SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 475 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 13152 times:
I'm travelling ARN-ORD on AF next summer with a plane change at CDG. I have two options on the way back, a 45 minute transfer time or a 6 hours and 45 minutes transfer time. Clearly, the 6 hour option is very long but is 45 minutes enough? I'm transfering from terminal 2C to terminal 2D.
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13150 times:
I don't think anyone has ever made it though CDG in 45 mins. It took me all of two hours to get from 2C to 2D when I was at CDG last. Huge chaotic lines at security makes for nice delays. Also, don't expect security guards to know more English than "passport" and "next"...
BTW, does anyone know how come (the incredibly old) T1 is so much easier and faster to connect through than the T2?
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
CPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13145 times:
I have connected there twice. It was relatively quick both time from 2C to 2D and the other way. It's ugly to navigate, but if you know the way, it should be possible in 45 minutes. I had a scheduled 65 minutes transfer time (PEK-CPH), and I had plenty of time waiting for the boarding to start at the designated gate.
BUT...there can perhaps be long queues, and maybe your inbound flight are delayed. And I'm not sure whether your checked-in baggage can transit in 45 minutes
Also, I'm not sure if the procedure for transfering to a US flight is different. I have only transferred to Asia bound flights. I would actually like to know, as I have a 70 minutes stop-over in CDG this January, on my way CPH-LAX
Last flight: SAW-CPH on H9 on 02/11/09 - Next Flights: 23/12/09 CPH-AAL on QI, 30/12/09 CPH-LHR on SK, 19/01/10 CPH-CDG-
YoungFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 13138 times:
It really depends. I made it in around 40 min. But another time it took me 2 hours. It can really get annoying if you get a bus rather then a gate, or you need to wait in line for passport check. All I can wish you is good luck!
"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind" -Gandhi
Mkeflyer717 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 431 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13125 times:
I have this same exact problem! We just booked a trip to ATH and we are taking AF from ORD-CDG-ATH, but the thing is we only have a 45 minute connection and have to transfer from 2C to 2D also. I have never been to Europe and I'm very unfamiliar with the airport. We come into CDG on AF 51 at 8:50am and our flight 1532 to ATH leaves at 9:35am. Does anybody have any other information, recommendations, or detailed terminal maps that could help me out? Thanks
Go for the 45 minute option. If you catch that flight, fine. If not, AF will rebook you. If you don't make any plans on your day of arrival in ARN, you will have no stress getting home.
An other option can be ORD-CDG-AMS-ARN; The ORD flight will arrive in CDG at 08.50am, CDG-ARN departs at 09.35am but the CDG-AMS departs at 10.30am with a connection to ARN at 13.10, arrival 15.15. This will give you 1 hour extra at CDG and 1 more flight! (we all like flying....)
SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 13088 times:
Quoting SK601 (Reply 6): Go for the 45 minute option. If you catch that flight, fine. If not, AF will rebook you. If you don't make any plans on your day of arrival in ARN, you will have no stress getting home.
The best fare I have found was on an online travel agency. Will AF rebook me even if I buy my ticket from an online travel agency?
SK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 13055 times:
Yes, provided the CDG-ARN stretch is sold as a connecting flight. So ORD-CDG-ARN, and all on AF ticketstock (0057). If you buy ORD-CDG and a seperate ticket CDG-ARN they might refuse to rebook you. If 1 of the flights is not from a Skyteam carrier they may charge you for a complete new ticket. Eg. ORD-CDG with UA and a seperate CDG-ARN with AF. Let's say the UA flight is late so you miss the ARN flight. AF is entitled to charge you for a new ticket if your ticket is non-changeable and non-refundable.
Ariis From Poland, joined Sep 2004, 441 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13037 times:
just make yourself ready to have your first flight extremely delayed or cancelled entirely. I almost killed myself running like mad through CDG (when my flight was cancelled and I arrived with the next one available /delayed, btw/; connecting flight was delayed too, this time for my sake).
Having learnt that, a year after I made my another CDG transfer deliberately to be 6 hours long. Spent 2 hours in deadly queues at the security, but I was fine (all within T2). Apparently that wasn't the case with my luggage, which arrived at my destination 1 week after myself.
If you have a choice, DO NOT transfer at CDG (just don't). If you don't, make your transfer as long as possible, but still be cautious all the way through.