How long before your flight do you need to arrive at the airport?

Leaving on time is one of your top priorities, and it is one of ours too! To avoid a last-minute rush, follow our guidance below.

Connecting flights

If you are taking a connecting flight, make sure you follow the time limits for each individual flight.

Recommended arrival time at the airport

We recommend that you arrive to the aiport early enough to drop off your baggage and to give yourself enough time to go through all security checkpoints. On your boarding pass, you will see the recommended airport arrival time. We estimate this timeframe based on busy periods at the airport. If this information is not listed on your boarding pass, get to the airport 3 hours before an international flight, or 2 hours before a flight in France and Europe.

Check-in deadline

The deadline for checking in your baggage depends on your destination. To find out the Check-In Deadline for your flight, select your departure zone from the list below. For example, if you are leaving from Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 and flying to another city in France, you can drop off your baggage and check in up to 40 minutes before your flight's departure. Please select your point of departure

Europe (excluding metropolitan France)

  • For flights from Europe to Paris-Charles de Gaulle: 40 minutes
  • For flights from Europe to Paris-Orly: 40 minutes
  • For flights from Europe to French regional cities: 30 minutes
  • For flights within Europe: 40 minutes

Special cases:

  • Hannover, Istanbul: 60 minutes
  • Kyiv (Kiev), Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yerevan: 50 minutes
  • Departures from London-City: 30 minutes (or 15 minutes if you are traveling without any checked baggage)
  • Brussels-Midi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 by TGV: 30 minutes (or 15 minutes if you are traveling without any checked baggage)

All regions (outside of Europe)

  • For departures from all regions: 60 minutes

Special cases:

  • Departing from Cayenne, Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre: 90 minutes
  • Departing from other French regions and overseas collectivities: 45 minutes
  • Departing from Beijing, Nairobi: 75 minutes
  • Departing from Abuja, Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Cairo, Caracas, Cotonou, Djibouti, Douala, Freetown, Kinshasa, Libreville, Lomé, Luanda, Malabo, Monrovia, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Port Harcourt: 90 minutes
  • Departing from Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Bangui, Banjul, Conakry, Dakar, Lagos, Nouakchott, Yaoundé: 120 minutes

Metropolitan France - Paris-Charles De Gaulle 2


  • Regional cities within France: 40 minutes
  • Europe (within the Schengen area*): 40 minutes
  • Great Britain and Ireland: 40 minutes
  • Europe (outside the Schengen area**): 60 minutes
  • Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: 60 minutes
  • Israel: 90 minutes
  • Africa (except Antananarivo, Cairo, Nairobi, South Africa and Tanzania): 90 minutes
  • Antananarivo, Cairo, Nairobi, South Africa and Tanzania: 60 minutes
  • French overseas departments and territories: 60 minutes
  • Other countries: 60 minutes

* Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. ** Armenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Metropolitan France - Paris-Orly


  • Other cities within France: 40 minutes
  • Europe: 40 minutes
  • Other countries: 60 minutes
  • French overseas departments and territories: 60 minutes

Metropolitan France - Other Cities Within The Region


  • Paris-Orly: 30 minutes
  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle: 30 minutes
  • Other cities within France: 30 minutes
  • Europe: 30 minutes

Special case:

  • For departures from Lyon, Nantes or Nice to Europe (excluding metropolitan France): 40 minutes
  • For departures from Strasbourg TGV train station to Paris-Charles de Gaulle: 30 minutes
  • For departures from Marseille to Algiers, Tunis: 60 minutes

Unaccompanied minors

Is your child traveling alone? At the airport, please arrive at the check-in counter with your child at least 30 minutes before his or her flight's Check-In Deadline.

Boarding deadline

Keep the Boarding Deadline in mind. This is the moment after which it is no longer possible to enter the aircraft.

  • 15 minutes before the departure time, between Paris-Orly and metropolitan France destinations.
  • 20 minutes before the departure time, for all other flights.

Departure time

Find your flight's departure time on your boarding pass or see our page, Status for Air France Flights. If your flight is delayed, you can check the Flight Status page to check your flight's new departure time.

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