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Train from Lyon to Le Puy

bobmar

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Frances hope to do Le Puy to St John Pied Porte 2015
Can any one please advise re buying train tickets. I will be arriving in Lyon 25 August by plane 15.05. I have booked the tickets for the tram to the train station. But need to know can I just purchase tickets for the train at the station. I know that it is possible to buy tickets on line but I am worried that these might be tied to a specific time. I would like to be able to just take the first available train but can't be certain of the time that I will arrive at the station.
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Siobhan02

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Frances May-June 2014
Le Puy Sept 2016
You can buy tickets at the station, they may be cheaper online though, they always have been for me. Of course you run the risk of a full train.
 

TMcA

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Pamplona to Santiago (2013)
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Of course, you can buy your ticket in Lyon at the Lyon Part Dieu station...

Looking at the SNCF site and your arrival time on August 25, there is only one train for you. It leaves Lyon Part Dieu station at 17.06 and arrives in Le Puy at 19.17. The Rhone Express will stop at Lyon Part Dieu. So you will have two hours to deplane, go through French immigration and customs, walk to the Rhone Express station, and take the Rh. Expr. into Lyon.

I purchased my tickets online and directly from SNCF until my last trip. Then my U.S. credit card would not work. Through comments on this board I became aware of Capitaine Train and used them to buy my ticket (and my wife's) last May. With Capitaine Train you just print your ticket on your home printer and present it to the conductor. Capitaine Train will answer your question about the ticket's validity for a future train (in case you are delayed). They respond to questions in English and, based on my experience, do so promptly. I recommend you query them and you can also ask whether a seat on the 17.06 train can be reserved (I don't think there are reserved seats on this train).

Bon chemin.
 
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cait

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Oporto to Santiago ( June 2009)
Le Puy to Figeac (Sept. 2013)
Figeac to Aire sur l'Adour (Sept./Oct 2015)
I did that journey in September 2013. I had also booked from airport to train station and then bought tickets at the station for Le Puy. This October we are returning to continue our journey from Figeac to Aire-sur l'Adour - this time flying into and out of Toulouse. Looking at the scnf website for the return journey to Toulouse from Aire sur l'adour it looks like a bus to Pau and then change to train for Toulouse. However I notice 2 different addresses for the bus station in Aire. If anyone has taken public transport from Aire to Toulouse I'd appreciate some advice.
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bobmar

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Frances hope to do Le Puy to St John Pied Porte 2015
You can buy tickets at the station, they may be cheaper online though, they always have been for me. Of course you run the risk of a full train.
Thanks Siobhan, I'm going to check out the on line option I may be able to get an open ticket that allows me to take any train.
 
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bobmar

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Frances hope to do Le Puy to St John Pied Porte 2015
Of course, you can buy your ticket in Lyon at the Lyon Part Dieu station...

Looking at the SNCF site and your arrival time on August 25, there is only one train for you. It leaves Lyon Part Dieu station at 17.06 and arrives in Le Puy at 19.17. The Rhone Express will stop at Lyon Part Dieu. So you will have two hours to deplane, go through French immigration and customs, walk to the Rhone Express station, and take the Rh. Expr. into Lyon.

I purchased my tickets online and directly from SNCF until my last trip. Then my U.S. credit card would not work. Through comments on this board I became aware of Capitaine Train and used them to buy my ticket (and my wife's) last May. With Capitaine Train you just print your ticket on your home printer and present it to the conductor. Capitaine Train will answer your question about the ticket's validity for a future train (in case you are delayed). They respond to questions in English and, based on my experience, do so promptly. I recommend you query them and you can also ask whether a seat on the 17.06 train can be reserved (I don't think there are reserved seats on this train).

Bon chemin.
 

bobmar

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Frances hope to do Le Puy to St John Pied Porte 2015
Of course, you can buy your ticket in Lyon at the Lyon Part Dieu station...

Looking at the SNCF site and your arrival time on August 25, there is only one train for you. It leaves Lyon Part Dieu station at 17.06 and arrives in Le Puy at 19.17. The Rhone Express will stop at Lyon Part Dieu. So you will have two hours to deplane, go through French immigration and customs, walk to the Rhone Express station, and take the Rh. Expr. into Lyon.

I purchased my tickets online and directly from SNCF until my last trip. Then my U.S. credit card would not work. Through comments on this board I became aware of Capitaine Train and used them to buy my ticket (and my wife's) last May. With Capitaine Train you just print your ticket on your home printer and present it to the conductor. Capitaine Train will answer your question about the ticket's validity for a future train (in case you are delayed). They respond to questions in English and, based on my experience, do so promptly. I recommend you query them and you can also ask whether a seat on the 17.06 train can be reserved (I don't think there are reserved seats on this train).

Bon chemin.
Thanks, I will check it out with Captaine Train to see if there is an open ticket that I can purchase. I think I should be able to make the 17.06 train but am concerned that there could be a delay. Will keep you posted. Thanks
 

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Maggie Ramsay
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Santiago de Compostela (2005) Via Francigena (2010) Le Puy to St Jean (2014)
Yes, it is easy. And at the train station there is a very friendly and helpful information office, we used it in 2014 when we were there.
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bobmar

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Past OR future Camino
Frances hope to do Le Puy to St John Pied Porte 2015
Thanks, I will check it out with Captaine Train to see if there is an open ticket that I can purchase. I think I should be able to make the 17.06 train but am concerned that there could be a delay. Will keep you posted. Thanks
Thanks have checked it with Captaine Train, you were right they did provide a quick response. Apparently the train is TER and there are no reserved seats and a ticket will be valid for up to 7 days so no need to worry re possible delay.
 
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bobmar

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Past OR future Camino
Frances hope to do Le Puy to St John Pied Porte 2015
Yes, it is easy. And at the train station there is a very friendly and helpful information office, we used it in 2014 when we were there.
Maggie Ramsay
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Thanks Maggie that is very helpful. I also checked this with a Captaine Train they advise that as the train does not have reserved seating a ticket would be valid for up to 7 days. I like your idea of using a friendly and helpful information office so will probably wait until I arrive. Best regards Bobmar
 

billmclaughlin

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SJPP/Burgos 2012; Le Puy/SJPP 2013; Aumont Aubrac/Aire sur l'Adour 2014; Burgos/Santiago 2016.
I have taken the SNCF bus from Aire sur l'Adour to Pau. It makes more than one stop in Aire. Both addresses are probably good.

The most likely stop you'll be using is right alongside the bridge that the GR65 crosses as it enters Aire.

If you have time, Pau is a fine place to spend a decompressing overnight.
 

cait

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Oporto to Santiago ( June 2009)
Le Puy to Figeac (Sept. 2013)
Figeac to Aire sur l'Adour (Sept./Oct 2015)
I have taken the SNCF bus from Aire sur l'Adour to Pau. It makes more than one stop in Aire. Both addresses are probably good.

The most likely stop you'll be using is right alongside the bridge that the GR65 crosses as it enters Aire.

If you have time, Pau is a fine place to spend a decompressing overnight.
Thanks for that Bill - I hadn't considered a night in Pau but it's an option if time permits. We have 16 days from Figeac to Aire taking the Cele route. We will take each day as it comes booking accommodation along the way.
 

billmclaughlin

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Past OR future Camino
SJPP/Burgos 2012; Le Puy/SJPP 2013; Aumont Aubrac/Aire sur l'Adour 2014; Burgos/Santiago 2016.
That's "enough" time, but much will depend on your pace and the weather.

If you arrive in Aire in time for the last bus at 13:14, I'd recommend skipping rather unremarkable Aire and spending that night in Pau. The views of the Pyrenees are exhilarating.
 

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