Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I asked security if its ok to sleep here and they welcomed me warmly. They said that I should just find some isolated corner and I could sleep on the floor in my sleeping bag. I slept next to a huge window and what can I say... Better than the hostels. :D -kekkosen
Satellite 4 at Terminal 2E (Airside). photo credit: Aéroports de Paris / Mikaël LaFontan & Olivier Seignet.
I was very worried about spending the night at CDG after all the reviews here, but a friend who had already done it told me it was ok. And he was right!
I arrived there at 1am and stayed at the 2E terminal simply because the bus left me in front of it. Staff was present and they told me the airport train (CDG Val) was running, in case I wanted to go to Terminal 1. I straightly asked which one was best for spending the night and they told me to stay where I was. Entrance was controlled by plane tickets (home printed = ok), so there were only travelers inside.
I didn't explore the area because I had few hours to sleep, but I saw only seats with armrest (and power spots), and people didn't look very comfortable on them. Temperature was right inside, even if cool/cold outside, good enough for a sleeping bag without isolation carpet. It didn't suffer with any dirtiness out of the norm (actually, this terminal was far cleaner than the average in Paris).
This terminal has mostly big open areas, which don't offer the kind of quiet shelter for sleeping. But I guess you might find something if you look for it (I didn't bother, but there was indeed a more secluded area behind the wc cluster, already taken by an African sport delegation when I passed by).
It wasn't the best airport of my life, but it was quite ok for CDG and French standards (most staff even spoke English).
(please note it applies for terminal 2E only. Terminal 1 is older and a lot less convenient)"
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
There are 3 Terminals, but Terminal 2 is actually 8 satellite terminals. If you are in transit, you should know which terminal you will be arriving and which one you need to go. You should plan for extra time to navigate your way to and from your gate. In 2012, transiting from the 2A to 2C terminals will be much easier as a their project to connect the terminals will be completed.
While there have been some complaints about airport staff, I received a courteous and prompt response when I made an inquiry through their web site. Additionally my own experience with security guards and the RELAY store attendant at the airport was very pleasant. The security guards were even concerned for my safety and "sympathized" with my situation when they recommended that I sleep somewhere more out in the open. Both the guards and store attendant voluntarily spoke English, as I did not speak French.
For you overnighters, Terminal 2E is the best place to go. Terminal 1 also receive decent comments. Anywhere else would be a mistake.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Paris CDG airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Icare Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, International Departures. Here you'll find large armchairs, deep sofas and soft lighting. WiFi, drinks and buffet meals are also included. Hours: 630am - 1130pm. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (30 EUR) • Priority Pass.
- American Airlines Admiral's Club - Location: Terminal 2A. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • Admiral's Club Membership.
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Terminal 2A, Airside, near Gates A37-39. Hours: 730am - 130pm. Lounge Access: Book Online (CA$ 30-55) • Maple Leaf Club Membership.
Free and unlimtied WiFi is available at Paris CDG. They also have two premium service offers:
- Faster: 8x faster than the standard free WiFi. The rate is € 2.90 or € 5.90 for 20 minutes to 60 minutes.
- Stronger: 20 times faster than the standard free WiFi. The rate is € 14.90 for 24 hours. You can connect up to 5 devices.
If sleeping inside CDG Airport on does not appeal to you, there are hotels at the airport....
- Ibis Paris Airport - a budget hotel located walking distance of Terminal 3
- CitizenM - 5 minute walking distance to Terminal 3.
- Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel - located at Terminal 2 across from the RER Station. Day rooms are available 8am-6pm.
- Novotel CDG Terminal - a few minutes walk from Terminal 3. Day rooms are available from 8am-8pm.
- Hilton Charles de Gaulle Airport - 5 minute walk from Terminal 3. Free shuttle from Terminal 2 (Shuttle Hours: every 20 minutes 6am - 1130pm and on request during unscheduled hours). Day rooms are available between the hours 9am-6pm
Due to the layout of the numerous airport terminals and satellites, transit hotels in the airside areas of the airport are not available. Your only option will be one of the on-site airport hotels.
- Car Rentals - Avis • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt • and others. Location: Terminals 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F
- Chapels / Prayer Rooms - Location: Terminal 1, Shopping Area, Level 2, near Post office • Terminals 2ABCD, Shopping area, near the post office and pharmacy • and Terminal 2F, Arrivals entrance
- Children's Play Areas - There are special play areas for children to keep entertained while waiting for the flight departure. There are 3 Guili themed play areas: Terminal 2C, boarding lounge, airside • Terminal 2F, boarding lounge, airside • Terminal 2D, boarding lounge, airside. A Disney themed area is located in the Terminal 2E boarding area.
- Cots - According to a review that came in on June 01, 2012, the airport provided stranded travellers cots in Terminal 2E (airside). At the moment, we are not sure where you can find them or how you can get your hands on one, but they do exist. If you have any information or photos, please email me.
- Currency Exchange - Travelex has 23 offices located throughout the various terminals (landside and airside). Hours: varies, but generally most locations are open from 6am.
- Food & Drinks -
There are no 24 hour food concessions available in the terminals. There are vending machines.
- Games - Playstation terminals can be found airside in all terminals.
- Light Therapy - In 2012, the airport will be offering a free Light Therapy area. Location: unknown
- Luggage Storage / Lockers - Bagages du Monde offers a luggage storage service (6 hours minimum to several days). Location: Terminal 2, TGV-RER train station level, in front of Sheraton Hotel. Hours: 6am - 930pm . Rates: from € 6.00 per bag.
The Soundcorner was added in 2011. (Terminal 2E, Airside). Photo by Aéroports de Paris
- Mobile Charging - The airport offers a free mobile charging service called Chargebox. In the departure lounges, you will find lockers to place and charge your devices. There are currently 31 Chargebox stations. Locations: Terminal 1 (6 stations) • Terminals 2E, 2F, 2G (18 stations) • Terminal 3 (2 stations) • Terminals 2A, 2C, 2D (7 stations).
- Museum - information not available.
- Music Lounge - The Music Lounge has 4 individual listening stations and can also be used with your own player. Location: Terminal B, Airside, Schengen
- Pharmacy - Locations: Terminal 1, CDGAL Level, landside (Hours: 8am - 720pm Mon-Sat and 9am - 720pm Sun) • Terminal 2, AC connection, landside • Terminal 2E, Departures Level, landside.
- Showers - The Air France Arrivals Lounge is rumoured to have one. Unless you are are Premier flyer, you won't be seeing it!
- Sony HD Viewing Room & Soundcorner - New features that opened 2011. The first Sony HD video viewing room is located airside in Terminal 2E.
- Workstations - Equipped with an electric socket to plug in your portable computer, the business workstations are designed for you to make the most of your waiting time. Locations: Terminal 1, airside, in the boarding lounges • Terminal 2D, airside, near gate D55 • Terminal 2EF, landside and airside, in the boarding lounges • Terminal 2G, airside
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Terminal Quick Tips
- terminal 2E is newer and better terminal (clean and no/fewer homeless people) - Go there!!!, reports of free Sony Playstations, semi reclining chairs and sleeping pods, Free WiFi in terminal 2F.
- homeless people are generally well mannered, but there are a few who have been problematic.
Download the Paris CDG Terminal Maps
Airport Transportation: Getting There
Travelling between Paris CDG Airport and the city centre, you can take:
- Train (RER B + Metro): 8.40 EUR, 50 minutes (depending who you talk to, the first train is 04:56 and the last train to the airport is 23:56. Check before you go).
- Bus: Bus 350 CDG to Gare du Nord costs 6€ (one hour) and Bus 351 CDG to Nation Place costs 6€ (one hour). Info submitted by a reader.
- Taxi: 50 EUR, 45 minutes
For more information, you can try to decipher the airport's transportation page. If you are confused, you are not alone. I contacted my hotel and they gave me directions on how to reach the hotel from the airport. I recommend you do the same
Airport Transportation: Getting Around
There is no easy way to get around this airport. Even the airport officials know this, so they have put together this helpful inter-terminal transportation guide for you to find your own way. Study it before you leave. Print the page and carry it with your important travel documents. The CDGVAL is the inter-terminal train. There are buses as well. You will eventually reach the terminal you want. It operates every 4 minutes.
The signs say Terminal 3 is accessible by CDGVAL train, but this is a joke. I think it would be better to take the bus if you have alot of luggage, as the train really dumps you off at Terminal 1 and then you have to walk for 5 minutes....even outside....to access Terminal 3.
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Last Updated: 18 January 2014
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