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From Gare du Nord to Saint Michel (metro or taxi)

From Gare du Nord to Saint Michel (metro or taxi)

Apr 13th, 2013, 12:17 AM
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At the end of the day, you'll be very, very fortunate if the fare is 10€ and unlucky if it's 20€.

Very best regards,

The Taxi Queen

(p.s. As you get off Eurostar there are usually some luggage carts/trolleys available for 1€, possibly they will take a 1£ coin as well, can't remember. Try to have a euro coin with you.)
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Apr 13th, 2013, 05:19 AM
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Thank you both. The street is noisy but I'm in an apartment way in the back and it's very quiet, was anyway last time I stayed there. I live in Manhattan on a very noisy street but because my apartment is in the back I never hear anything, other than the occasional siren. Looking forward to taking the train.

Don't believe I'll need a luggage cart as my one suitcase is on wheels; lifting is my only problem.

Getting close!
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Apr 13th, 2013, 05:58 AM
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I print out the address and a little map with our hotel name and area on it and give it to the driver.
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Apr 13th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Ah, my apologies, annie, somehow thought you were in a hotel.
Sounds like you are all set for a great trip!
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Apr 13th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Last September I arrived via Eurostar and took a taxi to my hotel (Hotel Diana). Lots of traffic and it cost me 30E....the return, however, was only 15E (much less traffic). So, you never know. I did note in my travel journal that the 30E were "well worth it!"
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Oct 11th, 2014, 05:24 AM
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Hi everyone. I have to go to Paris for conference and seminars, and i don't know a word of French. My hotel is close to san Michel rotre dame, and next to sorbona university (metro moubert-mutualite, hotel moderne saint germain) and the conference will be in front of metro saint germain de pres (so three stops away). I will be in Paris alone and i will have to go back and forth from hotel and conference venue, during the day and evening. In your opinion, the area where i booked the hotel is a safe area? Is it safe if i take the metro in the evening to go back to my hotel? Or that particular street or station is not safe in the. evening
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Oct 11th, 2014, 08:17 AM
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Very safe area. Very rich area. Louis Vuitton is on Rue [email protected] Eglise St. Germain des Prés.

This area is very Bobos in Paradise.

Don't wear cheap shoes in Cafe Flore!


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Oct 11th, 2014, 12:00 PM
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I returned from Paris Thursday night. We stayed very near the Maubert Mutualite stop. It is very safe and there is a police station right up the street by the Metro entrance. You are three stops away but you need to change lines for one stop at Odeon. Or if the weather is good it only about two or three blocks to where you need to be. Do you need to buy tickets or are they provided for you? A book of ten (carnet) for 13.70E is a better deal than single tickets. The Navigo pass is even better if the days work for you and you plan to use it a lot. http://parisbytrain.com/paris-train-...go-decouverte/

There is a nice market at Maubert open 7-1 on Tues, Thurs and Sat.

Have a wonderful time in Paris!! You are staying in a great area!
gomiki is offline  
Oct 11th, 2014, 04:45 PM
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Tip: There is a "secret" elevator at the St Michel RER stop that takes you to/from street level (between 2 buildings a block or two east of St Michel blvd directly south of the main street on the south river bank). VERY hard to spot. Can't remember how many times I dealt with the broken escalators, long underground passages, and stairs before a local pointed this out. Looks like a glass door at street level (does have a tiny tiny sign as I recall). It also is broken on occasion. There are several threads on this site discussing this elusive elevator.


Hope this helps!
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Oct 11th, 2014, 04:51 PM
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https://community.ricksteves.com/tra...-station-steps has exact directions to the elevator:
Posted by tmnewtn 06/25/14 12:41 PM
"Get on one of the middle cars of the train leaving Charles de Gaulle Airport to be closest to this exit. When you get off the train at Saint-Michel, walk to the center of the platform and follow the signs to "Sortie-6", an elevator that will take you directly to street level. There is a dedicated turnstile on the RER-B platform for the elevator, and you must use your ticket to exit here. The elevator has been in service since 2009. It surfaces at the corner of Quai St-Michel and rue Xavier Privas on the left bank with a nice welcoming view of the Notre Dame towers. You can also enter here for your return trip if you have your train tickets already. There are no ticket booths or kiosks at this entrance."
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Oct 11th, 2014, 06:01 PM
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If you decide to take a cab, be sure to get an official Taxi Parisien. Last month, my husband & I took a cab from Gare du Nord to our apartment on Rue Galande near Rue St Jacques, not far from where you are staying. It cost us under 20 euros.
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Oct 12th, 2014, 12:26 PM
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udsO, Wow! Thank you for posting this. I wish I knew this two weeks ago!
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Oct 12th, 2014, 01:25 PM
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I wish I'd known about that lift when we stayed just round the corner from the St Michel station a couple of years ago.

oh well, next time!
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Oct 14th, 2014, 12:55 PM
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We're leaving tomorrow morning from this station, great to know! I picked up RER tickets this afternoon, now just need to find it!
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