HELP!!! CDG to BVA transfer

Aug 11th, 2005, 11:39 PM
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HELP!!! CDG to BVA transfer

My flight lands in CDG at 900AM. My flight out from BVA does not leave until 630PM. Where can I spend 3 hours of free time that is near Gare du Nord station (as I have to leave my luggage first). How can I get to Porte Maillot from Gare Du Nord?
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Aug 12th, 2005, 12:37 AM
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I believe the Air France bus will take you directly to Porte Maillot from CDG, but I'm confused about how and when Gare du Nord comes into the picture. Depending on your luggage situation -- (I'm thinking that's what this is about) -- your best bet may be to go directly to Gare du Nord on the RER.

Three hours is just about enough time to be really aggavating: you can't do much, but it's too much time to do nothing and then you've got that luggage thing to deal with. I think I would find a convenient brasserie or cafe and have a long, lingering lunch just watching the world go by.
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Aug 12th, 2005, 01:22 AM
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One other option would be to forget about the Porte Maillot nonsense and just take a train to Beauvais, that happens to leave from... gare du Nord! Granted, once in Beauvais station, you'll have to take a cab to the airport, it's a € 10 flat rate, so altogether you'll spend about € 20 more than by taking the shuttle at Porte Maillot, but no dragging of luggage up and down the métro, and almost a whole day in Paris. I checked the times from GdN to Beauvais on a week day in September: there is a 14h22 arr Beauvais 15h42, and a 16h19 arr Beauvais 17h28. The tiny airport is 10 mn from the station by taxi. If you take the 16h19 (which is feasible), and assuming you arrive at GdN aroung 11h00, this'll give you five hours to explore Paris.
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Aug 12th, 2005, 07:35 AM
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Hi CA,

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See for train schedules and prices.

Have a nice day in Paris.

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Aug 12th, 2005, 09:58 AM
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I'd agree with Art that train from Gare du Nord sounds best, if you want to deal with that. I couldn't figure out the scenario here, either, but finally figured Porte Maillot was for the bus to Beauvais.

If you don't do the train to Beauvais, it is a little complicated to get to Porte Maillot by metro, but doable -- hope you don't have alot of luggage.

There are a couple routes, but you have to get from Gare du Nord to metro line 1 which is the with with the Porte Maillot stop. You can take either line 4 to Chatelet stop or line 5 to Bastille (which is probably what I'd do as I hate Chatelet stop and Bastille isn't bad). Time difference shouldn't be much, although Chatelet is two stops closer.

I don't know that spending free time near Gare du Nord would interest me, ugh. But you can get other places on the metro fairly quickly. For someone who's never been there, this may not be too thrilling, but I suppose I'd walk down bd de Magenta from the station and then cut over east to walk around Canal St Martin a bit before I needed to head back. I'd cut over just about Gare de l'Est or a bit more to go by Square Villemin towards the canal, which is the main park in that area and you could at least see what's happening there or watch the kids or something. Not that it's some great park like some others, though.

Surprisingly, I managed to find an article in Travel & Leisure that mentioned that park and about strolling around that area, which should give you some more concrete ideas and directions:

You'll need a Paris map to do these things, though.
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