Germany to Disneyland Paris

Hello! I am wondering the best way to get from Germany to Disneyland Paris? I am currently in German (Baden-Württemburg) on a study abroad program, and my boyfriend and I have planned a trip to Disneyland paris. Unfortunately, we're not sure of the best way to get there...train..plane...rent a car? We're a little wary of renting a car, and I cant seem to find prices on the Deutsche Bahn website (the train system in Germany). Any ideas? The Disneyland website just confuses me, and I cant read German well, so the German Disneyland page is less helpful. Thanks!

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

The British version of the Disneyland Paris website How to Get There page is in English at http://visit.disneylandparis.co.uk/how-to-get-there/index.xhtml#
{I can't get the editor to accept the link, sorry} and while oriented towards British travelers may have information to help you. Basically, I would suggest the easiest way is DB to the nearest station served by TGV, then TGV to Paris and RER to DisneyLand. Others may have different ideas. I drive a lot in Europe but took the train to Disneyland Paris. (Always drove to Anaheim though).

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11280 posts

The Bahn doesn't give a fare to Disneyland Paris because it only shows fares for trains that begin or end in Germany, and there are no direct trains to Disneyland. However, there are trains (TGV) from Germany (Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, for example) to Paris Est. From Paris Est is an RER ride to Disneyland. (Note: I do see a connection with a local train across the Rhein from Offenburg to Strasbourg and then a TGV to Paris, but that is an exception). If you look on the Bahn really early (2-3 mo), you can go from Villingen-Schwenningen to Paris with a Europa-Spezial fare for as low as €39/P 1way (full fare is €125/p each way).

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9134 posts

You didn't say where you are in Baden-Württemburg, but in addition to the cities mentioned by Lee, Mannheim also has a direct high-speed link to Paris.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11280 posts

She's from Trossingen, which is next to Villingen-Schwenningen in southern B-W. She can get a Europa-Spezial fare from Trossingen to Paris. I see one routing to Stuttgart and by TGV from Stuttgart to Paris, but most go to Offenburg, cross the river by local train, then go from Strasbourg to Paris by TGV. That's the unusual Europa-Spezial connection I mentioned, where the final leg is entirely in France.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7828 posts

Well there are cheap airfares you could look into, as noted there are no direct trains to DP from where you are ,, but there is a train from Charles de Gaulle airport to DP.

Posted by Katie
Trossingen
57 posts

Thank you for all the help! I didnt plan very well in advance, so the trip is in 2 weeks. But I will check into all of these. Yes Villingen-Schwenningen is closest I think. The Deutsche Bahn website DOES have trains supposedly, but no fares...I suppose I need to go into a DB office and talk to someone, but there is none in Trossingen. But thank you so much, what quick replies! :)

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11280 posts

~Katie, If you use the Bahn website and put in Trossingen to Disneyland (Marne la Vallée-Chessy, I believe), you'll get connections but not fares. It won't give you fares because the last leg is RER from Paris Ost to Disneyland. However, you can get an advance purchase Europa-Spezial fare from Trossingen to Paris Ost for as low as €39/P one way. (Probably €78 RT). Even at this late date, I can see two connections available for Oct 16 at the price, one leaving Trossingen at 10:35 and taking the TGV from Stuttgart to Paris (16:37, total time 6hr2min), the other connection getting the same TGV in Strasbourg, total time 5hr17min. You'd have to purchase the RER ticket in Paris. If you go to a Bahn ticket counter, they might be able to include the RER ticket, but probably can't give you the €39/P fare. Even if they make it two separate tickets (Europa-Spezial and RER), they will probably charge you €5 extra for the Europa-Spezial ticket for personal assistance. ~Pat, Look at your map. The closest airport to Villingen-Schenningen with service to Paris is probably Stuttgart, 1½-2 hours away (maybe also the closest airport with low cost service. Or is that Allgäu Airport in Memmingenberg, misleadingly called "Munich West" by Ryanair). Anyway, nowhere did I find RT airfares as low as the €78 you can get from the Bahn. And getting to/from Stuttgart will cost you €42 with a B-W Ticket, more to/from Allgäu.

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8646 posts

If you arrive at Gare de l'Est in Paris, you will need to take metro line 4 to Chatelet, walk through the tunnels to the Chatelet-Les Halles RER station, and take the RER A to Marne-la-Vallee - Chessy. The fare is €7.00.

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8646 posts

One more detail. The RER A line divides east of Paris. Be sure to get on a train that is going to Marne-la-Vallee - Chessy.

Posted by Will
Kirkland
122 posts

In May, my wife and I took the TGV from Disneyland Paris to Hamburg. The train route went ... Paris to Brussels to Cologne to Hamburg, with intermediate stops along the way. We did have to change trains in Brussels and Cologne.