Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris
This is a food & drink outlet - cafe style - at CdG Airport. I had the misfortune to use the one at terminal 2G (no choice) but I noticed one at terminal 2E as well.
I paid an incredible €9.90 for a 50cl bottle of San Pellegrino water and a smoked salmon sandwich. Now I know the £ is low against the €, and I know inflation in food prices in France has been very high in the last 12 months, but "rip-off" is the only way to describe this.
Had the sandwich been good I might have accepted the price a bit better. However, the bread was dry and they used a minute piece of salmon, carefully arranged and packaged so that it looked the opposite.
If you have a choice, avoid this place.
CDG is Paris's main airport with its three terminals servicing pretty much the whole of the world. When I first flew to Paris the terminals were connected by bus and the driver was the most surly and unhelpful guy ever. But recently this has been replaced by a driverless transit system which works OK.
Personally I find this not the most user-friendly airport in the world with the signage being a bit obfuscating (bearing in mind that I can read Cyrillic!) but generally speaking it's not a bad airport.
At least the bars are reasonably priced!
Website is pretty good tho' ;)
Looking through the questions asked about Paris in the forums, i notice that nearly half the questions are about CDG the paris airport and the transportation thereto. I use CDG fairly frequently, about three times a month and every thing goes smoothly. it is an easy airport to navigate despite the perceived difficulties. It is crowded so it may be a problem to some.
when you arrive, beware that US based airlines are parked a little bit away from the immigration desks so a short walk may be involved. then quickly collect the bags and you are out of the customs. the arrival area looks crowded and may faze some travellers. you go out and there is an area clearly marked for Le Bus to Porte Maillot and CDG Etoille..the centre of paris..
the buses come one every 20 minutes.. once they leave terminal 2 C, they stop at terminal 2F for air france arrivals and then on to Terminal 1 which is a short ride away. once we leave terminal 1, usually you are in Porte Maillot within thirty minutes.
it is 14 euros one way and 25 euros round trip. you can surely expect these to go up on a quarterly basis
Look at the site of the paris airports and you would see how close you are to arrival and departure gates. This morning I arrived at CDG (by the way it is CDG, for Charles de Gaulle), and our aircraft was parked at a distance, we were bussed in (possibly because it arrived from India!).. even then at that busy time everything goes smoothly.. remember, you dont fill out any forms to go through the immigration and if you have USA passport, they would just look at you and your picture and very seldom anything else. your luggage would go directly to Budapest and you can walk out of the terminal and take the inter terminal navette..
check out the website it is very helpful.
Vous atterrissez à Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal 2E
Et votre correspondance se trouve à Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal 2B
Correspondances internationales :
Suivez les panneaux « Correspondance ».
Prenez la Navette Aéroports de Paris jusqu'au terminal B
- Fréquence : de 5h15 à 23h45 toutes les 15 à 30 minutes.
Autres correspondances :
A votre descente d'avion, suivez les panneaux « Sortie-Bagages ».
Allez à la porte 2.04
Prenez la Navette Aéroports de Paris jusqu'au terminal 2B.
- Fréquence : toutes les 18 à 25 minutes, 24h sur 24.
Charles de Gualle Airport is one of the busiest and largest airports in Europe and every major (and minor ones too) airline have flights to Paris via CDG. Although the airport can be a bit confusing, transportation into Paris city center is quite easy.
I usually only fly American Airlines into CDG as I am an elite member and with two direct flights from NYC, it's easy and convenient for me.
The flight is usually a nice and comfortable 8 hour flight, with pleasant flight attendants.
All of the American Airlines flights arrive/depart from Terminal 2A (Except flights to/from London which are in Terminal 2B).
For information about which terminal your flight will arrive in, check out the website below.
Honestly I didn't know where to put this tip but I recommend you to walk along the Charles de Gaulle Airport. I like to walk on the airports I've been even though most of the times they have the same stores but you always find something different.
Very nice and cheap way to get from CDG airport to Paris (Opera) is ROISSY-bus. Only 8,60 EUR.
It takes about 40-50 minutes, but NOTE! It can be 1 hour or even more, if there is traffic jam....
Another good way is train. There is train station in airport too and it's easy to find at Terminal 2D.
From Opera you can buy Metro tickets. Just go opposite of Opera house and go down to Metro station. There you can find all you need. Nice coffee place also. :)
Best way to get back to Airport is G7 -taksi. It realiable and nice service in english too. From Paris to CDG is around 50EUR (at 4 am!) but be aware, it can be around 100EUR if there is lot of traffic!
There is more than one terminal at CDG. If it's terminal One or Two, you're in the modern bit - and we've never had problems, leaving or arriving.
If it's terminal three, prepare for the worst! This terminal is dedicated to "low-cost" carriers, and it shows. First, it's in the back of beyond: you need to ask the bus driver (if you're arriving by bus) or find a friendly member of staff (and they are friendly - and helpful).They will direct you throught the corridors of T1 or T2 to the CDG-train, which links the terminals (this walk made me think I was on a set from "2001 A Space Odyssey"!). When you arrive at what's called T3 you then have a not-short outdoor walk to the terminal itself.
When you arrive at the terminal, the check-in queues are lengthy, the few food outlets do awful take-away stuff that you can eat at one of the scarce (dirty) tables. Forget shops and go to the toilet once you have passed security check!
On arrival back at T3 we looked for the taxi-rank but couldn't find it, so it was the long walk, CDG-train, etc in reverse.
If we now travel cheapie from/via Paris, we omit CDG and go via Orly - a much more pleasant experience!
The times I've been in Paris, be it in transit or when I visited the city, I've landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle. The first time I flew to Paris was with SAS and I landed on Terminal 1. I was impressed because it was the first time at this airport....and their escalators that seemed never ending from (sort of) the arrival gate to where you claim your baggage hehe. Good thing that their departure hall wasn't that far from the gates, although there wasn't many places to do some tax free shopping because the terminal was under renovation the last time I was there (March 2006, when coming back to Stockholm).
When flying with Air France I usually land at Terminal 2A or F (landed once on terminal 2D). Terminal 2A to D are interconnected with each other in a way that you can walk from the one to the other in about 15 minutes (I like taking my time walking unless I'm in a rush).
Paris-CDG is easily accessible by public means: you can take the RER B from terminals 1 and 2 to Gare du Nord or Châtelet-Les Halles and from there the métro to your final destination. It takes about 25 minutes to Gare de Nord and 28 minutes to Châtelet-Les Halles. See prices and other info here.
Since Paris-CDG is such a big hub for intercontinental flights (as well as European ones), make sure you have enough time to check in and proceed to the security check because the lines can be LONG.
A lot of people ask how to get from CDG into Paris. You could look down the Paris forum or check out the tips from the Paris Travel Guide.
VT Tips how to get from airports to Paris:
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/France/Ile_de_France/Paris-99080/Transportation-Paris-From_the_Airports_to_Paris-R-1.html or click here
Then work out the nearest metro near your hotel.
Map of Paris, route planner: www.viamichelin.com or click here
Metro map: http://www.ratp.info/orienter/cv/carteparis.php or click here
Also check the website of your hotel which will usually have information on how to get there.
Airport Charles de Gaulle is the worst airport I have ever been to, sorry about that but it is really a sh*t one, slow and difficult to check in, crowded etc. I you can choose airport in France, try to fly to/from Orly.
It's very important to know on which terminal you're coming and from which terminal you're flying back home. The airport it's huge but it's easy to follow the signs.
On your way back just check the monitors and your check-in desk...go to the gate and after that find the appropriate desk for check in...you can always ask the staff..they are very friendly and willing to help...
If you're in company of people who departing from different terminals (for example 2ABCD..) and still want to grab a coffee with your friends...do it in some of the bars between terminals...which are easly reachable from all terminals.
I am writing this from the arrival Lounge of Air France at Terminal 2 at CDG. Friendly welcome, hot shower, with amenities comparable to a five star hotel: occitane accessories!
cappuccino and of course hampagne if you feel like indulging this time of the morning
newspapers and very quiet atmosphere
THE FRENCH DO IT WITH STYLE
Hotels a Roissy-CDG
Formule !* 0 891 705 369 www.hotelformule1.com
Band B** 01 34 38 55 55 www.hotelbb.com
Ibis** 0149 19 19 19 www.ibishotel.com
Etap Hotel 0 892 683056 www.etaphotel.com
service de navettes vers l'aeroport dans tous ces hotels.
Hotels a Orly
Formule1* 0 891 705375
Ibis** 01 567050 50
Kyriad*** 01 69 38 30 00 and 01 41 80 75 75 www.kyriad.fr
services de navettes vers l'aeroport dans tous ces hotels
CDG1/CDG2/CDG3 30 minutes
CDG to ORLY 2 hours
CDG to Paris 1h 15 min
Orly to Paris 50 min
Informations cars air france
informations and reservations
3635 (0700-2200) charge
lundi et vendredi 0892687714 (0700=2200). sam et dim (0900=2200)
Aeroport de Roissy the main international airport for long haul flights 01 48621212(7am=9pm) www.aeroportsdeparis.fr very helpful site renseignements des vols: 01 48 62 22 80
aeroports d'Orly sud/ouest 0149755252 (7am=9pm)
renseignements des vols 0149751515( 0600=2300)