Ideas for Returning to Paris by TGV

Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:52 PM
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You could arrive early day before, store stuff at airport hotel, go into city via RER, have nice dinner,etc.. and return to CDG. Next day , leasurely breakfast, shuttle to CDG.>>

even with the need to be at CDG by 10.30, you could stay in Central Paris for your last night, preferably somewhere near an RER B stop. have a nice supper, a wander along the Seine at night to enjoy the eiffel tower light show, then a good parisien breakfast the next morning, before jumping on the RER at about 9.30.

much more relaxing than chasing across france in the train - even if it were possible to get there on time, the stress of not making the flight would be too much for me.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Thank you! You have all been wonderful to offer your responses and certainly given me plenty to think about. I am so glad my trip is not until May so I have time to absorb...

I did review the wonderful village of Crepy (thank you FrenchMystique) but I am afraid it is beyond my stress level of navigation as I do not speak a lick of French. I hate to admit it, but I will probably go with the general concensus and travel up the day before, book the hotel near CDG and then travel into Paris for dinner, etc. I am soooo grateful for the wisdom you shared that it would be foolish for me to try to do the Montpellier to Paris travel prior to my flight. If not for your advise, I am afraid I would have attempted it and become crazed if/as I was delayed. By the way, the link you gave me to Nick Booth on buying train tickets was amazing! It was such a help and should be plastered everywhere to help novices like me.

You all have been so helpful and I am so grateful -- I promise to write a trip report come May. My daughter and I are planning a 2 week trip (her first to France & my second) which will involve Paris, Beaune and the south of France. I can't thank you enough for your prompt and specific responses to my inquiries.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 07:52 PM
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It doesn't make sense to me to book a hotel near CDG and then go into Paris and out again the same evening. Take a train directly from Montpellier to Gare de Lyon. Direct TGVs run once an hour all day long. See my previous post on how to book a €30 Prem's fare ticket. Spend the night in Paris. You'll have plenty of time in the morning to get to CDG by 10:30.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:01 PM
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Feb 4th, 2012, 06:31 AM
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I agree - why schlep all the way out to CDG the night before just to return to Paris for the evening? one of the joys of using the RER is that it takes max 45 mins [30 if you're lucky and get on a fast train] from the centre to the airport. so you can stay in the centre, AND catch your plane on time.

all this, and Paris too!
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Feb 4th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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Why stay at a boring hotel near the airport for your last night and schlep into and back from the city that last night? Makes no sense, when you can hop on the RER or grab a taxi in the morning and have plenty of time to get to the airport, plus have a wonderful last night enjoying Paris?
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Feb 4th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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great minds, st. cirq!
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