FAQ 5A1 - Paris CDG Airport FAQ

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Old Dec 17, 06, 2:50 pm
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Thanks for the truly useful info!
I think we will make it, but our luggage.....well, I am not very optimistic. I will certainly notify the AF counter clerk in ATH and insist that he pins this URGENT -or something- sticker on it.
Needless to say that we are both VERY excited, since this will be our first intercontinental flight!
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Old Dec 17, 06, 10:40 pm
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Just adding to Jouy31's answer, quite often flights from Athens dock at 2F rather than 2D. If your hear that in the plane don't panick! Your walk to 2E would be reduced by about 5 min!
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Old Dec 19, 06, 6:05 am
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hello.... this is my 1st post...
on january 14 i'll arrive at 2A from rio de janeiro at 13.50 (with tam airlines) and have a connection to barcelona at 15.40 on 2F (with air france).
it'll be my first international trip so i'm a bit worried about all the procedures... could someone tell me the step to step things i'll have to do after arrival?
for example: should i carry my luggage with me till the 2f terminal or there's an air france desk at the arrival gate (2a)?
and what about security procedures? i pass through it on the arrival or when getting to the 2f (where my connection flight leaves)?
can i walk from 2a to 2f?
will i find helpful people from air france that will give pratical help?

oh, i'm so worried (but so excited at the same time!)...
thanks!
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Old Dec 21, 06, 11:55 am
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Greetings CDG experts.

I'm flying LIS-CDG-SIN (AF 1925 and AF 256) on the 23rd and only today I noticed that I have 75 minutes for connecting from T2D to T2C. I'm very nervous cause I'm meeting people in SIN for christmas eve.

1. Is it 75 minutes enough for this connection?
2. Should I walk or take the bus?
3. In case of a delayed LIS-CDG flight what's the minimum needed time to connect?
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Old Dec 22, 06, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by guictx View Post
Greetings CDG experts.

I'm flying LIS-CDG-SIN (AF 1925 and AF 256) on the 23rd and only today I noticed that I have 75 minutes for connecting from T2D to T2C. I'm very nervous cause I'm meeting people in SIN for christmas eve.

1. Is it 75 minutes enough for this connection?
2. Should I walk or take the bus?
3. In case of a delayed LIS-CDG flight what's the minimum needed time to connect?
1. As long as you arrive on time from LIS you should be fine.... I've done this connection several times in about 60min and still arrived at the gate early for boarding.
2. Arriving in 2D means that you may enter the terminal outside the secure area. Furthermore you arrive in the Schengen area, whereas 2C is non-Schengen. Long story short: there is no airside bus from 2D to 2C. I wouldn't recommend taking the landside bus, as the bus stop is already halfway on the way to 2C - you're most likely faster walking.
For your way to 2C: exit the secure area, exit the check-in-area (follow the signs "correspondance 2A-B-C-E-F" and "exit" and just before leaving the terminal turn RIGHT towards Terminal 2B. In the middle of the foodcourt between 2D and 2B there is a escalator going downstairs to the rent-a-car agencies and further to 2A and 2C. Follow that escalator down, go straight on through the tunnel, escalator upwards on the other side. Now you are between 2A and 2C, 2C being to your left while you come up the escalator. (from the gate to this point about 5 mins walk). Make your way into 2C and to the security and passport checks and you should be at your gate pretty soon.
3. Depends on your behaviour in the waiting queue at security and passport checks . Not taking into account any wait times it's about 5-10mins from gate to gate. I'd say everything below 30-40 mins from the moment you enter the terminal seems to be REALLY tight.
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Old Dec 22, 06, 5:55 am
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Old Dec 22, 06, 9:57 am
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Originally Posted by hopippolla View Post
hello.... this is my 1st post...
on january 14 i'll arrive at 2A from rio de janeiro at 13.50 (with tam airlines) and have a connection to barcelona at 15.40 on 2F (with air france).
it'll be my first international trip so i'm a bit worried about all the procedures... could someone tell me the step to step things i'll have to do after arrival?
for example: should i carry my luggage with me till the 2f terminal or there's an air france desk at the arrival gate (2a)?
and what about security procedures? i pass through it on the arrival or when getting to the 2f (where my connection flight leaves)?
can i walk from 2a to 2f?
will i find helpful people from air france that will give pratical help?

oh, i'm so worried (but so excited at the same time!)...
thanks!
Welcome to Flyertalk.

First of all, don't worry about your connection. You have plenty of time (and this comes from the greatest pessimist as far as CDG is concerned!).

Secondly, when you check in in Rio, you should ask them to check your baggage through to Barcelona. As TAM is a partner airline of AF and Flying Blue, I'm sure they will do this for you. If this is the case, they will probably also give you a boarding pass for your Paris - Barcelona flight.

Thirdly, when you arrive Paris, follow the signs (or ask someone) for connections (correspondances in French, but everything is in English too). 2A to 2F is quite an awkward transfer to do on foot (they are at opposite ends of the terminal) so take the bus which keeps you airside. You will still probably go through immigration as you are entering the European Economic Area (but you probably won't have to go through it again in Barcelona). You may also pass through a security checkpoint both in 2A and 2F. The bus stops first at 2B, then 2D, then 2F. There may be two stops at 2F (perhaps someone else can answer this?) as it has two piers, but I'm fairly certain you need the first one if this is the case. I don't think your boarding pass for Barcelona will have a gate number on it, so you'll need to check the departure screens.

If TAM can't check your baggage through to Barcelona, then I'm afraid you'll have to pick it up in Paris (after immigration), go through customs (no problem) and walk or take the landside bus to 2F, then check it in at one of the Air France desks. If they can check your baggage all the way, but not give you a boarding pass for Paris to Barcelona, then you'll need to go to the connections desk when you arrive in Terminal 2A

If you are in any doubt, ask an Air France agent to direct you in the right direction when you get off your plane. Don't get in a long queue at the connections desk (unless you don't have a boarding pass for Barcelona), just ask a member of staff.

I'm almost certain that they'll be able to do everything (check baggage all the way to Barcelona and issue both boarding passes) in Rio, so all you'll have to do is take yourself and your hand luggage on the airside bus from
2A to 2F. Why not give TAM a call and ask them if this is so?

Enjoy your trip and try not to worry!
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Old Dec 29, 06, 2:43 pm
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Is AF allow a ST Elite + bring a guest to their lounge?

As I am checking the lounge location on NWA.com. I noticed that both AF lounges in CDG and BCN only allow the member get in, but guests are not permitted at these locations. It seems this restriction is in effect though out AF lounge network. Is this true? Why it is different from other ST members?
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Old Dec 29, 06, 3:01 pm
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Originally Posted by laxpek View Post
As I am checking the lounge location on NWA.com. I noticed that both AF lounges in CDG and BCN only allow the member get in, but guests are not permitted at these locations. It seems this restriction is in effect though out AF lounge network. Is this true? Why it is different from other ST members?
I understand this limitation applies to the World Club members who are not SkyTeam Elite + members. With respect to access to AF lounges with a guest, there is no difference between an NW SkyTeam Elite + member and other non-NW SkyTeam Elite + members.
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Old Jan 4, 07, 4:43 pm
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2E to 2C

On Jan 7th I get to travel from SFO-CDG arriving at 11:35 in 2E. I am connecting to CAI at 1:40 in 2C.

What is the best route option and timeframe for transfering terminals? Is it best to walk? Which lounge (traveling business) should we goto?

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Old Jan 4, 07, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by menkarp View Post
Hi all!
I read the whole post and spent the entire afternoon searching the net in answer of this: Me and my wife are flying on Dec. 22 ATH-CDG on AF 2333. We are scheduled to arrive in CDG, Terminal 2D at 0920. Our AF062 flight to LAX departs at 1015 from Terminal 2E. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact gate numbers.
If I understood correctly, there is high chance of a shuttle awaiting us and driving us directly to the gate of our flight to LAX. Does anybody know, where these shuttles usually are? Are they on the tarmac, so that you do not have to enter the terminal, or do you have to enter the terminal and then get in the bus?
In case there is no shuttle, will we make it on foot in 55 mins? If yes, we will follow the signs to TGV and then other signs towards 2E (please correct me if I am wrong).
It goes without saying, that even if we make it, I will spend the entire journey thinking whether or not our luggage made it as well.
Last but not least:
Does anybody have an idea, how much it would cost to upgrade to business class on site? I am thinking of upgrading the CDG-LAX reservation while still in Athens, if of course the price is not exorbitant.
Any help will be greatly appreciated,
M.

Just landed 5hrs ago or so from the 1015 AF65 flight to LAX from CDG.
First be careful as to my surprise it was the 772 and old configuration... sucked as i was in J. F is also pretty bad. Most likely you are going to have to foot it via the galleria and then go upstairs to go through security once more. Pls noste that the elevator is way far to your left as there ia set of elevators that will take you to the bathroom although it seems like it should take you upstairs... weird, i know. In terms of upgds, no can do im afraid unless you wanna shell out some serious dough. 11.5hrs of crapy seats anyways so its not worth it. The new J/F is excellent though, took it 4 times in the past 3-4 weeks (LAX-CDG-JNB-CDG-LAX). good luck as CDG is the worst airport in this world.
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Old Jan 7, 07, 4:39 am
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Old Jan 7, 07, 12:14 pm
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thanks rangerss 75 for your attention... it was very helpful!
i called TAM and it can't check my luggage all the way through... but i'm not that worried anymore... i've printed your answer to my post and have maps of all cdg terminals (hope it helps too)...

one thing that still not clear to me:
to get my connection done to barcelona, i'll have to go to an air france desk... should it be at 2a (arrival from rio) or 2f(departure to barcelona)? my luggage can be check in to barcelona just on terminal 2f or any air france desk?

and there's a diference between a regular desk and a connection desk? didn't know that... but i'm sure i'll see the diference between them...

oh, and the most important thing: how many air france desks and infos desks are in terminals? and a isaw a video on youtube of a girl being escorted in a little car through terminals... how do i get this facility?? hehehe
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Old Jan 15, 07, 1:54 pm
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Hi All !
Whats the fastes way between term.2B and 2E
we have to change the planes in CDG will be arrived on AF 1695 from BUD at 03:10pm Term.2B and leave to IAH at 3:55 pm on AF038 from Term. 2E
so thats only 45 min Connecting time! AF says that will be ok but me and my wife are a little bit worried about able to catch it!!
we are traveling in K so will be may waiting someone from AF to bring us to the IAH gate or do we have to take the Busshuttle airsite? or is it the best way to walk over to 2E??

Thanks in Adv.

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Old Jan 15, 07, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by B707 View Post
Hi All !
Whats the fastes way between term.2B and 2E
we have to change the planes in CDG will be arrived on AF 1695 from BUD at 03:10pm Term.2B and leave to IAH at 3:55 pm on AF038 from Term. 2E
so thats only 45 min Connecting time! AF says that will be ok but me and my wife are a little bit worried about able to catch it!!
we are traveling in K so will be may waiting someone from AF to bring us to the IAH gate or do we have to take the Busshuttle airsite? or is it the best way to walk over to 2E??

Thanks in Adv.

B707
Sorry to be pessimistic, but unless they bus you to your flight, as you suggest, forget it!
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