Monthly Archives: May 2008

Train Times Paris to Fontainebleau

Paris by Train has recently posted train schedules for traveling from Paris to Fontainebleau-Avon, which will be of particular interest to those traveling to:

  • INSEAD International Business School
  • Chateau Fontainebleau
  • do some bouldering and climbing in the Forest of Fontainebleau or Bois Le Roi

Aeroport Charles de Gaulle to Versailles

To get from airport CDG directly to Versailles, you’ll need to take the RER B train from either Airport Terminal 2 or Terminal 1 train station towards Paris and change trains once at the stop St. Michel/Notre Dame. Here are full detailed instructions on getting to Paris from Charles de Gaulle.

At metro/RER station Saint Michel / Notre Dame, you’ll switch from RER B (blue line) to RER C (yellow line), heading in the direction of Versailles-Rive Gauche. Follow the overhead and wall signs to get to the correct RER C yellow line platform. The signs should read RER C Versailles-Rive Gauche and perhaps other names like Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Once you arrive at the correct train platform, note the black overhead RER train stop panels with plenty of names and yellow squares that may or may not be lit beside them. Each yellow square beside a name means that the next train which arrives at this platform, will stop at those stations along the way to its final destination. Double check that one of these names should say Versailles-Rive Gauche and be lit with a yellow square beside the name. If the name is not lit, but you see it on the panel, the next train will not stop there. Wait until the next train passes and the sign changes to show a lit yellow square beside Versailles-Rive Gauche.

See this page for detailed instructions on getting from Paris to Versailles by train.

Paris Metro Carte Orange Week Pass is now Passe Navigo Découverte

The Paris train and bus transport system, RATP, has stopped selling the Carte Orange week pass / month pass and started selling the Passe Navigo Découverte, which is aimed at visitors and tourists to Paris.

For €5, the Passe Navigo Découverte card can be purchased on the spot at any metro ticket window in Paris, which can then be loaded with 2 to 6 zones of travel, for a week or a month. A 2 Zone Passe Navigo Découverte will cover Paris up to the financial center of La Défense on the western edge of Paris, home of the Grande Arche & Société Générale, to Chateau de Vincennes on the eastern edge of the city, home of the 12th century medieval keep.
A 6 Zone Passe Navigo Découverte is good for trains from Paris out to Chateau Fontainebleau, Chateau Versailles, Euro Disney, Airport Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Terminals 1 and 2 and Airport Paris-Orly (ORY).

Find out more about the Passe Navigo Découverte at Paris by Train.

Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris by Train

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Line => RER B (Blue)

Direction => Aéroport Charles de Gaulle / Mitry – Claye

Arrival Station => Aéroport CDG 1, Aéroport CDG 2 (Zone 5, €8,20)


To get to Airport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) from Paris, use the suburban train line RER B (Blue) at a cost of €8,20, one way, requiring roughly 40 minutes.

Within Paris the RER B line travels from south to north, stopping at Denfert-Rocherau, up past the Luxembourg Gardens (station name: Luxembourg), St. Michel/Nôtre Dame, Châtelet Les Halles, Gare du Nord, then continues north east, making up to 9 more stops on its way to CDG terminals 1 and 2.

Note that not all RER B line trains stop at Charles de Gaulle airport. The easiest way to determine whether the next RER B train arriving at a station goes to CDG is to look at the RER overhead station stop panels on the train platform. If a light is lit next to Aeroport CDG 1 or Aeroport CDG 2 TGV, the next train will stop at the airport. You’ll also be able to tell how many stops the next train will make between Paris and the Airport by counting the number of stations in between Gare du Nord (the last Parisian station) and the airport stations, Terminals 1 and 2. Obviously, the train making zero stops in between Gare du Nord and the airport will be a bit quicker, usually by about 12 minutes.

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Paris to Chateau Fontainebleau by Train

Read the full article on how to get to Chateau Fontainebleau from Paris by train.

Paris to Fontainebleau by train takes about 40 minutes.

The first step is finding the schedule for Paris to Fontainebleau trains. Trains leave from Gare de Lyon station in Paris, going to destination city Fontainebleau, depart with a frequency ranging from 20 minutes apart during rush hour to 1 hour 30 minutes apart during quiet periods of mid-morning, mid-afternoon and late at night

At the ticket window, simply ask for “Fontainebleau Aller-Rétour” [fawn-tan-blow alleh-ray-tour]. You’ll get two tickets, one for each direction, for about €15,20. You’ll have to pay by cash unless you happen to have a smart-card / Euro credit card. North American credit cards will most likely not work at any SNCF ticket window nor ticket vending machine, so keep some cash handy.

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Paris to Chateau Versailles by Train

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From Paris you can take a suburban “RER C” train to within 5 minutes walk of Chateau Versailles, ending at station Versailles-Rive Gauche.

Start your trip by going into any metro/RER station that you find around the city, which will be marked with a blue sign with an M or RER surrounded by a circle. From time to time you’ll see the metro marked only by the old style art deco Metropolitan signs. Take note of the station name when inside.

Your goal is to get to the RER C line, the yellow line that serves the western half of the Parisian suburbs. If you’ve got a day or week pass that’s good for at least Zone 4, skip this paragraph, else visit a ticket window in the station to purchase special ticket, since Versailles is in Zone 4, outside the coverage of normal Ticket t that you would get for traveling within Paris. At the ticket window or guichet [Gee-Shay] don’t panic. There’s a 50/50 chance the worker will speak English quite well and if not, they’ll understand “Chateau Versailles” [Shah-Tow Vher-Sigh]. Normally the metro worker will ask you whether you want a return ticket, by asking “Aller Rétour?” [Alleh-Ray-Tour] (or by making hand signs), which is simply two of the single tickets. Each ticket is currently (May, 2008 ) €2,80 so €5,60 for a return trip. Tip: don’t expect that your credit card will work at the ticket window. Many North American credit cards will simply not work at RATP/SNCF credit card machines so have cash on hand and don’t expect to use that 50 euro note either. Small bills or coins are best. Go ahead and buy Aller-Rétour return tickets to save a bit of time (unless you plan on sneaking off the tour path at the chateau and spending the night there).

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