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Camino Bound - Stepping onto the Camino Trail at St Jean Pied de Port

2 sisters flying into CDG or Biarrtz-Anglet Airport?? Stepping onto the Camino from St. Jean pied-de-port. Would a France/Spain Eurail Select Pass be useful, possible bus/taxi usage in both countries.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 08, 2016 16:45
    Hi Lyn,

    There are direct TGV trains from the city of Paris to Biarritz. However, instead of having to commute from the airport into the city, you might prefer to take a high-speed TGV right out of the airport to Bordeaux, where you would switch to another train that would take you to Biarritz. From Bordeaux to Biarritz, there are either TGV trains or regional 'TER' trains. The ride from Paris CDG to Biarritz would take about 6.5 hours in duration.

    If you then need to get to the Biarritz Airport from the station, you would take a bus. The bus service is Chronoplus, and the ride from the station to the airport only takes about 6 to 11 minutes.

    If you need to get to St Jean Pied de Port, the connection from Biarritz would take about 1.5 to 2 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Bayonne along the way.

    What you purchase for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. If you'll only be doing what you mentioned to me, then I would just recommend purchasing regular tickets or a rail pass just for France. Unlike other rail passes, the France Rail Pass, has options for only 1 or 2 days of travel.

    For the France Rail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    With a rail pass, you would still need to purchase reservations on any TGV trains. TGV trains require reservations in addition to a rail pass. In contrast, TER trains don't even accept reservations, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    When doing a search for trains out of the Paris CDG Airport, you would have to type 'Paris Airport' in the field for the departure city. Therefore, for options from Paris CDG to Biarritz, you would do your search from 'Paris Airport' to 'Biarritz'.

    You can also use the search to view schedules for connections from Biarritz to St Jean Pied de Port (via Bayonne). For the segment from Biarritz to Bayonne, there are either TGV trains or TER trains. You would only need reservations if you take one of the TGV trains. All trains from Bayonne to St Jean Pied de Port are TER trains, so the rail pass would be all you'd need to board.

    If you'll be doing much rail travel in Spain, then you could consider getting a rail pass to include Spain, as well. In this case, instead of the France Rail Pass, you would purchase the 2 country option of the 'Eurail Select Pass' to include France and Spain.

    For the Eurail Select Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-select-pass/index.html.
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