7 hour layover in Paris CDG

Old May 30th, 2016, 07:54 AM
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7 hour layover in Paris CDG

hello i am travelling from india to paris in july. I have 7 hours until my next flight to copenhagen in denmark. I have heard alot about cdg being the worst airport. i wanted to know if it is possible to leave airport and travel to eifel tower or the louvre maybe, just take some photos, grab some breakfast and travel back to airport. flight arrives paris at 06:15 am and next flight to copenhagen is at 1:20 pm
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Old May 30th, 2016, 09:37 AM
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Don't even try it.

IF your plane actually gets to the gate at 6:15 AND the doors immediately open AND you are the first one off AND there is no line at immigration AND you have no difficulty with the immigration officer, you can be out the door in 15-20 min. Time: 6:35

IF you can get a taxi (or Uber) and there are NO traffic issues you can be at the Eiffel Tower in 45 min. Time: 7:20

Take photos of Eiffel Tower. 10 min. Time: 7:30

Grab a croissant and coffee nearby. 15 min. Time: 7:45

Hop on a taxi to the Louvre and if there is no traffic you can be there in 10 min. Time: 7:55

Ooops. The Louvre doesn't open until 9:00. Wait until 9:00 and I guess walk around for 2 hours. Time: 11:00

Time to go back to the airport. IF there are NO traffic issues you can be at CDG in 30 min. Time: 11:30

Now, IF there is no line for security AND no security issues with you AND you have your boarding pass you can be at your gate in 15-30 min. Time: 12:00

Congrats, you can do it!

Except you can't.

Traffic, security, even getting out of the airport will all conspire against you to make leaving the airport a very unwise decision.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:17 AM
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I mostly agree -- but if you want more/other opinions, you might want to re-post on the Europe Forum.
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If you drop the Louvre from your plans, you could get a look at the Eiffel Tower from the outside and maybe a quick walk around and breakfast. You do NOT have time to go inside any sites.

Sparkchaser's timetable is a bit optimistic. I'd count on an hour to get through immigration etc so say 7:15 and another hour to get to the Eiffel which makes it 8:15.

For an international flight I'd want to be back at the airport at 11:30. So I'd leave central Paris at 10:30.

This gives you MAYBE two hours in Paris. Including breakfast and photo stops.

The question is if it would be worth the cost. And the worry about traffic jams on the way back to the airport. I also really hope your luggage is checked all the way through to Copenhagen so you don't have to pick it up and drag it around.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:29 PM
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Sparkchaser's timetable is a bit optimistic


It is 100% optimistic.
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