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seven hour lay over at Paris CdG airport next Sunday

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1. Posted by ortique (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hi all,
I have an almost seven hour lay over at Paris CdG airport next Sunday (landing is at 09:00 and take off is at 15:55).
Is this enough time to go down to Paris downtown? If so, where I should go and how.
Thanks a lot, cheers,

2. Posted by myo (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hmm, Paris CdG Airport has a bad reputation for transfers : it usually takes a lot of time to go from one terminal to another (calculate at least 1 h !), so I don't know if it's doable to go to downtown Paris, considering you have to be at the airport 2h before take off (officially), and it takes you about 1h to go from the train station (where you would arrive from downtown Paris) to the terminal. That would leave you with 4h of "official free time" IF your first plane lands on time: that's not a lot, so I wouldn't risk it, but maybe other TP'ers would.

I have to admit, it's been a while since I was there (last August), and there were renovation works going on at that time (which caused the 1h transfers from 1 terminal to another), so maybe these renovations are finished now, and delays may have gotten better. I hope some other TPer can answer that.

3. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Hi

Although Sunday traffic may be a bit quieter, the CDG - Paris stretch is always heavy.

Perhaps less risky, but still allowing a glimpse (maybe lunch ?) of France is to get a taxi to Senlis. It is an old town about 15 miles north of CDG.

http://www.ville-senlis.fr

Peter

4. Posted by jbmr (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

It will take you approximately 35 to 40 minutes to get from Roissy airport to St Michel with the RER train. Trains run every 10 minutes so there is no risk of remaining stranded in Paris. I think it is feasible to visit Notre Dame and have a quick look at the Seine Bank providing your plane in on time. Don't forget to go to the roof of the "Institut du Monde Arabe" on the Seine bank just behind Notre Dame. This is free and the view is great.

5. Posted by Kiwwee (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

i totally agree with jbmr, you can go form CdG to st michel in less than 1h and St michel is one of the best neighbourhood in paris, and you may have the time to visit notre dame, which is across the Seine when you get out of the RER station.
The IMA (institut du monde arabe) is a very interesting museum and there is a great restaurant at the top so you definitely want to go there!