Worried about my flight arriving late into Paris CDG Airport & missing the train. Is it necessary to pre-book train tickets from Paris CDG Airport to Lyon?

I am flying to Paris Charles deGaulle airport and planning to take the train from the airport to Lyon. is it necessary to pre-book my train ticket or can seats be easily obtained at the station?

I am worried about pre-booking and having my plane be late and missing the train,since there is no way to get credit for a ticket if it is not cancelled before the departure time.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 19, 2014 14:44
    Hi Caren,

    With a route such as this even more than others, I would definitely recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Due to high demand, the trains operating between Paris and southern France sell out very quickly, especially the trains that depart right out of the station at the Charles De Gaulle Airport and especially during the busy Spring and Summer travel season. Trains in France can be booked once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    You would purchase tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. When doing your search, you would type the Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport as 'Paris Airport' for it to be recognized by our website.

    You can view a fare's rules and guidelines by clicking on 'View' listed with the fare when you pull up the results of your search. You would then click 'Read More' next to the options under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'.

    Trains between Paris CDG and Lyon (TGV trains) may offer full fare rates that are exchangeable, but they would only be exchangeable up to 2 hours after the train's originally scheduled departure time, and they would only be exchangeable as such if you opt to have the tickets issued as print-at-home tickets (such rates would only be exchangeable prior to the train's scheduled departure if you opt to have the tickets issued as paper tickets or print-at-station tickets.)

    These exchangeable fares would be labeled as 'TGV: French Day Train Adult Plus' after you click on the 'Fully Flexible' option under 'Ticket Flexibility'.

    There are fares on print-at-home tickets exchangeable only up to 1 hour after the train's scheduled departure time generally found under the 'Semi Flexible' option. These exchangeable fares would be labeled as 'French Day Train Leisure' after you click on the 'Semi Flexible' option under 'Ticket Flexibility'.
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