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I am flying to CDG with WOW. The airplane arrives at Terminal 1 at 11:30 AM (stats say that usually not later than 12:15 PM). Assuming it will land no later than that, what is the earliest time I can take a domestic flight from terminal 2F on a separate ticket? Do I have to get completely out of the airport? I guess I have to enter EU first. Is there automatic passport control at CDG (like the one in FRA)?

Thanks!

  • WOW is an Icelandic airline, right? Their hub is Keflavik; but where are you flying from if you think you need to go through passport controls arriving in Paris? – Henning Makholm Jul 23 '17 at 1:47
  • Note there there is no such thing as "enter EU" for passport-control purposes. Immigration and passports is the matter of the Schengen area, which contains some, but not all, EU member states, as well as a few countries that are not EU members. Iceland is one of the latter countries. – Henning Makholm Jul 23 '17 at 1:48
  • Ah, ok, so if I do not have checked luggage I can just go shortest path to the gate for the next flight? (Assuming I do online check-in) – erkil1452 Jul 23 '17 at 13:59
  • Whether you need to clear passport control dependson where you'rearriving from and where you're departing to. – phoog Jul 23 '17 at 15:17
  • I fly from Iceland to CDG and continue inside France. – erkil1452 Jul 23 '17 at 15:40
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Iceland to France is Schengen-internal, so you won't need to cross immigration controls.

However, you can't walk between terminals 1 and 2 at CDG.

There are airside transfer shuttles, but at Terminal 1 they serve only the non-Schengen transit area which you won't reach with your itinerary.

You'll need to go landside at terminal 1 and then take the CDGVAL peoplemover to terminal 2F and pass through security again. CDGVAL should not take more than 15 minutes, including wait time, but there are scattered reports of occasional very long security lines. With a non-guaranteed connection I would want to leave terminal 1 at least 1½ hours before scheduled departure, and I wouldn't feel halfway comfortable unless I had 2½. Add another 20 minutes for flights departing from terminals 2E (rows L and M) and 2G as they require another bus or peoplemover transfer after security.

  • It also varies depending OP has luggage to collect or not. The CDGVAL itself is quick getting there and from there is the problem. – chx Jul 23 '17 at 14:39
  • Thanks, I will take a later flight and have 3 hours time. – erkil1452 Jul 23 '17 at 18:19
  • @erkil1452 I'd add that since you are arranging your own connection, you are responsible if your first flight is late and you miss the second one. 3 hours is a fair amount of time, but you should be prepared to seek alternate transportation if there are significant delays. – Zach Lipton Jul 23 '17 at 18:31
  • @ZachLipton Sure, Europe is small, I can just walk:-) – erkil1452 Jul 23 '17 at 22:13

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