Train from CDG to Avignon

Old Mar 20th, 2004, 07:43 AM
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Train from CDG to Avignon

Hi there! From reading around these posts I've determined there is a train station at the CDG airport? I have a few questions about it...

What is the name of the station? And is there a TGV train to Avignon from there?

How do you get to the train station from the airport?

How much time do I need between connections?

I've read about the Prems fares available from the SNCF website, are there ever any Prems fares for this particular route? I notice they are some from Paris, but I'm guessing Gare du Nord.

Thanks so much!
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 08:24 AM
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Hi C,

You will find maps of CDG at http://www.adp.fr/webadp/a_cont01.nsf/[email protected]&cle=X5005A05A4.html

The TGV station is between Halls C/D and E/F.

The station is CDG aeroport or CDG airport.

Look for PREM fares at http://www.voyages-sncf.com/
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 08:39 AM
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The TGV from Paris to Avignon leaves from the Gare de Lyon.
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 09:05 AM
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Cindy, I have recently been checking and getting reservations to and from CDG to Avignon. After you get on the SCNF website hit "information and booking". Then type in "Airport CDG 2 TGV" in the departing from box - and Avignon TGV in the arriving at box. You can get schedules this way. However, they don't take reservations on site more than 2 months ahead. And they don't post "prem" prices before 2 months. The prices change constantly during this 2 month period. I was able to get a 25 euro price to Avignon, but on the return haven't seen anything less than 60 euros for "prems". I'm going to keep checking! By the way, ALL the prices change constantly, not just prems.
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 09:07 AM
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Hi Cindy,

The Train station is called : AEROPORT CDG 2 TGV and as Ira said is located withing the airport itself. Depending on your terminal you would either walk or take a shuttle bus.

There are direct trains from the CDG 2 TGV station to Avignon. It takes about 3h11mins. An alternate would be to take the train from Gare de Lyon in Paris as Underhill pointed out. If you are taking the train direct from a flight then it would be easiest to use the airport station.

Not sure if there are Prems or not. I know there are Prems from Gare de Lyon.
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 09:30 AM
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I've never seen a PREMs fare from CDG to Avignon, only from Gare de Lyon, but come to think of it, they ought to offer them.

cindy: If you're flying into Terminal 2, the train station is right there. Just look for signs saying Gare SNCF. It's a bit of a hike through the airport, but there are people movers. I'd still allow a minimum of an hour after your plane lands, as you'll need to stand in line to pick up your tickets ven if you order them online.

If you fly into Terminal 1, you'll have to take the shuttle bus (yellow) from the lower level of the airport. For that I'd allow 90 minutes to 2 hours.
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 02:40 PM
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Thanks so much everyone! This has been such a wonderful resource!
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Has anyone taken this train in or out of "Aeroport CDG 2 TGV" recently?

I did take the TGV from CDG to Avignon in 1999, but today this is the message I get on the SCNF site when searching for schedules between Aeroport CDG 2 TGV and Avignon (either direction): "Your journey is not sold on the site because it requires more than 3 changes, please ask at the station."

I get the same message between Lyon (the city) and Aeroport CDG 2 TGV. I remember the TGV stopping in Lyon on the way from CDG to Avignon last time, and that is the segment I'm really interested in because we are spending a few days in Lyon on the way back (from Provence) to Paris and planned to take the train directly to CDG for our final overnight - we already have reservations at a hotel near the airport.

Maybe the SCNF site is just having problems today, but if not, and SCNF has eliminated the direct route from Lyon and Avignon to CDG I'm bummed, but does this mean we have to take the train to Gare de Lyon and change trains, or what? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 07:17 PM
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Leegull, I leaving for France Tuesday, and am taking the TGV direct from CDG to Avignon. The scnf just must be having problems today, as I can't imagine them cutting that train service (or to Lyon) - these are very popular train routes. Keep checking the site.
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 07:29 PM
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TGV to Avignon from CDG. Is this true?
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 07:46 PM
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Why not look up an online timetable like the one on www.bahn.de or other national rail timetables?

CDG to Avignon:
TGV 5110/5111 10:11-13:21
TGV 9826/9827 11:24-14:20
TGV 5114/5115 14:04-17:14

Etc...
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 07:55 PM
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I just got several quotes for the TGV from CDG to Avignon with no problem, choosing a date in mid-may. One is at 10:11 am and another at 11:24. There is another one with a change in Lyon at 1:11.

I think the persons who had problems could have put in the wrong dates or locations or something. For example, if you specify tomorrow, there may be nothing much left but some itinerary that requires 3 changes, perhaps.
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 08:01 PM
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So, Christina, all from CDG are not direct to Avignon?
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Thanks for the ideas. But I am still not able to get schedules from Lyon to CDG on the SCNF site, even trying several different dates in May and June.

So, I looked up schedules on Rail Europe and found many scheduled trains from Lyon to CDG on my desired date. I found the Rail Europe site to be more user-friendly than SCNF.com, even telling me that I have to leave from Lyon Part Dieu to get to CDG; trains from Lyon Perrache supposedly only go to Gare de Lyon.

Sue4, are you taking the TGV from Avignon back to CDG on the return leg of your trip? If so, be sure to tell us after you get back that SCNF is still running trains on that route! Thanks again and have a wonderful trip.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 09:19 AM
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help! I am also trying to book the TGV from CDG to Avignon on the voyages-scnf website (thanks MorganB for your excellent directions) and keep getting the message "your journey is not sold on this site bc it requires more than 3 changes, please ask at the station". Am I doing something wrong? I am searching Aeroport CDG 2 TGV to Avignon TGV.
If I am unable to book this online would it be better to book from Gare de Lyon to Avignon?
A final question . . . there are many references to the TGV lines at CDG. If we print our tix in advance from the website we do not need to wait in this line, correct??
thanks!
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 09:34 AM
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kks--when are you trying to book a ticket? If it is too far out, the tickets may not be available for purchase yet (I think it's somthing like 60 or 90 days), and instead of just saying that, they give you some irrelevant error message.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 09:51 AM
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kks, maybe if you were explicit about what you are trying to do, someone could help. You don't give any dates or class, for example.

I don't know what one would do to get such a message (about 3 changes from CDG to Avignon), as I have never seen such a message for that route, and I just tried that route for an allowed date and a date too far out, and neither one gives a message like that.

The allowed date shows numerous trains all day (some post back in 2004 above says there are no PREMS from CDG to Avignon, and maybe there didn't used to be, but there are definitely now, as I just got a list of them on the date I tried). None of these routes have more than one change (at Lyon), and many have none.

For the date too far out, it gives a message saying there are no outbound trains in the timeband that you have indicated. I did all this on the English SNCF page, also, in case it did something differant than the French, which I always use without any problems like these. But the English site right now doesn't seem to have any problems in this regard. I just put in Roissy as departure point and Avignon as arrival and got tons of schedules. It might help to put in Avignon TGV, actually, to avoid all the ones going to Avignon Centre.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 09:59 AM
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I took the TGV directly from CDG to Avignon back in 2002, direct, no changes. I do know there were other trains that did require a change. You'll need to check to see how many are direct. If memory serves me, there were only a couple per day that were direct, but again, that was several years ago.

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Train travel in Europe is easy. Even if you don't book in advance -- walk up to the counter, ask politely if the clerk speaks English (for best results, ask in the local language -- you don't have to be fluent, but 'please', 'thank you', and 'do you speak English' go a long way) and purchase your ticket. If you've already bought your ticket, and miss your train, it's usually no problem to have your ticket validated on the next train.

If you're a first-timer and intimidated, Rail Europe charges a premium for their tickets, but you can call a US operator and discuss your plans with an English-speaking American travel agent.

And relax -- while there are exceptions everywhere, French people are anything but rude, and any SNCF employee will help you if you ask nicely.

(not French, don't speak French fluently)

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:13 AM
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Yes, the SNCF website is very, very finicky. I've booked two trips from CDG to Avignon via TGV the last couple of years, and I always (always!) enter "ROISSY" instead of "Aeroport CDG 2 TGV" for the departure station and "AVIGNON" for the destination. Oddly, when SNCF returns the schedules and dates, it lists the departure station as "Aeroport CDG 2 TGV". Thus the confusion and frustration!
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