.

Rent a car at the Airport

All major car rental companies have a branch at Charles de Gaulle Airport. They are located at Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Of course, you can rent a car online in advance so that the car is available directly upon your arrival. Consult our article dedicated to Car Rental in Paris.

Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotels

There are numerous hotels in and near the airport. During the peak travel season, early reservation of rooms is recommended. Here is a small selection.

  • Sheraton Paris Roissy Airport: Located in Terminal 2 of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the hotel is a good choice for travellers arriving late or departing early. The TGV and RER stations are just a few steps away, WLAN is free of charge throughout the hotel. in the whole building.
  • Novotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: The hotel is located just 1 minute from Terminal 3 and is connected to the other terminals by the free metro (CDGVal). The bar is open until 1:00 am and breakfast is served from 5:00 am. WLAN is free of charge throughout the hotel.
  • Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport is located directly opposite Charles-de-Gaulle Airport. Terminals 1 and 3 of the Gare Roissypole station are 1 minute's walk away. WLAN is free of charge in the whole building.
  • ibis Paris CDG Airport: Located in the center of Charles de Gaulle Airport, ibis Paris CDG Airport welcomes you in an ideal location opposite Terminal 3 and the RER train station with direct access to the center of Paris.
  • YOTELAIR Paris CDG: The hotel is located in the transit area and is accessible only to passengers with boarding passes. Only hand luggage is allowed and a maximum of 1 overnight stay is possible. The innovative cabins were designed on the model of a private aircraft cabin in 1st class.

Conference at the Airport

We assist in renting rooms for events, conference hotels and the complete social program.


  • Address: Airport Paris Charles de Gaulle,
  • Telehpone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
  • IATA Code: CDG
  • Webpage:

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is there free WLAN at the Charles de Gaulle Airport?

WLAN is free throughout the airport. Smartphone charging stations or sockets are available at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Where can I find luggage storage at the Charles de Gaulle Airport?

For security reasons there is no luggage storage at the airport. Unattended luggage will be removed by the police at the expense of the passenger. However, the company Bagage du Monde offers a luggage storage service. You will find a counter at Terminal 2 at the TGV station opposite the Sheraton.

Do I have to go through customs on connecting flight?

Generally speaking, you only clear customs if you're leaving the airport and entering into the country, not heading on to connecting flights. One example of where this becomes a gray area is long layovers.

How much is a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris?

There are fixed prices for trips from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris: 53 euros for the right bank of the Seine and 58 euros for the left bank.

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