The biggest airport of France, and one of the biggest in Europe, is Charles-de-Gaulle Airport north of Paris. In 2008 more then 60 million passengers crossed this airport, making it the 5th biggest airport in the world.
CDG has three terminals, all handling both local and intercontinental flights. The terminals are all connected by the CDGVAL, a sort of metroline that makes a connection every few minutes.
It's very easy to reach the Airport from the centre of Paris, using the RER line B. Station Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 is the best one to take for Terminals 1 and 3, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV is the best one for Terminal 2. For a trip to the airport from the citycentre you'll need to calculate 45 minutes...
There also is a TGV (highspeed-train) station on the airport making it very easy to reach a lot of French cities with a fast, direct connection. For other European destinations you'll need to change on one of the other TGV-station in Paris. For more info about this, check out my TGV-tip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.