Getting to Paris Charles de Gaulle

Paris Charles de Gaulle handles over 58 million passengers per annum, which makes it the seventh largest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is also the largest in France, and the second busiest overall in Europe, falling just behind London Heathrow in the United Kingdom. The Airport has the official code of CDG, and due to its location, is also commonly referred to as the Roissy Airport. Facilities of the airport are extensive, and meet the needs of all passengers in each terminal building. Several options for public transport to the airport are available as well. The airport directions are reasonably simple to follow, as the airport is nearby the city of Paris, and is connected by a number of prominent highways.

Charles de Gaulle is located on a huge area of land just 25 km, or 16 miles from the city centre of Paris, a world-famous city for its most popular attraction of the Eiffel Tower. The city is visited by millions of tourists every year, and therefore this large airport is a very important gateway to the region. The airport extends over approximately 32 km, or 12 square miles of land and straddles three departments and six communes. The departments include Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-d’Oise, while their communes include Le Mesnil-Amelot, Mauregard, Mitry-Mory, Tremblay-en-France, Roissy-en-France and Épiais-lès-Louvres. Particularly nearby the airport lie the regions of Goussainville and Louvres to the north-west Aulnay-sous-Bois and Sevran to the south. Paris is south-west of the airport, and further west of Paris is Le Mans and Rennes. To the south and south-west of Paris is Orléans, Tours, Angers, Nantes and Poitiers, and to the south-east are the popular cities of Dijon and Lyon.

The major airport roads include the A1 motorway, running along the western side of the airport grounds, and the N2, which is found on the southern and western sides of the airport. Smaller roads connecting to the airport are the Av. Charles de Gaulle, Rue de Paris or the D401 on the northern side and the A104, which connects to the N2. The A1 can also be referred to as the Autoroute du Nord.

Directions from Porte de la Chapelle

Porte de la Chapelle is located on the northern side of Paris city centre, and the most convenient route to follow from this area is the A1 motorway. Travel north-east on the motorway until reaching Exit 6, and turn off for the airport. The airport is also clearly signposted as the ‘Aéroport Paris Charles de Gaulle’. From this area, the journey to the airport will take approximately half an hour.

Directions from Porte de Bagnolet

From Porte de Bagnolet, which is located to the north-east of Paris city centre, motorists will travel to A3 motorway until reaching the exit at Junction 3. The road will then join the A1 motorway, which leads to Charles de Gaulle Airport. Exit at Junction 6, and follow the signs to your terminal building. The expected journey time from this area of the city is about half an hour.

The roads in Paris, and those leading to the airport can be very busy during rush hours, therefore always leave plenty of time for travelling. Sufficient time will also be needed to find a suitable parking space nearby your departure point, in one of the several parking lots of Charles de Gaulle Airport, and to check-in for your flight. The airport is very large, and passengers should arrive early to ensure that they have enough time to find their terminal, check-in desk and boarding gate. In simple terms, there are three terminal buildings at the airport, known as Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, however, the buildings have multiple terminals, and satellite buildings, which can be confusing at times.

Terminal 1 is the main terminal, with seven satellite buildings, and Terminal 2 consists of Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F and the newer 2G. The check-in desks of Terminal 1 are found on the third floor, and many shops and restaurants are located on the second floor. Further departure facilities are found on the fourth level, and include the border control posts, duty free stores and access to the satellite buildings with the boarding gates. While Terminal 1 is constructed in a unique circular, and ‘octopus’ design, Terminal 2 is of a more conventional design. It is also the base of all operations by Air France, an airline company for which the airport is a hub. Terminal 3 is just a single hall, and from where all low-cost and charter flights are handled. Within the building, facilities are connected by moving walkways, escalators and elevators, and the terminals, remote parking lots and railway stations are all linked by the CDGVAL automatic light rail system.

Facilities within the airport are extensive, and include HSBC banks, ATMs, Travelex Exchanges, post offices, health centres and pharmacies, lost property offices, luggage services and multi-faith prayer rooms. Business workstations are available, and families will find plenty of entertainment areas for their children within the departure areas. They are known as the Gulli areas, and have everything a child could desire. For older children (or adults!) there are free playstation and coin-operated games. Additional facilities include internet and multimedia terminals, beauty spas and the free Aéroports de Paris Magazine, found in all the boarding lounges. All areas of the airport are fully accessible by disabled passengers.

Passengers can arrive at the Charles de Gaulle by TGV trains and the RER B train service from Paris, or by the Roissybus and other bus services. Taxis are also available from all areas of the city. More detailed directions for motorists are found online, at https://maps.google.com.