Air France has several business lounges at its home airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), with each lounge providing a perfect setting to await your flight and to enjoy quality food and drinks.
However, there are some differences between the lounges in terms of ambiance, comfort and amenities being offered.
In this guide, you can find all the information you need to know about the Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport, including reviews of each lounge, entry requirements and everything else you need to know before you fly.
Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport
Air France operates five different business lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, one in each terminal from which the airlines operates its flights.
You can find an Air France business lounge, known in French as a ‘salon’, in the following terminals of Paris CDG Airport:
Air France flights to European Schengen Zone countries operate from either Terminal 2F or 2G, with Terminal 2F serving as the main terminal building and Terminal 2G as a satellite terminal connected by an inter-terminal bus.
Flights to destinations in non-Schengen countries, including all of Air France’s intercontinental flights, depart from Terminal 2E.
Terminal 2E comprises three different halls (Hall K, L, and M), with Hall K being the main terminal building, while Halls L and M are two satellite terminals connected to Hall K by an automated people mover as well as a walkway.
These halls are often referred to as Concourse K, L, and M online, although the correct terminology, as used by both the Paris CDG airport authorities and Air France, is Hall K, L, and M.
Terminal 2F lounge
The Air France business lounge in Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2F is the airline’s newest and most modern one.
This lounge is built across two floors and has sweeping views over the apron.
In addition to the standard facilities such as a buffet and ample seating in stylish and tranquil surroundings, this lounge also provides nap rooms and a Clarins spa.
When you travel with Air France or another SkyTeam airline such as KLM to a country in Europe’s Schengen Zone, this will likely be the lounge you will visit.
If you want to learn more about this lounge, do read our full Air France Terminal 2F Schengen Lounge review.
Terminal 2G lounge
While most Air France flights to countries within the Schengen Zone depart from Terminal 2F, some flights do depart from Terminal 2G.
If your flight is operated by mainline Air France using an Airbus (A220, A320, A321), it will depart from Terminal 2F, while flights operated by their regional subsidiary Air France HOP on smaller planes such as an Embraer E170 or E195 may depart from either Terminal 2F or 2G.
You can reach Terminal 2G by taking an intra-terminal bus from Terminal 2F.
While the lounge in Terminal 2G is notably smaller than the one in Terminal 2F and lacks nap rooms and a Clarins Spa, it offers the same food and beverage options, has shower rooms available, and generally provides a comfortable and peaceful environment to await your flight.
Read our Terminal 2G Lounge review if you want to learn more about this business lounge.
Air France flights to non-Schengen countries always depart from one of the halls of Terminal 2E, namely Hall K, Hall L, and Hall M.
Some other SkyTeam airlines, such as Aeromexico, Delta, Korean Air, Kenya Airways, Middle East Airlines, TAROM and Vietnam Airlines, also operate their flights from Terminal 2E at Paris CDG, which means that if you are booked on one of these airlines, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the Air France lounges.
However, you can only access the Air France Business Lounge in the specific Hall of Terminal 2E from where your flight departs.
For example, if your flight departs from Terminal 2E Hall L, you won’t be able to visit the lounge in Hall K or Hall M because it is simply impossible to get there, as you can only pass through security control in the hall where your flight departs.
Terminal 2E Hall K lounge
Air France has a spacious business lounge in Terminal 2E Hall K, featuring two separate wings, one of which spans across two floors.
While this lounge may not be the most beautiful one at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, it offers plenty of comfortable seating, a buffet, showers, and a Clarins spa.
If you want to learn more about this lounge, do read our full Terminal 2E Hall K lounge review.
Terminal 2E Hall L lounge
The Air France Business Lounge in Terminal 2E Hall L is my favourite one at Paris CDG Airport.
The centrepiece of this lounge is a stunning circular seating area called “le Balcon”.
Apart from this, you will also find a relaxation area with nap rooms and loungers, a wellness area with a Clarins Spa, a buffet and several drinks stations.
The Air France Lounge in Terminal 2E Hall L offers a unique amenity not found in other lounges at Paris CDG Airport: In addition to shower rooms, it also features two private sauna rooms!
In the evening, this lounge also hosts an evening cocktail hour in collaboration with the Hotel Lancaster Paris, featuring a specialist bartender crafting champagne cocktails.
Terminal 2E Hall M lounge
Air France also has a business lounge in Terminal 2E Hall M.
This lounge is comparable to those in Hall K and L, and features a buffet, a relaxation area, dedicated work stations, a children’s play area, shower rooms, and a Clarins spa.
Despite holding top-tier Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum status and frequently transiting through Paris CDG Airport, I have unfortunately never had the opportunity to visit the lounge in Hall M because I have not yet taken a flight departing from this terminal.
I hope that in the near future I will finally be able to review this lounge as well!
Air France arrivals lounge
Air France used to have an arrivals lounge located landside in Terminal 2C of Paris CDG Airport, but it has sadly been permanently closed now.
If you are ending your journey at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport you will not have access to any lounge, as you must possess a same-day ticket on an Air France or SkyTeam airline to enter the departures terminal and access the standard business lounges.
Food in the Air France lounges
As one might expect from a French airline, the food in the Air France business lounges is generally of high quality.
There is no real difference between the Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport in terms of the food being offered.
During breakfast hours, you can expect a selection of fresh croissants and pastries, cold cuts and cheeses, cornflakes, eggs, bacon, sausages and other items.
At lunch and dinner times, the buffet typically features a salad bar and several cooked dishes and desserts, and as the menu changes daily, you will find a variety of new dishes each day.
Outside of the main mealtimes, the lounge buffet offers an assortment of cold and hot snacks, along with a selection of fruits, cheeses, and cold cuts.
Drinks in the Air France lounges
In each Air France lounge at Paris CDG Airport you will find several drinks station with a wide selection of cold and hot drinks, including alcohol.
The coffee machines produce a decent brew, and in the fridges you can help yourself to a variety of soft drinks and juices.
Water is solely available at special taps at each drink station, as the lounges cut back on bottled water out of environmental concerns.
In the fridges you can also find cans of Heineken beer, and recently the Air France lounges also introduced several types of Gallia craft beer.
All of the Air France lounges at Paris CDG Airport offer self-serve alcoholic beverages, including champagne.
You can find at least two types of white wine and two types of red wine inside the lounge as well.
When it comes to strong alcohol, there are several well-known international brands available such Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Bombay Sapphire gin.
Additionally, you will also find some French favourites such as cognac, pastis, pear liqueur and Grey Goose vodka.
The wine selection inside the lounges changes frequently, showcasing different French champagne houses and wineries.
However, do note that the bottles of champagne and wine are typically only put out around noon, so if you visit the lounge in the morning you may not be able to enjoy it.
It’s the only aspect about the Air France lounges which I find a bit puzzling, given that beer and strong alcohol is available throughout the entire day.
All of the Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport are equipped with shower rooms, which are typically readily available or have a short queue only.
Each shower room has a toilet as well, and towels, slippers and amenities such as dental and shaving kits are provided.
Inside the shower, you can find wall-mounted dispensers with Clarins shower gel and shampoo.
Other lounge amenities
All of the Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport have a reliable Wi-Fi internet network and plenty of suitable work spaces to get some work done on your laptop.
Most of the lounges also include dedicated nap rooms with loungers, although you do need some luck to find one available.
Aside from the sauna cabins in the Terminal 2E Hall L lounge, one of the most unique features of the Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport is the presence of Clarins spas.
At the Clarins Spa, available in the Terminal 2F lounge and all the Terminal 2E lounges, you can enjoy a complimentary massage.
The Clarins Spa operates on a first come, first serve basis.
Once you enter a lounge with a Clarins Spa, you have to check on the tablet in front of the treatment room if there is still a timeslot available, in which case you can type in your personal details and book a free massage.
Air France business lounge entry requirements
The Air France business lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport all have the same entry requirements.
You get complimentary lounge access if you have a same-day business class ticket on Air France, which must however be a standard of flex fare (discounted business class tickets do not come with lounge access).
If you fly with another SkyTeam airline in business class, you will also get lounge access.
If you hold SkyTeam Elite Plus status and have a same-day ticket in economy or premium economy on Air France or another SkyTeam airline, you can also access the lounge.
It’s possible to bring one guest with you into the lounge if you hold SkyTeam Elite Plus status, although your guest must have a same-day ticket on Air France or another SkyTeam airline as well.
Flying Blue Platinum members are allowed to bring in more than one guest in case they travel with their family, as they can bring in their children as well provided that they are all under the age of 18.
If you don’t have complimentary lounge access you can buy a lounge pass, which will cost you €75 or 15,000 Flying Blue miles, while discounted entry passes for children are available for €35 or 7,000 miles.
Flying Blue Silver members get a 25% discount on their lounge pass when booking online at least 24 hours before departure.
None of the Air France business lounges at Paris CDG Airport can be accessed with a lounge membership card such as Priority Pass.
Lounge opening hours
The Air France business lounges at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport are typically open from 30 to 40 minutes before the first flight departure until the last flight of the day.
None of the Air France business lounges are open overnight, so they cannot be used as a place to sleep in the event of an overnight layover at Paris CDG Airport.
The current lounge opening hours are:
– Terminal 2E Hall K Lounge: Open from 5.30am until 11.30pm
– Terminal 2E Hall L Lounge: Open from 5.30am until 11.30pm
– Terminal 2E Hall M Lounge: Open from 5.30am until 5.00pm
– Terminal 2F Lounge: Open from 5.30am until 10pm
– Terminal 2G Lounge: Open from 5.30am until 10pm
Visiting an Air France lounge in a different terminal
Generally speaking, you can only access the Air France business lounge in the specific terminal building from which your flight departs.
Simply put, you cannot pass through the security control of a different terminal from where your flight departs.
The security officers will always scan your boarding pass before you can get through the security check, and in case your flight departs from another terminal you will be redirected there.
This means that in most cases, you won’t even be able to make it to an Air France lounge in a different terminal from where your flight departs!
There are however some exceptions.
If your flight departs from Terminal 2G, you will have to pass through Terminal 2F first before taking the inter-terminal bus to 2G, which gives you the option to visit the 2F lounge if you choose to do so.
However, ensure that you allocate sufficient time to catch the inter-terminal bus to avoid missing your flight!
You can also access the Air France Schengen lounge if you are transiting through Paris CDG Airport from a Schengen Zone flight to a non-Schengen zone flight.
Upon arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle from your intra-European Schengen flight, you can easily re-enter the departures area of Terminal 2F if you wish to do so.
However, do leave plenty of time to clear security and passport control (located halfway between Terminal 2F and 2E) to get to your departure gate in one of the halls of Terminal 2E.
If you originate in Paris and are flying to a non-Schengen country, it’s not possible to visit the Terminal 2F lounge because you won’t be allowed to pass security control to reach this terminal, and you will be redirected to Terminal 2E.
Similarly, if your flight is to a Schengen Zone country, you cannot visit any of the Terminal 2E lounges, whether you are connecting through Paris CDG Airport or originating your journey there.
While all Air France flights depart from Terminal 2E, 2F or 2G at Paris CDG Airport, you may encounter a situation where you have a codeshare flight departing from another terminal.
For instance, I once had a flight to Zagreb that was booked with Air France, with the Paris-Zagreb leg being operated by Croatian Airlines as a codeshare from Terminal 2D.
In such a case, you would typically have access to a third-party lounge located in one of the other terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, like the Extime Lounge in Terminal 2B/2D.
If your flight departing Paris is operated by another (non-SkyTeam) airline as a codeshare, be sure to carefully check from which terminal it departs.
Although transferring between the terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport from which Air France operates is usually straightforward, it can be extremely time-consuming if you have a connecting flight in Terminal 1, 2A, 2B, 2C, or 2D.
Air France has five excellent lounges at its home airport of Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), which can be accessed by business class passengers as well as those with SkyTeam Elite Plus status.
Although the lounges vary in aesthetics and their exact amenities, they are highly comparable when it comes to the food and drinks offered.
With a good quality buffet and excellent drinks selection – including free-flowing champagne – you are certainly in for a treat if you visit one of the Air France business lounges.
Some of the Air France lounges at Paris CDG Airport even include sauna cabins and a Clarins spa where you can enjoy a complimentary massage.
Compared to other European airlines, Air France easily beats most of its competitors and simply does a great job with their business lounges at their hub airport.