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kbrennan Feb 24th, 2005 03:05 PM

Paris metro stations with long walks
I know I have read somewhere about metro stations in Paris with exceptionally long walks between trains. We intend to take the train from the city to CDG and can transfer to the RER either at Chatelet or at St. Michel-Notre Dame. Of course, we will have luggage, but it shouldn't be crowded on a Sat. morning. Best suggestions?

Michael Feb 24th, 2005 03:07 PM

Chatelet is notorious for its long walks, as is Montparnasse. I would transfer in St. Michel.

StCirq Feb 24th, 2005 03:22 PM

St-Michel isn't exactly a breeze, but it's far better than Chatelet - you could spend days down there!

MorganB Feb 24th, 2005 03:26 PM

You've got your terminology off a bit. You would take the RER into the city from the airport and then either transfer to another RER or to a Metro line. What line are you transfering to?

if you are transfering to the line 4, I would do it at Chatelet. It is an easier transfer than at St Michel.

bob_brown Feb 24th, 2005 03:39 PM

Chatelet, Invalides, Montparnasse are labyrinthine at best. In fact, I am writing this from a pay machine in Montparnasse to let my family know I am in Paris, and have been for weeks, and I hope to emerge from down here before my passport expires.

Robespierre Feb 24th, 2005 03:48 PM

Where are you going? There may be a better routing.

kbrennan Feb 24th, 2005 06:36 PM

I am going from La Tour Maubourg to the airport. The RATP route finder tells me to take line 8 to Madeleine and then 14 to Chatelet and then line B to CDG. The last time I was in Paris I took line 8 to the RER C at Invalides and then got RER B at St Michel. I remember quite a walk, but still am wondering which way others think is better or worse.

Robespierre Feb 24th, 2005 08:55 PM

Both of those routes involve a lot of walking between lines and lugging up and down stairs. I'd especially avoid Châtelet, which is a HUGE interchange of five Métro lines and three RERs.

If you're traveling light, I'd suggest taking bus #82 to Luxembourg and getting on RER B straight to CDG. Walk south on Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg past the Invalides to Avenue de Tourville. Cross to the south side and turn left. The first bus stop you encounter is where #82 stops. Make sure it says "Luxembourg," and make sure you don't get on the #92, which uses the same stop.

Have fun!

MorganB Feb 25th, 2005 06:54 AM

The connection between line 14 and RER B is very easy. At the line 14 you can take an elevator or escalator up one level. You then walk down a hall, turn left and you will see turnsites. Instert your ticket, go through the turnstiles and you will find yourself in a large open area. The RER entrances are on the sides of area. Head in a diagonal to your left following the signs to RER B direction CDG. You then go down an escalator and you're on the platform (to your left). Its an easy transfer and you dont have to wander for ages like you can at times in Chatelet.

MorganB Feb 25th, 2005 06:56 AM

Just to add that there are two exits off the line 14 platform. Be sure to follow the signs to the Line 4 / RER B to go up the right escalator.

francophile03 Feb 25th, 2005 07:41 AM

Chatelet station is like a huge maze to me.

Robespierre Feb 25th, 2005 08:43 AM

Yeah, but you'd still have to change from 8 to 14 at Madeleine, which is a bit rigorous.

But you could also take Line 8 (Créteil) to Strasbourg-St.Denis and transfer to Line 4 (Porte de Clingancourt) right into Gare du Nord. This route requires only one connection, and it's an easy one. I'd prefer it to the Madeleine-Châtelet route.

MorganB Feb 25th, 2005 09:37 AM

I like Robespierre's bus to Lux / RER combo best because it just requires one change and it stays in nice areas of Paris so you can get one last view of the city before you leave.

cece Feb 25th, 2005 09:39 AM

Is it Chatalet that has the high speed walkway? I was in Paris last week and came upon it at some major interchange and almost fell getting on and off. It was fun but a little scary. Has anyone else had the same experience? I can't imagine taking luggage on it.

MorganB Feb 25th, 2005 10:09 AM

It's Montparnasse that has the high speed moving sidewalk. It's a prototype and it is often out of service. It is a bit scary at first. You have to keep your feet planted during acceleration. If you take a step it is easy to fall. Lots of people fell at first which is why they added the LCD's and speakers telling you not to take a step. I have only taken it once and I was fairly tense lol.

I think part of the problem is that it's something new. People were probably scared of the first escalators and elevators.

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