Book Cheap International Flights to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Paris is serviced by two international airports, but the Charles de Gaulle Airport is the city’s primary location for international travellers entering and departing France. It is the largest airport in France and can be found 25km outside the city centre of Paris.
As the second busiest airport in Europe, Charles de Gaulle handled approximately 65 million passengers in 2016 and 2,1 million tonnes of cargo.
The airport is also rated a world-class service provider, and is currently the eighth largest airport in the world.
International Flying times from Charles de Gaulle Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport is the central hub for the country’s national carrier, Air France. With its key partnership with Dutch air carrier, KLM, the airport holds an important position in the European travel sector and, as such, services hundreds of international destinations, including these popular routes:
- Paris to Johannesburg: 10 hours 30 minutes
- Paris to London: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Paris to Amsterdam: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Paris to Singapore: 12 hours 50 minutes
- Paris to Hong Kong: 11 hours 45 minutes
- Paris to Dubai: 6 hours 45 minutes
- Paris to New York: 8 hours 25 minutes
- Dubai to Frankfurt: 1 hour 15 minutes
Getting to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport
The Charles de Gaulle airport is well connected to all major ports-of-call within Paris via a train, bus and taxi service.
The train service is known as the RER, operated by Metro rail, and offers 4 trains per hour. These call in at stations throughout the city, including Paris’s central trail station Gare du Nord.
Travellers can access the Roissybus, operated by Transport for Paris, which departs from terminals 1 and 2 at the airport. Night buses are also available which depart from Roissypôle coach station. Both bus lines run to Paris Gare de l’Est railway station. The Le Bus Direct shuttle bus service is also a popular option, and runs three routes from within the city to terminals 1 and 2 at the airport.
Finally, taxi services are available to deliver travellers throughout the city, but beware of high taxi fares!
Accommodation around Charles de Gaulle Airport
Located on the grounds of the Charles de Gaulle Airport, travellers will find the Roissypôle complex, which has shopping areas and hotels as well as a bus station and the headquarters of Air France. Located in this complex, passengers have access to numerous airport hotels, including:
- The Sheraton
- The Hilton Charles de Gaulle Airport
- Novotel-Paris CDG Terminal
- Pullman-Paris Roissy CDG Airport
- Ibis-Charles de Gaulle Aéroport
- Ibis Styles
Alternatively, passengers can access a host of hotels off the airport grounds via airport shuttles buses, which depart every 30 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3. Some of these establishments include the Holiday Inn, Hyatt Regency, the Marriott, the Radisson and others.
Airlines servicing Charles de Gaulle Airport
As Europe’s second busiest airport by international traveller traffic, there are a host of world-class airlines servicing Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airport is also the European hub for Sky Alliance partner, Delta Air Lines and with Air France’s partnership with KLM Airlines, Charles de Gaulle Airport offers international travel with just some of the following airlines:
- Air Canada
- Air China
- Air France
- Air India
- Air Mauritius
- Air Seychelles
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Delta Airlines
- Egypt Air
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Kenya Airways
- LATAM Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
- United Airlines
Overview of Charles de Gaulle Airport
The Charles de Gaulle Airport is France’s largest airport and is currently rated as the eighth largest in the world, in terms of worldwide passenger capacity. With its two independent sets of runways, well adapted to handle super-wide body aircraft, the airport can handle 118 aircraft movements per hour and accommodate up to 80 million travelling and transit passengers per year.
The airport is made up of three main terminals and seven sub-terminal buildings (2A – 2G). The original terminal 2 building was built to accommodate Air France traffic, but since then, it has been expanded to host other airlines. Charles de Gaulle Airport currently services 319 cities worldwide via 139 world-class airlines.
Main services at Charles de Gaulle Airport
- Airport Wi-Fi (unlimited free Wi-Fi)
- Airport hotels
- Airport lounges
- ATM’s and Bureau de change
- Babycare lounge and baby strollers
- Car hire
- Children’s play area
- Concierge service
- Duty free & shopping
- Luggage and storage lockers
- Mail boxes
- Medical Centre
- Prayer room
- Smoking areas
- Tax and VAT refund services
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