Also called Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, CDG
23 kilometers (14.5 miles) northeast of central Paris (map
is France's largest and most modern, and the second-busiest airport in
Europe (after London's Heathrow). It handles mostly long-haul
intercontinental, international and inter-European flights. Dozens of
are right near the airport, and lots of
options for transport
into the city.
CDG: 9 Passenger Terminals!
A free airport shuttle train called CDGVal Airport Shuttle
connects Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Free shuttle buses
(navette) connect the many buildings of Terminal 2; or you
can walk among most of the buildings of Terminal 2.
The oldest terminal, known to locals as le camembert
because it resembles a round of that cheese, is relatively small and
easy to manage. It's used by foreign (non-French) airlines.
For Air France
and its SkyTeam
affiliates (Alitalia, Delta, KLM and others), this is the largest, and
is actually seven terminals
: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F
, off by itself and reached only by
shuttle bus, is for smaller planes (fewer than 100 passengers) on
regional routes within Europe's Schengen Area.
Next to the Roissypôle
complex, Terminal 3 is for
newer low-fare airlines. It's smaller and easier to negotiate than the
vast and complicated Terminal(s) 2.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport has two train stations
Located between Terminals 2C and 2E, this is the airport's main
, serving SNCF TGV intercity trains
to other parts of France and Europe. It is also the terminus
of the RER Line B suburban trains
to Paris and to
This station in the Roissypôle
complex near the airport
and Terminal 3
is a stop on
the RER Line B train line
to/from Paris. It does
not serve any other trains.
(ORY), 14 kilometers (8-1/2 miles)
south of the center of Paris (map
receives mostly domestic French, intra-European and north African
charter and tour flights at its two terminals, Orly-Ouest
(West) for French domestic flights, and Orly-Sud
(South) for inter-European and intercontinental flights.
Shuttle buses (navette)
connect the two
terminals, or you can walk from one to the other in 10 to 15
There are several ways to travel between Orly Airport and central
Paris, including Le Bus Direct
airport bus, the OrlyBus
airport shuttle train to the RER
suburban train, the Pont de Rungis
shuttle bus to the RER Line C
train, and the
to the Villejuif-Louis Aragon terminus of
the Paris Métro