Getting from CDG to Limoges by train, then a local rental car?

We (2 adults) will be visiting the Haute Vienne area of France outside Limoges a few times each year, flying over from the U.S. We think flying into CDG will get us the best trans-Atlantic airfares. With that in mind, we're trying to figure out how reasonable (as in convenient and inexpensive) it might be to train from CDG to Limoges (or Poitiers or Angouleme or ?) and back? Once there, we need a rental car. Our questions are:
1. What's the best way to get from CDG airport in Paris to Limoges by train?
2. What's the best way to secure a 2-4 week car rental from the Limoges train station?
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  • Hi David,

    For the train portion, you can go to our home page at www.raileurope.com and put in Paris Airport to Limoges or Portier and put in a date with in 90 days and click search for the fares and schedules. This will give you an idea of times and fares.

    We do not book car rentals so I would not know what the cost would be. However, you can visit autoeurope.com and they would be able to price out cars for you for the time needed.

    Please let us know if you need anything further.

    Thanks,
    Jen
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  • I’m confused
    Thanks for the reply. Here's my confusion. I understand CDG airport is a nightmare. On top of that is the different railways and rail stations. So what, I'm looking for is a child's instruction of how to go from customs at CDG airport to the right railway terminal that will get me from CDG to Limoges by train(s). If I have to change train stations/trains, I need to know that as well.

    I did go to the raileurope.com site and got an example of a trip between CDG (again, CDG is so big and confusing, what station at CDG or do I have to connect from CDG to another rail station in Paris?), but what I would like is to be able to see the daily/weekly schedule of trains connecting from CDG to Limoges as opposed of having to select a single time. If I have the latter, I will be better able to plan my trip ahead of time. Thanks.

    Dave McDougall

    Seattle, WA
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 02, 2014 18:33
    Hi David,

    There is actually only one direct train per day to Limoges from the station at the Paris CDG Airport, and it departs in the evening. Otherwise, if you wish to depart earlier, you would first have to commute by local 'RER' train into the city of Paris in order to catch a train that will take you to Limoges. For the direct trains from the city of Paris to Limoges, you would type 'Paris' in the field for the departure city (as opposed to 'Paris Airport') when doing a search on our website to purchase tickets and check schedules. Therefore, you would click on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and search for trains from 'Paris' to 'Limoges'.

    Our schedule search does not limit users to view trains 'one-at-a-time', as the results will show all trains for the specific date you searched. You would just scroll through these results to view trains departing at various times. Also, you can click 'Earlier Trains' or 'Later Trains' as needed (underneath the list of schedules that pull up).

    To commute from the CDG Airport into the city of Paris, you would take Line B of the local RER train to the St. Michel stop. To catch one of these trains, you would just follow the signs for 'RER' transportation, or else you can inquire at an information desk. If you'd like to have a visual beforehand, I would recommend doing a search online for a map of the Paris CDG Airport. The rail station is located in Terminal 2, and there is an automated tram that will transport you between terminals.

    The RER trip from the airport to St. Michel would take about 40 to 45 minutes in duration and the trains depart every 7 to 15 minutes. At the St Michel station, you would connect to M10 of the Paris Métro, which you would take directly over to the Austerlitz station, where the direct trains to Limoges depart from. The ride on the Métro from the St. Michel station to the Austerlitz station only takes about 5 to 10 in duration. You would pay to board the RER and the Métro locally at the turnstiles upon arrival.
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