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How do I know which train station to go into?

I lived in Germany for six years but did not use the trains for anything more than hopping to nearby cities in Germany. I am going to visit my daughter who lives there now and we are going to spend a week in Paris and a week in Prague. We have decided to take the train rather than her car, but I am assuming that large cities have more than one train station (maybe I am wrong; please correct me if I am) and I am wondering how we know which station to go to in order to be close to our hotel. Do I email the hotels and ask them? Sorry if this seems terribly simple, but never done this before. Thanks.

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A lot of times when you are traveling in larger cities, certain trains go into certain stations. For example, in Paris, trains from Amsterdam or Brussels to to the Gare du Nord (North Station) and trains to Nantes (west) to go the Gare Montparnasse, etc. When you book your train reservations, simply state the cities you are traveling between and it should select the correct station. You might not have the option of having it be near your hotel specifically. However, Paris has a great metro system. I don't know specifically about Prague.

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A lot of times when you are traveling in larger cities, certain trains go into certain stations. For example, in Paris, trains from Amsterdam or Brussels to to the Gare du Nord (North Station) and trains to Nantes (west) to go the Gare Montparnasse, etc. When you book your train reservations, simply state the cities you are traveling between and it should select the correct station. You might not have the option of having it be near your hotel specifically. However, Paris has a great metro system. I don't know specifically about Prague.

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Most train stations are pretty centrally located, as are most touristy areas. Hence, if your hotel is in a touristy area, odds are you won't be too far from your required train station. If it were me, I would concentrate on booking a nice hotel, in a nice area. For your trip, you are talking about only a few train rides. In many large European cities, one or more metro line feed in to a train station. Hence, most likely, just taking the metro to the station will work. Worst case, it will require a reasonably-priced taxi ride.

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Thank you, Rick and Roxanne. I already have hotel reservations.

S

Posted by
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I'm sure your hotels will be more than happy to help you. Also Google earth is great to get an idea of where things are in relation to your hotel or the station.

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It is true that larger cities have multiple stations.Paris, for example, has 5 or 6.
Hotels will give you name of closest station

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Susan,

I think that there is a misconception developing in this thread.

While your hotel can give you the name of the closest train station, it is unlikely that you will be able to chose that your train will arrive at that station.

You'll have to end up in whatever station your train is scheduled to arrive at from your particular departure point and then you'll have to transfer via metro, bus, cab, etc. to your hotel if your station doesn't happen to be near your already-reserved hotel.

Roxanne

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Susan, use the Deutschebahn website (www.bahn.de) to find out what station in Paris your train will stop in. Put in your staarting point in Germany, and "Paris" as the end. It will show you various routes and schedules, as well as the endstation (probably either Paris Est or Paris Nord). You might have a choice of routes and possibly a choice of end-stations in Paris. If it isn't close to your hotel, you can taxi or take the Metro.

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For example: Munich to Paris the TGV, IC, ICE, RE goes to Paris EST. The Thalys goes to Paris Nord.

Munich to Prague:

Praha (Prague) hl.n is the main train station. There are several other stations in Prague. For example: Praha Smichhov is a stop 8 mins before hl.n. We had to get off at Smichhov as it was closer to our hotel.

Frankfurt to Prague:

According to IDOS, the Frankfurt train stops at Praha-Holesovice then Praha hl.n.

I would advise you to email the hotel and asked them which station is close to them.

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

Die Bahn site is very accurate.