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TGV from Avignon to CDG - how early to arrive at CDG?

Feb 27th, 2008, 04:32 PM
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It should also be "Avignon TGV"

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Feb 27th, 2008, 04:32 PM
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Never mind. I'm supposed to use the code AEROPORT CDG 2 TGV (95) ...
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Feb 27th, 2008, 04:35 PM
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What's the difference between Roissy and AEROPORT CDG 2 TGV (95)?

I have to admit that I am not familiar with Roissy.
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Feb 27th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Roissy is the town where the airport is located. The SNCF site isn't very smart.

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Feb 27th, 2008, 04:42 PM
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That's true, I typed in Roissy and got AEROPORT CDG 2 TGV. Roissy will be easier to remember!
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Feb 27th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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So I guess everyone other than Stu thinks I'm crazy for wanting to take the 7:47am train and take my chances with getting to the airport 3 before my flight?
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Feb 28th, 2008, 04:08 AM
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dkAz,
I must admit that I already bought prem tickets (two days before this question was asked) on the 7:45 am train from Avignon TGV to CDG, and my flight leaves 30 minutes before yours. Of course my stomach now hurts after reading all this.
My thoughts when I bought the tickets were that I read on my airline's website to be at the airport 2 hours ahead, and the train would get me there 2.5 hours ahead. We are flying US Air. I had seen on other posts here that many had taken a train straight to CDG from another city to meet their plane with success. I guess I will hope for the best at this point, and regroup once I am there if there is a strike or some other unforeseen event. Wish us luck!

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Feb 28th, 2008, 04:21 AM
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Hi Stu...when I book connecting flights, I either have them on the same ticket so if I miss a connection the carrier is responsible to put me on another flight without cost...or I will fly in or out with a one day buffer. I just don't like to cut it that close and have the extra worry.

That's just my opinion since the OP asked. I guess if they don't mind the extra worry and they have the money to pay for change fees if their airline ticket allows it than it shouldn't matter what I think.
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Feb 28th, 2008, 05:16 AM
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Hi stu,

>What happens if I fly Cheapdiscount airlines from Nice to CDG. Then United to the US. If Cheapdiscount cancels the flight, who will get me to the US & will I have to pay?

UAL's only responsibility to you is to take you from CDG home.

If you don't make the flight all you can do is hope that they will be kind.

It is highly likely that you will be put on someone's plane and pay a fee.

It is less likely that you will have to pay full price for another ticket, but it can happen.

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Feb 28th, 2008, 05:19 AM
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Hi dk,

If your train is not significantly delayed, you will have just enough time (security at CDG can be a zoo) or you will breeze through.

Inform your airline the moment you get to CDG, in case of security delays, they can help get you through the lines.

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Feb 28th, 2008, 05:44 AM
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dkAz,

Since I AM a morning person, I would book the earlier train. Then, if something went wrong, I could fall back on the later train.

There is a TGV that leaves Avignon at 18:47 and arrives at CDG at 21:59. You could have a full day in Avignon, take the evening train, sleep in an airport hotel with free shuttle bus service, and have a leisurely and worry-free morning. Or if you want something to do in the morning, take a 20-minute bus ride to the walled medieval town of Senlis which is north of CDG.
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Feb 28th, 2008, 06:21 AM
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don't USA Air serve Roissy (the common word in France it seems for CDG Airport) terminal 1 - meaning then you have to get from the terminal 2 TGV station to terminal 1 - even though the new people mover is much quicker than the old shuttle buses still add 15-20 mins onto your train to plane time

perhaps USA Air serves terminal 2, which however is a sprawling terminal that could require quite a hike to your plane
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Feb 28th, 2008, 06:57 AM
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I'm flying Northwest, leaving from terminal 2.

ash39 - I'll cross my fingers that everything will work out ok for you.
But of course you may have to so the same for me
I have to say sometimes ignorance is bliss...

I just want to know if there is any kind of insurance to purchase that will cover lateness of train?
I saw on Orbitz an option to buy insurance (through another company) But they will only cover strikes and not any random reason for train to be late. What is the insurance on the train tickets? It's in french, so I don't understand.


thanks,
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Feb 28th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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Seems to me TimS has the right idea. Take the latest train you can from Avignon to CDG, stay near the airport for the night and sleep in the next morning.

For someone who's "not a morning person" the idea of getting up at an ungodly hour and worrying the entire time would ruin the last taste of the vacation for me.
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Feb 28th, 2008, 10:09 AM
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I wish the last train left later. Leaving at 18:45 still cuts into the last day of the trip.

There are later trains that leave around 8pm, but they go into Paris, not the airport.

Decisions decisions...
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Feb 28th, 2008, 02:15 PM
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If you take the LAST train from Avignon to Paris, you won't arrive in time to take either an Air France coach or the RER to CDG. Stay in a hotel in the city and make your way to CDG in the morning. If you leave central Paris at 10:00, you'll easily be at CDG by 11:00.
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Feb 28th, 2008, 02:31 PM
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I called Northwest and they said that if I couldn't make the flight, I should call to let them know so they can cancel the unused portion of my ticket and reschedule me.

That way, I would "only" be paying the change fee, which is $200/pp.

Not great, but not buying a whole new ticket either. Of course, I would have to check all the rules of my ticket to make sure that the agent was not wrong.

I called my American Express card, and they refered me to a company called Global Travel Shield that provides trip interruption insurance. They cover strikes and such events. I asked about if my train is late for a random reason, and they said that it would have to be decided on a case by case basis. The cost is about $30 for insurance up to $2000 (this has to be the cost of your non refundable portion of your trip).
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