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Overnight Train Question (Berlin-Paris)

I will be booking an overnight train tomorrow for Berlin to Paris. We would arrive at Gare de l'Est at 9:23 am. We would then need to take the metro to Gare St. Lazare to catch a train to Caen by 10:10 am. This is way too close for comfort for me and the next train to Caen is not until 12:10 pm, so I think I've come up with an alternative...just want to make sure it's okay.

I'm thinking we should get off the overnight train in Metz at 6:15 am and take the 6:50 am TGV to Paris arriving at 8:19 am, and transfer to Gare St. Lazare with plenty of time to spare.

Does this sound too crazy? I realize we'll be spending more and that's not an issue. We also are staying in Paris when we return from a few days in Normandy, so I'm not shortchanging Paris. My biggest concern is losing time in Normandy. I also wonder if I should just book the train thru Paris or Metz (no price difference).

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I just checked and Cindy is right about the timetables.

I agree that it's wise to build in a little more connection time when you have to change stations.

If you book well in advance (up to three months allowed) at, you can get a Prem's fare as low as €25 for Metz-Paris. To keep the site in English and to avoid being bumped to the Rail Europe site which doesn't offer discount fares, choose Great Britain as your country of residence.