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Mar 17th, 2013, 07:01 PM
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Train from Bordeaux to Gare Montparnasse and then CDG

On on way home from a bike trip, we will take the train from Bordeaux to Paris. It looks like those trains terminate at Gare Montparnasse. We will then stay overnight in Paris to get our flight from CDG in the AM. Where would be the best place to stay in Paris to be able to catch an AF bus or other public transport to the airport without too much schlepping?
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Mar 17th, 2013, 07:29 PM
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Since you are flying out of CDG, the Air France bus departs from Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Place de l´Etoile and Porte Maillot, so you can choose your hotel to be close to those departure points (http://www.airfrance.us/US/en/common...t_aeroport.htm).

You can also do the Air France SuperShuttle, or take a taxi. The RER will take on the average around 30 minutes. The Rail link is between Paris (Denfert-Rochereau, Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame, Gare du Nord) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. A free CDGVal LRT shuttle connects the stations with the airport terminals. The cost is € 9,10/person and runs every 10-15 minutes on weekdays.

There is also the Roissybus to consider, but it takes 45-60 minutes, depending on the time of day. It leaves every 15 minutes during the early morning hours.

If there are two or more of you traveling, I'd order a taxi the night before.
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Mar 18th, 2013, 04:12 AM
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Mar 18th, 2013, 05:25 AM
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Are you asking about a hotel recommendation, in which case a budget window is a necessity, or are you asking about a recommendation for a location offering easy transportation options between Gare Montparnasse and CDG?

If it´s the latter and you are interested in taking one of the AF buses to CDG, the departure points have already been mentioned. The easiest might be to stay near Montparnasse and take the AF bus the following morning but there are several points you might want to keep in mind:

1. The bur from Montparnasse costs 17€ if tickets are purchased from the driver, 15.50€ if purchased in advance on line:

https://one.secutix.com/tnsa7/live/s...vent/index.php

2. The Montparnasse bus takes 1+15 to reach CDG and departs Montparnasse every 30 minutes starting on the hour.

3. You can take the métro/RER to CDG from anywhere in Paris, cost is 9.50€ and will generally take 40 minutes to one hour. From Montparnasse the ride is 55 minutes, take M4 direction Porte d´Orléans, transfer at Denfert Rochereau to the next RER B to Roissy/CDG (there are northbound trains which do not go to CDG so make sure you board the correct train).

4. Assuming you are taking a transatlantic flight from CDG, do not underestimate the time required to guarantee your making your flight; plan on being at the airport at least 3 hours before scheduled departure, earlier if you have tax refunds to process.

5. The easiest transportation option is taxi which anyone who asks about carrying luggage should consider. Plan on 60€ from origins near Montparnasse. Reserve the night before for an early departure the next day:

Taxi G7
www.taxig7.com
English speaking operator 01 41 27 66 99

Taxi G7 also has a shared ride service called Wecab:

www.wecab.com/
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Mar 18th, 2013, 05:30 AM
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Are you transporting the bikes? I assume not much luggage given the mentioned bike trip.

You've received good recommendations IMO.
If you want the most hassle-free method to the airport then the ordered-ahead cab might be easiest.

AF bus works well; they'll put the luggage under the bus for you.
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Mar 18th, 2013, 08:43 PM
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We are not transporting bikes, but it is a guided tour where luggage is moved from point to point and we will have to pack for variable weather conditions, so I suspect our luggage will be normal for a two week trip, but not especially light. (i'm not good at packing light.) I'm not keen on spending 60 euros plus tip for a taxi and the train is awkward with luggage, so the Air France bus sounds good. The luggage goes underneath as I recall. Since the AF bus picks up at Montparnasse, I think the answer is to stay overnight close to the station and the bus stop. I can probably figure out a hotel from TA. I usually stay in the Marais when in Paris, so I don't really know Montparnasse. I would like to spend less than 200 euros but not stay in a dump.

Thanks for the info about buying the tickets in advance. When we arrive in Paris we are going straight to Brive to pick up a rental car for Sarlat, so it sounds like we can get to the train station from CDG the same way.
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