Guide to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Contributors: Ediney, luiscvaz, Northern Boy, Paintbox
Updated Saturday 17th December, 2011

ICAO Code: LFPG
IATA Code: CDG

Latitude: N49° 0' 37"
Longitude E2° 32' 56"

Sunrise Today: 08:17
Sunset Today: 18:51

Frances' major airport has 4 runways, two to the north 09/27 L & R and two to the south, 08/26 L & R. The terminal sits inbetween. Major carriers from all over the world arrive here but obviously 90% of traffic is Air France. It is also Fed Exs' major European hub and 12 A/C were seen on the ramp when we were there. Fed Ex land on the northern runways. There appears to be no system in the landing patterns, however and when landing from the east, the southern runways were mostly used, with departures off 26 R, but all 4 runways were used when we were there.
Spotting here is accepted but YOU NEED A LETTER from the PREFECTURE DE LA SEINE SAINT DENIS. The police arrived within 5 minutes and apparently the fine is 350 euros if you do not have one. It is free but you must apply in French and it takes about 3 to 5 weeks to arrive and enclosed a photocopy of your passport/national ID Card.

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Light Rain Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Weather

All times on the weather descriptions are local

Observed at 14:30 - (27 mins ago)

Light Rain

17°C

Light Rain
Clouds: Broken Clouds at 2,000ft, Scattered Clouds at 9,000ft, Broken Clouds at 11,000ft, Broken Clouds at 1,500ft
Wind: 250° at 06 knots, varying from 180° to 310
Visibility: Greater than 10km
QNH: 1020
Dew Point: 12°C
Runways with a headwind: Runways 26L/R, Runways 27L/R

Movements

A sample of the upcoming movements for Paris Charles de Gaulle.

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Photo Spot Spot A - 08/26 L

Get on to the D88, along this road there are 3 spots depending on what you want
Approach shots from the west park on Chermin des Voyeux and shot can be taken from there.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N48° 59' 25" (N48° 59.41')
Longitude: E2° 33' 0" (E2° 33')

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Photo Spot Spot B - 08/26 L & R

Further east where the road goes over the railway you can get shots through the fence.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N48° 59' 29" (N48° 59.491')
Longitude: E2° 34' 30" (E2° 34.5')

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Photo 28423
Focal Length: 190mm
Photo 28422
Focal Length: 120mm
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Focal Length: 98mm
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Focal Length: 270mm

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Photo Spot Spot C - D88

Further east there is the memorial for the Concorde crash victims. you can take approach shots on 26.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N48° 59' 27" (N48° 59.45')
Longitude: E2° 35' 28" (E2° 35.469')

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Photo Spot Spot D - 09/27L & R

to the north there are several spots to see the arrivals and departures on 09/27 L & R along D165 just be careful where you park your car. this is into sun but you can get some decents shots.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N49° 1' 42" (N49° 1.707')
Longitude: E2° 33' 28" (E2° 33.468')

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Photo Spot Spot E - 09/27 L7R

to the north there are several spots to see the arrivals and departures on 09/27 L & R along D165 just be careful where you park your car. this is into sun but you can get some decents shots.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N49° 1' 38" (N49° 1.635')
Longitude: E2° 32' 28" (E2° 32.462')

Photo Spot Spot F - Front of the Pullman hotel.

This location is close to the Concorde at CDG exposed, in front of the Pullman hotel.

To get here you must take the RER to CDG terminal 1, if coming from the city of Paris, or stay at one of the many hotels that are close together here.

To disembark from CDG Terminal 1, you should take the rue de Paris to the rue de Rome where you will already see a big lawn, this is the place. Here you will not need the approval required by the airport authorities to shoot.

Traffic aircraft is a very important league is where North and South sides of this enormous airport, the planes are very close to you.

lenses 18-200mm and 100-400mm

Best time - starting at 11 am and all afternoon

NOTE - with 100-400mm lens you'll be able to shoot the takeoff runways 26L / R

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N49° 0' 29" (N49° 0.489')
Longitude: E2° 33' 17" (E2° 33.28')

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Focal Length: 53mm
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Focal Length: 78mm
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Focal Length: 26mm
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Focal Length: 28mm

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Photo Spot Spot G - Terminal 1

ATTENTION AROUND THE AIRPORT CDG IS PROHIBITED TAKE PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT POLICE LICENSE.

The exterior of the terminal, a road around it.
In this way all points of it are spotting, but the doors between 18-24, are the best places.
It uses lenses 30-100
Best hour of photography, after 11 hours of the morning.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N49° 0' 51" (N49° 0.857')
Longitude: E2° 32' 34" (E2° 32.574')

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Focal Length: 90mm
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Focal Length: 95mm
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Focal Length: 108mm
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Focal Length: 95mm

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Photo Spot Spot H - Concorde

When you arrive at the station RER CDG terminal 1-3, head towards the Hilton Hotel, will see the Concorde F-BVFF in a static position, the spoting at this point.
This point is near the spotting point Pulmann with almost the same traffic, the difference is that the more closer to terminal 1
There is a slight elevation in which they can shoot and often some structure.
From here you can photograph aircraft on the taxi way to leave or go to the terminal 1
Or terminal 2 to runway 09-25 and vs/vs

It's good to have a small ladder two steps.
Lenses 15-150
From sunrise until about 11 hours morning

Sat Nav Co-ordinates
(Some locations may not be next to a road but the sat nav should get you pretty close using these co-ordinates)

Latitude: N49° 0' 37" (N49° 0.624')
Longitude: E2° 32' 56" (E2° 32.93')

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Photo 32129
Focal Length: 31mm
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Focal Length: 38mm
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Focal Length: 85mm
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Comments Comments About This Airport / Guide

Posted by: Air Franz France
Sunday 7th September, 2014 at 11:30 GMT
Many pictures and videos all over the world...and, of course in Paris CDG...(30 mn from my house !)
Have a look here : https://www.facebook.com/Airfranzaero
Posted by: Walter Peeters Belgium
Saturday 26th July, 2014 at 19:50 GMT
Just back from a 3-day spottingtrip to Paris. Forget spot A-B. These are no longer available due to construction work and the little trees near the road are big boys now.
However, I discovered some nice new places for the 08R/26L at Charles de Gaulle.
A Google Earth file with the co÷rdinates is available, just send a mail to get it.
WARNING : DON'T GO to ChdG WITHOUT A PERMIT. ( see previous post of me ) I had several checks of the military security each day !! No permit = trouble !!!
Posted by: Walter Peeters Belgium
Tuesday 15th July, 2014 at 13:05 GMT
Change of mailadress !!
If anyone requires a copy in french for the new permit, pls send a mail ( in English or Dutch )
My new mailadress
walter.peeters10@gmail.com
Posted by: Mark Paul Malta
Saturday 12th July, 2014 at 17:22 GMT
I will be goign to Charles De Gaulle but I would like to know of there is way to get to some spotting places ideal for arrivals and deaprtures via the bus or metro.
Thanks in advance
Posted by: Mark Paul Malta
Thursday 10th July, 2014 at 16:11 GMT
I am planning a visit to CDG in September, is there a means of public transport to get from Paris to some aircraft spotting locations?
Thanks in advance
Posted by: Mark Paul Malta
Wednesday 9th July, 2014 at 18:02 GMT
Hi,
Is there a way to get to the best spots for arrival and departures without a car? Since we are going to stay in Paris we will not be renting a car.
Thanks
Posted by: Anon USA
Monday 1st April, 2013 at 02:15 GMT
Hi,

I'll be at CDG in May 2013. Two questions:

1. Is a permit required for noting registrations only (no photography)?

2. Is the area mentioned by Paul Royle by Concorde still OK?

Thanks!
Posted by: Lex 39 France
Thursday 28th February, 2013 at 12:10 GMT
Place to be on 2nd of March is definitly CDG Terminal 3:
Inaugural A380 Malaysia Airline 1st commercial flight will take off a special event should be scheduled.
Posted by: Paul Royle United Kingdom
Thursday 27th September, 2012 at 23:43 GMT
At the end of August i went to the area formerly known as the mound and went up next to the road running towards Concorde. This is an ideal spot for reading off all of terminal 3 and taxiway to T2, T1.
there are a number of trees for shade when sunny but haze is a problem at lunch time.
Police approached and chatted quite happily and only checking on photo permits, otherwise left me alone.

don't forget water and snacks as it is a fair walk to get anything to eat and if you leave you will miss quite a few.
Posted by: Walter Peeters Belgium
Friday 27th July, 2012 at 04:50 GMT
If anyone needs the specimen letter for the authorisation to take pictures around the airport, pls send me an email ( in English or Dutch )
Best regards
Walter
walter.peeters1@skynet.be
Posted by: Larry USA
Wednesday 16th May, 2012 at 05:39 GMT
Hi all
I will be in Paris in Sept for a few days and I only have a half day to spot. I wanted to go to the "mounds" but now that seems closed. I have a permit already. Any other ideas where I can go without the use of a car? A spot that is walkable form the terminals. Any advice would be great . Thanks
Posted by: Daniel Hobbs United Kingdom
Thursday 3rd May, 2012 at 20:49 GMT
Just be aware that Spot F (on the above link) also known as "The Mound" has now been closed due to car park construction. Havent seen it for myself but seen some other peoples photos and stories of being moved on due to it being unsafe. Apparently its just dug up dirt for pipelines now.
Posted by: Luis Vaz Portugal
Saturday 26th November, 2011 at 23:47 GMT
To get here you must take the RER to CDG and GDVAL to terminal 1.

Spotting points:
Around the outside of the Terminal 1.
One of the best places is between the door 18 and 24, near the taxi stop

This point of spotting is opened without glasses, but covered, so in the rain or cold, is one of the best.

Best time After 11 hours of the morning

Lens between 40-200.
Posted by: Daniel Hobbs United Kingdom
Saturday 30th April, 2011 at 08:51 GMT
Going to CDG for 4 days on Tuesday. Been a couple of times but never been over to the cargo/Fedex side. How can you spot some of the Fedex's?
Dont really mind about not being able to take photos, just so long as i can get some registration markings.
Posted by: GIZMO United Kingdom
Friday 29th April, 2011 at 14:05 GMT
Stayed at the IBIS hotel at CDG during 10/10 able to spot from the room, cant remember the room number but its in the 'old block' and i think floor 5, gave views of runways and part of terminal 9.
The mound is still there but smaller than before as a newish car park had been built, over the 4 days had no problems spotting from this area (close to the concorde on display) i do have a permit to photograph but wasent asked or stopped by any airport workers
Posted by: Nick Farringon United Kingdom
Friday 8th April, 2011 at 14:11 GMT
Hi does anyone no if the mound is still there by the ibis hotel in the morning and is there any busses going to the spot 3 D88 spot were you get 26L landing shots
Posted by: Mark English United Kingdom
Monday 21st March, 2011 at 21:03 GMT
Sorry for the late acknowledgement of your reply Jan. Do you happen to have a pass for cdg? if so, how long did it take for your pass to come through?

Regards

Mark
Posted by: Jan Denmark
Sunday 16th January, 2011 at 21:08 GMT
Hi Mark

Yes, that is the correct adress.

Jan
Posted by: Mark English United Kingdom
Tuesday 4th January, 2011 at 20:22 GMT
I'm planning a trip to cdg in June. i have been given the following e-mail address as a contact to obtain a photographers pass. Can you confirm that this address is correct. xavier.huby@seine-saint-denis.pref.gouv.fr

I look forward to your reply

Regards

Mark
Posted by: PHILIP SINCLAIR United Kingdom
Sunday 24th October, 2010 at 21:15 GMT
HI THERE IM GOING TO CDG IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS CAN THEY SAY ANYTHING IF IM SPOTTING AND TAKING PHOTOS FROM THE HOTEL ROOM REGARDS FROM PHILIP

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