Charles de gaulle airport


As the most popular tourist destination in the world France is obviously well served by flights from every part of the globe with Air France alone flying from 140+ destinations in over 80 countries

Paris airports are amongst the busiest in the world so it can be a bit daunting arriving here after a long-haul flight and having to either get into the city or to continue on to your final destination.

If you have arrived at Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport, tired, disoriented and wondering how to get to the next stage of your trip, we have put together some information to hopefully help make your arrival slightly less stressful:


You have arrived at Charles de Gaulle or is that 'Aéroport de Paris', 'Aéroport Charles de Gaulle' (CDG), 'Paris-Charles de Gaulle', Roissy Charles de Gaulle? l’Aéroport de Roissy or just plain old Roissy? no matter, you are where you should be! Many people find the airport difficult to negotiate but although it is huge (see map) it is all well signposted in French and English. Whether it's terminal 1, 2 or 3 you'll pass through passport control and customs. If you leave the aircraft in the first group of passengers you should expect to get through immigration fairly quickly but allow yourself anything from 10 mins to 1hour.

Then its on to baggage reclamation - you can expect to wait around half an hour at the carousel  - there's a lot of bags going through here!  After collecting your bags (make use of free trolleys if you have more than hand luggage) you head through customs - normally only random checks are done here so stroll confidently through! After customs you’ll exit into one of the general areas of Charles de Gaulle Airport where you can  make your way to Paris or another destination.

 Where to next?

If you need to get to Paris then click here...............Charles de Gaulle to Paris

If you are picking up a hirecar  click here.........
If you are heading for Disneyland Paris  click here.........CDG to Disneyland

Transfering to Orly Airport?

Transferring between Paris CDG airport and Paris Orly airport is easy...and free if you are an Air France passenger in transit. The Air France Line 3 shuttle buses depart every 20 to 30 minutes from 5:55 am to 9:00 pm and the journey between airports takes about an hour. It departs from Paris de Gaulle terminal 1 at exit 34 and terminal 2, halls A, B, C, D and F. Fare for non Air France passengers is € 19 each way for adults and € 9.50 for children.  

 Terminal 1,2 & 3 at Charles de Gaulle Airport