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RER B out of service, last part to CDG, Wednesday March 4

I took the RER B out to the last station, Aulnay-sur-Bois, expecting their bus to take me the rest of the way. It was so disorganized. Literally cramming people onto a bus, standing room, even in the steps. SNCF worker could only tell me there would be another bus, but not when. No line. Masses of people late for planes. I'm in an Uber pool so I can make my flight comfortably. Good thing I allowed so much time. Save yourself, take a taxi or bus from center of town if there is line work.

Posted by
1070 posts

It can be chaotic but it is not the end of the earth. Just leave extra time, an extra hour would probably not be too much time.

Posted by
5398 posts

Thank you for this reminder that the RER B can spring its own surprises on people . . .

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Yes, I had the time but not the patience. Thus my decision to take Uber. People literally shoving one another to get on the bus. The SNCF workers were responsive enough to questions, but no answers and no organization of a queue for people so the shoving and yelling could subside. Just wanted others to be aware if their Google, Citymapper or similar suggested the route.

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5398 posts

And good on you Maureen for planning so well that you had time and options for getting to your flight!

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5398 posts

CityMapper will have rerouted people. It takes such disruptions into account when providing prospective route information.

Posted by
1143 posts

Welcome to France. Or is it Italy? Same diff a lot of the time.

Pour moi, the schlepping has gotten the better of me and my muscles and tendons, and ligaments and sweat glands, so now I'm . . . a . . . cab . . . person. At least to and from the airport.

Just have to budget now as part of travel.

Too many things already a problem without line work--elevator, nope, or yup, but out of service. Escalator, there but not running, schlepp it!

STAIRS.

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11704 posts

My backup to the RER has always been a taxi. So far I haven't needed it.

When I was in Paris during a transportation strike period, the fork of the RER B that goes to CDG was shut down - the rest was running. Fortunately that trip, I had gone through Iceland and my flights were into and out of Orly.

I keep my bag down to a shoulder bag and no more than 12 lbs. (aim for 10). I really appreciate traveling light - much more flexibility (especially when running into the unexpected).

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Yes, Citymapper alerted me. Knew I could make it work with loads of time, with the bus picking up where the train stopped. Had no idea however the bedlam and chaos would reign quite so much. I agree with others, backup plans, allowing sufficient time, and patience go a long way. But I'm fortunate enough, while I will schlep for the cheaper, and more ecologically friendly mass transit, I have the means to make a break for it! I live in a rural area, but I know how to Uber!