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Five hour lay-over at Charles de Gaulle--any suggestions?

Five hour lay-over at Charles de Gaulle--any suggestions?

Apr 24th, 2007, 05:38 AM
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Five hour lay-over at Charles de Gaulle--any suggestions?

We are arriving from Nice to Paris at 8:45 am and our flight to Toronto leaves at 16:45 -- any suggestions on what we can do in the meantime?
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Apr 24th, 2007, 05:55 AM
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Hi M,

You could be at Notre Dame about 11:00.

You would have to come back from Paris about 12:45.

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Apr 24th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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Lunch is perfectly doable, as I assume you won't have much luggage with you. Take RER, make sure you have enough coins (was it something like €5?) so that you can use the ticket machine and avoid the queue at the RER ticket counter.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 03:44 AM
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Some of the RER trains are marked "Express" if you take one of those you'll be in Paris a little faster becasue you don't stop at all the stations on your way into the city.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 04:08 AM
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The RER costs 8.10€. About 30-35 minutes to the center of the city, whether it makes stops or not. There are about 6 trains an hour in the middle of the day.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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You can take the public Air France shuttle bus from exit door 2A. It is a 35 min ride to the Arc. Have lunch then hop on the shuttle back to the airport.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 07:26 AM
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RER trains arrive in Paris in the same order they depart CDG. There is no speed advantage to riding one that doesn't make the intermediate stops - in fact, you will actually arrive later than if you took the next train out.

You can either buy a round-trip on the RER for 16,20€, or a 5-zone Paris Visite pass for 17,05€ and enjoy unlimited bus and Métro travel privileges (as well as the Montmartre funiculaire in addition to the airport transfers. The Paris Visite includes some twofer and reduced-rate coupons. www.parisvisite.com/en/

A nice introduction to Paris can be had by riding Bus N° 42 from Gare du Nord to the Eiffel Tower. Here is a map you can download and print out showing the landmarks you will pass:


Here's a condensed map of the bus network and the monuments it serves:

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Apr 27th, 2007, 06:44 PM
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Thanks everyone! Robespierre, thanks for the links. Great help!
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