Charles de Gaulle Airport Guide to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)


Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest airport in France and one of the busiest airports in the world; being also the second busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow.

Given its extension, 32,38 square kilometres, the airport facilities are located within three départements and six communes.

The airport planning and construction began in 1966, with a project known as Aéroport de Paris Nord, which later on was renamed as Charles de Gaulle Airport to be opened in 1974.

Charles de Gaulle Airport is formed by Terminal 1, which is the oldest of them, Terminal 2, formed by 7 satellite terminals (2A to 2G), and Terminal 3.


Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Renovation Program

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, along with Paris-Orly Airport, is undertaking a renovation program which is nowadays taking place in some airport terminals and facilities. It mainly consists of the extension and modernisation of the airport facilities in order to accommodate more passengers and air traffic.

In that sense, Charles de Gaulle Airport will host all its facilities in a one-roof terminal, will construct an additional terminal (Terminal 4), will fully renovate Roissypole multi-modal station, and will also construct a high-speed link to Paris from the airport.

The terminal refitting will imply unifying international gates in Terminal 1, the total renovation of T2B, including a connecting building between T2B and T2D, and the refurbishment of the boarding lounge L in T2E.

It is expected that some of these works will conclude by 2020, when Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport will be able to host an average of 80 million passengers yearly, although the renovation plan will last until 2024.


Transfer between terminals

The Paris-Charles de Gaulle CDGVAL automated metro connects all airport terminals every 4 minutes. During off hours, from 1:00 am to 4:00 am, shuttle services are available in order to connect the airport terminals. For further information, see the section below:

There are several shuttles available to connect not only the airport terminals, also to connect between international flights and Schengen flights. See the shuttles schedule below:

- Green shuttle: From 5:00 am to 00:00 am. Connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 AC.
- Blue shuttle: From 5:00 am to 11:45 pm. Connects Terminal 2 AC and its satellite terminals 2D, and some gates (L & M gates) of T2E and T2F.
- Yellow shuttle: From 5:30 am to 9:45 pm. Connects Terminal 2 AC, T2G and T2E (L & K gates).
- Red shuttle express: From 5:30 am to 2:00 pm. Connects T2G and T2E concourse M.
- Orange shuttle: From 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Connects T2F and T2G. It only runs during Schengen connection.

- Grey shuttle: From 5:30 am to 9:45 pm. Connects T2G to T2E (hall L) during international connection.

On the other hand, there are two additional shuttle bus services between Terminal 2 satellite buildings and several locations of Charles de Gaulle Airport:

- N1 Shuttle: Transfer free of charge to 2A and C (exit 10), 2E (exit 16), PW Car Park, 2F (exit 2), SNCF Railway station north, Sheraton Hotel, Left Luggage and 2D (exit 6).

Schedule: 4:00 am to 7:30 am (every 7 minutes), 7:30 am to 01:30 am (every 8 minutes), 01:30 am to 04:00 am (every 15 minutes).

- N2 Shuttle: This free inter-terminal shuttle connects to 2F (exit 2), 2E (only from 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm), 2G (facing the main terminal building).

Schedule: 5:30 am to 11:00 pm (every 5 minutes). Travel time is about 15 minutes.



See below Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminals distribution and its main features:


Terminal 1

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1 is a circular shape building which reminds an octopus. It is located opposite to Terminal 3. Even not having the boarding gates within its facilities, you can easily access to the seven satellite sub-building by covered walkaways. The terminal is split into 4 levels where Departures, Arrivals and boarding sections are located.

Renovation program

Due to the renovation program that is undertaking Charles de Gaulle Airport, international gates of Terminal 1 will be unified in order to ease the international passenger traffic.

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Terminal 2

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 hasn’t a proper terminal structure – It is split into 7 satellite buildings (2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F and 2G). While T2A, T2B, T2C and T2E are located close to each other, T2G is a bit far away, about 800 m, located in a separate building.

Renovation program

T2B is undergoing a renovation to increase its capacity to accommodate larger aircraft – In that sense, T2B and T2D are going to combine its facilities to give more flexibility between Schengen and international flights by a new conneting building with new facilities such as security checkpoints, baggage reclaim area, lounges and several concessions regarding food, drink and retail.

On the other hand, the boarding lounge of T2E is going to be also fully renovated, especially the boarding hall for L gates, which will be larger and will offer an extensive selection of food, drink and retail concessions.

These projects are part of the renovation program of both Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris-Orly Airport which begin in 2018 and it is expected to conclude on 2024.

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Terminal 3

Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 3 Is the farthest airport terminal. It is located opposite Terminal 1, however it is located at 1 km distance and 3 km distance walking. The terminal is divided into two levels, the Arrivals level and the Departures level.

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Terminal 4

As part of the plan to accommodate more passengers and air traffic, Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 4 is expected to be operative by 2024, to come in time for the celebration of Paris Olympic Games.

Terminal 4 will be home of Air France and members of Skyteam on its first section to open, which is expected to host a total capacity of between 7 and 10 million passengers.




Roissypôle is an amusement complex which contains several services such as retail stores, offices, hotels, ground transportation options, among others, in order to accommodate Charles de Gaulle Airport passengers.


Renovation program

The renovation of Roissypôle multi-modal Station is part of the Renovation Program of Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is going to last until 2024. Renovation works will begin in 2018 and they are going to affect the multi-modal station operations.