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Where to go for afternoon and evening from CDG

Flying home from CDG October 12. Have booked a room at an airport hotel for the night before our flight. That morning we will take an early morning train from Brugge to CDG. Thinking we will drop our bags at hotel and then go ??? for the afternoon and evening. We have been to Paris on two previous trips. Just looking for recommendations on what would be the easiest train ride into the city to an area we can stroll around, have dinner and go back to airport.

Doesn't necessarily have to be Paris. Last year, when flying home from Gatwick, we checked into airport hotel, then took the train to a Brighton for the afternoon. Anything similar to this near CDG?

As always, thanks for your suggestions.

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Would you like to spend time in an area few tourists consider? Take Bus No. 351 from CDG to its terminal at Place de la Nation. October 12 is a Saturday, and Saturday is market day ...... a terrific market on Cours des Vincennes, if you can get there well before 1:00 PM. There is a branch of Printemps for your shopping pleasure and a good Monoprix, all close to where you will get off the bus, as is the street market. Walk around the Place and if you cannot find a restaurant that calls to you, take Bus No.69 to the Marais for different choices.

PS. If you stay at the Ibis at Terminal 2, the Bus 351 stop is right at their door. You can buy bus tickets (3 per person) from the driver.

Posted by
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You could take the RER B train from CDG to central Paris. There are stops near Norte Dame and Luxembourg Garden. The cost is 10.30 euros per person each way.

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I like the market idea at place de la Nation, but be aware that bus 351 is not an express bus from CDG to Paris and can take well over an hour to make the trip in its entirety.

Place de la Nation is also accessible by RER B > RER A (change from B to A at Châtelet-Les Halles; there is a RER B station at Place de la Nation called, well, 'Nation'). I would probably opt for this personally if I were doing the trip, but I'm comfortable on the RER and changing stations.

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Oh, Andrew, I forgot about the fact that the bus takes the length of time it does ( an hour.) . Maybe some kiosks at the market stay until mid afternoon?

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The market is pretty much over by 1:30 or so (it's my local market, around the corner from my apartment).

And the 351 bus can be a painful and loooooolng experience (as it was last time I took it, a week ago Saturday). It's enough to give a person horrible memories of their last day in Paris.

What about a taxi to go see Chantilly?