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Everything you need to know before departing from or arriving to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Transfer at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 4. 10. 2023

France's largest airport does not enjoy positive reviews, mainly due to its vastness and complexity. In reality, however, orientation is not as opaque as is often claimed.

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Terminals

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is divided into 3 terminals, but in reality there are 9 buildings.

  • Terminal 1 - Aer Lingus, Air Algerie, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, United
  • Terminal 2 - divided into buildings A to G
    • 2A: currently arrivals only
    • 2B: Air Austral, Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, British Airways, CSA, easyJet, Finnair, Smartwings
    • 2C: currently only arrivals
    • 2D: Air France, easyJet
    • 2E: AeroMexico, Air France, Air Mauritius, Delta Air Lines, Japan Air Lines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines
    • 2F: Air France
    • 2G: Air France
  • Terminal 3 - Air Transat, Norse Atlantic Airways, Vueling

For a complete breakdown of airlines by terminal, see the airport's website: parisaeroport.fr/airlines.

Airport map

For easier orientation, take a look at the overall airport map or download detailed maps of each terminal in .pdf format from the official airport website.

Transfer between flights

The majority of transfers are made within Terminal 2E and 2F buildings, which is through the corridor - no need to leave the transit area.

All three terminals 1, 2 and 3 are connected by the airport's automatic train "CDG VAL", which is free and runs every 4 minutes, but only landside, that is, through the public area, not the transit area. Terminal 2G is distant from the other 2 terminals and is not served by an automatic train, but by shuttle buses which run both the public and transit sections.

Although transfers at CDG have long been described as some of the most complicated in the world, the reality is not so scary. Yes, there's often a lot of walking involved in the transfer, but if you have flights on one ticket, you don't have to worry about missing your flight anyway. The connecting flight will either wait for you or you'll be rebooked on the next connection for free.

For step-by-step transfer information at Paris CDG, please visit the airport's official website: parisaeroport.fr/en

Security and passport control

Do you have to go through passport control or security when changing planes at Paris-CDG? It depends on where you are flying from and to!

  • Schengen -> Schengen: No checkpoint
  • Schengen -> Non-Schengen: passport control
  • Non-Schengen -> Schengen: passport control and security check
  • Non-Schengen -> Non-Schengen: security check

These rules only apply if you are not changing terminals when you change terminals (terminals 2A to 2G count as one terminal, even if they are actually several buildings).

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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