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Getting to the start of Basque tour

Solo inexperienced traveler seeking advice on the most simple, least stressful way to get from Paris to Bayonne (assuming I fly into Paris).

Posted by
745 posts

TGV from Montparnasse Station to Bayonne. Non-stops several times daily.
Booking site: https://en.oui.sncf/en/tgv
usually available 60 days prior to your trip.
(If, by chance, you are traveling on October 4th...we'll save you a seat.)

Posted by
38 posts

I took the train too. It seems much easier than flying with all the waiting you have to do. I picked up some snacks at a patisserie the day before, and a bottle of water, for my lunch on the train. I think my train left Paris about 8:30.
When I arrived in Bayonne, I actually looked at my phone to see if Uber was there. No luck, so I walked to the hotel. It really wasnt far and it was kind of a pleassant walk. Enjoy!

Posted by
655 posts

If you are coming in a day or two early, consider taking the short train ride from Bayonne to St. Jean Pied de Port for an overnight. It's a cool town to hang out in watching the pilgrims getting ready to start their trek to Santiago de Compostela. You do stop at SJPDP for a couple of hours on the tour, but I really enjoyed my overnight stay.

Posted by
6 posts

If you haven't bought your plane tickets yet, you might consider starting in Madrid. I spent 4 days there pre-Basque tour and then took the train to Bayonne (with an easy change in Hyundia)--the train took about 6 hours as I recall. While I love stopping in Paris, I had never been to Madrid and really enjoyed my choice.

Either way, its a terrific tour!

Posted by
50 posts

We flew into Paris for our Basque tour a couple years ago, and took the train from Montparnasse station to Bayonne as Blue439 mentioned. It was a low-stress way to travel between the two points, we didn't mind the time on the train at all as some fellow passengers struck up conversations with us and kept us entertained! It was a short walk from the train station in Bayonne to the hotel.

Posted by
16869 posts

If you plan to fly to Bayonne, try to get it booked on the same ticket, or else again plan a night or two in Paris. When I was looking last year, at least with our preferred airline and timing, we would have had to transfer between Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, which I don't recommend doing on a same-day connection.

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9 posts

Blue439, I'm on the same tour. See you there!

Tried to make a train connection work, but ended up with a flight instead, all Air France itinerary connecting in CDG. Going a day ahead but do not want to overnight in Paris, but with an extra night in Bayonne to relax and adjust. This strategy worked well on the Sicily tour. Flying from LAX -> CDG overnight with an arrival too late for all but the 16:21 train, with a scary 10 minute connection time in Bordeaux and an arrival of 21:52 if all goes perfectly. My lodging has a check in window that ends at 19:00. So, it all depends on your situation.