What if your flight is delayed? Purchasing tickets for the TGV from CDG to La Rochelle.

I am purchasing tickets for the TGV from CDG to La Rochelle. If the flight is delayed, can I use the same ticket on the next train, or does it have to be exchanged? Do these trains ever sell out?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 20, 2017 16:48
    Hi Michael,

    Most connections from Paris CDG Airport to La Rochelle involve taking the RER into the city of Paris first. To get into the city, you would take Line B of the RER to the Châtelet–Les Halles station. At Châtelet–Les Halles, you would switch to M4 of the Paris Métro, which you would take to the Montparnasse station, from where the trains to La Rochelle depart. You would pay to ride the RER and Métro locally when you're there. The connection from the airport to the Montparnasse station would take at least 55 minutes in duration. The RER trains depart every 7 to 15 minutes.

    You would purchase tickets for your train from the city of Paris to La Rochelle by doing a search under 'Find Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    The trains from Paris to La Rochelle are high-speed TGV trains. 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.

    It is possible for TGV trains to sell out.
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