Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris
When taking a RER train to CDG Airport, you need to take off at CDG 1 (there’s a CDG 2 - next after CDG1).
Even if you take off at CDG2, there’s a free shuttle going to CDG1 quite often.
Don’t throw away your metro (RER) ticket: you’ll need it to exit from the train station.
You need to know ahead a time what terminal your plane leaves from. There are small train-shuttles going to Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Pay attention to the signs.
When you arrive to your terminal you may check in right away using machines. (Do not wait until the electronic table shows your gate). It’ll print the boarding passes for you. Usually, the information about your gate appears 2 hours before your departure time (no need to arrive to the airport 3 hours in advance like we do in North America).
You need a boarding pass to enter the gate where you’ll go through Customs check and then straight to the duty-free shopping (the prices are not much lower than in the city). There are Paul and Espressamente cafés inside, I like the second one (good coffee).
The German precision and correctedness was on show here in the Business Class Lounge. not crowded and plenty of things to read and alas, no free Wi Fi.
it is near the gates where the LH flights board, so that you can relax at the lounge until the last minute.
a nice little pain au chocolat, cafe creme and some eau petillante... nice way to start the day off with.. on this long day of flying
Now that Continental has switched their loyalty to Star Alliance, they leave from Terminal 1, the less glamorous of the terminals but far less busy than the Terminals 2. the disadvantage is that Terminal 1 is a bit way off. you can take the CDGval which is an electric shuttle that will take you from Terminal 1 to Parking and then to Roissypole and then to Terminals 2. Quick and Easy.
if you are going to town, Le Bus stops at Terminal 1.
the Shuttles from the hotels would drop you off at terminals 2 or Roissypole so that you can catch the CDGVal there.
Air france 777-ER
boarded at 4 pm for the 4 50 pm flight
separate boarding for First Business and Premium Economy passengers
very quick boarding
a section screened off between Business and Economy
Took off at 5 12 pm and it took only six hours and six minutes to reach Paris.
Lots of movies including a good selection of World movies
The meal served is the same as in Economy Class
The fare is twice as much as the economy fare and in my opinion it is justified and comparable.
On arrival at CDG I used the AF arrival lounge and had a nice shower and breakfast before venturing into Paris
My 1st experience of T2G was in July 09 on a trip from Edinburgh to Ljubljana. I've used CdG many times, and I'm almost adjusted to its idiosyncracies, but...
When I asked the AF transfer desk where I should be going, the lady explained, added it is "complicated" and wished me "good luck"...
T2G is a 10 minute shuttle bus trip from the other T2 areas. The shuttle bus arrangements are pretty well signposted, and the service is very regular - say every 5 minutes at peak times.
It is tiny - like a small regional airport. However apart from an unpleasant experience with the only airside food outlet (Bert's) it all worked well enough for me both outbound and inbound. It is used by AF only, and just for what they class as regional services - Paris to Ljubljana, for example - and use small planes.
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 Roissy bus will take you directly to the Opera Garnier, for I think about 10-12 Euros, you catch it outside door 9 it goes every 15 minutes, you can pay the driver and takes about 40 minutes to get into Paris... you can then catch it at the drop off spot on the way back... you are only about 15 minute walk to the Louvre and then central to all the beauty of Paris...straight down Avenue de L'Opera.. you are also right by Galleries Lafayette..
I think the bus drops you off at the side of the Opera,right in front of American Express, go to the front of the Opera and then down the Avenue de L'Opera...
Hope this helps more central than a train but a little more expensive and probably a bit slower...
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.
You can walk the city of Paris with ease and you can book a bus a cityrama to get you to Versaille..or bus 171
I have always taken the Roissy Bus from CDG airport to the Opera, centre location and I believe it is 8 or 9 Euros one way and goes frequently every 15 minutes... right outside door 9 at the airport.
As someone already said you can get a Garne at the metro good for 10 trips..on the metro..
Have fun.. Don't drive!!!