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Paris has three airports which handle both international and domestic flights Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), also known as Paris Roissy, is the largest airport in city and the second busiest passenger airport in Europe after London Heathrow. It has three terminals offering an array of facilities and services including an excellent choice of restaurants, and shops, plus banking and currency exchange, a business centre, first aid, car rental, and special needs amenities.

Airline Lounges (CDG)

VIP lounge facilities are available at here. The VIP lounge offers all modern facilities including photocopying, fax and video capabilities.

Tourist Information

Information and help desks provide travellers with free guides, maps and general information about the city.

Medical Facilities

It (CDG) offers a medical facility and a pharmacy for the convenience of guests.

Facilities for the Physically Challenged

It (CDG) provides the following facilities after taking into account the unique needs of travellers who are physically challenged. These facilities include:

•Parking for guests with disabilities
•Specially designed toilets for the physically challenged
Baggage Storage/Left Luggage

Unfortunately for reasons of safety, the luggage storage services have been suspended at Roissy-CDG, in compliance with current anti-terrorist legislation.

You can however store luggage at the major train stations..

Lost & Found

The Lost Property Office is located in both terminals 1 and 2. They can be contacted using the following numbers:

 CDG1 : 01 48 62 13 34
 CDG2 : 01 48 16 63 83

Orly Airport (ORY) is the second largest airport here, located 14 km south of city. It mainly handles domestic and charter flights. It's two spacious terminals provide a range of amenities including duty-free shops, banking, post offices, business centre, first aid, family and special needs facilities.It also showcases a notable art collection and has a large observation deck. It is only 14km south of the city, allowing for fast transfers by rail to central part of the city.

Beauvais Airport is located at Beauvais, 80km north of city and is used mostly by charter companies and the discount airline Ryanair for its flights between Dublin, Glasgow and Paris.

There are bureaux de change and at least one bank branch and ATM in all three terminals. Post offices can be found in terminals 1 and 2. Wireless Internet access is available, as is mobile phone rental. There is a wide choice of shops in all three terminals. Lockers are no longer available due to security concerns. There are lost and found offices in all the terminals. Call (01) 4862 1334 (for terminals 1 and 3) or (01) 4816 6383 (Terminal 2). Prayer rooms are located in all three terminals. Medical services as well as massage therapy and manicure are available in terminals 1 and 2. Play areas can be found in Terminal 2.

Transport from Charles de Gaulle Airport

Thanks to the high speed train TGV and regional trains of the RER, CDG has excellent rail connections with Paris, the rest of France, and some other European capitals. The train station can be found in terminal 2. The departure times of the trains can be found on the information board at baggage handling.

Car and bus
The CDG is 23 kilometers northeast of city along highway A1 (exit 6 ‘Aéroport Charles de Gaulle’). You can also reach the CDG via the A3 from Porte de Bagnolet (exit 3 connects to the A1, the airport is clearly indicated on the signs). Every 15 minutes a shuttle bus leaves from Place de l’Opéra in city (corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber) to the CDG. The travel time takes between 45 and 60 minutes. There are also mini buses between the CDG and city, and seats can be reserved at: (tel: +33(0)1 4418 3602).

Car rental
In all terminals you can find counters of car rental companies (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National en Sixt). They compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.

A taxi to the centre of city costs about € 50.00 (day rate). There is also a limousine service that can bring you to the centre of city at a fixed rate. These limousines can be reserved through Aéroports Limousine


Driving and parking in here is a challenge if you are not from a Mediterranean city. That's why a majority of the Parisians use the efficient and cheap public transportation. Also one can rent bikes.

Taxis:  Cabs are reasonably cheap. However, it will be virtually impossible to flag a taxi down on the street on a Friday or Saturday night, in particular after the subways close at 12:45am until around 3am.
Subway: City has the biggest and probably the best Metro system in the world with over 500 stations! The Metro is cheap, convenient and runs until 12:45am. The best deal is to buy a carnet of 10 tickets.

Buses: Buses are an excellent service and one of the best ways to see the city. You can use Metro tickets to take them: for same price as metro you get to sight see city! Ask for a combined bus-museum pass.

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