My family of 5 and brother are spending a week in Paris and we're taking a daytrip to Normandy (booked a personal tour with Overlord) on Friday, May 16. I want to book: the 7:12am train out, arriving in Bayeux at 9:23am; and then returning the same day on the 6:11pm train, arriving in Paris at 8:51pm. There are 6 of us total- 3 Adults, 2 Youth, and 1 Youth with a SNCF S'Miles Discount Card (she just returned from a semester abroad in France and bought this for her travel). Please note if the S'Miles confuses things, at this point if we don't get the discount for her, that's not a huge issue.
I've read that there's better deals/schedules not going through Rail Europe, but using SNCF and picking the tickets up at any train station in Paris. I'm having problems with the SNCF website (finally got it to stay in English after searching/reading an earlier post here-thanks Norm). I get all the way to selecting my return trip (want the Prems fares if possible) and no matter which train or fare I select it gives me an error message stating "Technical Error, try again later". I've been working on this most of the day and I can't figure this out.
What am I doing wrong? I'm within my 90 days, and no, I didn't even try yet putting in my daughter's S'Miles card info., so that's not a problem. I also have lots of other questions about how all this works: Is it possible to print the ticket at home? If not, how does pick-up work in Paris? There's a 7 min. connection in Caen getting there/back...is it confusing, will we make that? What else do I need to know? Thanks for your help!!!!