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db travel: Karlsruhe to Paris

I am confused. If I enter Paris Nord my itinerary is like 8 hours thru Berlin etc. If I enter Paris only, I get a realistic 2-3 hour trip. Anyone else have a clue???

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If ‘Paris’ is entered, it returns a route that goes to the Paris station Gare de l’Est.

If ‘Paris Nord’ is entered, it will deliver a result to the Paris station Gare du Nord (not the most direct route it seems 🙂).

Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord are a short 5 minute walk from each other.

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Exactly - the trains from Karlsruhe reach Gare de l'Est, as do most trains from Germany except the Thalys from Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Aachen.

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When you enter Paris Nord you are giving a destination that the train does not go to so the system tries to meet your need to go there by train and routes you all the way around to get there. It takes a very long time but gets you there.

Stations in Paris only serve designated segments of the country. Connections between them are on foot or Métro or RER or bus.

Very similar to London. Stations in London only serve particular segments of England and Scotland and Wales. You get between them on foot, bus or tube.

In both cities if you are feeling flush you can also use a taxi to connect them.