Flight Connections Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport

Essential information if you’re transferring between flights at Paris-CDG.
It is simple when you know how !


Plan your journey

For a smooth connection between flights, it’s important to give yourself adequate time between your first flight’s arrival and your next flight’s departure,
in order to allow for security checks and any necessary terminal changes.

Minimum transfer time recommended by ″easy CDG″ :
70 minutes intra terminal 1/2/3
90 minutes between terminals 1/2/3

These minimum connection times only apply if you book a through-ticket and any baggage is checked through to your final destination.
You should allow extra time if you are not in this case.


Check-in at your local airport

To final destination

Your airline should give you all the boarding cards you need, including those for any connecting flights.
Most of the time, your baggage will be checked-through to your final destination.
Please confirm this with your airline as not all carriers offer this service.
→ Follow the ″Flight Connections″ signs at Paris-CDG, do not collect your luggage.

To Paris-CDG

In the event that your baggage is not checked-through or if you booked your flights separately (you have arranged your own flight connection),
you will have to pick up your baggage at Paris-CDG and recheck-in with the airline which operates your connecting flight.
Follow the ″Baggage-Exit″ signs, leave the transfer zone (there are no check-in counters in the transfer zone) and proceed to your departure terminal respecting the check-in deadline.
You should allow extra time to clear baggage reclaim, transfer between terminals, then check in for your outbound flight.
When coming from a Non-Schengen country and need to leave the transit area to pick up baggage and check-in, you must clear immigration, please ensure that you comply with entry & visa requirements.


Immigration & Security checks

Do you have to go through Immigration/French Border and-or Security when transferring at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport ?

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, please ensure that you comply with entry & visa requirements.

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.


Schengen area countries :
Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Denmark ; Estonia ; Finland ; France and Monaco ; Germany ; Greece  ; Hungary ; Iceland ; Italy ; Latvia ; Liechtenstein ; Lithuania ; Luxembourg ; Malta ; Netherlands ; Norway ; Poland ; Portugal ; Slovakia ; Slovenia ; Spain ; Sweden ; Switzerland.

Priority access for immigration & security checks :
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″.


Travel documents, Visa for non-EU nationals (ENTERING THE SCHENGEN AREA)

Citizens from certain countries coming in an EU country (incl. Schengen area) may need a visa, depending on their nationality and on the rules in the country
they wish to travel to.

> Information Schengen Visa


Where to go after landing at Paris-Charles de Gaulle ?

Upon disembarkation of the aircraft, follow the signs marked ″Correspondances/Flight Connections″.
Check your boarding pass and confirm departure information (terminal, gate number, flight schedule) with airport monitors.
Carry on following the signs to your departure terminal.

> See my step-by-step passenger guide


Layover-Excursion to Paris

If your layover is at least 6 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 (RER + TGV), buses, taxis and shuttles to Paris and beyond.