Advice on Paris

Apr 27th, 2012, 03:24 PM
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Advice on Paris

My wife and I have a 4 and a half hour layover in Paris. Can we go see the Eiffel Tower and get back to make our flight in time?
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Apr 27th, 2012, 03:25 PM
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Apr 27th, 2012, 03:26 PM
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Thanks for your reply. Why do you say no?
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Apr 27th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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I would say no as well. First you would have to get to the RER and into the city; that would be an hour (or more). Then you would have to get to the Eiffel tower and probably just run up the metro stairs and look at it from a distance as you wouldn't have time to wait on line and go up. You also would have to allow yourself time to go back to CDG and go through security. I wouldn't risk it. I definitely think you would miss your connecting flight. With only 4 1/2 hours I would try to find something to do at the airport like eat a meal and walk around the terminals and browse the duty free.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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Customs, immigration, time to get to train, 30 minutes plus into the city, 30 minutes back to CDG, security....
I'm with St Cirq, it's a no.

Hit Laduree at CDG and enjoy some macarons, but you don't have time to go into central Paris.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:28 PM
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No because you do not have sufficient time.

Go ahead, prove us wrong.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:50 PM
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NO! Not a chance. CDG is a zoo at the best of times. Immigration takes time. Getting tix for the RER takes time. IMO one needs a minimum of 6 hours to get a glimpse of something - and even that would make me nervous.

And security back at CDG can take forever
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Apr 27th, 2012, 05:02 PM
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I would say your best shot at seeing the Eiffel Tower would be from the airplane window upon landing or takeoff. Other than that forget about it for now.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 06:33 PM
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No. There simply isn't time.

For a transatlantic flight FROM CDG you are advised to arrive at the airport 3 hours before flight time. this would mean leaving paris about 4 hours before flight time. At which time you would still be exiting your flight INTO Paris.

Now, you could risk arriving at CDG less than 3 hours before departure. But - to get from CDG to Paris from wheels down is an hour, to see the ET will take at a minimum 15 minutes (see briefly from a distance) and then 45 minutes back to CDG - dragging your carry-on with you the whole time. This will get you back to CDG 2.5 hours before your flight - IF the fight lands on time and there are no delays to or fro Paris. This gives you a reasonable chance - but no guarantee of making your flight home. And if you miss your flight your luggage will go astray and you will have to buy a new ticket home at the walk up price.

Is that worth the chance to spend 15 minutes looking at the Eiffel Tower?
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Apr 27th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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You can't predict how long it will take to get through customs, into Paris, back from Paris and through security again.
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Apr 28th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Deplane, customs, immigration - 1 hour
Train into Paris - 1 hour
Train back to CDG - 1 hour
Gate closes 1 hour before flight - 1 hour

There... you just missed your plane....
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