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TGV from Charles de Gaulle Airport

By mistake, I bought a TGV ticket from Paris (Gare de Lyon) instead of from Charles de Gaulle. When I look online (at the TGV website), there isn't an option to buy tickets from Charles de Gaulle. I leave for Paris on Thursday. Is it easy enough to arrive at the airport and buy a one way ticket at the TGV station?

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Jennifer...it depends what your destination is...where are you heading from Paris on TGV?

Posted by
4125 posts

If you mean, How do I get to Gare Lyon, a good option is the Air France bus that will take you there direct from CDG. But can't you change your ticket?

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I can get a refund for "up to three days" prior to my departure date. Since I'm landing the day I'm using the ticket, I receive a 50% refund. I don't know if they'll allow me to exchange tickets (if I miss my train) so that I don't have to pay for another one. That would be nice.

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Jennifer, when I took the Air France bus two yeas ago the ride was about 25 minutes--but it was early on a Sunday morning and traffic was light. Still I think 2 hours ought to be enough time since the bus goes right to the station.

In any case, if yo umiss your train your ticket is still good--you'd just have to buy another reservation.

From what you've said, it sounds as though you could still get a refund now--just outside of the 3-day window--and buy the ticket you really want (from CGD). But probably there is some reason you can't do that. So I hope my information about the bus sets your mind at ease and that things go smoothly for you.

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You need three hours between your schduled arrival at CDG and scheduled departure from Gare de Lyon. Allow one hour (or more) to get through immigration/passport control and retrieve your luggage. Allow a minimum of one hour to get to Gare de Lyon. Air France bus #4 runs every 30 minutes. If you miss a bus, you won't have time to wait for the next one.

Actually, it would be faster and cheaper to take the RER B to Chatelet Les Halles and then either the RER A or RER D to Gare de Lyon.

That said, TGVs from CDG to Avignon depart at 08:40, 09:45 (vis Lyon), 11:49, 14:10 (via Lyon), and 14:04. Why not call the SNCF English-speaking number and change your ticket from home? Dial 011 (US international access code) + 33 (country code for France) + (0)8 92 35 35 39. Omit the intial zero which is only used for calls originating in France. If you get an automated response, press 2 and you should be connected to someone who speaks English.

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Oops! That last departure time via Lyon should have been 13:10, not 14:10.