How long will it take me to go from my Icelandic Airline flight in Terminal 1 to an Air France flight to Madrid in Terminal 2? I have several flights to choose from to Madrid and want to allow for plenty of time.


Part of the answer depends at what time of the day (or night), as security checks at T2 can be a mess. It will also depend on whether you have luggage to pick up and check in again.

I would say the timing in average would be:

  • 45 mn from the time the doors open on your flight to T2 (D?) departure hall. Especially if you are not familiar with CDG.
  • 30 mn for check-in and security checks.
  • 20 mn before departure time.

That's about 1.5 hours. Early mornings and early evenings are very busy, and could require longer.


If you're moving between airlines and terminals, try and schedule 3 hours between the flights, especially if you're not familiar with the airport and have checked luggage. When I travel, I allow 2.5 hours at the absolute minimum for international flights, and 1.5 hours for domestic.

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