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CDG Airport in Paris Experience Terminal 2D to 2E

Old Nov 13, 16, 12:17 pm
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CDG Airport in Paris Experience Terminal 2D to 2E

If you ever have to go to CDG - don't.

An hour layover on CDG in Paris, enough time? Regarding the airline 'no problem' .

Arriving on time, knowing which terminal to go to I asked for a front row seat before landing. From the door opening - a sprint starts - along long corridors with only a few information panels. To change terminals you need to leave the airport and check in again. Arriving at the connection terminal on my paper, I get the information that it changed. Running outside, crossing a parking lot to the new terminal, the checkin line I find is the longest I have ever seen, keep sprinting past it. (yes, I am skipping it, total chaos left and right nobody even notices). Getting through a prior check gate, keep sprinting past the line as my request for help replies 'everyone's late, fly tomorrow'. Arriving at the last part of the line I can't skip further and wait another 45min. People here tell me they've been waiting for 3-4 hours. The security check notifies me that I have to get on a train to the gate - sprinting there and jumping in just before the doors closed. Next, luggage check, another (though much shorter) line. They open my carry-on bag and empty everything. At this point my flight is 30min late, but I have only 5min to departure. Pack the bag back up, keep sprinting. Reached the gate and got in at the last minute.

I made it in 1,5 hours. Without skipping lines and constant sprinting it could have been 5.
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Old Nov 13, 16, 12:24 pm
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As this is not a trip report and no airline is mentioned I shall move it over to the France forum.

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Old Nov 15, 16, 1:20 am
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Originally Posted by TowardsTheSky View Post
If you ever have to go to CDG - don't.

An hour layover on CDG in Paris, enough time? Regarding the airline 'no problem' .

Arriving on time, knowing which terminal to go to I asked for a front row seat before landing. From the door opening - a sprint starts - along long corridors with only a few information panels. To change terminals you need to leave the airport and check in again. Arriving at the connection terminal on my paper, I get the information that it changed. Running outside, crossing a parking lot to the new terminal, the checkin line I find is the longest I have ever seen, keep sprinting past it. (yes, I am skipping it, total chaos left and right nobody even notices). Getting through a prior check gate, keep sprinting past the line as my request for help replies 'everyone's late, fly tomorrow'. Arriving at the last part of the line I can't skip further and wait another 45min. People here tell me they've been waiting for 3-4 hours. The security check notifies me that I have to get on a train to the gate - sprinting there and jumping in just before the doors closed. Next, luggage check, another (though much shorter) line. They open my carry-on bag and empty everything. At this point my flight is 30min late, but I have only 5min to departure. Pack the bag back up, keep sprinting. Reached the gate and got in at the last minute.

I made it in 1,5 hours. Without skipping lines and constant sprinting it could have been 5.
While posting this rant might have felt good, it provided little usable information. What airlines? What time of day? Which airline provided 'no problem' answer? 3-4 hour lines are not SOP at CDG, so what was the cause of that (if actually true)? Why didn't OP read data points here or elsewhere that almost always suggest need for plenty of connecting time at CDG, especially on 2 tickets or between airlines? Why rely on a phone agent who may be on another continent for local airport knowledge?

Sorry OP had a tough time.
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Old Nov 15, 16, 9:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Mountain Trader View Post
While posting this rant might have felt good, it provided little usable information. What airlines? What time of day? Which airline provided 'no problem' answer? 3-4 hour lines are not SOP at CDG, so what was the cause of that (if actually true)? Why didn't OP read data points here or elsewhere that almost always suggest need for plenty of connecting time at CDG, especially on 2 tickets or between airlines? Why rely on a phone agent who may be on another continent for local airport knowledge?

Sorry OP had a tough time.
you shouldn't even take time to answer that kind of posts. 1st time poster and 99.9% chance last time poster...
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Old Nov 16, 16, 2:12 am
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Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
you shouldn't even take time to answer that kind of posts. 1st time poster and 99.9% chance last time poster...
Hoping against hope.
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