When taking the train to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, we were confronted with two airport stations.
It was not clear to us what the difference between these two stations might be, and at which one we should alight to catch an international flight. Unfortunately our flight bookings neglected to include a terminal number.
With my "petit peu de Francais" I bravely attempted to ask fellow passengers which seemed to yield an indication of Terminal 2 for international flights. Although this contradicted the very little reliable information we could scrape together via frantic internetting, we passed through 1, and alighted at 2, but it just didn't look right.
Ok, don't panic we said, without going through the barriers, we got back on the train and returned to Terminal 1... still not sure. We found an information booth on the platform of "Aeroport 1", but the attendant seemed to be insisting that she was on her break and could not answer questions right now, but maybe my French was so bad I misunderstood. She didn't seem to have any English, German, Spanish, or Italian either. I didn't bother attempting to converse in Indonesian or Latin; she was clearly not interested in helping right now and it was rude of me to keep trying.
By following the crowd, we discovered that there is another rail line, I think, which connects the two CDG terminals and some parking stations. We got on that one and went a few more stations alighting at another, but different to the RER B, platform "Terminal 1", which ultimately took us where we needed to be.
It was confusing and stressful.
- What is the difference between the two "RER B" Aeroport stations?
- Is it necessary to switch off the RER B train, and onto a separate rail line which serves only the airport, to get to the International gates?
- What is the most efficient way to get oneself from a downtown Paris Metro station to the Charles De Gaulle International Airport luggage check-ins, passport control, and gates, etc?