I'm so confused over the train schedules! I know it can't be that hard, but I have spent hours online trying to figure it out and am still stumped. In May 2015 I will fly in to CDG, on my way to Bayeux in Normandy. Everything I've read says take the RER B to Gare du Nord, connect to the RER E to St. Lazare, and from there I can catch one of the frequent trains to Caen/Bayeux. I understand I can't purchase a ticket until 90 days out (which is messing with my OCD, ha ha, I'd like to have things planned out now).
I've tried to look around and see what the schedule is, to get a feel for my options. But I can't seem to find just a schedule, one that shows what trains run between Paris and Bayeux on what days of the week. (I realize this might change by May, was just wanting an idea). As an alternative I put in the destinations and selected a day in March (as if to buy a ticket), only 2 trains come up, and both are shown as departing from Montparnasse and routing through Argentan. I know I must be doing something wrong but can't figure out what it is! I've tried the official SNCF site and the USA raileurope site, as well as changing my country to Canada and Australia on the raileurope site. I'm having the same trouble planning my return to Paris, which will be from Mont St. Michel a few days later. I read about some great options on how to do this, but none of those options show up on the actual ticket site.
For what it's worth, I will arrive at CDG around 11am on Tuesday May 26 and head straight to Bayeux, would like to get there as early as possible. On Friday May 29 I will head back to Paris from Mont St. Michel for one night (staying near Notre Dame), again wanting to arrive in Paris as early in the day as possible.
I found this website that had exactly what I'd hoped to find as far as train schedules, and it was very encouraging as there does seem to be many, many options from St. Lazare to Bayeux. But why do only 2 trains show up when I search the official site?? How can I buy a ticket on one of the trains listed on the schedule, if they don't show up when I put my itinerary in when its time to purchase? I'd really like to have my tickets purchased ahead of time.
Thanks for any help! Sorry for the long post.