A3xx900 From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 335 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9126 times:
Hello folks and friends.
My cousin and I are going to visit a friend of the family in the US next month. First we're going to fly to New York and spend a few days in the big apple, then fly down to VA (on JetBlue) and spend the rest of the time there before returning from IAD back home.
Since AF had by far the cheapest fares and I really like their service (esp. the free champagne *g*) we will now have to connect in CDG.
I remember last year when I went MUC-CDG-GIG on AF, we almost missed our flight because it took us such a long time to connect, even though our feeder flight from Munich was on time and we got picked up by AF staff at the aircraft and got rushed through the airport and even drove some part of it with a minibus directly from our arriving gate...
My question is: Shall we walk, take the airside bus or the landside bus to connect from terminal 2D to 2E. We are arriving CDG at 8:25am and our flight leaves at 10:20am, which will give us roughly 2 hours... Or will AF staff be waiting for us again to rush us through the airport like cattle on a farm?
Help is appreciated. I am already very anxious for the trip, but the thought of connecting in CDG gives me shivers down my spine
Tango29 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 9122 times:
Quoting A3xx900 (Thread starter): Help is appreciated. I am already very anxious for the trip, but the thought of connecting in CDG gives me shivers down my spine
I recently transitted through CDG with AF from DXB to DUB and because of some AF staff's
laziness and disregard for helping passengers with info we almost missed our connecting
flight, but i have to say AF are quiet enjoyable to fly with but CDG is a total nightmare, all
i can say is just give yourself plenty of time.
Fixfox From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9107 times:
A 2hr. connection time between Terminal 2D and 2E is enough for walking, I would certainly not take the bus!
Do not expect any sence of service from AF and/or ADC staff and prepare your self for a not to passenger-friendly approach from the security guys.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9066 times:
Quoting A3xx900 (Thread starter): My question is: Shall we walk, take the airside bus or the landside bus to connect from terminal 2D to 2E. We are arriving CDG at 8:25am and our flight leaves at 10:20am, which will give us roughly 2 hours...
Take the option to give your legs some business and walk.
Security lines can be long, but with 2 hours to make the connection, this is more than enough time.
If you are hungry when arriving at CDG, there is a stall selling baguettes above the train statiion when walking from T2D to T2E.
Quoting A3xx900 (Thread starter): Or will AF staff be waiting for us again to rush us through the airport like cattle on a farm?
Quoting WAC (Reply 4): CDG gets easier the more u use and the more u speak French.
for the first statement;
the second one is optional (I do not speak a single word of French (something I am too lazy nowadays to correct) and still was able to shepard my family all the way from T2D to T1 and later from T1 to T2G (on its inauguration day) w/o problems).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
WAC From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9057 times:
Quoting HT (Reply 5): the second one is optional (I do not speak a single word of French (something I am too lazy nowadays to correct) and still was able to shepard my family all the way from T2D to T1 and later from T1 to T2G (on its inauguration day) w/o problems).
sorry I meant to say the more french u know the better the staff will treat you and be ten times politer
Raffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1728 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8943 times:
I flew BHX-CDG-BEY and BEY-CDG-BHX with AF/ME and I must say, I would never transit CDG with less than two hours.
We had just under two hours transit time at CDG and from the moment we stepped off the BHX service, we joined a queue that went nowhere. It didn't move. The AF staff were slow, didn't prioritise people whose flights were departing.
The people infront of us missed their flight to America.
We were no doubt going to join them in missing our flight, so, we actually left the airport and re checked in! We had to run to get our ME flight.
Never again, it was so stressful and wasn't the best start to my journey.
On the return, there was a lot longer transit period and it was fine.
LongHaul67 From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8919 times:
Quoting A3xx900 (Reply 8): Just one question: Why does everybody tell me NOT to use the airside shuttle bus?
If you decide to take the air-side bus be sure to memorize your gate number before boarding the bus. 2E is physically split between 2 terminals and the bus makes 2 stops according to gate no's.
When I flew OSL-CDG-GIG in Dec I had only 1hr20mins to make the connection from 2D to 2E, and decided to take the air-side bus. My flight from OSL was right on time despite thick fog. Passport control (leaving Schengen) at 2D was very quick.
At 2E security control an agent double checked my boarding pass to make sure I was at the "right" 2E. The lines were not as long as I feared, but still they felt slow. Once through security I went on to find my gate only to discover that AF444 to GIG had been moved to the "other" 2E. I then had to exit this part of 2E and run like crazy to the automated train to get over to the other 2E. Once there, I still had to pass through another security check before I got to the gate with even a few mins to spare.
This must be one for the record books at CDG!
Fortunately AF took pity on me with and upgrade