Paris Charles de Gaulle Spotting Guide

Paris CDG airport is the main gateway to France and has mainly international flights, but also domestic and regional flights. Air France, Easy JET and Fedex have a Hub in cdg. There are flights operated to all continents except for Australia. Except Qantas, all the airlines operating A380s fly CDG on a daily basis. There are also many 787 (Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, JAL, Air India, Aero Mexico ) and the Air France engineering center may also  bring some exotic aircraft from time to time. There are also a lot of cargo destinations but unfortunatly, most of them (except Fedex) run operations during night time.

To be honest, Paris is not the most spotter friendly place in Europe. A photo permit is required, there is no real  allocated parking spaces and it takes between 10 to 20 minutes to move from a spotting location to the other one. Only Military Police, Police and Gendarmerie are allowed to check your photo permit. Keep it with you all the time. As a reminder, Airlines private security are not allowed to control your photo permit or ask you to leave.

The four runways are always opened but some spotting locations are far away from the inner runways and because of that, a minimum of 300 mm lens  is required. ATC controlers are dealing with a large number of aircraft so it is difficult to say if a particular aircraft will land on the north side or the South side. It is essential to bear in mind that you may will not be able to see the whole traffic as we never know where aircraft are landing or taking off.

The best thing to do if you really want to get a picture of a particular aircraft is to use a radio scanner. Moving around with a ladder will help you a lot, unless you know how to take pictures through the fences. Try to be organized and bring food and water with you or you will waist approximatly 40 / 50 minutes. Most of times, you can park at the spotting location, however, if  you leave you car unattended, do not leave any visible items Inside. In some cases, parking is not allowed but the authorities will close their eyes but keep it mind that you park at your own risk.

On the other hand, traffic is great, especially in the morning when American and Asian flights are coming in all together. It also offers a great diversity of spotting location that wil allow you to do pure aircraft spotting and airplane photography. As most of the biggest aiports in the world, it brings many special liveries. The airport is surrounded by lots of hotel that can be found here.

Keep in mind that you will never be able to get 100% of the traffic. At the best, you will see half of the traffic at the same time.

The only real time schedule can be found on the Paris Airport App (ADP).

However, some informations are released from time to time on this forum. (Go to last page for latest update if any.) You can also have an overview of the activity on SpottingZone.

In case you need it, there is a medical center located at terminal 2F (arrival level) and a drug store at terminal 2E (departure level).

Written by Matthieu Douhaire (local spotter)

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Airline Variety
Photo Locations
Weather
Airport Informations    Runways 09L/27R 09R/27L
2 700 m(8 858 ft) 4 200 m(13 780 ft)
Asphalt Asphalt
08L/26R 08R/26L
2 700 m 8 858 ft 4 215 m(12.467 ft)
Asphalt Asphalt
Terminals Terminal 1 Terminal 2 Terminal 3
Star Alliance, Qatar Airways, Vueling, Lot, Lufthansa, United, Malysian, Eva Air, Singapore Ailirnes,US Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air China, Asiana Airlines etc… SkyteamAir France code share like KLM, Delta, China Airlines, Chinas Southern and Other Middle East airwaysOne WorldEmiratesAir India, BA, Easyjet, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Charters and  Low Cost Carriers
Spotting Informations  Lader On some spots necessary (where it is mentioned).As a reminder, ladders are not accepted at CDG Airports, however, you will not get a fine for that.
Car Recommended as the distances are enourmous. It can mean up to 10km from one end of the airport to the other.
Restrooms Terminal1,2,3 and Aeroville Shopping center, Gas Stations and Fast Food Restaurants
Drinks/Food Lots of restaurants and take away in Terminal1Also between2 Terminal 2B and 2D and between 2A and 2C. A Total Gas Station, provides great Hot sandwiches and restrooms, is located on the motorway but there is also a back entrance next to spot#5. Aeroville Shopping center opens untill midnight. Paking is free for 5 hours. Car entrance is located here:48°59’21.31″N / 2°31’16.14″. ESupermarkets: Auchan and Marks&Spencer opened untill 9pm. Mc Donalds, Costa, PAM, Starbucks, Namaste, Factory&Co, and Paul all open untill midnight.
Hotels Lots of hotels nearby the airport
Season We suggest April-September as this is the spring/summertime as some of the most intersting spotting locations are facing the sun during winter time. It can get quite cold during the winter
A PHOTO PERMIT IS MANDATORY
Download and fill out the blank. Send it as a letter to the address mentioned in the document or in the following e-mail address : xavier.huby@interieur.gouv.fr
In addition to the document you have to attach a copy of your passport in color and a single passport-photo (4,5 x 3,5cm) from you as well as your full name and address. For foreign spotter, it takes almost a month to received your permit.
Runway Usage 08L/26R Always in use for landing
08R/26L Always in use for take off. May be used for landing when traffic is quiet
09R/27L Always in use for take off. May be used for landing when traffic is quiet
09L/27R Always in use for landing


Spot #1 – Hilton Hotel Aircraft – Taxiway
WHERE Located at a walkable distance from the RER train station. Walk towards the static displayed Concorde then climb the little bank on you left hand side.. By car, just park at the bottom of the concorde.
49° 0’34.60″N /   2°33’11.76″E +++Due to construction works it is not possible to spot at this location at the moment. We keep you up to date.+++
WHAT All traffic  taxiing in and out.
TIME From sunrise to 11/12am. Best when easterly runways are in use.
MISC. Ladder needed.
FOCAL LENGTH From 50 to 300 mm
Spot #2 – Parallele II – Taxiway
WHERE Opposite to the Hilton Hotel spot (spot#1). Park your car on the road side. Then walk 100m untill you are facing the taxiway.There is no signs or direction to help you so follow the below GPS coordinates.
By foot/public exit at the RER train station and walk through the tunnel along the road to this spot.49° 0’26.96″N  2°33’3.39″E
WHAT All traffic on taxiing in and out.
TIME from 3PM till Sunset. Best when easterly runways are in use
MISC. Ladder is necessary. Easy to park on the side of the road but Police may ask you to leave as it is forbinden.
FOCAL LENGTH 18mm to 300 mm
Spot #3 – Control Tower – Taxiway
WHERE This spot is alongside the road. You can park your car easily on the roadside once you have reached the control tower. See GPS coordinates for Parking.You can also park your car at the Pullman Hotel (but it has a cost) and then climb the hill and cross the road.
By foot/public exit at the RER train station pass the Concorde and walk through the tunnel along the road to this spot.49° 0’38.46″N  2°32’44.88″E
WHAT You can photograph different situations from here. Parked aircrafts south of Terminal 1 and aircrafts taxiing by on  Alpha, November and Foxtrott.
TIME Light conditions are good all day long depends on what you wanna photograph. From afternoon for the north/south taxiway November and Foxtrott. However traffic is intersting between 12 to 2 pm
MISC. Ladder is not required, however, it may help in some cases.
FOCAL LENGTH From 70 to 300 mm
Spot #4 – Terminal 1. Parking stands
WHERE Park your car at terminal 1. Go to Arrival level and get out wherever you want. Walk around the terminal in order to get different aircrafts. Can be reached by train (CDG VAL) from terminal 3 and train station at terminal 2).
WHAT Mainly night shots of parked aircrafts
TIME From sunset
MISC. For safety reasons, it is  forbidden to stay on the outer side of the road, as there are lots of cars on that road.However, you can stay on the inner sidewalk. Police may ask you to leave if they see you on the other side of the road. Parking costs €15 for 2 hours and €12 for an hour an a half.
FOCAL LENGTH From 100 to 400 mm
Spot #5 – VIP Corner. Parking stands
WHERE Not really far away from spot#6. But it will be faster to go there by car. You can park you car there at the below GPS coordinates. Walk toward the trees until you reach the fence.
49° 0’38.31″N  2°32’0.11″E
WHAT VIPs aircraft (mostly Russians) if any
TIME When possible.
MISC. Do not stay there  too long.
FOCAL LENGTH From 18 to 300 mm
Spot #6 – Meteo – 09R Departures & Taxiway
WHERE On the western side of terminal1
49° 0’54.28″N  2°32’6.94″E
WHAT This spot is good for departures when 09R is in use. Aircraft taxiing only
TIME Light conditions in the summer are good from ~10 till sunset. Lots of heat distortion during summer time
MISC. Heat distortion during summer time. A ladder is needed. Best when easterly runways are in use
FOCAL LENGTH From 18mm to 400mm
Spot #7 – Virage Météo . 27L Departures & Taxiway
WHERE Park your car at “La Météo” spotting location. Walk 2 minutes on the grass in direction of the runway. See below GPS coordinates for exact location
49° 0’58.16″N  2°31’58.26″E.
WHAT Aircraft taxiing when 09R is in use. Aircraft taxiing and taking off when 27L is in use
TIME From sunset to sunrise during winter. From 8am to 6pm during summer
MISC. Heat distortion during summer. A ladder is needed. Best when westerly runways are in use.
FOCAL LENGTH From 18mm for aircraft taxiing. 300mm for heavies / 400mm for narrow bodies
Spot #8 – Fire Brigade 27L Departures & Taxiway
WHERE Park your car at the bus stop (it’s allowed on that particular one) and walk on the other side of the road until you reach the fence. See below GPS coordinates for exact location.
49° 0’57.12″N  2°31’45.87″E
WHAT This place is good for all planes vacating the runway and taking off when 27L is in use.
TIME From sunset to sunrise during winter. From 8am to 6pm during summer. Best when westerly runways are in use.
MISC. There is nothing particular at this spot. Ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH 200 to 500 mm
Spot #9 – Gendarmerie 27L Departures
WHERE Park your car on the parking lot and walk 100m until you reach the little hill in the field. See below GPS coordinates for exact location.
49° 0’52.32″N  2°31’36.76″E
WHAT Aircraft taking off when 27 L is in use
TIME From sunset to sunrise during winter.From 8am to 6pm during summerBest when westerly runways  are in use.
MISC. There is nothing else here, except aproximatly 50 security dogs barking wich can be annoying.No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH from 300 mm / 400mm for narrow bodies
Spot #10 – Cargo Area 26R Departures / End of afternoon (Spring/Summer only)
WHERE This spot is located in the CARGO 2 Area but is difficult to find. See below GPS coordinates for exact location.
49° 0’5.41″N   2°32’13.17″E
WHAT This spot is good for all aircraft taking off on RWY 26R
TIME From beginning of  may to the end of AugustOnlyFrom 6pm to 9pm. Only for aircraft taking off RWY 26R
MISC. No ladder but you will be surrounded by trucks.(be careful!)Do not park in the UPS parking
FOCAL LENGTH 300mm for heavies 400mm for narrow bodies
Spot #11 – Aéroville Shopping Center08R Arrivals / Morning and afternoon  only (Spring/Summer only)
WHERE Follow the Aeroville Shopping Center direction or use the following GPS coordinates to find the exact location. Park between the trees. 48°59’43.11″N   2°31’38.72″E
WHAT  Aircraft landing on 08R only
TIME From 6am to 9am and from 6pm to sunset. From beginning of  may to the end of August only
MISC.  No ladder needed, nothing around
FOCAL LENGTH 70mm to 400mm
Spot #12 – La Poste 08R Arrivals
WHERE Located here: 48°59’24.55″N 2°32’50.77″E. Park your car between the trees (entrance is a bit narrow)
WHAT This spot is good for 08R arrivals. Definitly not the most intersting spot but it keeps you far away from the heat distortion during summer time.
TIME All day long during winter. From 9am to 6pm during summer time
MISC. Mainly Air France and easy jet during the afternoon. No ladder needed.
FOCAL LENGTH 70mm to 400 mm.
Spot #13 – 08R Arrivals
WHERE Located after La Poste building. Keep driving toward west direction. Park your car on the little path and try to leave some space for the others. Use the following GPS coordinates to find the exact location.
48°59’24.88″N  2°33’0.06″E
WHAT Aircraft landing on 08R (when in use)  especially in the morning as traffic is more interesting.
TIME All day long during winter. From 9am to 4pm during summer time
MISC. Mainly Air France and easy jet during day time. No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH 100-400 mm
Spot #14 – Spot 14 08R Arrivals and 26R departures
WHERE Park your car on the grass at the path entrance and try to leave space for the others. Use the following GPS coordinates to find the exact location.
48°59’22.14″N  2°33’34.46″E
WHAT landing on 08R take off from 26R
TIME All day long during winter timeFrom 9am to 4pm during summer time.
MISC.
FOCAL LENGTH From 100mm to 300 for landings. From 300mm  to 400 mm for take off
 Spot #15 – TGV Bridge Departures 26R
WHERE You can leave your car at point 14 or leave it at the below GPS Coorinates. You will see an entrance that will allow you to reach a bike path. There is like a small parking where you can leave your car. Walk aproximatly 100m until you reach the bridge.
48°59’26.73″N   2°34’17.44″E
WHAT Take off from 26R and landing on 08R
TIME All day long in winter / from 9am to 11pm during summer time
MISC. No ladder needed, however, you must be able to take pictures through out the fence!!
FOCAL LENGTH From 70 to 300 for landings /From 200 to 400 mm for take off
 Spot #16 – Alongside the road Arrivals 08R
WHERE See point 15# for parking location and walk 300 m from there. You can also keep diving until you see a litlle path. Get in there.The entrance is very narrow so drive slowly
WHAT Only arrivals on RWY 08R .
TIME All day long in winter. From 9am to 11pm during summer time
MISC. No ladder but Heat distortions during summer time! You must be able to take pictures through the fence !
FOCAL LENGTH 70mm  – 400 mm
 Spot #17 – Z4  Arrivals 08R / Arrival 26L
WHERE Park your car on the roadside but do not leave it in front of the portal as it is an emergency entrance for the fire services. The exact location is just below.
48°59’29.89″N  2°35’20.56″E
WHAT Aircrafts  landing and a few take off if aircrafts are light enough to rotate in front of you
TIME All day long in winterFrom 9am to 6pm during summer time
MISC. No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH From 70mm  to 400 mm
 Spot #18 – Poplars Departures 08L
WHERE There is a little parking on the roadside:The exact location is just below. You do not have to walk.
48°59’30.28″N  2°36’39.68″E
WHAT Aircraft taking off RWY 08L (facing East)
TIME Light conditions in the summer are perfect from 10:00 till 17:00All day long during winterGreat for mid day departures on RWY 08L
MISC. No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH 200mm for a B773 and 400mm for an A320.
 Spot #19 – Retention PondDepartures 08L / Arrival 26L
WHERE There is a little parking on the roadside:The exact location is just below. You do not have to walk.
48°59’31.56″N  2°37’2.34″E
WHAT Here you can take pictures of planes taking off RWY 08L and landong on RWY 26L
TIME Light conditions in the summer are perfect from 10:00 till 17:00 and all day long during winter time.Great for mid day departures.
MISC. No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH 200 mm to 400 mm
 Spot #20 – Terminal 2G / TDepartures 08L
WHERE This spot is located far away from everything. Park your car at the parking (€15 for two hours) and the walk to the bus stop. Once you are there, walk in the field. The exact GPS coordinates of the spot are showed below.
49° 0’25.68″N  2°36’41.20″E
WHAT Aircraft taking off 08L (facing East) and landing on RWY 26L
TIME From 6pm from may to end of august only (traffic is quiet)
MISC. No ladder needed. Best when Aircraft are taking off from RWY 08L
FOCAL LENGTH At least 300mm, 400mm is more than welcome
 Spot #21 – 2G Control tower / Taxiway (Westerly)
WHERE This spot is located in the middle of nowhere. The exact GPS coordinates of the spot are showned below .Located in the midle of nowherehere It will offer you a different point of view. The portal at the entrance on the road may be closed during weekends and there is no other way at the moment to get in there. You do not have to walk.
49° 0’32.24″N  2°35’47.10
WHAT Aircaft taxiing in front of you.Best when aircraft are taking off/ landing facing West
TIME Light conditions are perfect from sunrise till 09:00 and at sunset if  you are not only intersted by plane spotting.
MISC. ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH From 70 mm to 400 mm
 Spot #22 – Terminal 2F Hill Taxiway (Easterly)
WHERE This one is a bit complicated to find as it is hidden. Follow the Parking PX signs. In order to avoid to pay for it, park your car on the grass in the street (on the parking side). Walk on the path between the two buildings and you will find this spectacular view. See below for exact location.
49° 0’34.55″N  2°34’32.08″E.
WHAT Taxiing aircraft only
TIME From April to september, not before 6pm.You can also do night shots from there
MISC. No ladder needed as you will be far way from your car. Do not leave any visible items in it and bring all your important belongings with you.
FOCAL LENGTH 70mm to 400 mm (depends on what you are photographing)
 Spot #23 – Taxi hill Departures 09R
WHERE Another spot located in the middle of nowhere. You will find the exact GPS coordinates below. Park on the grass and climb up the hill. From time to time, there is a “no entry” sign as they are constantly adding soil to the hill and taxis only will be allowed to drive in this area. Give it a try as it may be opened during the week. However, the “no entry” sign is removed during the weekends.
49° 0’54.80″N  2°34’6.75″E
WHAT Aircaft taking off (facing east) and taking off on RWY 09R. It offers an interesting point of view as you are above the taxiway and high enough to avoid heat distortions
TIME Light conditions are perfect from sunrise till 08:00 and 19:00 till sunset.
MISC. No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH 250 mm for heavies 400 mmm for narrow bodies
 Spot #24 – Dégagement EST / Taxiway
WHERE Once again, another spot in the middle of nothing that will offer you great pictures opportunities. See below for exact GPS coordinates. Park on the roadside and try to leave space for the others.
49° 1’5.51″N  2°34’56.53″E
WHAT Aircraft facing you while taxiing. Good in the morning as many heavies going to use it.
TIME Light conditions are perfect from sunrise till 11am
MISC. Ladder needed and only a few parking spaces available. Only when easterly runways are in use.
FOCAL LENGTH From 70mm to 400mm
 Spot #25 – Mesnil Amelot / Arrival 27L
WHERE This spot is located north east. As there is no particular indications, and nothing around, you will find coordinates below. Park your car on the grass.
49° 1’29.85″N  2°35’4.63″E
WHAT Landings (facing east) when  RWY 27 R is in use for landings. Fedex and all the airlines using Terminal 1 always use this runway.You will also see most of the charters using Terminal 3. Don´t hesitate to move around in order  to get different angles.
TIME Light conditions are perfect all day long during winter and from 9am to 6pm during summer time.
MISC. No ladder needed. Best when westerly runways are in use.
FOCAL LENGTH From 100mm to 300 mm
Spot #26 – Round About Arrival 27L / Departures 09R
WHERE This spot is located alongside the road. Even if parking spaces are not missing, the side of the road is not really car friendly and unfortunatly, this is where you will have to park. Use the small bank to stand above the runway. GPS coordinates below.
49° 1’43.47″N   2°33’34.80″E.
WHAT Aircraft landings when 27R is in use and taking off when 09R is in use.
TIME Spring Summer only. From sunrise during spring / summer to 8am.From 6pm during sring/summer to sunset
MISC.  Great for take off and landings
FOCAL LENGTH From 70mm to 400 mm
 Spot #27 – North Approach Arrival 27L
WHERE This spot is located alongside RWY 27R. Park on roadsides, before the trees.
49° 1’39.44″N  2°32’57.29″E
WHAT Great for landings during summer when 27R is in use (Facing West)
TIME Light conditions are perfect from 6PM to sunset during summer time (From may to end of August)
MISC. Ladder needed and may be muddy sometime.Mind the trucks in your back.Great for landings on RWY 27R.
FOCAL LENGTH From 70mm to 400 mm
Spot #28 – A1 Motorway bridge 1Arrival 27L Departures 27LArrivals 09L
WHERE This spot is located alongside the 09L/27R runway. Easy to park but difficult to find, however, you fill find the exact GPS coordinates below. Ignore the two “no entry” signs”. Climb the small bank in order to be above the runway.
49° 1’37.17″N   2°32’18.84″E
WHAT Aircraft landings when 27R is in use and taking off when 09R is in use. Bigger aircraft may use the full lenght of the runway so don’t hesitate to walk a little bit to go on the bridge. You will see Fedex aircrafts and all the airlines using Terminal 1 always use this runway. You will also see most of the charters using Terminal 3.
TIME From 6AM during spring/summer to 9am. From 6pm during spring / summer to Sunset during winter time, if wheather is not on your side, you can give it a try as there will be no back light.
MISC. No ladder needed
FOCAL LENGTH From 100mm to 400 mm
Spot #28II – A1 Motorway bridge II Arrivals 09L / Departures 27L
WHERE This spot is located alongside the 09L/27R runway. Easy to park but difficult to find. Ignore the “no entry” signs”. Same as spot #25 but this time, you will have to walk a little bit more untill you reach the bridge. The bridge is a little bit higher and offers a best point of view when aircraft are landing facing East in the morning and taking off facing ouest in the evening (especially for heavies). On top of that, it’s also a great opportunity for you to take pictures standing above a motorway, however, try to stay on the good side of the bridge if you stand on a ladder … and mind the trucks in your back (ladder is not necessary but may help if the grass has not been cutted)
49° 1’37.17″N  2°32’18.84″E
WHAT Long haul aircrafts landing in the morning during spring/summer time when facing west. Aircraft landing on 27R and taking off 27L in the end of afternoon during spring/summer time when facin east.
TIME Light conditions are perfect from 6pm to Sunset from may to end of august when aircraft are landig facing east in the morning (RWY 09L)  andfacing ouest in the evening (RWY 27R)
MISC. The footpath is narrow so mind the truck in your back.
FOCAL LENGTH From 70mm to 400mm
 Spot #29 – Raquette Nord Arrivals 09R / Departures 27L
WHERE This spot is located on the north side of the road and is far away from everything. As they are doing road maintenance at the moment, I do not know if it will be possible to reach this spot in 2015. Once you are in a village called Epiais-lès-Louvre, turn left at the round about and then, follow the path until you reach a cul de sac. Walk through the fence and climb the little hill.Think twice before going there as it takes ages to reach this point as the road is not easy to ride. The exact GPS coordinates can be found below.
49° 1’41.93″N  2°31’12.27″E
WHAT Aircraft taking off Rwy 27L or landing 09L
TIME Light conditions are perfect from 6pm to Sunset from may to end of august. You can also go there in the moring if you wish so but the spot #25 is more interesting for morning arrivals
MISC. No ladder, not for sport cars.
FOCAL LENGTH From 200mm to 400 mm

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53 thoughts on “Paris Charles de Gaulle Spotting Guide

  1. Liav Zimelman

    Hey, I really want to get to spots 26-28 but I will not be with a car.. Is there any way to get close to that area by bus or metro and then walk a few KM in order to get to these locations?

    Thanks for the help!

  2. jerome

    Bonjour , j’aimerai savoir jusqu’à quelle distance de l’aéroport , l’autorisation est demander , car moi j’ai été dans les coins de Thieux , et pas de problèmes pour faire des photos , je les voit en approche d’ atterrissage

    1. Matthieu Post author

      Translation: where is the georgraohical limit for the photo permit.

      I don’t really know to be honest we here the limit is.
      The best thing to do in order to avoid issues, is to have your permit in your bag.
      Je ne sais pas où se trouve la limite.
      La meilleure chose à faire est d’avoir son autorisation dans le sac afin d’éviter tous problèmes.

  3. roar

    they have ruined the parking on spot 26 today! roadbarriers have been put up on both sides of the road.

  4. halil

    Hey, I have a few questions about the permit card, Do I have to send this letter by post or can I just send it by Email? When accepted by Email how do I attached a picture in the mail? just scan it and send it together with the passport scan as an attachment? And I’m a Dutch citizens does it seriously take 1 month to get approved?

    waiting for a soon reply
    with kindness, Halil

    1. Ian Woodrow

      Email the request. The photo you attach should be the standard size of a passport photo. Also of course a scan of your passport details page. I got my permit in about 3 weeks.

  5. Hendra Barnes

    Hi guys,

    Any suggestions for runway 26L arrival before 9am, in summer?
    I appreciate due to the sun position, it is not recommended by 9am (back lit). However, there seem to be a lot of traffic arriving before 9am, so you would miss a lot of action.

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,
    Hendra

  6. Carlos

    Hi,
    Firstly great guide, many thanks.

    I have a simple question. About the focal length… What camera did you use? Full frame or aps-c? There’s​a big difference.

    Many thanks

  7. jan-willem van lier

    despite all the terrorist stacks and treats do they still give u new permissions?
    mine is expired and need a new one, where do i get a new one?

    1. Matthieu Post author

      Hi Jan, they still deliver permissions.
      In order to get a new one, send the letter to the following email address:
      xavier.huby@seine-saint-denis.gouv.fr
      Don’t know how long it takes before they send you the new one.
      You will receive it back by email and you will have to print it out.

  8. Ian Woodrow

    Does anyone have experience of CDG spotting without a car ? Many of the spots need a car but are there any where you can go by public transport then walk about 2km ?

    Are the spots nearer the terminals easy to get to by foot ? I see that for spot 3 it says you can park at the Pullman. From there it looks like you would have to walk through the tunnels under the taxiways. Is this possible on foot ? Also can spot 4 be reached easily on foot from spot 3 ? Similarly can spot 5 be reached ?

    There used to be a grass embankment on the corner of the ramp at T3 but I see it is not in the guide. Is it still there and can be reached ?

    Any info or hints at all on CDG spots reachable without a car would be much appreciated so that I can go from place to place as quickly as possible.

    Thanks

    1. JulianJulian

      The spots 2 and 3 are all accessable by foot if you exit at the train station CDG3 between terminal 1 and 2 (see map icon). You can walk trough the tunnel.

      Also spots 5-9 should be reachable by public as you can see bus stations on google maps. But we didn´t checked it.

    2. Matthieu Post author

      Hi Ian, to be honest, CDG is not the easiest aiport for spotting without a car and walking on the roads is prohibited.
      The grass embankment on the corner of the ramp at T3 doesnt exist any more.
      Spot 4 can be reached from spot 3.

      It probably takes around 15 minutes but you will have to walk on one of those forbiden roads and you will nedd a lader .. at your own risk … 😉
      Same problem for spot 5 😉

      You can reach spot number 6,7,8 and 9 by public transportation but I have no idea which bus you have to take. I’ll try to ask. However, keep in mind that Public Transportation aren’t really effiscient around the airport and that you will waist bags ot time 😉

      1. Ian Woodrow

        The spots 6,7,8,9 should be reachable by bus 349. The 350 also goes there but not until the evening. I didn’t go to these spots. I went to spot 3 then walked along the grass verge and along by the road side for a very short time to T1. I missed shots of a LOT of stuff including the Air France heavies. It would be good to be there with someone who has a car but I do not drive.

  9. Matthijs

    Hello,

    Great spotter guide! Does anyone know what the current situation at Spot 1 is? Is it in any way possible to make pictures there, or not anymore?

    Kind regards,
    Matthijs

    1. Matthieu Post author

      Hi there. Construction works are still under way at the moment. Don’t know yet if it will be possible to go there again once the building will be completed 🙂

  10. puzzles

    do need a permit for all the spots. I am taking a trian form amsterdam to pairs and spend 4 days.i plan on leving next week i guise it to late to get a permit

    1. JulianJulian

      Yes you need a permit for all locations and yes its too late for it. If you get checked by security the asked you to leave.

      -Julian

  11. Martin Delderfield

    Have you herd what citizen M is like or do people still use the mound which is close to this hotel .looking to go next spting

    1. MarlinMarlin

      Hi Chinaphong Kowong!

      There is no guide of Orly Airport yet. We are operating at full stretch to get one for you as soon as possible. Our members have been there already so we will start writing one soon.
      Are you in need of one very soon?

      Have a lovely day
      Marlin

  12. Johann

    HI thanks for the great guide! Will be doing a work experience in Paris for the next 3 months so this is definitely very useful! Should be able to contribute a bit afterwards and add how to get around without a car (should be fun and tricky as usual). I know you don’t have a guide for ORY, but I wanted to ask anyway: Do you need a permission for spotting there as well or is it only CDG and ORY?

  13. Fabinho

    Hi there, in what period of time we need to send the letter to the authorities? we need to wait for an answer before we can go there?

    1. JulianJulian

      Hi Fabinho,

      you have to request the permission up to one month before your trip. Carry it with you during your stay.

      Regards
      Julian

      1. Simon

        Julian. Hello. I’m Simon. Are you going to spot in LFPG 14.01.17? Is it possible to take a photo of my aircraft?

        1. JulianJulian

          Hi Simon, I am not from Paris so I am not going for spotting there. Maybe someone other read your comment and will take your aircraft.

    1. JulianJulian

      Do you plan to watch the planes from the perimeter fence? If yes its highly recommend to get a permit.
      If you are just within or next to the terminals it should be okay to try it without a permit.

      Regards
      Julian

    2. Matthieu Post author

      The permit doesn’t mention the use of binocualars.
      However, as the the autorities are under pressure at the moment because of the attacks, they may consider you as a spy as a safety precaution if you don’t have a permit.
      Don’t hesitate to request it, it’s totally free.

  14. Jean-Jacques REVEREND

    Vraiment , un grand bravo pour ce site, je vois la somme de travail que cela représente , merci beaucoup

  15. Markus

    Good morning,

    there is another very good spot, but this one is a little tricky to get to. It only works for aircrafts approaching from the west.
    Start at point 28 and walk across the first motorway bridge and head towards the second smaller bridge, which you have to cross too. Walk further on following the road towards the roundabout. About 50 metres further a little stretch of tarmac appears on the right. Use a ladder to get level with the runway. This spot is great for approaching aircrafts and to get different images. BUT this spot depends how early planes touch down. Just give it a try.
    Kind regards
    Markus

  16. Ultimo Tiger

    I’m just curious, looking at the Google map, it appears CDG is surrounded by a lot of open countryside. Is there anywhere further out on the arrival path where you can spot without having a police officer stopping you for a permit? If I was ever going to go to Paris specifically for spotting I would apply for said photo permit but just in case I’m ever transiting the area and didn’t have one, no parks or anything like that? (I am mindful of trying not to give spotters any bad reputation by the way).

    Also, does the permit apply to Orly airport or just CDG?

    1. JulianJulian

      Hi, I have no infos if there are spots where you don´t get controlled by the police. Sometimes you can spot for many days without beeing check, sometimes you get asked within a few hours. The permit is valid for CDG and LBG. AFAIK there is no need for a permit at ORY.

      Julian

      1. Matthieu Post author

        Hi, some spots aren’t controled.
        As everybody can read this post, I won’t tell you where tey are 😉
        Ask the permit, it’easy and free 😉

  17. Brett

    Wow, what an awesome resource you’ve created….thank you so much!
    I will be in Paris during August and hoping to spot at CDG, Nice, etc. Are any of the spots around CDG easily accessible via public transport & walking?
    Again, thanks….merci!

    1. JulianJulian

      Hi, there are some locations between the terminals which are accessible by public transport. But at some you need a ladder. The spots outside the airports perimeter are just reachable by car. Check our map to see which spots are within walking distance to the terminal.

      Regards
      Julian

  18. Ruud

    Hello Julian,

    Thanks for this great guide! I visited CDG a couple of years ago but didn’t know all the spots. Thanks to your guide I now know some new spots which are great!
    We used spot 28 in the morning (till 09:00), but we didn’t know any spot on the other side. Do you know if there is a spot on the south side of the northern runway?

    Regards,
    Ruud

  19. Yannick van Praag

    Hi there,

    Great guide, this is exactly what I was looking for. I’m due to visit Paris airports in June this year so this comes very handy.
    A lot more spots (some very exclusive ones) then the average guide you find, with eye for detail but also with a clear eye for the enviroment (tips to make sure you stay out troubles and to keep ‘friends’ with the neighbours and the airport authority).

    Very good work you’ve done and by the way some really great pics to show as well.
    I’m not the best navigator at all but I’m confident that I’ll manage my way around the runways with this guide on my glareshield within handreach, should my CDG locals not be able to meet up.

    Will keep you up to date should I notice changed situation in what is described here during my visit

    Thanks & Greetings,
    Yannick

    1. JulianJulian

      Hi Yannick,

      Thank you for your very kind words. Its a pleasure to help you out with all the necessary informations. Hope you have a nice trip!

      Best regards
      Julian

  20. Por Por

    I can say that this airport is great to do some spotting though. i didnt write the letter or what so ever as it told me. But was in the hotel at Novotel hotel. and request for a plane seeing view room. So i got many planes photo but mainly it is the airfrance that you will see. 😉

  21. David FRASER

    Yes, totally agree with the other comments on the amount of valuable work you have contributed to the ‘spotter community’. Grateful thanks for not only the information on Paris but all the other places covered in the website. This is, in my opinion, the best aviation photographer site on the web for information. (My only comment would be to have a date for the information displayed). Well done and thank you.

    1. JulianJulian

      Hello David,

      thank you for your very kind words!
      We usually post the date of our visit or when we made an update for the guide at the end of the introduction text.

      Kind Regards
      Julian

  22. Markus

    Thanks heaps Mathieu, incredible site. You must have spent hours bringing this marvel together. Wow. So many valuable informations. Great, I wish there were more people to share so unselfishly ! Good on you!
    Have a great evening and many thanks again!

  23. MarlinMarlin

    Hi Mathieu,
    thanks for this unbelievably, exhaustive explained and detailed spotter guide!
    The entire spotter community will be so grateful for this humongous spotting guide being studded with astonishing pictures!

    Great work!

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