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Another CDG connecting flight Question.

We arriving in CDG from the U.S. on Norwegian and departing 2:10 later on Air Croatia. My info shows that we will be arriving at Terminal 1, and departing from 2D. Am I correct in assuming that we will have to exit through immigration, collect our bags, transfer to terminal 2, and recheck? If so, is 2 hours enough time?

Posted by
8063 posts

You will have to recheck if you bought separate tickets.
You might have a problem or be extremely rushed at CDG making that flight if you bought a separate ticket especially if the flight from the USA is delayed. Please clarify if you bought separate tickets.

Posted by
8230 posts

If you are doing this on two tickets, it is not a connection but two separate flights and you are very likely to miss the onward flight. Immigration from the US can typically take an hour and easily take more than that. Check in and security for the onward flight can easily take and hour and a half and that is once you are in line to check in. You would be lucky to make the second flight if on separate tickets.

Posted by
4012 posts

DO NOT DO THIS.

2 hours is NOT enough time to make your separate Air Croatia flight given you will first have to deboard your Norwegian flight, walk to and wait on line at passport control, wait for your bags at the baggage claim, transfer to Terminal 2, check your bags, wait on the lines at security, and then walk to your gate.

If you miss that Air Croatia flight, you will have to buy a new ticket on Air Croatia. If that is a return itinerary on Air Croatia back to CDG, that return portion will also be cancelled.

Posted by
10354 posts

No, it's not. See if there's another flight that gives you four to five hours leeway. Even then, what would you do if your Norwegian flight is late or cancelled, not unheard-of with Norwegian. Two separately bought tickets always carry a risk. You need be ready with back up plan options just in case.

Posted by
4 posts

Thanks all for the replies! I have cancelled my connecting flight booking and will keep looking for a better option to connect with.

Scott

Posted by
9871 posts

Glad you cancelled, because you weren't going to make that second flight.

Posted by
996 posts

Good to hear! CDG is a lovely airport, but two hours is barely enough time for flights on the same reservation. Separate flights would be a recipe for disaster.

Posted by
4 posts

Follow up question? Same itinerary with no checked bags. I would assume that we could then stay within the secure area and would not have to clear customs or security. If all we had to do was change terminals with just carry-on luggage, would that be more reasonable? We are just trying to get to either Split or Dubrovnik and I am having a heck of a time figuring out a way to do it that doesn't take 24+ hours!

Thanks again all!

Posted by
8063 posts

Nope. You will have to go through passport control (aka customs) at CDG as the Norwegian flight is coming from the USA and not a country in the European Schengen Zone. You have take a shuttle train to get to other terminals and then go through security with your carry on.

Posted by
9871 posts

Even with no checked baggage, it would not be possible.

Unless for some reason your Norwegian flight arrived 3 or 4 hours early.

Posted by
566 posts

Follow up question? Same itinerary with no checked bags. I would
assume that we could then stay within the secure area and would not
have to clear customs or security. If all we had to do was change
terminals with just carry-on luggage, would that be more reasonable?
We are just trying to get to either Split or Dubrovnik and I am having
a heck of a time figuring out a way to do it that doesn't take 24+
hours!

To be totally clear, your overall itinerary is something like USA>Paris>Split/Dubrovnik, and you have 1 booking on Norwegian from USA to Paris and then are proposing a separate, nonstop booking from Paris to Split or Dubrovnik? And you are proposing doing this without checked bags? (I'm just repeating/summarizing because with these kinds of questions, the exact details do matter.)

If everything I said above is true:

  • You do have to re-clear security, and would have to even if this was all on one booking. CDG requires passengers arriving from a non-Schengen destination, such as the USA, to clear a security check in order to get to their next flight regardless of whether if it's to a Schengen or non-Schengen destination.

  • You do not have to clear passport control in Paris if you have no checked bags and if you can get your second boarding pass (from Paris to Split) issued ahead of time on your phone or printed, or if you can get it upon arrival. CDG doesn't require passengers in transit from a non-Schengen destination to another non-Schengen destination (neither the USA nor Croatia are in Schengen) to clear passport control, but you obviously need to have a boarding pass for your second flight. There are shuttle buses within the airport that allow you to make inter-terminal connections of the kind you need to make -- you would need to take the green route.

  • If for any reason you cannot get your second France-Croatia boarding pass issued ahead of time or issued in the arrival area, or if you are forced to check your bag (say the airline forces you to "gate check" your bag), you will have to go through passport control twice -- because in order to get to the "public area" (where the check-in desks are) you need to clear Schengen entry immigration, because you are coming from a non-Schengen country. Then when you want to go back through to get to your Croatia departure gate, you need to clear Schengen exit immigration, because Croatia is a non-Schengen country. Again, you can avoid this if you have no checked bags and have/can get your second boarding pass issued when you arrive.

Posted by
4 posts

Thanks for all of the replies! I think we are going to just take the easy way and spend the night in a hotel near the airport and head out again the next day. That way we don't have to worry about connection times.

Posted by
1103 posts

We are taking a flight from Boston to Paris on Delta, then taking a separate flight from Paris to Venice five hours later. I described this situation on the forum and the consensus was to allow four hours between flights. The Paris to Venice flight is on another Skyteam alliance carrier, so it may be possible for it to be treated as if it were on one ticket.

Posted by
11505 posts

The Paris to Venice flight is on another Skyteam alliance carrier, so it may be possible for it to be treated as if it were on one ticket.

Bob-
Definitely a 'glass half full' attitude. Hopefully you will not have to test that hypothesis.