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The solution to the language barrier problem may be much simpler than relying on the immigration to provide the interpreter for the native language of your family member. Given that he/she is coming from your native country it is much simpler to do one of the following: Find a person on the plane who speaks one of the major languages as well as the native ...


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Since she'll be traveling between two EU member countries (Romania and France), the formalities will be minimal. Assuming that she has Romanian citizenship, she has the right to travel freely inside the EU. She needs to have a valid passport or identity card. Unless something really unusual happens (e.g. her papers are damaged, her name matches that of a ...


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For more details (time, maps) about the 2 first airports please check these links: RATP - Access to airports (English version, some links are dead for the cheap ways, it's a plot!) RATP - Accès aux aéroports (French version, no dead links.) About the tickets t+: I put the price of the tickets if you bought a pack of 10 (13.30 €) at a machine. If you buy only ...


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Yes, but not everywhere. Below is an image of what the water fountains look like at the airport at the time of writing (07/2015): CDG water fountain, JoErNanO, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Apparently, the fountains are used in other airports - but I found another mention of it in this video, which also attributes it to CDG. It is a side view, but it ...


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This is not a rare issue or something that immigration officers do not know how to deal with. It is very common for all different employees in airports to face this especially the immigration/customs people. I have also noticed that in many countries the immigration/customs employees are from different ethnicities who do speak their original languages. So ...


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It's difficult to find something really cheap that isn't too far away from the airport. I once used Aerpark and it seemed to be reasonable for me. I paid 70 Euros for 7 days. I think 10 Euros a day is not too much for close-to-air-port parking. The good thing is, you can make your reservation online and the parking lot looked really secure, i.e. cameras, ...


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I've slept in Orly airport (Paris's other international airport) - we connected a few rows of chairs together and were able to stretch out across them, slept remarkably well until the morning passengers started arriving around 4.30-5am. I would presume CDG would be similar. My go-to resource for this is usually SleepinginAirports. Their page on CDG ...


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Indeed, you cannot check in your luggage in Marrakech directly to Tel-Aviv. You have to recover it at Paris CDG and check it in again. In theory it could work, but if you want to be on the safe side, spend the night in Paris. There are some not too expensive hotels around (Campanile, Etap, ...). Or look for an alternative routing. There are two bottlenecks ...


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The transport authority website states that children under 4 travel free on all buses. (I can't find the information in the anemic part of the site that's translated into English.) I don't see any mention of an exception for the airport buses (Roissybus, Orlybus). Children under 10 get a half-rate only in certain (common) conditions: when you buy a book of ...


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As @Doc mentioned, and as is mentioned on the official timetable, the last shuttle to CDG leaves Montparnasse at 22:30 (10:30 PM). If the train arrives on time, there's no issue in catching the 22:00 or 22:30 shuttle. As it is a five minute walk from the trains to the shuttle departure, even a late train arriving before 22:15 would still allow to take the ...


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There are several ways to get to the Roissy (CDG) airport from the Arc de Triomphe (usually called “Place de l'Étoile” or just “Étoile” by the locals, and sometimes known as “Charles de Gaulle” on transport maps — not to be confused with “Charles de Gaulle” refering to the airport!). Air France runs coaches to the airport, and one of the lines goes from ...


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The Paris transport operator, RATP has a journey planner on their website. You can input your start point, end point, and start time, and it will suggest routes to you. If you don't want to worry about the bus, you can restrict it to rail (so Train, RER and Metro) only. Make sure you search for Aeroport or similar as your start point however, as France is ...


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Les Cars Air France For transferring between these airports, the quickest option is the Air France coach ("Les Cars Air France"). You need line 3 ("ligne 3"). It departs twice an hour, takes around 1h30. One-way tickets costs €19 online or €20 onboard. It's advisable to buy from the bus driver than wait in line at a kiosk/machine. The driver will load and ...


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Consider one of the nearby hotels. Parking is available at all 3 terminals at Charles de Gaulle. Long term rates are 22€ per day up to eight days and more expensive with a longer stay. This is presumably what you've seen, and certainly for two weeks, that'll hurt. If you are planning a longer stay it may be advisable to park at one of the nearby hotels ...


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Aéroports de Paris (ADP), the company which handles the Parisian airports, has set up a lounge in both CDG Terminal 1 and ORY Sud. The Salon Icare, is accessible to all passengers, regardless of the ticket "class" for a fixed fee of 30€ + 5€ for the booking (frais de dossier). If you were to arrive in/depart from Terminal 2, the ADP website suggests you ask ...


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I spent the night in Charles de Gaules a few years ago. The airport is almost empty until around 5h30 when people start to arrive and make the checkins for the early flights. Unless you bring something to do or you sleep you will be bored to death. There is not much happening (like in any other airport). Other than that it seemed a quiet and safe airport. ...


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Assuming you are landing at CDG, you can try to catch the fast RER B train into Paris which should take you to St Michel Notre Dame in about 30 minutes. From there the Notre Dame cathedral is a stone's throw (and a lovely bridge crossing) away. IMHO that's well worth visiting and doesn't require too much time. The calculations the provided by the others in ...


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When you get to CDG, you'll need to clear immigration, get your bag, then go through customs. You can then take the CDGVal to Terminal 2, if you're not already there. Head to the station area, which is quite well signposted, and situated between T2C, T2D and T2E. You can spot it in the middle of the map on the airport website. Once in the station area, find ...


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To Peak or Not to Peak? Having done it a bunch of times, I would never advise taking the RER B from the city centre with that much luggage. Especially if you are leaving during peak hours, times at which the RER becomes as packed as the Japanese metro. There's usually no space for people, let alone heavy luggage that's hard to move around. I would therefore ...


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Unfortunately the answer is "probably yes but it's not guaranteed". While 90 minutes is plenty in most circumstances, immigration at CDG can be occasionally very crowded and extremely slow. Last time I went through there 90 minutes would not have been enough and there were no provision to accelerate passengers with tight connections. If you miss he ...


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I would probably teach the family member to hear (not read) the keywords in the usual questions that are asked and to respond with simple phonetically memorized answers: where - as in Where are you coming from? or Where you have been? This can be answered with the city name your relative has just left purpose or business or reason - as in What is the ...


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Given that you didn't mention a method of transport... The easiest way to get from CDG to Gare Montparnasse without having to transfer is to catch the Air France Coach ("Les Cars AirFrance"), specifically coach number 4. Unlike attempting to catch the the train, these buses will pickup at all terminals at CDG (so there is no need to catch the airport train)...


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There's no better value for an award to Europe (if you want business class) than Air Canada's AEROPLAN. There are three reasons: 1) They are a Star Alliance partner and will thus enable you to fly on any of their ~27 partners. 2) Stopover rules. Air Canada will allow TWO stopovers (in addition to your destination) on ALL of their partner award tickets. So, ...


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By public transport, the most stress-free by far is the direct Air France bus. It's a little cheaper and still not too stressful to take the RER B line across Paris and to Antony where you change for the Orlyval shuttle. Buy combined tickets at CDG. The ticket price is 54.20€ (children under 4 travel free). There is good signage all the way. Most trains ...


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I think two hours is plenty to arrive before take off. Even for long haul. Still, it takes time to get out of the airport so about 1.5hrs from landing to the city and you need to be at the bus stop three hours before your flight so tops you'd have 7-4.5=2.5 possibly only two hours. With two children, this begins to sound quite risky.


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Very few airlines issue paper tickets these days. You can walk up to the counter with wad of money and get one, but that's really not wallet friendly. You can easily book online and get a confirmation number and an e-ticket number as your receipt. Doing this at least a week or two ahead of flying will increase the chances of getting a cheap ticket. On ...


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Opening Hours and Sleeping CDG airport is open 24 hours, in the sense that you can stay inside, be it landside or airside, for 24 hours. The airport facilities however do not operate 24 hours. The opening hours of most shops and lounges seem to be between 06:30 and 23:00, some lounges have shorter opening hours and others push 06:00 to 23:30. The EasyCDG ...


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You can stay in both airports. I have slept once in CDG due to a very early flight. It wouldn't be possible to get from Paris to the airport with public transport. No one will bother you. It's not a uncommon situation. The only annoyance that I had was around 2, I think, the cleaning personal cleans the floor, and the machine although not loud is noisy. ...


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As chx pointed out, you will need to clarify what "best" is. Cheaper? Faster? Most convenient? Most frequent? I'll concentrate on the train part. There are two train stations in CDG: "Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1" is only served by the "RER" (suburban train / express metro). It is located in "Roissypôle", which is about halfway between Terminal 1 and ...



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