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Terminals: Charles de Gaulle Airport

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Terminals: Charles de Gaulle Airport

My last experience (a couple of years ago) was we had to change planes (and terminals), arriving at CDG from Barcelona and travelling on to Birmingham. The hour and 10 minutes (I believe) was woefully inadequate for this - we had a considerable distance to travel - leaving one terminal, catching a bus to the next, checking back again through customs. We were aided through as one of our party was in a wheelchair and we only just made it.

My question (prior to booking) is how long is the minimum amount of time should I allow between transfers? The airline website is perfectly happy to book me in with just a 50 minute transfer - from my previous experience I can't see that happening. Any suggestions? (so far 'pick a different airport' seems to be the only practical option.

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1. Re: Terminals: Charles de Gaulle Airport

Minimum 2 hours IMHO.

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There is an 'easy CDG' guide which tells you the best way to transfer between terminals.

I'm mystified by your refernce to 'Customs' - you should be getting 'airside' transfers.

easycdg.com/1/…

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If you fly AF-AF (same ticket), 1 hour is ample. AF totally reorganised its CDG operations and transfers are now painless (unless 2G is involved which means a 10 minutes bus ride extra).

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To clarify: When we last travelled, we had to leave one terminal, get transport and enter another. Consequently we had to go through the XRay machines for all our luggage and lose the water we had from our last departure. I've got the flight information from the CDG site - I would need to transfer from 2F to 2E within 50 minutes. I don't think this is possible.

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I've found the two flights involved (both Air France) involve a transfer between two terminals, 2E and 2F. I think we had to go via bus. I don't know if there is a tunnel between terminals.

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Thanks for the easy CDG guide - it helps. I still think 50 minutes is pushing it a bit. Last time we were aided by staff as my mother was in a wheelchair - so we were the last to leave the aircraft and although we were escorted throughout - the escort said there was a chance we would not make it. It was a big stressful run which we only just made (but I think we had > 1hr).

I called passport control/ XRay luggage 'customs' - sorry - it's all the same to me!

Thank you for your advice!

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Thanks for your advice - I think I agree - to be 'on the safe side'.

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8. Re: Terminals: Charles de Gaulle Airport

MCT (Minimum connecting time) at CDG is 45 minutes. 2F to 2E is a 10 to 20 minutes walk (or walk plus rail shuttle - it depends on the hall - K, L or M, the former being the closer), normally with no additional security since you'll be coming from the Schengen area. So it is feasible provided your incoming flight is on time.

With a European connection, I'd personally take the risk (that remains limited since the airline would move me to the next available flight if there is a problem). Now you might prefer to be on a safe side and select an earlier BCN-CDG leg.

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Can any one help, I'm flying from Birmingham into 2E at Charles de Gaulle, then out of 2E to St Petersburg Russia, but I see that there are 3 halls K,L & M does anyone know if I may arrive in 1 hall and have to get to another, I'm getting quite worried as I'm travelling alone and only have 50 mins transfer time between flights and wondering how difficult it is to find my way to another hall. I'm good at going in the wrong direction and don't have time to get it wrong this time!!!

Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated

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10. Re: Terminals: Charles de Gaulle Airport

No worries. These are three parallel buildings connected by a walking path or a train (if you know Heathrow T5, the structure is similar). So provided your first flight is on time, you'll be safely at the next gate in time (with obviously no time for shopping or coffee). Signs are furthermore quite clear.