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Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

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Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

So we have a 6 hour layover in Paris and wanting to take an cab or train to go see the Eiffel Tower snaps some pictures maybe have a drink or 2 is this a good idea? Just not sure what the traffic will be like or the time it will take?

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1. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

Which airport are you arriving at? Where from? Where to? Will your luggage be checked through and will you have your boarding cards for the next leg in hand? What passport do you hold? At what time and on what day are your first flight arriving and your second one leaving?

Hard to answer without these basic information, as general rule is you need 7 / 7.5 hours to consider going into the city from CDG.

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2. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

thanks for you input!... I was thinking it might be a bit of a stretch to make it ...here is some more info ... will Arrive at CDG at 8:35am Monday and depart to Egypt at 1:40 pm..we are going to lock up our luggage their at the airport. will have our passports and boarding cards with us

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3. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

Given your specifics, that would be beyond risky.

As noted, you really need at least seven hours to get to the Eiffel Tower and back because you need five hours just for logistics - about an hour from landing through Passport Control, about an hour each way from/to CDG/Paris, and back at CDG three hours ahead of your ongoing flight. That's five hours. When you add storing luggage, all bets are off.

Six hours is a connection, not a "layover".

Should you decide to attempt this anyway, the RER/Metro is faster, cheaper, and far more reliable that a taxi each way, find out if you can check in on arrival for your ongoing flight so you can check your bags and have boarding pass in hand, have a detailed plan (including how you will purchase transit tickets and routing).

And, know the cost of purchasing new tickets, last minute, should you miss your flight (probably with no credit for the missed flight).

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4. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

You really, really don't have enough time to do this.

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5. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

Do you mean carry on luggage or do you mean luggage you will need to check in?

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6. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

It takes over an hour to get into the city plus another to get back, more to get near to the Eiffel Tower. Traffic jams or public transportation hiccups or strikes can easily double travelling time. You'll have to be at the airport hours before departure due to safety checks. You can work it out from there...

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7. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

Getting it at CDG T3 would be your best bet since the Customs walk-through is a lot faster than at 2E or 2F. And if you only have carry-ons that helps too.

And if getting in through T3, it is a 10 minutes walk to the RER station, change to RER C at St-Michel and get off RERC at Bir-Hakeim or Pont de l'Alma (10 -15 minutes walk to ET)

But that's a lot of "if"...

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8. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

Seven hours I would say do it -- but not 6 hours. And checking luggage? No way no time.

Wander around the airport for an hour, buy some Laduree macarons, and get back in the security line for your onward flight.

This question comes up every day on this forum. it's too bad folks don;t check here before making their flight reservations -- one more hour and you could have done it...

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9. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

Thanks for everyone's input !!.......I'm pretty nervous about trying to attempt this sounds to risky!!

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10. Re: Layover - wanting to go see Eiffel Tower

You should be nervous :)