Normandy to Wales

We will be traveling from Bayeux to Carmarthen Wales in one day. How much time should we allow between trains because of transferring stations and customs all along the way? Are trains generally on time? we will be traveling Sept 28th. is that a very busy time? I also tried booking all the way through and it doesn't appear I can do that. Seems I have to break up the request from city to city. is that correct?
Any suggestions would help.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 01, 2016 20:01
    Hi Nina,

    The most common and feasible connections from Bayeux to Carmarthen would take at least about 13 hours in duration and involve 3 train changes along the way; once in Paris, once in London, and then once in either Swansea, Cardiff, or Newport. There does currently happen to be one direct train from London to Carmarthen in the early evening.

    You would purchase tickets by entering a route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, www.raileurope.com. On our website, a connection such as this would have to be pieced together. Therefore, you would do one search for trains from Bayeux to Paris, another search for connecting trains from Paris to London, and then you can do another search for the segment from London to Carmarthen.

    Direct trains from Paris to Bayeux are 'Intercité' trains. Trains from Paris to London are high-speed 'Eurostar' trains. Trains from London to Carmarthen/Swansea/Cardiff/Newport are 'Great Western Railway' trains.

    When you pull up the results of your searches, you will see that trains from Bayeux to Paris arrive into the St Lazare station in Paris, while trains from Paris to London depart from the Nord station. To commute from the St. Lazare station to the Nord station via Paris public transit, you would take Line E of the local RER train network. The ride on Line of the RER from St. Lazare to Nord only takes about 5 minutes, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 1.5 hours between your arrival from Bayeux and your departure to London. You would pay to board the RER locally when you're there.

    You will also see that trains from Paris to London arrive into the St Pancras station, while connections from London to Carmarthen depart from the Paddington station. To commute from the St. Pancras station to the Paddington station, you would take the Circle Line of the Tube. The ride on the Tube from St. Pancras to Paddington would take about 15 minutes in duration, but you would still want to allow yourself at least 50 to 60 minutes between your arrival from Paris and your departure to Carmarthen/Swansea/Cardiff/Newport. Just like the RER in Paris, you would pay to board the Tube locally when you're there.
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