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Morning flight out of CDG

My United flight departs CDG at 9:10 am on Christmas Eve. What time should I arrive at the airport (carry on bags only)? Also what terminal does United fly out of? 2?

I'm staying about a 5 minute walk from Châtelet - Les Halles to catch the RER B train. I think the trains run every 15 minute. So if I leave my hotel, I figure I'm at the airport, worst case, 1 hour later. Does that sound right? Might be quicker than a taxi and less expensive (just me).

Or should I take a cab? Do I need to be concerned about morning traffic, even on Christmas Eve? What's cost of a taxi to the airport?

thanks in advance

Posted by
3791 posts

If you are flying to the US, you should be there by 6:10 and and 90 minutes before flight time for domestic flights with domestic meaning within France and Europe. http://www.taxifarefinder.com/?lang=en for an estimate of the fare but I think that it will be between 40 and 50 euros. You can check the RER B schedule at http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_horaire.php?nompdf=b_sd_cdg&loc=horaires to be sure if the train is even an option. I am not sure if Christmas Eve is considered a holiday so bear that in mind when you check the schedule.

Posted by
14580 posts

Hi,

When I had a morning flight from CDG back to SFO, I stayed the night before at the airport at the Hotel Campanile, a nice inexpensive chain, the hotel provided a shuttle to the airport.

Posted by
6670 posts

I'd strongly recommend spending the night before your flight at the airport. We stayed at the Ibis and liked it fine, nothing fancy but perfectly adequate and right next to the tram that shuttles among the terminals. There are other hotels there too, look for one at the airport itself, not in the nearby town of Roissy.

If you want to spend your last evening in Paris, the RER runs till late at night so you can get to your airport hotel in time for a sleep before flying. You'll be glad to roll out of bed already at the airport! Have fun.

Posted by
8222 posts

I'd just order up a cab to arrive at 5:15 am or so. The RER doesn't start running till around 5:30 -- you probably are fine with that, but it cuts it a bit fine.

I would only stay at the airport if you are passing through Paris; there is no reason if you are already spending a few days there, it isn't worth changing hotels for one night. If you do though, you can easily go into the city for the evening and then return for the night. It saves you an hour of sleep.

Posted by
1393 posts

If you are not sure about the RER, you can always call and reserve a taxi, as stated prior, the night before through Taxis G7, http://www.taxisg7.com/taxis/commande-taxis. They have English speaking operators & also have an App you can use on your smartphone, if you have one.
Enjoy your trip.

Posted by
3791 posts

I agree with janettravels. There is really no need to spend the night at the airport if you are staying in Paris for a few days. If you are just transferring through Paris, then stay at the hotel the night before the flight. Otherwise, you basically need to wake up 1 hour early on travel day if you stay in Paris than you would if you stayed at the airport and you get to have one more night in Paris.

Posted by
782 posts

I had my hotel get a cab for our morning flight from Paris to SFO on Air France,very easy and one more night in the city of light.
Mike

Posted by
32264 posts

Karen,

I usually ask the hotel staff the day prior to the trip to the airport to pre-book a Shuttle. It's typically a shared shuttle, with the driver stopping at various hotels to pick up passengers. The last one I used was super efficient, and didn't waste any time. The driver dropped each passenger at their appropriate departure terminals. I've always found that the hotels have chosen reliable shuttle services. At that time of the morning, traffic should be light so it shouldn't take an exceptionally long time to get to CDG.

Posted by
2788 posts

We were in Paris in June & July this year. When headed back to Seattle in July we stayed at an airport hotel
(Isis?) where we were able to walk from the hotel right into the airport terminal. The last few years we have started staying at an airport hotel the night before we fly home. Since we have been going to Europe every summer for 13 of the last 14 years for a month, we do not feel the need to stay in a place away from the airport just to see a little more of that place and then have to rush to the airport. Christmas Eve flight. wow!

Posted by
5697 posts

We're on the stay-at-the-airport team, too. Last trip out of CDG we got stuck on RER for several hours (construction? mechanical failure??) while we were going out to the hotel the afternoon before our flight -- annoying but not the disaster that missing the flight would have been. Lower anxiety levels are more important to us than one last dinner in Paris.
P.S. -- hope you can come to the meeting in Larkspur in January to give us a report.

Posted by
1626 posts

Thanks for the input everyone. Since I'm with my brother, sister-in-law, and niece, I'll stay in Paris my last night to spend more time with them instead of at the airport by myself (and only pay 50% of the hotel room). However, I think I'll opt for the cab. I'll have hotel call the evening before and plan to arrive at the airport around 6:15 or so. Since I'm leaving my hubbie home this trip, he and the dogs going to pick me up at the airport and we'll spend Christmas Eve at the Presidio Inn.

I'll plan on making the January North bay meeting and fill everyone in on my trip.

Posted by
4064 posts

One extra tip: United The airline will probably run its own security check at the departure lounge and want you inside the plane at least half an hour before the stated departure time.

Posted by
9862 posts

United leaves out of terminal 1, the big round one that's set off by itself.

Posted by
1340 posts

As others have said, there's just no need to stay the night at the airport. If you had a 5am flight out of Beauvais that would be another story. Enjoy a magical last evening in the city of lights, not an airport hotel.

Posted by
4586 posts

I'm in the stay at the airport the night before camp, makes my travel partner much less nervous

Posted by
1626 posts

I'm in Paris now and confirmed its a 5 minute walk to chatelet LesHalles to catch the 1st B train at 5:26. Arrives at terminal 2 at 6:03 then quick air train to terminal 1 . Thanks for everyone's comments. Since I'll be with my brother and his family, I'd rather spend that last night in Paris.

How ever, when my husband and I fly out of CDG in May, I'll take the stay at airport advice. I have enough Hilton points for a free night. We'll have dinner, then take a train after to airport