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Connecting through CDG: looking for first timers practical advice

Connecting through CDG: looking for first timers practical advice

Old Mar 28, 12, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by Policypeddler View Post
What's strange about an iron plane? I heard about a lead zeppelin once.
Don't you mean "Led Zeppelin?"
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Old Mar 28, 12, 11:01 pm
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Originally Posted by tonypct View Post
Don't you mean "Led Zeppelin?"
Well don't forget MythBusters did lead balloon too that went up in the air:

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/myth...d-balloon.html
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Old Apr 17, 12, 10:22 pm
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Appreciate the practical advice.

Can anyone summarize what I can expect from the walk from 2D to 2E? I've read the signage can be poor, so any practical navigation advice is appreciated!
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Old Apr 18, 12, 1:56 am
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Originally Posted by SporkLover View Post
Appreciate the practical advice.

Can anyone summarize what I can expect from the walk from 2D to 2E? I've read the signage can be poor, so any practical navigation advice is appreciated!
Don't expect a lot, it's a quite boring walk!

When you arrive in 2D, you have to get out of the secure zone as anybody else with final destination CDG and you'll find yourself landside. Turn left towards terminals 2EF (signs are quite good, don't worry). You get to the TGV train station / Sheraton hotel, there you cross over to the other walking way (if you'd continue straight ahead you get to terminal 2F) and continue to 2E. In the middle of 2E, where the escalator comes up from arrivals level and from terminal 2F, you turn right and find yourself in front of the immigration booths. Head to the left end of the booths, where you find the priority line. Be sure you know your departure gate for ATL as after immigration check, you either head straight on for main gates or you take the automated shuttle for satellite gates.

Be also aware, that AF from PRG could arrive in terminal 2F, there is no absolute certainty that they will spit you out in 2D. In that case, the walk would be even shorter.
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Old Apr 18, 12, 5:39 am
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Originally Posted by SporkLover View Post
Appreciate the practical advice.

Can anyone summarize what I can expect from the walk from 2D to 2E? I've read the signage can be poor, so any practical navigation advice is appreciated!
I've only been through CDG a few times, but I found if I asked nicely for directions, I got a lot of help. I just held out my boarding pass and looked lost (which in that airport is not difficult!)
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Old Apr 18, 12, 6:22 am
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So it looks like I lucked out (or is there something hidden I don't know):

I fly from LHR to CDG and on to MIA (all on AF, with DL flt #)

Arriving Aerogare 2 terminal E and departing the same terminal E

Do i get to stay in the secure zone?

P.S. This a great way to get home to South Florida at 2PM in the afternoon rather than the 7PM timeframe going through ATL. Of course I have to be up early for the 6:40am flight out of LHR, but getting home 5 hours earlier is worth it.
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Old Apr 18, 12, 6:28 am
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CDG At the lower 20% of the hundreds I've been through, especially if long delayed.

Originally Posted by SporkLover View Post
...it's challenging to weed out the nuggets of useful information from the "CDG is a toilet" and "CDG is not that bad" comments....
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Old Apr 18, 12, 6:35 am
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Originally Posted by mikepa View Post
So it looks like I lucked out (or is there something hidden I don't know):

I fly from LHR to CDG and on to MIA (all on AF, with DL flt #)

Arriving Aerogare 2 terminal E and departing the same terminal E

Do i get to stay in the secure zone?

P.S. This a great way to get home to South Florida at 2PM in the afternoon rather than the 7PM timeframe going through ATL. Of course I have to be up early for the 6:40am flight out of LHR, but getting home 5 hours earlier is worth it.
You remain within the international zone, so no passport check. Not sure about re-clearing security, as French police authorities are gradually relaxing the rules with respect to the need for going through security again.

Note that there are currently two boarding piers in terminal 2E, the main one and satellite S3; if your flights do not use the same pier, you need to take an automated shuttle (45 seconds, a shuttle every 2mn), which, when you factor in the walk to/from the shuttle and the average wait time, adds 10mn to the transfer time.

Enjoy your flights .
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Old Apr 18, 12, 7:05 am
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I just did the connection from 2E to 2D last week. It is not as horrific as all the stories here indicate (at last for me). The signage is quite good, and it's about a 10 minute walk. Very easy and not complicated.
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Old Apr 18, 12, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by carole_d View Post
I've only been through CDG a few times, but I found if I asked nicely for directions, I got a lot of help. I just held out my boarding pass and looked lost (which in that airport is not difficult!)
I'm sure there will be lots of friendly folks around to help, however, with all I've read on these and other forums I want to be as informed as possible. Besides, with my relatively short connection time I don't want to have to use too much of that as lost time. Plus I'm a little self conscious about not speaking a word of French; typically I'd at least like to pretend to attempt to converse in the local languages of the places I travel. With me only connecting through CDG I haven't really had the motivation to pick up French.

@MarLim thanks for that detailed writeup! I feel much better about this connection!
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Old Apr 18, 12, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by SporkLover View Post
I'm sure there will be lots of friendly folks around to help, however, with all I've read on these and other forums I want to be as informed as possible. Besides, with my relatively short connection time I don't want to have to use too much of that as lost time. Plus I'm a little self conscious about not speaking a word of French; typically I'd at least like to pretend to attempt to converse in the local languages of the places I travel. With me only connecting through CDG I haven't really had the motivation to pick up French.

@MarLim thanks for that detailed writeup! I feel much better about this connection!
I understand - I was being a bit of a smart ....

ETA: I haven't gone through CDG much because I try to route through AMS whenever possible. It's more expensive, but worth it, IMO.
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Old Apr 18, 12, 6:05 pm
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As long as we are on the CDG subject,
Next Friday,
my wife and I are flying AF PV from DTW to CDG and on to FCO.
I am told we will have to transfer from 2E to 2F, reverse order on the return.
Any hints? I'm Elite + and she is Elite, do we both have access to the fast
Skypriority lines as we are on the same reservation? I know we will have to clear immigration somewhere, don't know if its CDG or FCO?
We will have about a 2.5 hr layover.
I know I am supposed to get lounge access and bring one guest (her) if space is available whatever that means. Are there a number of lounges
available or do I specifically look for one?
Thanks,
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Old Apr 18, 12, 6:09 pm
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Originally Posted by schmidlapp View Post
As long as we are on the CDG subject,
Next Friday,
my wife and I are flying AF PV from DTW to CDG and on to FCO.
I am told we will have to transfer from 2E to 2F, reverse order on the return.
Any hints? I'm Elite + and she is Elite, do we both have access to the fast
Skypriority lines as we are on the same reservation? I know we will have to clear immigration somewhere, don't know if its CDG or FCO?
We will have about a 2.5 hr layover.
I know I am supposed to get lounge access and bring one guest (her) if space is available whatever that means. Are there a number of lounges
available or do I specifically look for one?
Thanks,
We just got back. flying over SEA-CDG-MIL no matter what you do you have to clear customs then go back through. I know it sucks ! But hey that CDG. I can tell you that we have decided that we will transfer through AMS from now on. The Sky Priority does work and does make a difference.
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Old Apr 19, 12, 2:48 am
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Originally Posted by schmidlapp View Post
I know we will have to clear immigration somewhere, don't know if its CDG or FCO?
You clear immigration in CDG and customs in FCO.

We will have about a 2.5 hr layover.
I know I am supposed to get lounge access and bring one guest (her) if space is available whatever that means. Are there a number of lounges
available or do I specifically look for one?
Thanks,
You have access to the arrivals lounge in 2C and the departures lounge in 2F, which is where your flight to FCO will be.

The arrivals lounge has nice showers and a decent breakfast spread. Once you have cleared immigration upon arrival in 2E, it is a 10mn walk to the lounge, and another 10mn back to 2F. So you should decide whether you are going for the arrivals lounge depending on the time you have left after clearing immigration upon arrival. Note that, as mentioned above, you will need to clear security to reach the gate in 2F for the flight to FCO.

If your arrival gate changes to a gate in 2F, it is also a 10mn walk to the lounge; if it is changed to a gate in 2C, it is less than 5mn away.

If you still have time after going to the arrivals lounge, you can of course use the departures lounge in 2F.
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Old Apr 19, 12, 7:23 am
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Sometimes when your itinerary indicates CDG, the airline gives you a little brochure on transiting CDG but I generally find it to be more confusing than useful. I try to follow the signs as I still don't have a good instinctive sense of the floor plan.
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