Paris Charles de Gaulle is one of the ten busiest airports in the world. The annual flow of tourists is 60 million people. I propose to get acquainted with this air transport hub in France closer.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle: terminals and services
How to get from Charles de Gaulle to Paris
How to get from Charles de Gaulle airport at night
How to get from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris-Orly
airport How to get from Charles de Gaulle airport to Disneyland
Car hire at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris Airport
Hotels in airport
Paris-Charles de Gaulle: terminals and services
Official site https://www.parisaeroport.fr
The airport is named after the former French president. The grand opening took place in March 1974. The hub provides air traffic to 300 cities of the world. Paris-Charles de Gaulle is divided into 3 large terminals. The second of them, which, incidentally, receives passenger flights from Russia, is divided into 7 more terminals. These are all separate buildings. Shuttles run between them, there is also an underground metro line connecting the terminals.
See the terminal layout at https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/terminals-map
The airport infrastructure is excellently developed, to say the least. Here you can literally live with all amenities. I’ll tell you about the key services for tourists in more detail.
Tax free at Charles de Gaulle Airport is issued without any problems if the purchase amount exceeds € 175, 01. Find one of the five tax return offices:
- in terminal 1, lower level, hall 6, immediately to the right;
- terminal 2A, departure zone, exit No. 5;
- in 2C you need to exit 4;
- terminal 2E, exit 8;
- terminal No. 3, departure zone, customs control.
Cash back VAT is possible up to € 1000. If the amount is greater, the balance is transferred to the card. The procedure takes about 40 minutes, there is always a queue, but it moves quickly.
My experience of tax-free refund at Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Arrived at the airport early ( got on the advanced ordered transfer kiwitaxi), the first time it was not easy to find a customs point: from the level where flights are registered (zone 2, floor 3), you need to go down one of the elevators to floor 2. Follow the signs to the customs. Nearby stands a young man, an employee of the airport and tells where to go, what to show and where to get the money. Documents and passport need to be scanned independently in a special kiosk. If suddenly the receipt is not readable, then you can go to the customs officers, their windows are nearby. Next to the customs point is one of the return points, but you can only get a dollar return in it. Therefore, we returned to the 3rd floor and at Travelex received a refund in euros. We spent half an hour on the procedure for returning tax-free in the morning (around 6:30 in the morning).
Left-luggage offices are located in the second terminal (level 4) opposite the Sheraton Hotel. Schedule: from 6:00 to 21:30. The price of the service is from € 3 per day.
Duty free zones are scattered across all terminals. Shops usually open at 5:45 and work until 21:30. Here you can buy everything that we used to buy in duty free. You can also buy macaroons. The cost of one piece is about 1.80 €, which is basically cheaper than in Laduree.
How to get from Charles de Gaulle to Paris
The distance between the center of Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport is 25 km. You can use different types of transport to overcome it.
Taxi and private transfer
Taxi ranks are opposite all terminals. Getting to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport by taxi will cost you around € 40. An alternative is the qiwi taxi service (from € 50). You will be met at the airport, no matter what time you arrive, they will help with your suitcases and will quickly deliver you to a hotel or other destination. I ordered a kiwi taxi on the way back to the airport . Why I chose a transfer, not a taxi, I told in an article by reference.
On the intui.travel website, you can book both individual and group transfers (not for all cities, but in Paris there is such an opportunity). In buses and minibuses, free Wi-Fi, large luggage compartments, comfortable seats. The road to the center of Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport will take 45 minutes (in the morning rush hour we drove to our hotel 1:05). The group transfer service starts from 17 euros per person (shuttle Mersedes Bens, up to 19 passenger seats). Read my transfer review here .
By public transport
All public transport routes can be viewed on the airport website: https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/access/paris-charles-de-gaulle/public-transport
Bus from Charles de Gaulle to Paris
There are bus stops on the Le Bus Direct Line 2 line (https://www.lebusdirect.com/en/) across the road from the exits from Terminals 1, 2 (from 2A to 2F ). The route provides transport links with Charles de Gaulle Airport and the center of Paris, namely the Eiffel Tower, Palais des Congrès, Place Etoile. You will spend from 50 to 70 minutes on the way. The ticket is free for children under 4 years old, from 4 to 11 years old – € 10. € 18 – the cost of a one-way adult ticket (price for March 2019).
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Another line, Le Bus 4 , takes you to the Gare de Lyon train station or the Montparans district, in the southern part of the city. Look for stops at the exits of terminals 1 (32 arrivals hall), terminals 2A, C, D (gate 10C), exits 2E and 2 F (arrival zone E8). The fare will cost you € 18 one way. Children from 4 to 11 years old – € 10. Up to 4 years old – free of charge (prices are valid for March 2019). On the road – about an hour.
Roissybus flights will take you to the Grand Opera. The first flight leaves at 6:00, the last – 00:30. The interval between buses is 15 minutes. Get ready to ride 50-60 minutes. Give away € 12.50 for the ticket (data for March 2019). A ticket can be bought online https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/services/book-a-service/transport-to-and-from-the-airport
Route 350 is useful for you if you need to get to the city’s East Station (Gare de l’Est) or the surrounding areas. Directions – € 6, on the road – 70 minutes.
Bus number 351 travels along the Paris-Charles de Gaulle-Nation station. This is the longest flight time. You will drive about 1.5 hours. Ticket price – € 6.
Trains and trains from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris
The official website of the carrier https://www.ratp.fr/plans Most tourists prefer to use rail public transport to “get out” of the Paris airport.
The RER line B commuter train will take you to the center of the French capital. On the road: 25 minutes to the North Station (Gare du Nord), 28 minutes to the Gare du Nord and 35 minutes to the Denfert-Rochereau station . Ticket price – € 11.4 (as of March 2019). The train station from all terminals (1,2 and 3) can be reached either on foot or on the free CDGVAL shuttle. The interval between trains is no more than 20 minutes. Departure – Charles de Gaulle 1 train station.
How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport at night
If you need to leave the airport at night, Noctillien bus routes 140, 143 are at your service . They get to the East Station. Interval of movement – 20 minutes. The first flight enters the line at 23:00, the last – 05:30. Ticket – 7.6 euros. On the road – 30 minutes.
Another option is transfer. Fast and convenient! The cost of the service will be the same as in the daytime. Order an individual transfer >>>
How to get from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris-Orly Airport
The distance between Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports is 45 km. The Le Bus 3 line provides direct transport links between them. A bus stop at Charles de Gaulle Airport is located at the exit between terminals 2F and 2E. The road lasts 70-80 minutes. Ticket – € 22 (as of March 2019). The first flight leaves the route at 6:00, the last – 2:00. The interval between them is 40 minutes.
You can use the rail. True, there are no direct flights from Charles de Gaulle to Orly; you will have to make two transfers. Take the RER B train to the North Station. From there, take line B to Antony Station. And finally, from the Antony station, we take the Orlyval line to Orly Airport. On the road, taking into account transfers – 1 hour 45 minutes.
An individual transfer will cost from 62 euros ( order a taxi ).
How to get from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Disneyland
The distance between the airport and Disneyland is 50 km. There are several ways to overcome it.
Option number 1. On the shuttle val d’Europe Airports (“Magic shuttle”). You need to sit at the bus stop across the road from the exits from Terminals 1, 2E-2F. The road will take 45 minutes. Rates: adult – € 23, children – € 10. Children under 3 years old – free of charge.
Option number 2. Train. Guests can visit Mickey Mouse on their own by SNCF TGV in just 10 minutes. You need a MARNE-LA-VALLÉE CHESSY TGV station. The train runs from 7:00 to 22:00. Waiting between trains – 15 minutes. Ticket – from € 19. You can buy a ticket through omio.com .
Option number 3. Transfer kiwitaxi. The cost of the service is from € 62. It takes about 40 minutes to get there ( book a taxi )
Car rental at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Dozens of car rental companies operate at terminals 1 and 2. Schedule: from 6:00 to 24:00. You can book your car in advance on the website autoeurope.ru. The service starts from € 36 per day. With autoeurope.ru I booked a car in Provence, described the details here .
If you have not previously booked a car for travel, check out my article:
Dozens of good hotels are located right on the territory of the air transport hub. To pay close attention, in my opinion, is worth on such hotels:
- citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – 4 stars, new rooms, friendly staff. 4 minutes walk to the terminal number 3. Day for staying in a double room – € 107. Breakfast is included.
- ibis Paris CDG Airport . The hotel is located in the center of the airport, near the railway station No. 1. On its territory there are two restaurants, a parking, an outdoor terrace. The staff speaks 4 languages (no Russian). From € 95 with breakfast.
- Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport – Located in the center of the airport, good spacious, soundproofed rooms. The staff speaks Russian. Rich infrastructure: pools, spa, gym, bars and restaurants. The price of accommodation + breakfast is € 170.
Charles de Gaulle Airport is a “city in a city”. It occupies a vast territory in area, but signs and “tips” for passengers are everywhere .
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