Paris – Basic Guide 2 – Railroads, Part A

For a tourist in Paris, just upon arrival, there are three different rail aspects:

1) if you have arrived by air and you need to get into central Paris from the airport, then rail is one option or

2) you have arrived in Paris by train from another French town or from an international city and, finally

3) you intend to travel from Paris by train, immediately or after a short stay in Paris (see Part B). We’ll tackle giving you some information about each of these scenarios in a multi-part article.

If you are dealing with the train station at Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG):

___ This Paris train station provides both international service to Brussels and domestic French travel to Avignon, Lille, Lyons and Nice and more, as well as local RER trains into central Paris (buy and use the Visite Pass, see in another part of the series).

___ Please note the restrooms in this station are not open 24/7, so use those in the airport terminal before heading for the trains! Bathroom hours in the train station are only 6:15 am to 10:30 pm.

___ If you land in the evening, there are restaurant facilities in the rail station open until only about 8:15pm. If you arrive later, check options in the airport terminal before heading to this station.

If you are needing to get from CDG airport / train station to Paris:
___ Rather than taking a cab, for the same price you can buy a Paris Visite Pass that includes the RER train from the airport to downtown Paris and much more!

___ Once in central Paris, from the train station you then must use bus, Metro or a taxi cab to get to your final destination; if it is likely to be difficult to get public transport at the hour you arrive in central Paris, use a cab from a central rail station in Paris (and, if you desire to use a credit card for payment, make sure the cab’s credit machine is operating before you agree to engage the cab).

Charles de Gaulle Airport train station

2) or 3) above: If you are arriving in Paris by train, please understand that Paris has many different major train stations, in all areas of the city, which serve national and international destinations, so make sure that you have downloaded a Paris map or buy one immediately upon arrival at the airport or train station.

See where you are located. You may arrive in one main Paris station and have to leave by another.

Depending on the day and time of day, discuss with station personnel whether it is better to get a cab the rest of the way, or where to get information on how to get to your accommodations or the next train station by bus or Metro.

Now, on to Part B.

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