My husband and I would like to take the train from Bayeux to CDG on the last day of our month in France in Sept. We would prefer leaving the rental car in Bayeux or somewhere near there and not have to drive to the airport. After checking the tgv-europe.com site, I can find no trains from Bayeux to CDG, only to Gard St Lazare. Is there no train directly to CDG, or do we need to go from another city or what? If we must, we will drive to CDG, but I'm thinking there must be an easier way!!! Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated....thanks in advance.
There are no trains that go directly from Bayeux to CDG. All trains from Bayeux and Caen (or anywhere in Normandy) arrive at Gare Saint-Lazare.
Drop your car in Caen near the train station. Take the train to Gare Saint-Lazare. Take the RER E from Haussmann--Saint-Lazare to Magenta. Walk through the tunnels to Gare du Nord and take the RER B to either CDG 1 or CDG 2 TGV. The trip will take under an hour. Be aware that the RER B line divides northeast of Paris so be sure to get on a train that is going to CDG. The current fare from anywhere in central Paris to CDG is 8.50 EUR. (Fares are adjusted annually on 1 July.)
Unfortunately, if you want to go by train, that's your only option...coming into Paris St. Lazare, getting over to the Gare du Nord, and taking the RER regional train back out to CDG. Bayeux's not exactly a major population center, so it doesn't generate the traffic necessary. CDG is actually only connected to the high-speed trains that head out of Paris to the northeast (Brussels-Amsterdam) and by the RER regional commuter train. For efficiency's sake, dropping the car at CDG is still probably your best bet.
I strongly suspect that all the trains from up that way only go into Gare Saint-Lazare. From there it's a metro ride then another change to the RER to CDG.
I'm not sure how long all that would take. I do know that I can drive from Bayeux to CDG in less than three hours since it's freeway the whole way. Getting there is a piece of cake, especially from the north. Roads into the airport complex and to the car return lots are well-signed. Driving, rather than fiddling with a change in mode of transportation would be the simple way to do it.
"The trip will take under an hour.." Tim...I assume you mean the trip from Paris St. Lazare to CDG. Training in from Caen would probably take at least 2 hours more.
You're right, Norm. I didn't make myself clear. I meant the travel time from Gare Saint-Lazare to CDG.
Thank you all very much for your advice. Based on the consensus and the comments that it is rather an easy entrance to the car dropoff points, we have decided to continue with the rental car to CDG...it seems much simpler and this way we see some of the area between Bayeux and Roissy, maybe a stop in Giverny?
Rouen!!!!...........or maybe Honfleur......or both. Not Giverny.
Ahh, yes, Ed, Rouen did look interesting in the guidebooks. Any other suggestions for stops on the drive from Bayeux to CDG? If it is only a (approx)3 hour drive, we will have all day to poke around, having spent the previous 5 days in Bayeux with Battlebus, Mont St Michel, etc. And my husband loves history and WWII.
I read with great interest the conversation regarding transportation from Bayeux to CDG. I plan to also travel between these places and heard about an "opera bus" also known as the "Roissy bus" that is near St. Lazare station (.04 miles)and will take you to CDG for Euro 8.50. Does anyone have further info on this? As previously stated, I'm looking for ANY way back to CDG from Bayeux to make a 1:30PM flight to Philadelphia. I'm thinking it may have to be a rent-a-car. Thanks to all, BC
BC, It would be wise to be at CDG by 10:30, three hours before your flight. On weekdays the first train from Bayeux to Paris departs at 06:46 and arrives at 08:58, giving you plenty of time to get to CDG on the RER by 10:30. The first train leaves later on weekends so Saturdays or Sundays won't work for you. The RoissyBus departs from close by the Opera metro station. The current fare is €9.60 which is more than the RER (€8.70). And the RER will be faster.
Oh boy! This is getting complicated. I have a fear that I'll get lost in Paris and not find the correct train out to the airport. I had planned to take the train to Bayeux and back, but now I'm thinking that I should just rent a car, drive to Bayeux and return it to the airport. There's parking at the hotel and according to the posts, finding CDG is not difficult. Do you think I should bring my GPS unit for directions or are the roads clearly marked - in English?
Tim: I forgot to ask you. You mention CDG 1 and CDG 2. What is the distinction between these designations?
Tim's apparently on break. CDG 1 is Terminal #1 at the airport and.....The RER stops at both stations. CDG 2 is a combo RER and TGV station.