I am required to pick someone up at the CDG airport. I live in Gif-sur-Yvette in ile-de-France and can get to RER stop "CDG 1" (that caters to CDG terminal 1). I read that I would need to take the CDGval to terminal 1.

However, the map of terminal 1 level and CDGval level doesn't quite tell me how to get from the CDGval stop for T1 to the arrivals of T1. There appear to be several "levels" to T1.

Also Is there a particular gate at T1 that arriving passengers exit through? My passenger will be arriving on United airlines.

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Terminal 1 is a little confusing at the beginning.

You're right; ride the CDGVAL to the terminal first.

In most airports, departures are on the upper level and arrivals on the lower one. But here, the thing is reversed. As you get of CDGVAL you'll end up on the lower floor, which is the departures area with the check-in counters.

To get to the arrivals, find the elevators to the upper level.

The arrivals area is rather small for an international airport. The building is like a big donut, and the 6 baggage belts are arranged around the available surface. An outer ring in that donut is the landside where the public can wait for arriving passengers.

AFAIK there are only a couple gates from which passengers may walk out. And there is no distinction between international and domestic/Schengen baggage belts; both go through the customs. The distinction only happens before the baggage claim, at the immigration counters.

  • Thank you for the answer. Would you know what sortie/exit number I should advice my passenger to exit through any one in particular as far is closeness to perhaps the CDGval escalator goes?
    – dearN
    Aug 1, 2014 at 14:05

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