Delayed Flights into CDG for a trip to Arras

I am travelling alone with 2 young children scheduled to arrive at CDG on April 7 and need a train to Arras. I would like to book the train leaving 2 hours after my scheduled arrival at CDG but am worried what happens if my flight is delayed will I lose my seats or can I use the tickets for the next train? i want to avoid extra time at the airport with the children if I can make the train 2 hours later (which is the next available train after my arrival)
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 11, 2017 17:50
    Hi Michelle,

    At the airport itself, the time it takes to get from the gate to the trains can depend on several factors. I would recommend allowing a time that is comparable to the amount of time it would take you to walk through your typical major 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 the early afternoon and then in the evening, there are direct TGV trains to Arras that depart right out of the Paris CDG Airport.

    In the morning, all connections from Paris CDG to Arras would have you first commuting into the city of Paris.To do so, you would take Line B of the local RER network to the Paris Nord station. At the Nord station, you would switch to a high-speed TGV train that would take you directly up to Arras. RER trains depart once every 7-15 minutes throughout the day, and the ride from CDG to Nord takes about 30-35 minutes. You pay to take the RER locally right before boarding.

    You would purchase tickets for a TGV from either the CDG Airport to Arras or the city of Paris to Arras under 'Find Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, When searching for trains that depart right out of the CDG Airport, you would type 'Paris Airport' in the field for the departure city. Therefore, your search would be from 'Paris Airport' to 'Arras'. When searching for trains departing from the city of Paris, you would just type 'Paris'. Therefore, your search would be from 'Paris' to 'Arras'.

    The tickets you purchase would be for the specific train you choose. However, with regard to TGV trains, certain rates are able to be exchanged locally. If you opt to have the tickets issued as print-at-home tickets or print-at-station tickets, TGV trains generally offer certain rates that are exchangeable up to 2 hours after the train's scheduled departure time. Please note, if you opt to have your tickets issued as paper tickets, these same rates would only be exchangeable before the train's scheduled departure, which would not do you any good in the case of a missed train.

    You would view a fare's rules and guidelines by clicking the 'View' button for the fares of the departure time you want. When you click 'View', a box will expand below with the 'Ticket Flexibility' options. The exchangeable fare I described above would generally be found under the 'Flexible' or 'Fully Flexible' option under 'Ticket Flexibility'. To verify, you would click 'Read More' for the 'Flexible' or 'Fully Flexible' option and the fare should be labeled as ''TGV: French Day Train Adult' or 'TGV: French Day Train Adult Plus'. The flexible 1st class rates on such trains would generally be found under the 'Premier' heading for fares, while the 2nd class rates would be found under the 'Economy' heading for fares.

    Generally, trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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