Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris
The area where Air Europa arrives and departures is not one of the best ones I have seen in my life.
No duty free (a tiny one and closing it in front of us), no toilets inside, no smoking area... I guess if I can choose in the future Orly would be my best choice!
At Denfert-Rochereau, you get all the conveniences in one place.
There is a Charles de Gaulle Airport train service, Orly Airport Bus Service, Metro Station and the Hop-On and Hop-Off Tourist Bus (L'Open) stop.
For train service to/from Charles de Gaulle Airport, the service is full of commuters until it reaches Gare du Nord international rail station, which is in between Denfert-Rochereau and the Airport. Ticket to CDG cost about 8-9 Euro each. Give yourself more time to reached CDG Airport. The train I was on made an unscheduled stop at one of a station on the non-stop section of the route and that took at good 10-20 minutes waiting time before continuing the final leg into CDG Airport.
As for the Orly Airport Bus, I didn't try it but I believe this is the starting point of the service. Hence should not have problem getting onto it.
L'Open also calls at this location as the Catatombs is one of the tourist spot.
Behind the station, there is the Mariott Hotel. I stayed at Hotel du Lion with a view of the Eiffel Tower and Tower Montparnasse. There is Monoprix market, cafes and eateries.
On top of that, the famous Catatombs is just across the road from the metro station.
By the way, this first picture was taken on 19th July at 9:00pm at night.
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.
The best and easy way to reach Paris city center from CDG is RER trains. If you consider your budget, it is cheapest and comfortable way also. You can easily find the station inside the airport and I think you don't need to look around another transportation choice:) You take RER B train, it directly goes to center. Then you can take another train in the interchange stations.
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 about a nice and comfortable 8 hours, 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.
www.airport-paris.com website is providing quite helpful information about all airports serving Paris... Beauvais included. Airport Maps are provided and reviews of transfer options offered to travellers. Special thanks for the Beauvais bus terminal map that is far better than the one of the official beauvais airport site. Information about Train - Shuttle and bus transfer - transfer to disneyland too. Price and official websites listed.
Beware, there are two different train stations at Charles De Gaulle Airport!!
My friends and I did not know this and spent two hours trying to find each other not knowing that one was at the station at Terminal 2 and the other was at Terminal 1 & 3.
Incidently there is a short train/metro ride between all the Terminals for free, but the maps at the airport train station was terrible, they only showed the surrounding area and not any of the terminals of train stations.
We finally found each other and took the RER B into Paris Gare du Nord costing €8.10.
Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle International Airport sits approximately 14 miles north of Paris. The airport is the largest in Paris.
The security checkpoints are often understaffed creating long waits.
You should allow for extra time for layovers when catching connecting flights to avoid missing a plane.
There are an excellent mix of amenities, restaurants, and shops.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport stands out is the train system that links airport passengers with Paris and other nearby attractions including the European Disney World and Belgium.
It is easy to reach much of France and Belgium using trains that leave the airport regularly.
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
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' ;)
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.
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!
Charter or low cost airlines land at this terminal. Flying on Air Transat, I landed there. I read previously some nasty comments about this terminal, from french citizens ! Well, well, some people like to complain !
We had to walk out of the plane since they use stairs instead of... ( forgot the name of the device that bring you directly to the airport...). But, I was happy since it gave me the chance to take a picture of the Concorde displayed there ! The terminal is not at all dirty. From there, you have a bit of a walk to reach the train station ( RER ), but you do it mostly under a ceiling that protect you from possible rain.
To reach the city, I bought a one week pass ( "carte orange" ). Charles de Gaulle airport is in zone 5. So by buying a "1 to 5 zone" pass, I was able to take the train ( RER ) and connect to any metro I need to reach my hotel. There were no problems with my luggage. I was unable to use my credit card to buy the pass at the machine within the terminal # 3. But it worked well at the train station.
Six hours is too short a period of time to get out of CDG and then look for a hotel nearby, there are cheap hotels for around 40 euros per day, no fractional rate.
If you are member of Air France FF or any other airlines associated with AF, then you can use their arrival lounge free of charge. There are showers and comfortable seats and food depending upon the hour of the day: breakfast or lunch. it closes around 12 noon or 1 pm.
Are you coming in on one airline and then leaving on another? then you might have to go out of the terminal. Depending upon the terminal you would be using, you can buy a day pass for around 50 usd
Arrive well in advance of your flight. When I flew out of CDG the check in and security queues were absolutely horrendous.
Bring a good book or something. For a major airport, it is remarkably dull and post security we were pretty much locked in a cage and unable to move around.
For Paris transfers, the RER connects the airport via line B with the city. There are two RER stations at the airport - one at Terminal 2, the other at Terminal 3. If you are meeting someone there, make sure you are waiting at the right station :)