Around €50, depending on traffic.
Dear Nick, considering your two posts on my dilemma, I think taking a train from Rouen to St Lazare and then a taxi to CDG would be easier than starting at 6 am to go to Lille. Thank you very much for this helpful information. Are all trains throughout Europe on this "Southwest Airlines" model, where you have 8 different fares and the good ones always sell out first? Is there no such thing any longer as traveling spontaneously by train at the last minute? This is very sad to me. I don't want to have to plan every detail 3 months in advance.
In France, all the fast trains have prices that start low and go up as each price bucket sells out. The slower trains have fixed prices.
Although Rouen-CDG involved TGV travel, and therefore should have been booked early, the trains from Rouen to Paris do not have discounts for advance purchase, and there is absolutely no point in buying tickets for these trains in advance. Buy them in Rouen.
In many other countries, fares are the same no matter when you buy. If you really want the detail, see www.seat61.com
Hello and thank you again. I wrote to the Rouen tourisme office, and they sent me a message saying I should take a train frmo Rouen to St Lazare, and then the RER B to CDG. This implies I would not have to get over to Gare de Lyon, as others have suggested. So I am still confused.
Trains from Rouen arrive at Gare St Lazare in Paris. There are no direct trains from St Lazare to CDG. You would have to take RER Line E one stop to Magenta station. This station is connected to Gare du Nord, from where you take RER Line B to CDG.
So, despite what the Rouen tourist office says, you still have to get from Gare St Lazare to Gare du Nord.
The transfer from St. Lazare to CDG is really not that complicated. We did it in reverse, but I've turned around our experience and here's how I would do it:
1) Take the RER E from St. Lazarre to Gare du Nord and the RER B to CDG; or
2) Take Metro line 14 from St. Lazarre to Chatelet and the RER B to CDG.
There are elevators or escalators along the way and signs direct you to where you need to go. IMO, it's doable. We did it with may too much luggage than most travelers should carry and we're empty nesters. Save your 50 Euros.
I will consider it! Thank you. It will depend on how much time we feel we have, and if we feel at all rushed, we might just have to get in a cab. But I appreciate very much the advice, and I generally love taking public transit, especially in Paris, but with luggage and feeling stressed, I will just have to see. Thanks to all on this topic!
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