Booking train from Paris Montparnasse to Bayonne after flying into CDG from Montreal

Hello, we are flying from Montreal in September to CDG. Our plan is to book a train from Montparnasse to Bayonne. My concern is choosing the correct train departure time considering the possibility of delayed international flight and getting to the train station. We are scheduled to arrive at CDG at 9:45 Sept 6th. Train schedules are not open for that date yet. I am looking for suggestions and also unsure about the consequences if we are late. Can we get on another later train if we somehow miss what I'm going to book?I am thinking of a train departure time of 3 PM or so. If the flight is on time, does that give us enough time to get through immigration as Canadians, get to Montparnasse and make a 3 PM train?thank youM McNeill
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 13, 2019 19:04
    Hi,

    There are no trains to Bayonne that leave right from the Paris CDG Airport. First, you would have to commute into the city of Paris. Trains from Paris to Bayonne do depart from the Montparnasse station in Paris.

    To commute from Paris CDG Airport to the Paris Montparnasse station, you would take Line B of Paris's RER commuter rail network to the Châtelet–Les Halles stop. At Châtelet–Les Halles, you would switch to M4 of the Métro to the Montparnasse station. To ride the RER and Métro, you would just pay locally before you board. The connection from CDG to the Montparnasse station takes at least 55-60 minutes, and the RER trains depart every 7 to 15 minutes.

    At the airport itself, the time it takes to get from the gate to the trains can depend on several factors. I would just recommend allowing a time that is comparable to the amount of time it would take for you to walk through a typical major North American airport and retrieve luggage. It is also recommended that you allow an additional hour to get through customs if your flight is arriving from overseas.

    In France, the most flexible fares are only able to be exchanged locally up to the train's scheduled departure, which would not do you any good in the case of a delayed flight.

    You would take this all into account when deciding on a departure time to book.

    You would purchase tickets from Paris to Bayonne by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.ca.

    When the results of your search display, you would view a particular fare's refund/exchange policy by clicking on the fare and then clicking on 'Fare details' within the information box that expands out underneath.

    Generally, trains in France can only be booked within 90 days of an intended departure date. Since your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you can use an earlier date (some time within the next 90 days) to get an idea of the ticket costs and schedules in the meantime. Travel for early September should then become available to book within the next few weeks or so.

    Trains from Paris to Bayonne are high-speed TGV trains.
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