You were lucky indeed!
Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
36 BP 20101, 95711 Paris
Nearest public cycle:
- Ivry baudicourt (24.4 km)
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+33 1 48 62 22 80
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28 reviews of Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) in English
I would avoid CDG if at all possible—and it is great to see all the other reviews of the same opinion.
Yes the architecture is nice, but OMFG, it simply makes no sense. I figured it was language-barrier issue at first, but no, IT TRULY MAKES NO SENSE.
That is all.
On my way home from a couple of fantastic days in Paris, I got stuck at this airport when Eyafjallajökull volcano disrupted last spring and the resulting ask-cloud shut off the European airports for a week or so. Getting stuck on this particular airport was something I wouldn't even wish for my worst enemy. Things were not organized at all, and nobody supplied any information when we asked them.
To top ot all off, the staff at the Air France office was awful and refused to help, and airport staff helped as little as possible. Air France by the way only told us to call their information hotline which only spoke french and not english.
To make things worse there was an ongoing trainstrike in Paris and the airport staff didn't bother to inform us about it, when we asked about train options to get out of Paris back to Scandinavia, and they also lied to us and claimed there is only one train station in Paris etc.
When I used (the extremely slow and very expensive) Internet terminals offered on the airport to book traintickets the terminals was out of paper so we couldn't print a receipt. The staff said it would take 24 hours to get a technician to fill up new paper etc and they didn't want me to leave the line at the info desk while they called support. This was while my friend was keeping an eye on the internet terminal 20 metres away while it counted down to zero (which it did quickly since it's super expensive). When she ran out of coins I wante dto give her mine so the terminal wouldn't shut off and we would lose our booking (which we had already paid for) , the staff at the info desk told me that there wa sno way I could leave the line even for 2 minutes while they call the technician to fill up paper. I had to leave anyway of course, so then I had to go back to the end of the line again to get help.
Eventually we got out of this hellhole of an airport with the help from a British tourist who recommended us to buy a trainticket to Amsterdam. Once in Amserdam, it was no problem getting home because the staff were serviceminded at the central station. It's pretty said that it was another tourist that informed us about the Thalys train being one of the few traincompanies not participating on the strike.
Furthermore, the airport has no good stores and no good restaurants. One of the worst in Europe. If i could give it zero stars I would.
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KuriosaRandoma, 9 May 2011:
Absolutely dreadful place.
Even the arrows on the signs to direct you forward are upside down (but only sometimes to add to the confusion).
Why on earth did not build a circular underground train around the terminals instead of relying on shuttle buses that only appear every ten minutes? Everyone tries to pile on with queues everywhere then gets thrown about as they drivers stop and start all the time and negotiate around bends. I had to hit one of their drivers' head with my newspaper whilst he was driving whilst dialling on his mobile phone and looking down.
Most aerodromes have travelators to speed folk out to the distant ends of the building. And then board aeroplanes directly through piers. We shouldn't have to repeatedly board and alight from coaches airside.
Even London has built a railway into the city centre.
In many ways Paris CDG deserves a 1 star rating. It's getting the extra star due to my fondness for the brutal architecture of terminal 1, which is where I seem to spend most of my time. It's a huge, 5 or 6 level high concrete block. Incredibly badly designed for use as a modern airport... if only the French could be bothered to plough a few million into refurbishing it...
Be warned: do not go to the gates if you want food or shopping.
Random tip: If you're feeling brave, or strapped for time, check out http://city-bird.com/ and order yourself a motobike taxi! It's €65 to the city centre, but it's far and away the fastest way, and as well as being scary, it's also super-fun!
I'm French and often travels for leisure or business. Most airports are laid out so that when you have to wait for hours you can spend some of your currencies. Nice shopping areas, inviting bars and cafes with terrasses and seats... CDG has the worst layout in that respect. Shops are sparse, small, overpriced and I dare anyone to spend more than 5 minutes in any without extreme boredom. Food is overpriced and even the chain restaurants you may find there reach their worst there. To make matters worse when you have a plane to catch, the service is just as bad and will make you queue or wait beyond reason.
Almost everytime I've flown, I've met some problems on the way, whether it's the VAL broken down, a stike, or the RER having delays. So if you travel there, plan with even more margin than usual. And the RER line, apart from being aged, unreliable and uncomfortable, offers the worst possible views of the city that perhaps you're there to visit and admire...
An incredible shame altogether.
Had lunch at 2e. There is a choice of Italian, French, Chinese and one other which I didnt recognise.
The food is served from four counters next to each other then there are some fridges with bottles and sandwiches in.
At first I didnt want a takeaway type of meal I wanted a proper meal but in the absence of any other food Isettled for lasagne. This was on the counter and when I asked for lasagne this paper plate was put in the microwave for 3 minutes. I bought a bottle of it like the cheapest supermarket lasagne you could microwave, peroni too and the total was £13.70. The lasagne tasted like lasagne but was not a very good one. Not impressed at all.
Not the worst airport in the world, but certainly the worst food. The 2e terminal is and 2f are the only decent ones in 2 and 2g by far the most inconvenient
food is almost non existent ( i don't count sandwiches as food) and prices are exorbitant high 3.80 for a bottle of coke or coffee is pure theft.
we could say the airort is convenient for travel to the city, but it is not really if you are traveling with luggage. some exit gates of stations are made for people only. In that sense the french can learn from the Austrians where the cat is really convenient and comfortable
Well, most of the others have said it: the facilities are relatively basic for such a major hub and, despite what seemed like space-age architecture of the time when first built, it is really showing its age.
Signage is confusing in a way only the French could manage (it reminds me of a wonderful cartoon in a French newspaper with a signpost on a French road pointing in two directions, one labelled 'Toutes Directions' and the other 'Autres Directions'), and staff can be unhelpful at best.
I once arrived here at 23:30 after my flight from London was delayed, with further delays to pick up my luggage. The 'information' desk was unstaffed by this point, so I caught the shuttle bus to the RER railway station to head into Paris. Amazingly, the station was completely closed and shut up - we had missed the last train, but the shuttle was still making its rounds. Bizarre.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy is the quality of the food on offer: for the gastronomic capital of the world, the choice and quality (and the price!) of what's available is simply a national embarrassment.
Changing my review. I must have been high when i wrote this review. This airport is a steaming pile of dog turd. Awful in every way.
Came here for the first time in a long time to fly from Paris to Hamburg. Terminal 2D is spacious and there are a bunch of new cafes and restaurants airside. Staff were helpful and friendly and this is one of those airports where you don't have to walk 1/2 mile to find a loo.
If only they had free wifi in the terminal......
Quite possibly the worst airport in western Europe.
Bus and chaotic of course -it's a major hub (though much less busy than LHR etc). And yes, some of the terminals are old now (though in the UK and Germany these are constantly redeveloped). But even the newer terminals are poor.
It feels like an airport designed (I use the word loosely) by a very large committee none of whom every fly or visit other airports.
Check-in desks sit alongside the gates with entirely different and counter intuitive numbering systems. Security is usually designed in such a way that ensure people have to juggle plastic trays and their own bags etc across large empty spaces.
And such a beautiful city once you get there - if only there were a nice easy and convenient train from the centre of London......
The only thing that I can recommend to make CDG more bearable---is to book a room at the Sheraton Hotel located directly inside Terminal 2. The hotel is lovely (see my review) and is very convenient for staying the day you arrive and the day before you depart. Makes CDG just a bit more user-friendly. ‹(•¿•)>
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