Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport (code IATA: CDG • code OACI: LFPG),
commonly called “Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle” is situated twenty-three kilometres north-east of Paris. The leading French airport, it takes its unofficial name from our village of Roissy-en-France, of which it occupies half of its territory, and General Charles de Gaulle, the former French head of state. It is sometimes called “Charles-de-Gaulle airport”, “Roissy airport”, “Paris-Roissy airport” or “CDG airport”. It is operated by Aéroports de Paris.
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport covers a vast area: equivalent in surface area to the left bank of Paris. When it was created in 1974, the airport was not intended to become a hub and, as a result, the successive construction of terminals (T1, T2, T3) over the years involves long distances for passengers.
Example 1: Distance between Terminal 1 and Terminal T2G: 8 km
Example 2: Distance between Terminal 2B and Terminal 2F: 1.5 km
In order to bring the terminals closer together, in 2007, ADP commissioned the CDGVAL
An automatic metro operating from 4am until 1am (bus between 1am and 4am), it connects all the terminals (except T2G)
Since its launch, ten million passengers have used the CDGVAL automatic metro service every year at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle. Free of charge, accessible by all, three times faster than the bus from one terminal to another, this shortest metro line in France has revolutionised access to the largest airport in Europe. CDGVAL covers a total distance of 3.5 kilometres in 8 minutes. The line has 5 stations serving all the strategic points in the airport: terminal 1, terminal 2 at the RER and TGV stations, terminal 3 and the remote PR and PX car parks.