Cognac transportation?

Old Jan 17th, 2017, 11:30 AM
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Cognac transportation?

What is the fastest way to get to Cognac from Paris? I would like to visit for a day.
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Old Jan 17th, 2017, 11:33 AM
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500km is not a day-trip.
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Old Jan 17th, 2017, 01:14 PM
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Train/bus combination

Depart Paris 6:41 arrive Cognac 10:27
Depart Cognac 12:56 arrive Paris 17:13 or
Depart Cognac 15:21 arrive Paris 17:13

Depart Paris 8:46 arrive Cognac 13:21
Depart Cognac 16:40 arrive Paris 19:57 or
Depart Cognac 17:58 arrive Paris 21:57

Remember - Cognac houses will most likely be closed for lunch.

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Old Jan 17th, 2017, 01:24 PM
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>>Depart Cognac 15:21 arrive Paris 17:13
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checking www.bahn.de/en -infallible usually for schedules all over Europe shows no bus but TGV to Angouleme then regional train (TER) to Cognac-yes first at 6:45 -Arriving about 10:15 -in time to check out some houses.

all train links indicate the same -TGV + TER train.

Now book those trains at www.voyages-sncf.com for deep discounts over full fare and walk-up fares-but cheapest is non-changeable I believe but the way to save tons of money -mandated seat reservation comes with the TGV ticket -open seating I think on TER or local trains.

For lots on French trains check www.seat61.com - great advice about discounted fares; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

Yes a long day trip but if real Cognac aficionados go for it.

Reims and its Champagne houses/caves/tours is but an hour by TGV from Paris!
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Old Jan 17th, 2017, 02:05 PM
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They must have plans to repair the train tracks in February. All the schedules I checked on February 17 were TGV/Bus. If I put in an April date - it is TGV/TER.

We took neither - we drove there from the Ile de Re. Nice architecture in the village & the Cognac museum was interesting. We did not visit any Cognac houses.

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How was the drive there? For someone coming from the States...
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Drive was fine - lots of greenery along the way. I assume you are not driving from Paris - which is 10 1/2 hrs in the car for the round trip.

If you drive and depart Paris at between 7 & 8:30 AM you will arrive in Cognac, parked, and at the Cognac house when it might be closed. If it opens at 2, you do a 1 hr tour, you purchase, you walk around the town, and depart at 5 you'll be back in Paris at 11PM.

Do some research before you decide.

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Old Mar 6th, 2017, 10:17 AM
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>>I assume you are not driving from Paris - which is 10 1/2 hrs in the car for the round trip.>What is the fastest way to get to Cognac from Paris?
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janisj - driving on a day-trip seemed kinda foolish to me. His original question was asked about 2 months ago and perhaps he's decided to make the excursion more than just a day-trip. Hope so - or else by train.

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The whole idea as a day trip is a fantasy. Or just dimwitted. There's all kinds of trackwork on the SW RRs right now, and it's not the end of winter yet - things are closed many more hours than usual.

You can drink Cognac anywhere in France - no need to spend hours and hours, maybe, getting to the origin of it. It's not that enticing a region, for one thing.
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