meeting at CDG

Mar 10th, 2008, 12:56 PM
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meeting at CDG

I am scheduled to arrive at terminal 2E next week and will meet my friend who is scheduled to arrive at the same terminal at around the same time. Sounds easy, but I haven't been in terminal 2E. Assuming we both arrive as scheduled, I assume the best place to meet is just past the exit from customs.

Is anyone familiar with this terminal who can suggest a meeting place?
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Mar 10th, 2008, 01:35 PM
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see if you can pick a place based on terminal maps at

www.easycdg.com
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Mar 10th, 2008, 06:08 PM
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Thanks for the website. Although it is called "easycdg", I am still not finding it that easy to navigate. I am hoping to meet my friend on the arrivals level, but the only map of terminal 2E appears to be of the departure level.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 06:42 PM
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There is a walkway that connects Halls E and F - at the Arrivals level, in Galerie 2 in the walkway, there is an "Aéroports de Paris" information desk. Maybe that could be your meeting point.

http://www.bonjourlafrance.net/air-f...erminal-2e.jpg

Just to the right of the words 'terminal 2 e' is the little black square with a "2", meaning, Galerie 2. Arrivals is the lowest level.
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Mar 11th, 2008, 10:07 AM
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Thanks again, at least that website has a map of the arrivals level, although it is too tiny to see much of it. I'm still hoping for something right after exiting from baggage claim and customs without going to the passage between the halls though.
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Mar 11th, 2008, 01:12 PM
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http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/Adp/R...g_pmr_2005.pdf

Level Niveau 0 (Arrivee)
- see where the baggage belts are?
- see just into the Galerie the typical tourist "i" sign (Information)..? It's next to a restroom and an ATM.

That should be as good a spot as any.
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Mar 11th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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Sort of on the same subject but slightly off so forgive me - my daughter has 45 minute connection at CDG - lands, from Rome, at terminal 2F at 12:30 PM and leaves, to LAX, from Terminal 2E at 1:15 PM. I know it's a legal connection and they will get her on the next flight if she misses it, but is it pretty easy to navigate going from one side to the other if she hustles? Thanks!
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Mar 11th, 2008, 01:42 PM
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italy06,
The route from 2F1 (the Schengen peninsula of 2F where the Rome flight will arrive) to 2E is well marked but she'll need to go through passport control (to exit Schengen) and security. Assuming her flight arrives on schedule and gets a jetway, she can make it if she hustles but it's definitely iffy depending on the lines at passport control and security. It took me about 30 minutes to make this transfer last month but I was taking my time walking from 2F1 to 2E. She should run. Good luck!
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Mar 11th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Thanks Patty - I'll pass this along to her.
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Mar 11th, 2008, 02:09 PM
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Forgot to say, make sure she checks which gate her LAX flight departs from as there are different parts to 2E so she knows exactly where to go. The newer satellite S3 contains gates E51-E76 whereas 2E main terminal provides access for gates E80-E97. And actually gates E80-E87 are another shuttle ride away from the main terminal in a remote boarding area called satellite H. If she gets a satellite H gate, she's pretty much SOL but these gates are rarely used now for AF long haul flights.

The map here http://correspondances-aeroports.air....fr/_index.php will help her understand the layout.

It's really not as complicated as it sounds. It's just that there are so many parts to just terminal 2 alone. Again, it's well marked. She just needs to make note of the departing gate number.

FWIW my last two LAX flights have departed from the S3 gates at 2E. S3 is linked to 2E main terminal via a fast and frequent monorail. S3 is also linked to 2F via a long corridor. I took the corridor last time but unless she's a fast sprinter, it's probably quicker to walk across to 2E main terminal and take the monorail. It's a toss up which passport control point has longer lines.

Too many choices? Confused?
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Mar 11th, 2008, 02:49 PM
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Patty - you are a wealth of information! Thank you - I'll make sure she finds out before she leaves Rome. I saw an entire high school soccer team miss that connection the last time I was at CDG. I was surprised they didn't hold the plane. Fingers crossed!
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Mar 11th, 2008, 02:57 PM
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You're welcome! Just make sure she rechecks the gate info on arrival at CDG in case of last minute changes.

If she's very lucky, there might be an agent waiting at her on arrival at CDG to escort her through her transit, but she can't count on this. AF does this sometimes for tight connections to long haul flights. If they think she can make it on her own, they won't bother. If they don't think she can make it at all even with escort, they won't bother either.
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Mar 12th, 2008, 04:07 AM
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Travelnut, thank you for your patient assistance. That last map can be made big enough to read, and I see that your suggestions in the walkway are quite close to the exit from baggage claim. There also appears to be a picture of a coffee cup just at the exit from baggage claim, so that might be even closer (and may have a place to sit and wait as well).
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Mar 12th, 2008, 04:55 AM
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Mar 12th, 2008, 05:17 AM
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Nikki, I'm a Taurus (stubborn). You're welcome!
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Apr 4th, 2008, 09:26 AM
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italy06,
In case your daughter hasn't left yet, please see the additional info I added to this thread today regarding the re-opening of part of 2E http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35115925
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Apr 8th, 2008, 10:45 AM
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Patty - thank you! We just got back and my daughter was able to catch her connection - but barely. A helpful flight attendant and my daughter's fairly good French eased the way. The plane was late out of Rome so they met her and 4 other people at the plane with van, drove them to the other terminal, she went through security, ran to the gate, checked in, got on a bus, got on the plane and they literally closed the door behind her.

And the irony is that they pulled out of the gate and sat on the runway for another hour. When we went through CDG 5 days later with a couple of hours to spare, it took us a brisk 20 minutes to change terminals and there were no lines anywhere. Thanks for your help!
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Glad to hear they assisted your daughter with her transfer. It doesn't always happen but it's nice when it does.
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Jun 6th, 2008, 06:41 AM
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Hello All,
Similiar to Patty, my daughter (15) is traveling from Dulles to Naples via CDG. She arrives at 2E and departs at 2F. Looking at the maps, posts and other info. i am extremely nervious about her navigating this maze.
It seems that you should be able to use the "Galerie" to goe form 2E to 2F if she comes in at Gates E21-47 or walk is she arrives at gates 51-76. We are not experienced at all with this airport (first time) and this seems very scary. She has 3 hours on a Tuesday morning 6:15 AM arrival. What can she expect?? Thank you very very much.
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Jun 6th, 2008, 07:00 AM
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Wibbleman,
If she arrives at the main part of 2E (E21-47), she can clear passport control in 2E, walk to 2F and clear security. At 2F her flight will depart from F21-36 (there are two peninsulas at 2F). She can also take the airside shuttle but the shuttle runs clockwise, so 2F is the farthest stop. However since she has 3 hours, she has enough time to transfer via shuttle too. If she arrives at S3 (E51-76), she can just walk to 2F through the corridor that connects S3 and 2F. She will clear passport control at 2F, then clear security before proceeding to her departure gate. Again look for the F21-36 signs. With 3 hours, she should be fine.
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