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TGV - France - Caen to Avignon - station change in Paris

TGV - France - Caen to Avignon - station change in Paris

May 6th, 2004, 11:49 AM
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TGV - France - Caen to Avignon - station change in Paris

asking for my friends who leave in 10 days.

their TA has them on the TGV from Caen to Avignon, but, they have to not only change trains in Paris but stations as well.

this kind of makes sense, as I know there are different stations which service different parts of the country (N/S/E/W) but I would have thought the TGV would be a smooth seamless ride from one end to the other.

true, not true?

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May 6th, 2004, 12:02 PM
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The problem is there is no TGV to/from Caen. They'll be taking a regular train (Corail) into the Gare St-Lazare, then a TGV out of Lyon. I don't think there's any other way to do it.
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May 6th, 2004, 12:11 PM
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ah, ok thanks. makes sense. I figured it would be Lyon going south, and I seemed to remember St. Lazare - north. wasn't sure if ever the twain shall meet! ha ha

will relay this on. thank you.
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May 6th, 2004, 02:11 PM
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The high-speed rail in France is basically divided into three systems. The W/SW Atlantique system to Bordeaux and Spain goes from Montparnasse and is basically isolated from the other two.

The Eurostar to England, and Thalys to Belgium and beyond goes from Gare du Nord. The original system to the Southeast goes from Gare de Lyon. These two are linked around the eastern edge of Paris via CDG. Therefore, there are some trains that bypass Paris to the east and goes from England/Belgium towards SE France and Switzerland.
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May 6th, 2004, 10:21 PM
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It's really easy to get from Gare St Lazare to Gare de Lyon now because the super-fast line 14 metro links up the two. Journey time is something like 10-15 minutes.
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May 7th, 2004, 01:21 AM
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There are through TGVs from Rouen in Normandy to the south of France; these by-pass Paris. Try checking schedules on www.bahn.de (it's faster as it checks schedules without checking availability like the SNCF web site). It used to be possible to change from the Caen train to the TGV at Mantes-la-Jolie but I don't know if this is still possible. I wouldn't use a travel agent for information on trains: plan the journey using the train operators' web sites, then, if you need to book tickets, tell the travel agent exactly what you want.
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