Welcome to Paris-CDG

Follow our step-by-step guide for Departing passenger.
Here you can find detailed information on Charles de Gaulle airport’s departure procedure.

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1. Getting to the airport

Visit our transport section for details on trains, buses or taxis to Charles de Gaulle airport.

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2. Departure hall

Paris-CDG is formed by terminal 1, terminal 2 (with seven sub-terminal buildings listed 2A to 2G) and terminal 3.

Each terminal has it’s own departure hall.
Passengers can use the airport monitors for terminal, check-in & gate informations.

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3. Check-in & Baggage drop

You can check-in online (recommended) or at the airport using the self-service kiosks or your airline’s check-in counter.

Always arrive early at the airport with plenty of time to spare will ensure you have a stress-free journey through CDG airport.

Long-haul flights

3 hours before scheduled departure.

European & French domestic flights

90 minutes before scheduled departure.

Passengers using online check-in and do not need to check any baggage can arrive at the airport a bit later than other passengers, directly to boarding gate (via Security).

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4. VAT Tax Refund

Visitors from non-European Union countries can reclaim the sales tax (VAT) on purchases.
Take your receipt and form to the nearest French Customs desk before security.

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5. Security & Passport control

All passengers must pass through a security check and, if necessary, a passport control (to Non-Schengen flights).

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6. Boarding

Keep an eye on the monitors for last minute updates concerning gate numbers and boarding times.

Boarding usually begins around 45 min. before departure for long-haul flights and 30 min. before schedule for domestic and medium-haul flights.
Gate closes 10-20 minutes before departure.