IFLYMCO
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CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:51 pm

Hello All-

I am going to be transferring at CDG coming up in November from on my way IAD-CDG-CAI I am wondering what kind of transfer time I will need between my IAD and CAI flights. AF has an option that leaves me with 1hr 45 mins and one that leaves me with 4 hrs. Would I be able to make it the 1hr 45 minute time span?

I believe the IAD flight arrives in terminal 2E and the CAI leaves from 2F. Since I will be non-Schengen do I need to go through security and passport control?

Also, on the way back I will transit CDG again and have left myself with 10 hrs connection time. Will this be sufficient to take the RER from CDG to Paris (look around a bit) and then make it back in time for the IAD flight?

Thanks so much for any info!

P.S. A side note, this is my first post back to A.net, have been away from the site for 8 months and VERY glad to be back! Things have changed a bit since I was last here so I hope this is in the correct forum! Thanks!
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:04 pm



Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
AF has an option that leaves me with 1hr 45 mins and one that leaves me with 4 hrs. Would I be able to make it the 1hr 45 minute time span?

1h45min is enough to make that connection. Operations at T2D/E/F and G are getting more and more hassle free (this comes from one who hated CDG until rather recently).

Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
I believe the IAD flight arrives in terminal 2E and the CAI leaves from 2F. Since I will be non-Schengen do I need to go through security and passport control?

If I am not seriously mistaken, there will be no passport control.
Regarding a new security control, I think the answer is "no", but I am not too sure.

Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
Also, on the way back I will transit CDG again and have left myself with 10 hrs connection time. Will this be sufficient to take the RER from CDG to Paris (look around a bit) and then make it back in time for the IAD flight?

Yes, this is possible.

Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
P.S. A side note, this is my first post back to A.net, have been away from the site for 8 months and VERY glad to be back! Things have changed a bit since I was last here so I hope this is in the correct forum! Thanks!

Welcome back !

P.S. Expect to see this thread getting moved to Polls&Prefs ...
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:48 am



Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
AF has an option that leaves me with 1hr 45 mins and one that leaves me with 4 hrs. Would I be able to make it the 1hr 45 minute time span?

the 1.45 should be easy

Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
Will this be sufficient to take the RER from CDG to Paris (look around a bit) and then make it back in time for the IAD flight?

plenty of time for a 4h visit at the Louvre, great Museum and great architecture surrrounding it.
i just advise you to avoid the RER rush hours!!
 
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:28 am



Quoting Worldrider (Reply 2):
i just advise you to avoid the RER rush hours!!

There are also Coaches to downtown Paris by 2 companies
http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/Adp/e...+des+passagers++vers+Paris-CDG.htm
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:12 am

for your connx time within CDG 1H45 should be OK since E and F are located in front of each other and normally not passport control since you just connect airside

access to RER train is handy to/from CDG 2 E/F, you need a 10 minute walk to go to train stop and a 40 minute ride on the RER to go downtown
buses or shuttles also exist but depending on the time of the day it can take 1 hour drive to reach downtown (if not worse)
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:40 am



Quoting HT (Reply 3):

There are also Coaches to downtown Paris by 2 companies
CDG.htm" target=_blank>http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/Adp/e...+des+passagers++vers+Paris-CDG.htm
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I would strongly advise against using one of those busses.... they are a lot slower compared to the RER and more often than not get stuck in traffic... best thing to do is probably to purchase a day ticket for the RER/Metro System and then take the RER B to Gare du Nord and change to wherever you want to go there. For a few hours in Paris I would recommend taking a tour on the Bateau Mouches (leisure boats on the river Seine) and maybe visiting the Notre Dame cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle - both magnificent examples of gothic architecture.

Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):

I believe the IAD flight arrives in terminal 2E and the CAI leaves from 2F. Since I will be non-Schengen do I need to go through security and passport control?

If you take the connecting bus from 2E to 2F (or the walkway if you arrive at the new Satellite S3), you will not have to go through passport control. Just follow the signs towards "2F" or "2F2" ("2F1" is the part of 2F dedicated to Schengen flights). However, as regulations require that all passengers leaving from CDG will have to go through security, regardless from their origin, you will have to go through security control. But 1:45 is plenty of time, so you should be fine.
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:05 am

Terminal 2E to Terminal 2F non schengen can be done in 20 minutes, no problem, without breaking into a sweat. CDG is a much improved airport these days, especially if you stay within Skyteam, and Air France, and is now probably the most efficient major hub for transiting through.

All departing flights need to go through security control.

There are plenty of transfer confirmation screens and self service machines throughout the airport to help you on your way,
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:14 pm



Quoting IFLYMCO (Thread starter):
Also, on the way back I will transit CDG again and have left myself with 10 hrs connection time. Will this be sufficient to take the RER from CDG to Paris (look around a bit) and then make it back in time for the IAD flight?

Yes - I've done this before - the RER goes direct to Gard Du Nord and also direct to St-Michel/Notre-Dame which is down by the river. Beware pickpockets at Gard Du Nord!!

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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:39 pm

If your IAD and CAI flights are on a single ticket, go ahead and book the 1h45 connection, I'd feel safe with this now CDG has very few arrivals or departures without direct jetway contact.

If you miss the connection, you'll be protected on the next flight.
 
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:37 pm



Quoting BestWestern (Reply 6):
CDG is a much improved airport these days, especially if you stay within Skyteam, and Air France, and is now probably the most efficient major hub for transiting through.

MUC, ZRH and AMS (in that order) are still much better than CDG in my experience.
 
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:44 pm



Quoting HT (Reply 1):
Regarding a new security control, I think the answer is "no", but I am not too sure.

Regardless of your connection (including Schengen to Schengen) you go through security again in CDG.

45 minutes is doable. Especially that Terminal 2E or S3 are very near to the non-schengen pier of 2F.
 
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:46 pm



Quoting Runway23 (Reply 10):
Regardless of your connection (including Schengen to Schengen) you go through security again in CDG.

True. And kiss goodbye any liquid duty-free you may have purchased.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):
MUC, ZRH and AMS (in that order) are still much better than CDG

Thank god for AMS, because having CDG as the only SkyTeam hub would be shame.
 
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:30 pm

Thanks to all for the info!

It looks as though I am actually going to be taking the 4 hr connection time instead of the 1hr 45 mins.. That flight combo suddenly became cheaper so I might as well save the $ for my trip.

Also, it looks like AF is now operating both the IAD and CAI flights out of 2E (correct me if I'm wrong), so no need to transfer to 2F. Any suggestions on what to do for a few hours in 2E? I know they opened it back up earlier this year...does it look completely different from the original design?

Thanks again and happy flying!
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RE: CDG Connection/Transfer Times

Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:31 am



Quoting IFLYMCO (Reply 12):
Any suggestions on what to do for a few hours in 2E?

Apart from doing the usual stuff (eat, drink, shop, sleep), keep in mind that at CDG photography of a/c is prohibited (it is only allowed for registered people). This includes taking pictures while walking across the apron to a waiting a/c and technically also shooting trough the windows while being inside a concourse.
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