Paris to St Jean de pied de port

Hello I arrive into Paris at 835AM. What is the best way to get to St Jean de Pied de Port?

Thanks in advance
Jenny

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8641 posts

Are you arriving at CDG or Orly? If so, you'll need to go into Paris and take a train from Gare Montparnasse to Bayonne and change there to a train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Take the 12:10 TGV to Bayonne, change there, and arrive in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port at 19:35. See the timetables here. After you get summary timetables for Paris to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, click on the arrow to the left of each departure time to see the connecting points.

Posted by Jenny
Victoria, BC, Canada
3 posts

yes - sorry forgot to mention that. We arrive into CDG. Is there not a TGV station there? If so, can we catch the train from there to Bayonne?

Thanks again!

Posted by Barry
San Diego, CA
587 posts

Jenny, Seeing that you want to get to St Jean Pied de Port am I safe in guessing you are going there to walk the Camino? If so I have some links I can send you. I'm planning on doing it this time next year, though I'm getting a little nervous about that since it's a holy year in relation to the Camino.

Posted by Jenny
Victoria, BC, Canada
3 posts

Yes, we are. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We fly out on August 25th.

Posted by Barry
San Diego, CA
587 posts

Here are somehat I've found useful;
http://www.pilgrimage-to-santiago.com/
http://www.caminodesantiago.me.uk/st_jean.html
http://www.ourcamino.com/
http://www.terre-basque.com/home.asp?lang=en
http://www.americanpilgrims.com/camino/camino.html

Hope this helps, the third one is also a book I've found very useful. The book is called Buen Camino by Jim Clem.

Another book you will definitely need is The Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Frances by John Brierley.

This should get you started let me know if I can help you again!

BTW, Small world, I'm doing a hike up near you in July, I'm hiking the West Coast Trail, have you done it?

Buen Camino,
Barry

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8641 posts

Yes, there is a TGV station at CDG; but the trains that go there do not connect with trains going to Bayonne. You can take Air France coach (highway bus) #4 directly from CDG to Gare Montparnasse (one stop at Gare de Lyon). Or you can take the RER B from CDG to Denfert-Rochereau and transfer there to either Metro line 4 or Metro line 6 which will get you to Montparnasse-Bienvenue. For a zoomable map of the RER & Metro system, go here.

Taking the RER & Metro would be cheaper; but taking the Air France bus would be easier, especially if you have a lot of luggage. The driver will put your bags in the bay.