It seems some of the terminals have good sleeping area in Paris CDG airport. My arrival and departure terminals may be different. Will I be allowed to go to a terminal where I want to spend my layover in as I wish? Or do I have to stick to my departure terminal?

  • I think you need to pass security every time you move between terminals and I am not sure whether you can do that without the relevant boarding pass. I would guess no because no airport allows that.
    – user4188
    Commented Apr 14, 2017 at 8:26
  • @chx OP can always buy a throwaway/refundable ticket to pull it off
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 14, 2017 at 15:49
  • @JonathanReez Are tickets (even full fare flexible ones) refundable after check-in? I always thought the whole point of check-in was sorting out who was actually flying or not.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Apr 15, 2017 at 14:11
  • @Relaxed Air France checks you in automatically, under certain conditions: airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/guidevoyageur/e_services/…. You can also buy a regular fare from a low-cost career and then simply choose not to fly.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Apr 15, 2017 at 14:18
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    @JonathanReez It's been my question all along, do you know that for a fact? It seems a little counter-intuitive. Since you mentioned Air France, I just looked up their website and the section on refunds explicitly states you cannot get your money back if you have a boarding pass.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Apr 15, 2017 at 18:16

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When changing terminals at CDG, you would have to go through either a security check or passport control, or both. EasyCDG has a tool that guides you, and gives step-by-step directions.

You can identify your arrival and departure terminals. You can stay in the secure area of either of those terminals. If the area you want is in another terminal's secure area, you wouldn't be able to enter without having the correct boarding pass.

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