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Flame me first...then help me choose Paris Metro option

Old May 28th, 2008, 10:41 AM
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Flame me first...then help me choose Paris Metro option

Yes, I've read the posts. No, I still don't understand.

I will arrive at CDG on a Wed. morning and will depart from same the following Thurs. I do not plan on visiting tons of museums. I may/may not use public transport for a day trip.

With this information, can you suggest which metro/RER pass I should consider for my stay if: a) I choose public transport to/from the airport; or b) I choose not to take public transport to/from the airport?

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Old May 28th, 2008, 10:51 AM
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Where are you staying. You may want to take the RER from the airport. If you plan to do a lot of walking(which is my 1st choice) then just buy a carnet of 10 tickets and use them when you wish.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 10:52 AM
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Carnet is probably your best option.

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Old May 28th, 2008, 10:56 AM
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Sorry...meant to hit preview!

Are you in Paris for a day or for a week? I'm not sure what visiting museums have to do with your choice?

I think you are just asking about choice to and from CDG, right?
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:07 AM
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8.20€ for tickets to and from CDG. Get a carnet of 10 tickets for traveling on the metro or bus in the city.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Buy an RER ticket to get into Central Paris, cost is 8,20E and the same ticket can be used for a transfer to an intersecting Metro line on your way to final destination.

After that you could buy a carnet. A carnet is simply 10 individual Metro tickets...cost is 11,10 euro. Also can use on buses, Sacre Coeur funicular.

To get back, buy another RER ticket.

You also have the Roissybus and Air France Car (bus) to get to/from the airport. They leave/stop at pre-determined locations, so you would need to get to/from those locations in Central Paris. Roissybus is 8,60 euro one way. Air France bus is 14,00 euro one way
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:13 AM
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kerouac, can I connect to the #2 line at Gare du Nord?

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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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I don't see what museums has to do with it, either.

I don't think anyone can really tell you exactly which will save you money (I assume that's the reaosn you are asking) without knowing how much you intend to use it, especially trips outside Paris.

So, I'd say just use carnets and pay separately for your trips to/from CDG. Given your timeframe and coming/going middle of week, I don't think there's any obvious other choice if your goal is to save money.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:18 AM
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Yes, I'm looking at cost/benefit analysis. I mention museums only to indicate I do not need the discounts I believe are offered with some options.

Based on the information you all have provided, I guess I'll buy RER tix and a carnet or two.

Can someone confirm I can transfer to the #2 line at Gare du Nord?

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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Iregeo,

The closest station to Gare du Nord on Line 2 is La Chapelle. It is connected by tunnel to Gare du Nord so you can transfer without exiting the system. For a zoomable map of the Metro & RER system for central Paris, go here: http://tinyurl.com/3cd9gm.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:34 AM
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Thank you kindly, Tim S. Now I understand!
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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You're welcome, Irego. Since you're arriving and leaving midweek, I agree with the others about buying single tickets for CDG-Paris and return and buying carnets as needed for your days in Paris. And I agree that it is good to walk more and ride less. However, if on any given day you know that you will take six or more rides, you could buy a zone 1-2 Mobilis pass for that day (5.60&euro and save your carnet tickets for days you'll be riding less.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Again, thanks kindly. Great information.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:12 PM
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To connect to line 2 at Gare du Nord, just follow the signs, but it is good to know that it is at the end of the train coming from CDG. The front of the RER train is nudging against Gare du Nord.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:16 PM
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Thanks. Duly noted.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 12:54 PM
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All metro/RER fares will go up on July 1st, just like they do every year.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 01:01 PM
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In past years, I've had difficulty using my credit card in the RER ticket machines at CDG, requirinig me to stand in a long line to purchase a ticket because I did not have exact change for the machine. Fluke? Or have others had a similar experience?
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Old May 28th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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That's not a fluke. Those machine only take cards with embedded chips. North American cards won't work.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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Thanks, Tim. You're 3/3!
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Old May 28th, 2008, 02:36 PM
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... or the machines take euro coins...which I just bought a batch on eBay (30.27€ for $36.25US) so I'd have enough coins to get 2 RER tickets and avoid the line. (that's if the coins are legit when I get them!)
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