Duty free booze MEL-CDG via LHR

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  1. JoshOohAah

    JoshOohAah Newbie

    Oct 18, 2006
    Hi all

    Firstly, please excuse me if this has already been addressed elsewhere - I have searched but to no avail.

    I will soon be travelling to Paris, transiting through LHR. I understand that:
    • I cannot carry booze through security when I transit at LHR.
    • Duty free prices are not available between EU countries.
    Does anyone know if I can buy duty free booze airside at LHR considering I am travelling on an Australian passport and my journey originates in Australia and ends in Paris? Or will I have to resort to packing my booze in my checked baggage? If so, do people think that's safe? I'd hate to arrive in Paris with a suitcase full of vodka-drenched clothing!

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  2. Reggie

    Reggie Established Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    From my experience,

    You are correct, any hand luggage booze will be taken off you in LHR, unless it is under 100ml and fits in your plastic zip top bag.

    If flying QF and leaving T4, you will be able to buy airside and take to CDG.

    Cheapest place to buy booze IMO would be to cross into Luxembourg and buy it there (as well as your smokes) if you can.

    The final option is to buy in OZ, then pass through immigration and customs at LHR, check the booze in as checked baggage and then pass back through immigration.
  3. JoshOohAah

    JoshOohAah Newbie

    Oct 18, 2006
    Thanks for your response, Reggie.

    Do you (or does anybody else) know if this is definitely possible at duty free prices considering the no-duty-free-between-EU-countries law?

  4. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    BNE, SYD and CNX
    I didn't take too much notice but vaguely remember looking at spirits in LHR and comparing prices to Australia. Not quite as cheap but still OK. I do remember seeing specials on some spirits at 2 for £20 or 2 for £25. When I returned via LHR in September one brand of Vodka, I think Absolut Disco, was on sale for ~£12 for a 1L bottle.

    I found the price of spirits in Europe generally much cheaper than what is offered in Australia even duty free. I could walk into a grocery store in Greece and buy a 700mL bottle of Dimple for €22 (~A$35) and this retails for at least A$55 here and I am not sure you can buy it duty free.
  5. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    With a boarding pass to CDG, you will, I believe, be limited in items that you can buy from airside shops in LHR since you are travelling intra-EU

    Whether the risk of packing is worth it, is your choice, but there is the risk of alcohol soaked luggage


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