Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide
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 and 2A are the best places 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 € 9,90 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 - (2 min walk from Terminal 3) A budget hotel located opposite Terminal 3 at the RER Roissy 1 exit. From Terminals 1 & 2, take the CDGVAL free automatic metro to the Roissypôle stop.
- CitizenM - (5 min walking distance to Terminal 3).
- Hilton Charles de Gaulle Airport - (5 min walk from Terminal 3) Day rooms are available between the hours 9am-6pm. From T1: Take the free CDGVAL high-speed train which runs every 4 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (free of charge) and stop at T3/Roissypole. Free shuttle from Terminal 2 (Shuttle Hours: every 20 minutes 6am - 11:30pm and on request during unscheduled hours).
- Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Center - (2 min walk from Terminal 2) Located in Terminal 2 across from the RER Station. The hotel is just steps away from the CDG VAL, a free automatic shuttle service which links the three airport terminals. Day rooms are available 8am to 6pm.
- Novotel CDG Terminal - (2 min walk from Terminal 3) From terminals 1 and 2: Take the CDGVAL free automatic metro, Roissypôle stop, hotel entrance in the RER train station. From terminal 3: Follow signs for Gare RER (2 min walk), hotel entrance in the RER train station. Day rooms are available from 8am-8pm.
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 airport hotels.
- Baby Care - Strollers are available free of charge. Location: Terminal 2E, immediately after security.
- 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. There is a Starbucks (Inter 2 ABCD)which opens at 3:30 AM daily.
- 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
- Massage Chairs - Location: Terminal 1, satellites 1 to 6; Terminal 3, both departure areas; Terminal 2, zones 2A, 2C, 2D and 2E (near desks E68 et E55). Fee: Starting from €2,00.
- 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.
- Rest Zones - In Terminal 2E, you will find areas with comfortable lounge style seating. Exact locations are currently unknown.
- 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
The airport is open 24 hours
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 To/From The Airport
RER B: The regional RER train links Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Paris, with it serving terminals 1 and 3. THE TGV service serves terminal 2. The journey is 350 minutes from Châtelet les Halles to the airport. The cost is € 9.75.
SNCF: The Paris-Charles de Gaulle SNCF to Paris service is located between terminals 2C-2D and 2E-2F.
CDGVAL: The automated metro stops at all terminals every 4 minutes. The service does not run from 1am-4am.
The Roissybus shuttle provides a link between the centre of Paris (Opéra station) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Roissybus stops at Terminals 2A- 2C, 2E-2F, 2D, 3 and 1. Journey time is 60 minutes and the fare is € 11.
Other bus transportation
There are other bus service providers running services from the airport to Paris at different times and costs may vary.
Paris Taxis cover Paris and 3 bordering departments (Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne).
Suburban Taxis cover Paris and 4 bordering departments (Essonne, Val-d'Oise, Yvelines and Seine-et-Marne).
Taxi ranks are at the exit to the baggage reclaim area of all arrival terminals. Only taxis located at the gates are allowed to take customers and such taxis are identified by the "light" on the vehicle's roof.
Fares as a guideline during the day, from or to the Paris centre: costs €50-70. Allow for a 15% increase if travelling between 7pm-7am (suburbs); between 5pm-10am (Paris) and on Sundays/public holidays.
There are range of car rental providers located at the airport. Car Rental companies include: Avis • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt • and others. Location: Terminals 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2F.
Airport Transportation: Getting Around
The CDGVAL is the inter-terminal train. There are buses as well. As there is no easy way to summarize the inter-terminal transportation, refer to the airport's web site.
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Last Updated: 10 April 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.