Updated: June 2019
Connecting in Paris CDG or Orly airports? In today’s guide we’ll go over the most recommended things to do when en route through Paris.
Paris Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG) is Air France’s main hub and as such is quite busy airport. Although terminal infrastructure has been improved through the last years, queuing times at passport control are notoriously long, so make sure to allow at least one hour to clear passport control.
With that in mind, let’s see what can do.
For layovers shorter than 5 hours, my recommendation would be to stay in the airport and not to leave for the City center.
According to my experience, if arriving from a Non-Schengen location, you should allow 90 minutes or more to safely connect in Paris. Avoid shorter connecting times unless you have flexible travel plans.
When arriving from outside Europe, you’ll need to go through passport control. Once done, head to your departing flight gate.
Note: CDG has several terminals (1,2 (concourses a-g) and 3) with a shuttle system between them. The detailed map can be found here.
Free WIFI is available so you can catch up with email. Network speed is average.Premium internet is currently available for Euro 5.90/Hour.
Smoking is not allowed in the terminals. Terminals 2E and 2G have designated smoking facilities.
If your layover is between 6 to 12 hours long, subject to visa requirements, you might be able to leave the airport for a sightseeing tour in Paris and still make it on time to your connecting flight.
Although most nationalities might not need a visa to leave the airport or transit through the Non-Schengen (international) area , this might not be the case for you. We recommend to carefully evaluate visa requirements before your trip.
After clearing customs, you might want to consider storing any carry-on luggage in the the designated baggage locking stations available in all terminals (besides 2G).
Now you are all set and can head to Paris. From Charles De Gaulle Airport, you can reach Paris in several ways:
From the Orly airport you can reach Paris using the Orlybus that runs from Denfert-Rochereau station and Paris-Orly.
Here are a few essential attractions that you can visit in 7-9 hours:
If you have an entire day in Paris, you might want to stay in the Maree district or the Latin Quartier.
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