SNCF ticket offices at CDG

Feb 21st, 2003, 08:52 AM
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SNCF ticket offices at CDG

Where can I pick up my tickets that I book on line at CDG airport? I'll be arriving at Terminal 1. Is two hours enough time to clear customs, get my ticket and board the TGV to Lyon?
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Feb 21st, 2003, 08:54 AM
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I would really like to hear about this too; I'll be in just about exactly the same situation. Thanks,
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Feb 21st, 2003, 09:19 AM
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Probably not. But it will be close. If you don't have checked luggage, it's even closer. Figure on your plane being late, immigration taking about 30 minutes, and then about 20-30 to get to the train station (Terminal 2). Then you'll have to pick up your tickets at the train station and get to the train.

Make sure you know the next train into Lyon -- this way if you don't make the one you're reserved for, you can ask them to change the tickets when you pick them up.

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Feb 21st, 2003, 10:05 AM
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Jeff and Sandy,
Assuming that your plane arrives on time(sometimes they even arrive a little early), I predict that you will even have enough time to get a cup of coffee and a French bread ham and cheese sandwich at the deli/restaurant located in the train terminal. I would be more concerned about allowing enough time on your return to CDG. We arrived three hours before our departure and by the time we arrived at AA ticket counter there was already a long line for our flight. Once through security however we had plenty of time to spend all the Euros we had left at the duty free stores.
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Feb 21st, 2003, 10:18 AM
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Thanks for the good information. I'll have closer to 2 1/2 hours, so it sounds like I'll be okay. And, I won't be returning from CDG. Why does carry-on luggage take longer to go through immigration?

Heard that there's also a SNCF office in Terminal 1. Does anyone know about that? Maybe that would be faster?
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Feb 21st, 2003, 10:34 AM
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Also thanks for the good information. But, contrary to Jeff, I've concluded that maybe I should make a reservation for the train that leaves about 3 hours after my plane is scheduled to arrive. That would at least keep my blood pressure within reasonable bounds!
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Feb 21st, 2003, 01:02 PM
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Thanks Sandy,I'll try to give myself more time, too. Can you, or anyone, confirm that there's also a SNCF ticket office in Terminal 1.
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Feb 21st, 2003, 04:08 PM
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Jeff,

There is NO SNCF ticket office in terminal 1 (or any other terminal for that matter). You need to take a shuttle bus to the TGV station which is connected to the terminal 2 "cluster". That's where your train leaves from and where you'll find the ticket office.

The free ADP shuttle bus stops at the bottom (shopping) level of terminal 1. You want LINE 1 (NOT line 2 to Roissypole station!). The transfer could take up to 20-25 minutes depending on how fast the shuttle bus comes. Here's a map of shuttle bus routes:
http://www.adp.fr/webadp/a_cont01.nsf/0/7D6D3B8F4EDA9373C1256B1F0059E5CB/$File/NavCDGj.gif?OpenElement

I would leave at least 2.5 hours between flight arrival & train, to play it safe.

Hope this helps,
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Feb 21st, 2003, 04:17 PM
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Andre, that helps me too.
Thanks a lot.
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Feb 21st, 2003, 04:50 PM
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André is right on the money. Once you've exited customs you take the elevator down to the bottom level of the terminal and follow the signs to the shuttle (Navette). Take the yellow Number 1 bus to Terminal 2 and get off at the last stop, which will put you roughly where Hall C ends and Hall D begins. Walk to your left after you enter the terminal, and in just a bit you'll come to the entrance to the TVG station, which you access by taking a stairway or escalator down one flight. You'll need at least 20 minutes to stand in line and pick up your tickets (even if you've bought them ahead of time on the sncf website, which you might want to do because you might be entitled to a discount for reserving in advance). I think 2.5 hours is sufficient if everything goes just right. Bonne chance!
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Feb 22nd, 2003, 09:17 AM
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From Terminal 2, Hall A, what is the easiest way to the train station?

Thanks!

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Feb 22nd, 2003, 12:15 PM
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I was glad to see this thread. I have a 10:30 AM arrival time, and train to Tours is at 1:30. I was thinking that 3 hours would be too much time to lug suitcase around the airport, but guess it's about right! In case I decide to stay in Paris a couple of days first (which right now I'm leaning towards) - is the RER station in the same cluster as the TGV in Terminal 2? My flight arrives at Terminal 2, so I'm hoping I don't have to fool with the shuttle in case I want to take the RER instead of Air France Bus. Thanks!
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Feb 24th, 2003, 10:11 AM
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Thanks again for the information. Andre, the bus route map is great. The Rick Steves' book claims that there's a ticket office at Gate 22 on the arrival level in Terminial 1. Maybe its old information?
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Feb 24th, 2003, 02:32 PM
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Keith: You can either walk in about 15 mins. or take a shuttle bus (see the link posted above).

Sue4, the RER and TGV leave from the same station in the terminal 2 cluster. There's a second RER-only station at Roissypole, with a shuttle bus to terminal 1 only. That said, I would recommend the Air France bus & a cab to your final destination, unless you're staying right near a stop on the RER B line.

JEFF_: I would be very surprised if there were an SNCF office in terminal 1, which I've used often. There is no "arrival level" per se - the terminal is built like a snail shell, and there are various arrivals areas at various levels (it's all quite confusing). Anyway, I would take an elevator down to the lowest level and catch the shuttle bus to the station, not go on a search for a (probably non existant) ticket office.

Hope this helps,
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