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train from Paris to St jean pied de port

Discussion in 'How to travel from Paris to SJPP' started by mille327, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. mille327

    mille327 New Member

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    I'm sure this question gets asked a lot but i can't find it on any of the forums.

    I'm trying to plan a one day trip from Paris(CDG) to St jean pied de port on Sept 3 2010. It's a Friday, but will it cost more/will there be less trains running on the weekends?

    Is there a way to do it in one day and if so how? links to sites, first hand info, anything is welcome!

    Thanks a ton form a first-timer,
    claire

  2. anniethenurse

    anniethenurse Member Donating Member

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    Hi Claire!
    Welcome to the forum and don´t hesitate to ask any kind of questions you might have!
    The members will kindly help you and willingly share their experiences.

    Here some earlier threads that might be helpful
    traveling-to-from-the-camino/topic6234.html
    traveling-to-from-the-camino/topic6572.html
    traveling-to-from-the-camino/topic6706.html
    el-camino-frances/topic6382.html
    The thread no 6832 guides you through the SNCF- site by translating it from French to English - very helpful if you don´t read French.

    And the train tickets can be bought here:
    http://www.voyages-sncf.com/
    http://www.raileurope.co.uk/

    I checked the SNCF- site quickly and it looks there are 3 trains Sept 3 from Paris Montparnasse all the way to Saint Jean Pied de Port:

    Aller le Vendredi 03/09 entre 07h15 et 15h50 - prix total pour 1 passager
    Départ à 07h15 15h50
    A partir de 90.70 € 75.20 €
    Durée 09h10 06h29

    Aller le Vendredi 03/09 entre 15h50 et 23h10 - prix total pour 1 passager
    Départ à 23h10
    A partir de 95.10 €
    Durée 10h27

    And finally the train services from Bayonne to SJPP have been cancelled due to renovations and repairs on the tracks until June 30. There has been a scheduled bus instead.
    el-camino-frances/topic7341.html#p51307
    Don´t know the situation whether you have to take a bus or if the train is already running...Don´t worry just get yourself to Bayonne and you´ll see.

    I have travelled from Paris to SJPP by train and it is a wonderful way to reach SJPP travelling through the beautiful French landscape, getting youself mentally prepaired for the next day´s hardship when walking across the Pyreneés.

    Buen camino - bon route!
    annie

  3. justine03

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    I checked the SNCF website for a train from Paris to SJPP September 10 and there is apparently only one train leaving at 13h37: CHARLES DE GAULLE 2 TGV (95) - ST JEAN PIED DE PORT (64)? Does that sound right? I thought there was an overnight train. THe one leaving at 1330 also takes over 8 hours, so won't arrive in SJPP til after 10pm, so I worry about finding a hostel that late.

    Is the train station located at CDG?

    tHanks a lot!

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    anniethenurse Member Donating Member

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    There is a night train leaving from Paris Austerlitz at 23.10 arriving at 09.32 in SJPP. You have about 46 min in Bayonne when changing to the local train taking you to SJPP.

    Correct only one train from the airport to SJPP.

    Three trains from Paris Montparnasse to SJPP
    Départ à 07h15 12h10 15h50
    A partir de 47.80 € 73.70 € 75.20 €
    Durée 09h13 07h27 06h33

    In Paris you have to be really sure to get to the right train station (they have about 6 big ones).

    Bon voyage!
    annie

    PS A Metro planner for Paris: http://map.metro-passes.com/paris-metro-map.htm

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    Anniesantiago Well-Known Member Donating Member

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    Oh, consider taking a DAY train from Paris to Bayonne... the scenery you will go through is spectacular!

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    Thank you Claire! I am navigating these train websites much better now.

    Does anyone have experience using the SNCF youth card? Because the adult and youth prices appear to be the same on raileurope.

    ~so many questions~ thanks again!

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    The train from CDG airport goes directly to Bordeaux. You will find there is a train just after 10 am which leaves from Paris Montparnasse and it is easy to get a shuttle or train from airport to Monparnasse. This will get into St Jean around 18.30 pm I think, may be even earlier. Pre book a bed at Esprit du Chemin and you won't have problems, Gitti

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    Hey does anyone know if it is a big production to switch trains at Bayonne before heading out to SJPP?

    My train arrives in Bayonne at 15h03 on Sept 27 and departs Bayonne 7 minutes later at 15h10 for SJPP.

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    Hello,

    The SNCF train station in Bayonne is relatively small. To go from the TGV track to the SJPdP track you simply go down the platform stairs and up again at the local track which is closest to the main entrance and parking lot. The actual number of the platform is shown on the information screens visible throughout the station.

    Each of the past five times that I have taken this route the local train has waited for the TGV to arrive.

    Bon Voyage and Buen Camino!

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