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France Train Schedules Itinerary Builder

By | February 14, 2014 | in Schedules Tickets

Update Feb 22, 2013

Gares-en-mouvement.com has removed the itinerary builder from their site and are now asking visitors to use the individual train company sites for searching/building train itineraries.

Here’s the list of itinerary builders for French train companies, in English where available:

  • Transilien – Normal-speed trains serving suburban Paris & cities in Ile-de-France
  • Ter – Normal-speed trains serving departmental regions in France
  • iDTGV – High-speed, often discount, Internet-sales-only branch of TGV train group. Limited destinations principally Paris, Lyon, Avignon, Bordeaux, Nice, Montpellier.
  • TGV Lyria – High-speed Paris Switzerland trains
  • Eurostar – High-speed Paris London trains
  • Thalys – High-speed Paris, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany trains
  • TGV – High-speed trains serving major cities across France
  • Intercities – Normal-speed day & overnight trains serving major cities across France
  • Thello – Normal-speed trains from Paris to Northern Italy

The information below is now out-of-date, but will be kept for posterity.


A powerful new train schedule/itinerary search tool by SNCF is now available at Gares-en-mouvement.com (only in French, see below for instructions on using the site). This site makes it easy to plan a train trip in France. This site is much easier to use than ticket reseller sites when searching for train timetables.  Keep in mind that this site only provides train schedules and itineraries; You cannot buy train tickets from this site.  To buy train tickets, use the official ticket reseller for your country of residence:

The great thing about finding train schedules using Gares-en-Mouvement is that it covers all of France from big cities like Paris, Lyon, Marseille, to the small villages like Beaune, and Chartres all on one website. Furthermore, it covers all the different types of trains you can take in France. There’s no need to switch  websites to find schedules for each different train subsidiary of SNCF: Transilien, Ter, Voyages SNCF, idTGV, Corail Téoz, Corail Lunéa, etc.

However, I would not recommend using Gares-en-Mouvement for train itineraries within a single city such as on the Paris Metro & RER, as the results can be incredibly wrong with itineraries taking days. For train timetable searches within a city, use that city’s public transportation website instead, for example: RATP.fr for Paris, www.tcl.fr for Lyon, www.rtm.fr for Marseille, etc.

How to Search for Train Schedules/Timetables

Start by choosing a station or Gare as your departure city or point.

Then click on the link “Recherche d’horaires” (“Search Schedules”) on the left column of links.

You’ll be presented with a search page with departure point pre-filled and the date of travel set to today.

Enter a city after the “à“.  You should see a list of stations appear below the text box after typing in the city name.  Select your destination station from this list.  Then set your travel date and time of departure.  Finally, click Recherche (“Search”). (If you’re unsure of which destination station you should choose, enter just the city destination and the search tool will automatically select the largest station for the city).

A maximum of 3 train itineraries will be returned with the option of seeing details about each itinerary.

The results are ordered chronologically with the number of connections required (“changements”), and total travel time (“durée”).

Clicking the blue magnifying glass button beside an itinerary will show details of that trip basically each train or connection required.

Each connection will be shown with the type of train or other form of transport (as not all connections are by train, some are by foot or bus):

  • BAN – Banlieue (“Suburban”) train either RER or Transilien train,
  • Ter – Ter/Transilien commuter train,
  • TGV – “Train à Grande Vitesse” / High-speed trains,
  • “Autre mode de transport” – Walking (to make transfers between trains)
  • CAR – Autocar (“bus”)

You can search different starting stations by simply changing the text within the text box beside “Voyage de” (“Trip from”). As you type the name of a city, the site will offer you suggestions of stations which show up automatically below the text box.  This helps prevent spelling mistakes and gives you choices of which stations you can select. For example, typing in “Paris” in the first text box will return a multitude of results whereupon you can use your keyboard’s down arrow to move down the list and press Enter to select the station you wish to depart from.

Buying Train Tickets

Remember that Gares-en-Mouvement is for finding train schedules, not buying train tickets.  For buying train tickets in France, here are the official resellers for your country:

When purchasing tickets, these sites will ask you where you want your tickets delivered.  If your country is different than the region the website is covering, you’ll be redirected to the official reseller for your country of residence and you’ll have to start the ticket search process again.

Paris RER A Train Schedule Stations Interchanges

By | January 10, 2014 | in Attractions Maps RER RER A Schedules

Overview

Paris Disney Going from Paris to Disneyland® Paris? This is your schedule and Marne la Vallée is the Paris Disneyland station. See also help on reading RER schedules. It’s also possible to travel directly from CDG Airport to Disneyland by TGV highspeed train.

RER A Schedule direction (Paris Disneyland) Marne-la-Vallée Chessy, Boissy-St-Léger (PDF – valid as of January 10, 2014)

Going to La Défense business district or central Paris from Disneyland Paris?  Below is your train schedule for east to west RER A trains. See also help on reading RER schedules.

RER A Schedule

RER A Schedule direction (La Défense) Saint-Germain, Cergy, Poissy (PDF – valid as of January 10, 2014)

RER A Line Map with Stations, Zones, Interchanges to other RER and Metro Lines (PDF)

RER A Line Map with Stations

Destinations

Popular destinations along Paris RER A line:

  • Paris Disneyland (formerly called Euro Disney)
  • Chateau de Vincennes – 13th century medieval keep
  • Gare de Lyon – TGV/Transilien trains to Fontainebleau, Lyon, Provence
  • Chatelet-les-Halles Metro/RER Interchange Station
  • Auber – Galleries Lafayette Shopping Center
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile – Arc de Triomphe
  • La Défense – Financial District – Grande Arche de La Défense

Paris RER B Schedule Stations Interchanges

By | January 10, 2014 | in Maps RER RER B Schedules

Paris RER B Trains travel from CDG Airport to central Paris. Below are downloadable / printable schedules for RER B trains from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris and from Paris to Orly Airport (ORY) which requires a connection from RER B’s Antony station to the Orlyval train servicing Orly Airport terminals West & South. (Schedules current as of January 2013.)

RER B Schedule / Timetable

From Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport to Paris

From Paris Gare du Nord station to CDG Airport

*Due to construction until April 18, 2014, the last RER B train departs CDG Terminal 2 station at 22:55 (10:55 PM). Similarly, the last RER B from Gare du Nord towards CDG Airport Terminal 2 station, departs Gare du Nord at 22:44 (10:44 PM).

Popular Destinations along RER B Train line

Popular destinations found along RER B train line from Aéroport Charles de Gaulle towards Paris:

Overview

RER B Train Schedule CDG to Paris to Orly (Direction Robinson, Antony, St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse) (PDF valid as of January 10, 2014)

If you’re arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport and wish to travel to central Paris by train, this is your schedule.  See also the instructions on traveling from CDG Terminal 2 to Paris by train and CDG Terminal 1 to Paris.

If you’re traveling from Paris to Orly Airport by RER B train, this is also your schedule.  Your stop will be Antony station, where you must transfer to Orlyval (dedicated) train towards Orly Airport terminals.  There’s an additional fee for the Orlyval train.  See Paris to Orly by train for additional information.

If you’re traveling on the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) or a holiday, please refer to the weekend/holiday RER B Train Schedule.

RER B Train Schedule Paris to CDG (Direction Mitry-Claye, Aéroport Charles de Gaulle) (PDF) – Schedule for trains leaving central Paris going towards Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminals 1 & 3 (stop: Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1) and Terminal 2 (stop: Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 – TGV).  See also the instructions on traveling from central Paris to CDG Airport by train.

If you’re traveling on the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) or a holiday, please refer to the weekend/holiday RER B Train Schedule.

RER B (Airport) Line Map with Stations, Zones, Interchanges to other RER and Metro Lines (PDF)