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truenorthpilgrim

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Hello fellow Le Puy-ers,

I am contemplating, for the sake of cost, bussing from Paris CDG, to Lyon instead of the train. But I loooove taking trains in Europe. Anyone done a bus ride from Paris to Lyon?

Merci.
 

davebugg

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Hello fellow Le Puy-ers,

I am contemplating, for the sake of cost, bussing from Paris CDG, to Lyon instead of the train. But I loooove taking trains in Europe. Anyone done a bus ride from Paris to Lyon?

Merci.
I am like one of Pavlov's dogs salivating at the ring of a bell when it comes to buses. The mere mention of a bus ride brings a kneejerk shiver of distaste from how uncomfortable and cramped I get sitting on a bus. Even European buses. Trains, OK. Planes, OK. Mule, OK. Bus, arrrrgh. :) All I thought about was how much recovery I would need after I stumbled off of the bus. 🤔

So much for anything really relevant to the actual information you need. Sorry :)
 

truenorthpilgrim

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I am like one of Pavlov's dogs salivating at the ring of a bell when it comes to buses. The mere mention of a bus ride brings a kneejerk shiver of distaste from how uncomfortable and cramped I get sitting on a bus. Even European buses. Trains, OK. Planes, OK. Mule, OK. Bus, arrrrgh. :) All I thought about was how much recovery I would need after I stumbled off of the bus. 🤔

So much for anything really relevant to the actual information you need. Sorry :)
No, I get it. Every single time I get on a bus, I either get nauseous or toss my cookies. I’m also considering the length of the ride and it’s an 8+ hour ride with about an 11pm arrival. I just may go on Le train.
 

Jan_D

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Erm.... 2 hours by train, as opposed to 8 hours by bus?? (ha ha just saw your post come in as I was writing, seems you have the same info)

I definitely think it's worth the extra expense for the train. If you are really on a tight budget, however, I would not recommend Flixbus. They seem to be taking over the European bus network at the moment, using the same model as budget airlines. But their service is really shocking. I used them twice last month, and had two very regrettable experiences. Ouibus seems to have a much better track record.
 

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