Flight Connections FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

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  Frequently asked questions


Which terminal for my flight ?

Details of which terminal a flight or airline uses can be found in our destinations and airlines database.


What is my minimum connection time at CDG ?

Your connection time depends on your route, airline and whether you need to pick up baggage or change terminals, so there’s no single answer.

If you book a through-ticket with an airline or travel agent, your airline will generally quote a ″minimum connection time″.
However, if you booked your flights separately, these minimum connection times don’t apply, you should allow plenty of extra time to clear baggage reclaim and passport control, transfer between terminals, then check in and clear security for your outbound flight.

See our flight connections information page for details.


How do I connect at CDG ?

The exact process for connecting at Paris-CDG depends on where you’re flying to and from.
Go to our flight Connections section to obtain a personalized step-by-step connection guide.


Do I need to collect my baggage at CDG ?

Your baggage may be through-checked to your final destination, but please confirm this with your airline as not all carriers offer this service.
In the event that your baggage is not through-checked you must follow signs for arrivals and collect your cases from the baggage reclaim hall, then check your bags in as normal for the next leg of your journey.


Can I walk between terminals ?

You can not walk between terminals 1, 2, 3.
If you are connecting through Paris Charles de Gaulle use our flight connections guide.


Are there fast-track facilities at CDG ?

Premium and select non-premium passengers will be issued an access voucher from their airline.
Follow the signs marked ″Accès no.1″ or ″Sky Priority″ at immigration and security checks.


Do I need a visa ?

See our guide to French Border control at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.


Can I have information about Schengen visa ?

Please visit our dedicated page.


Do I have to clear security and/or immigration while connecting at Paris-CDG ?

TRAVELLING WITHIN NON-SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
Example : London to Delhi via Paris-CDG
– You must pass through security check ; no passport control nor visa needed.
If you need to leave the transit area to pick up baggage and check-in, you must clear immigration.

ENTERING THE SCHENGEN AREA
Example : Los Angeles to Rome via Paris-CDG
– You must pass through passport control and security check.

LEAVING THE SCHENGEN AREA
Example : Geneva to Montreal via Paris-CDG
– You must pass through passport control ; no security check.

TRAVELLING WITHIN THE SCHENGEN AREA
Example : Berlin to Barcelona via Paris-CDG
– No passport control nor security check.


Can I leave the airport transit area ?

You can leave the transit area (and airport) as long as you have a visa (if necessary).
You’ll have to pass through security again on your way back into the airport.
Please note the entry and customs regulations.


Where can I store my bags at CDG ?

There are left luggage/baggage storage facilities in landside terminal 2 (close to the TGV-RER station).
Baggage and luggage items can be stored for a few hours or up to 90 days.

Left Luggage services are operated by Bagage du Monde.
Visit their dedicated left luggage and baggage storage website for more information.


Can I take a shower ?

Currently, CDG has no public showers.
You may proceed to your airline’s lounge.


Where can I sleep overnight ?

There is nowhere to sleep in the terminals but there’s a great choice of hotels nearby.
If your booking includes a stopover in a local hotel, please follow the signs to Arrivals.
Check our airport hotels page.

If you’re a connecting passenger from non-Schengen countries you’ll have to pass through French border controls to get to your hotel, so please ensure you have any required visa to enter France.
You can apply for a 24-hour visa when you arrive, but this is at the immigration officer’s discretion…


Can I sleep in the transit area ?

Yotel cabin hotel, located terminal 2E-hall L (after security), is available for passengers connecting through terminal 2E.


Where to find hotel shuttles ?

Please visit our airport hotels page.


Does CDG airport have wifi ?

You can enjoy free wireless internet access via your notebook computer or handheld device in all terminals.


Are there any baby changing facilities ?

Baby changing facilities are available throughout all terminals.
Find them on our airport maps page.


Where is smoking allowed ?

Please not that smoking is not permitted except in the dedicated smoking booths located airside in all terminals.


Can I go to Paris during my layover ?

CDG airport is about 26 km (16 miles) from Paris’ city center, if your layover is at least 6-7 hours it’s worth visiting the city of Paris !
Please note the entry and customs regulations.
Visit our transportation section for information and details about trains, buses, taxis and shuttles.


What is CDGVAL ?

CDGVAL is a free light rail service for visitors and passengers needing to connect landside between terminals 1, 2, 3.


Airside vs Landside, what’s the difference?

Airports are divided into landside and airside.
Landside (prior to security) includes areas such as check-in, parking lots, public transport railway stations and access roads.
Airside (after security) or transit area includes boarding gates and all areas accessible to aircraft, including runways, taxiways and aprons/ramps.
Passage between landside and airside is tightly controlled at all airports ; to access airside, one must go through security, and if applicable, passport control too.