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CDG to Caen -- train or rental/hire car

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Still evaluating the myriad of ways we can get from the UK (north of London) to Normandy with a family of 4 (kids 13 & 10). We plan to have a car for the week though it may or may not be our own. Despite all the options, the quickest (and easiest?) way seems to be to fly into CDG.

From there, we could train on to Caen or pick up a car at CDG. The train connections (RER B to Gare de Nord, RER E (?) to Gare St Lazare, train to Caen seem like more hassle than it's worth with kids and luggage (4 smalls). Since I'd be picking up a car in Caen or CDG, seems more straightforward to go ahead and get the car at CDG and make the ~3.5 hr drive from there. FYI, the monetary difference is likely in the "doesn't matter/go for convenience" range.

Am I overlooking anything with that plan?

Plan A would be to arrive/depart on Saturdays. Should it change if it were Friday/Friday?

Similarly, if we go the Eurostar route, that's one less train connection and I assume a more challenging drive out so I might lean toward continuing on to Caen before getting the car. Or getting a connection to a westerly locale for pickup?

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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