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#1
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We are booked on a Senic cruise next April and will be flying to CDG then on to Budapest. Flying on Delta and they show 1 hour and five minutes between flights, is this do able?
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What time of day? And what gates/terminals? Might be tight if you land in 2E and have to get to 2G where many flights within Europe leave from. Going to G requires a shuttle bus, can't walk there, and going through security again.

In 2013 we flew from JFK to CDG and landed in 2E. We took shuttle bus to 2G, went through security and up to waiting area very quickly. But we landed about 6:30am Paris time so airport was very empty.

Just a week ago our friends flew from Bordeaux to CDG and on to JFK. They had about 1 1/2 hours to change planes. They made it but their luggage didn't. Got their bag 2 days later - but since they were going home it didn't matter.

I'm not trying to be negative just trying to prepare you! I'd check on later flights to Budapest just to be safe - know what you're options are in case plane lands late or you don't make connections. Also a lot depends on how fast you can walk - any problems with walking? Make arrangements for assistance! They will know exactly how to go!! And check on line - CDG has maps & info about changing planes.
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Agree with DeeDC - we flew home Bordeaux to CDG to JFK and had an hour and 35 minutes and made connect OK. We did have assistance but even without would have made the flight.

AMS is a smaller airport with gates under "one roof" so easier to manage. I purposely picked AMS to chance at coming home having experienced both CDG & AMS!!

One note about AMS - security is at gate so its only for those on the flight - much faster than a general security before you enter the waiting area. We got to gate, walked right up and immediately went through security - most people waiting had already done so. Plus you're right there - not rushing and wondering how much further you have to go! I agree its much easier!!
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Terminals E to F - a distance but probably doable with fast walking. SO much depends on your walking ability plus carry-on luggage you have!
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Originally posted by FotoPeg
Terminals E to F - a distance but probably doable with fast walking. SO much depends on your walking ability plus carry-on luggage you have!
Plus landing on time, getting off plane quickly and no issues at document checks. It's a definite "maybe."
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I'm not sure about that short of a time. I arrived at CDG and transfered in the same terminal on the same airline for a trip to Spain. I had one hour and barely made it. You'll have to jump the customs line but nobody really minds. Have your running shoes at the ready!
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Originally posted by recia
We are booked on a Senic cruise next April and will be flying to CDG then on to Budapest. Flying on Delta and they show 1 hour and five minutes between flights, is this do able?

Sorry, but I believe there is no way you will make it unless you ask on the plane that your Airline orders a Golf Cart to meet you at the gate to whisk you away to your next gate. I have done this at lots of airports and it works great. Good Luck.
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We are flying into CDG at 6:30 am on Delta and flying out to Budapest on Air France 1 hr 5 min later. Besides the issue of perhaps getting to a different terminal, what do we face in terms of customs?
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Recia, did you make your 1 hr 5 min connection last year? We, too, have that short connection arriving on Delta, 2E, and leaving for Budapest on AF, 2 F
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We made it no problem and even had time to get a screw up in our seat assignments taken care of. We did have a wheelchair for DW, not sure she would have been able to walk that fast. But there were a few others on our flight who also made the connection with out problems.
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Hey R,

I will never again book a flight through CDG with less than 100 min between planes.

As noted, look at connections in AMS.

Ira
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Originally posted by edcdcd
We are flying into CDG at 6:30 am on Delta and flying out to Budapest on Air France 1 hr 5 min later. Besides the issue of perhaps getting to a different terminal, what do we face in terms of customs?
Your bags SHOULD be checked through to BUD so I don't think you technically see customs (but see next sentence) at CDG. You do have to see immigration at CDG and get stamped into the Schengen zone (France and Hungary are both in the Schengen zone; no further immigration controls in BUD) and this will take time. Is 65 minutes doable - yes; are you likely to make that connection - NO. I speak from experience (I have had to wait 11 hours for the next flight to Zagreb which did not involve Schengen immigration clearance, and I had more than 65 minutes).

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I would never book a 65 minute connection thru CDG... If your flight lands at a busy time you are likely to have to have delays in deplaneing. Sometimes there is a delay in getting to gate. Unless you are traveling business it may take 15 minutes after arrival to even get off the plane. You might make it but probably only if you are a great long distance runner 😊😊.
Like a previous poster I would not choose a CDG layover less than 100-120 minutes because I hate to start my vacation sprinting for a plane !!
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Most airlines require at least 1-1/2 hrs between connecting flights. We flew Delta several times into Paris. Security was minimal (2F to 2E), but it is a lengthy walk. I believe Paris has tightened security since all the trouble. I would look for a longer time between flights.
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Originally posted by pflorio994
Most airlines require at least 1-1/2 hrs between connecting flights. We flew Delta several times into Paris. Security was minimal (2F to 2E), but it is a lengthy walk. I believe Paris has tightened security since all the trouble. I would look for a longer time between flights.
I totally agree with this post; I flew Air France and had 1 hour 5 minutes between flights and I was running down the terminal to make it.
They were almost all boarded when I got there. The problem was that we needed to go through immigration and that was VERY slow and with the extra (I am sure now) diligence it would have taken longer.

I will do everything I can to never fly through Paris again; it was very stressful and not a good way to start a vacation, and I have traveled a lot with business and everything that goes with that. JMHO

Best of luck and safe travels to all!!
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Hmmmm - Just got our flights through Viking. We will be going through CDG but have 2 1/2 hours so hopefully that will work out!
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The problem with a 1 hr +/- connection at CDG is that when arriving from the US, you have to clear immigration, which can be a very long line. In addition there are many remote gate that require extra transit time. If your arrival flight is just a little bit late, you may be in trouble. Experienced business travelers avoid CDG whenever possible.
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I agree with the statements above about arrivals with transfers at CDG. I suggest you insist on at least 2 hours for a transfer - no matter what the TA might say.

Be very aware of terminal (as well as gate) changes after you get to the assigned gate. This has happened to me twice with less than an hour for departure. There is a good bit of distance between the terminals. Keep your eye on the gate/departure boards.

Spending a little extra time in CDG isn't all bad. The food there, including macaroons, is surprisingly good.

If you are departing directly from Paris, CDG can be a joy.

However, I now plan to travel only through AMS.