could you compare the scenarios. we are traveling from Frankfurt to Paris to see the Eiffel tower. by plane or train? what would be best, and what about ground transportation. how far is the tower from the train station and or the airport? and rooming? only staying 2 days in Paris.
If you get your tickets ahead of time, you can probably get them for about 39 euro one way, p.p. Time to Paris is 3 hours 49 min. Plus is that you get to see the scenery and trains are more comfortable than a plane and go from city center to city center.
If you fly, I doubt you can fly that cheap. Add in your time to get into Paris from the airport and the cost of the train or taxi, the time spent getting to the airport on time in Frankfurt, (1.5 hours before the flight) and then the times spent getting off the plane in Paris, and you will spend far longer doing this than that easy train ride will be.
If taking the train from Frankfurt, you'll arrive at Gare de l'Est and will proceed by Metro, any number of ways, but all requiring a change of trains, about a half hour journey I would guess, and a short walk to the tower. From CDG, take the RER B train to St Michel/Notre Dame then change to the RER C to Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel. That would take a little more than 1 hour. From Orly, take the shuttle bus to Pont de Rungis/Aeroport d'Orly and proceed on the RER C to Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel. Probably an hour all told. Lots of hotels in the 7th arrondisment near the tower.
all sounds so confusing. guess you have to be there to see and understand all that changing along with the names
Here is the "Geo" paris transport map and guide.
Yes, it looks like a tangled web, but the Metro works great to get you where you want to go. As a last resort, you can always whip out the wallet and take a cab.
Another way to cut down on the time you are dragging your luggage around until you get to the Eiffel Tower is to stay near the train station. As suggested, from Frankfurt Hbf. you'll arrive at Gare de l'Est, walk over to Gare du Nord, not the stair route out of the Alsace street exit, but go around the 2 blocks to Nord.
If you fly Frankfurt-Paris CDG, taking the RER B will get you to Magenta station which adjoins Nord. Either way you're at Nord. A number of good hotels from 90-200+ Euro are across the street from Nord, such as the Mercure if you're after some luxury. From Nord you can take the Metro or bus (several buses stop at Nord right outside) to the Eiffel Tower.
What train would I catch to get into Paris from Frankfurt Airport? Is there a high speed train and does it go into Gare de l'Est?
Yes, there are about 5 direct trains every day that do the run in under 4 hours. One is run by TGV, and the rest by Deutsche Bahn. Tickets purchased far in advance have a 39 euro nonrefundable/nonchangeable fare. Trains are at roughly 6 am, 9 am, 1 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm.
You can take the express train from FRA to Paris Est. That's the quickest route by train, changing once at Mannheim. Time it right both legs can be done on the ICE train, much more comfortable than the 2nd class TGV.