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Train connection at Bordeaux

astonjd

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Hello, I'm travelling to StJPdP, by train, next week. The Paris train gets me to Bordeaux at 14.22 and the train for Bayonne leaves at 14.27. That's 5 minutes to get off, find the machine to composter le billet, find the Bayonne train and get on it.

Is it do-able or should I just say "manana", get the next train and stop in Bayonne that night? (The 14.27 is essential if I am to get the last train to St Jean that day). If anyone has any knowledge of Bordeaux station eg is it immense like Victoria or a two-platform place like my home town, that would help me know what to expect.

Many thanks

Joanne
 
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mspath

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Hello Joanne,

Buy your tickets in Paris for SJPdP via Bordeaux and Bayonne. You will receive one ticket through to Bayonne and another for Bayonne to SJPdP. Once you punch the Bayonne ticket in Paris you need not punch it again in Bordeaux. The Bayonne train generally leaves from the same platform in Bordeaux as the Paris-Bordeaux arrives on. In Bayonne the SJPdP train leaves from the track closest to the front of the station. It generally waits for connecting trains. Buen Camino!

Margaret
 

astonjd

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Margaret - my tickets are Eurostar From St Pancras through to Bordeaux then SNCF from there. It was cheaper that way. Could I still punch the Bayonne ticket in Paris, do you know?

Thanks

Joanne
 

mspath

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Joanne,

How many separate tickets pieces have you? What time does your Eurostar arrives at the Gare de Nord? Your TGV train to Bordeaux appears to be no. 8417 and departs from the Gare Montparnasse which is across the river. Allow at least one hour to make the connection. You can punch the ticket for Bordeaux and for Bayonne in Paris at Montparnasse. Punch the ticket for SJPdP at Bayonne. Keep all tickets until you arrive at SJPdP.

Good luck!

Margaret
 

astonjd

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Margaret - you are being very helpful and patient.

I haven't got the Eurostar tickets yet, I have to collect them from St Pancras on the day. But the journey is dep 05.25, arr 08.50 then the 8417 as you say, dep 10.50 arr Bordeaux 14.22. So two hours to get to Gare Montparnasse.

The ticket from Bordeaux is a single piece of paper, train 67235 dep Bordeaux 14.27 arr Bayonee 16.17, then train 67317 dep 18.11, arr StJ 19.37.

So you think I could get this Bordeaux-Bayonne-StJ ticket stamped at Paris? As it's all on one, presumably this would composter it for StJ at the same time?

If so, that certainly makes it a lot less fraught at Bordeaux.

Joanne
 
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mspath

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astonjd said:
Margaret - you are being very helpful and patient.

I haven't got the Eurostar tickets yet, I have to collect them from St Pancras on the day. But the journey is dep 05.25, arr 08.50 then the 8417 as you say, dep 10.50 arr Bordeaux 14.22. So two hours to get to Gare Montparnasse.

The ticket from Bordeaux is a single piece of paper, train 67235 dep Bordeaux 14.27 arr Bayonee 16.17, then train 67317 dep 18.11, arr StJ 19.37.

So you think I could get this Bordeaux-Bayonne-StJ ticket stamped at Paris? As it's all on one, presumably this would composter it for StJ at the same time?

If so, that certainly makes it a lot less fraught at Bordeaux.

Joanne

Yes. You can stamp the ticket in any yellow post-like machine found all over the stations. By the way if the TGV trains are more than 30 minutes late you get a refund. If by chance when you arrive in Bayonne you have missed the local train to SJPdP go to the Chief de Station office and ask for a taxi to SJPdP. The SNCF will pay for a taxi if your train is late. The Pilgrim Office in SJPdP at 39 rue de Citadelle stays open until 10 pm to issue your Pilgrim Passport. They will help you find a bunk also. Where are you planning to stay in SJPdP?

Margaret
 

astonjd

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Hello again Mrgaret, I deliveratley haven't made any plans for StJ on the grounds thatI might not get there until the following morning. But theinfo about compostez in Paris and the taxi is most helpful - I owe you one

Best

Joanne
 

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