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Capitaine Train Has Commercialised the Very First Hyperloop Tickets

by Malin, posted 01 April 2014 | Add comment

Elon Musk Capitaine Train

We are extremely proud to announce these news. This was a project which has been very close to our hearts and which our team worked relentlessly for.

Since this morning, you can buy the first Hyperloop tickets on Capitaine Train.

Highway to air

After having revolutionised the payment industry with Paypal and the auto mobile industry with Tesla Motors, Elon Musk has now chosen Capitaine Train to launch the new era of travel. He welcomed the partnership this morning during a Business Insider interview: “it’s one small step for me, but a great leap for man kind”.

Book your Hyperloop tickets on Capitaine Train

Thanks to the Hyperloop, it is now possible to travel 551 kilometres  from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just 30 minutes. The first tickets will be available for only €42. You can now buy these tickets on Capitaine Train:
https://www.capitainetrain.com/search/los-angeles/san-francisco/

Capitaine Train Hyperloop EN

An exclusive agreement with Space-X should soon be signed in the coming days, formalizing the commercialisation of the first intergalactic travel on our platform.

Paris, the 1st of April 2014.

Below : A 3D representation of the Hyperloop on SketchFab

How To Transfer Between Train Stations In Paris

by Malin, posted 31 March 2014 | Add comment

Eiffel tower paris It is very common to have to transfer from one train station to another in Paris. All train stations in Paris are designated terminus stations. This means they will only receive trains arriving or departing from a certain direction e.g. from the south-east of France.

If you are arriving from the north and need to connect to a train heading south, then you will need to change stations. For instance, if you are taking a train from London to Nice, you will have to change from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. In this case you will usually be be given between 50 minutes to 2 hours for transferring. If you are travelling with children, are less mobile or have a large amount of luggage then we would advise to have a connection time of at least of 1 or longer, especially if you are taking the metro.

If you would like to customize your connection time and spend a few hours or an evening in Paris, you can always just book two separate tickets.

We have compiled a list of routes and estimated travel times for transferring from train stations in Paris.

Just click on your arrival station to find out all of the necessary information.

  1. Gare du Nord
  2. Gare de Lyon
  3. Gare de l’Est
  4. Gare d’Austerlitz
  5. Gare Saint Lazare
  6. Gare Montparnasse

1. Gare du Nord

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Trains from Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord (North Station) is the busiest railway station in Europe and the busiest in the world outside of Japan. With 190 million people passing through the station each year, it comes to no surprise that plenty of trains arrive and depart from here. Plus it also has its own claim to fame, Gare du Nord featured in films such as The Bourne Identity and Ultimatum and Ocean’s Twelve. Some would say it’s Matt Damons favourite station…
The name Gare du Nord is not derived from the station’s location (it is in the 10th arrondissement – 18 Rue Dunkerque, 75010) but instead from the destinations it serves. Trains departing from Gare du Nord travel to northern France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. So essentially anywhere north of Paris.

For example, you will find the following trains departing and arriving at Gare du Nord:

This means you will find all TGV Nord, Thalys and Eurostar trains arriving and departing from here. Gare du Nord also serves as a big regional transport hub for Parisian Metro and RER lines. Arrivals and departures from here are super easy. If you would like more information about departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here buy train tickets france

Transfers from Gare du Nord

Click on any of the titles to see an exact map and route description. Also, please be aware that the taxi prices are estimates and as are the travel times. All Parisienne taxis will charge €1 extra per piece of luggage. There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the station at all hours.

  1. Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
  2. Gare du Nord to Gare de l’Est
  3. Gare du Nord to Gare d’Austerlitz
  4. Gare du Nord to Gare Saint Lazare
  5. Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse
  6. Gare du Nord to Gare de Paris Bercy

Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon

Metro: take line 4 towards Montrouge and change at Châtelet to line 14 towards Olympiades, exit at Gare de Lyon. It will take approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon will take between 10 to 25 minutes for €12.00 or more.
Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare du Nord to Gare de l’Est

Metro: take line 4 towards Montrouge and exit at Gare de l’Est. The stations are very close to each other so it will only take about 4 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Gare de l’Est will take around 2 minutes for €4.12 or more.

Walk: it will take 10 minutes to walk 650m from Gare du Nord to Gare de l’Est.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare du Nord to Gare d’Austerlitz

Metro: take line 5 towards Place d’Italie and exit at Gare d’Austerlitz. It will take approx. 22 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Gare d’Austerlitz will take between 10 to 25 minutes (depending on traffic) for €12.70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare du Nord to Gare Saint Lazare

Metro: take line 4 towards Montrouge, change at Châtelet to line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Gare Saint-Lazare. It will take approx. 15 – 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Gare Saint Lazare will take between 7 – 20 minutes (depending on traffic) for €7.68 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse

Metro: take line 6 towards Étoile. Exit at Pasteur and walk 850m (13 mins). It will take approx. 40 – 50 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse will take between 15 – 40 minutes (depending on traffic) for €17.35 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare du Nord to Gare de Paris Bercy

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Bercy. It will take approx. 20 – 30 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi between Gare du Nord and Gare de Paris Bercy will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic), for €12.87 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de Lyon

P1210896_Paris_XII_gare_de_Lyon_rwk Paris Gare de Lyon Station sees over 90 million passengers per year pass through its doors. This makes it France’s 3rd busiest station and one of Europe’s most popular train stations. It is located on the north bank of the Seine river in the 12th Arrodissement of Paris. It also houses the Le Train Bleu restaurant, which has served countless celebrities and travellers since 1901 (a bit pricey but it’s really worth a try!). As with all other stations in Paris, Gare de Lyon’s name does not derive from its location (otherwise it would be in Lyon of course!). Instead it is named after the city of Lyon, as the majority of trains will pass through Lyon en route to southeren and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The follwing popular routes depart from Paris Gare de Lyon:

Pro tip: If you are travelling from London to the south of France e.g. Avignon or Nice you will always have to transfer from Paris Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. If you would like more information about departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here. Gare_de_Lyon_(nojhan)

Transfers from Gare de Lyon

Click on any of the titles to see an exact map and route description. Also, please be aware that the taxi prices are estimates and as are the travel times. All Parisienne taxis will charge €1 extra per piece of luggage. There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the station at all hours.

  1. Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord
  2. Gare de Lyon to Gare de l’Est
  3. Gare de Lyon to Gare d’Austerlitz
  4. Gare de Lyon to Gare Saint Lazare
  5. Gare de Lyon to Gare Montparnasse
  6. Gare de Lyon to Gare de Paris Bercy

Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord

Metro: take line 14 towards Saint-Lazare until Châtelet. Change to line 4 towards Porte de Clignancourt. Exit at Gare du Nord. It will take between 15 to 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord will take between 10 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) for €12.93 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de Lyon to Gare de l’Est

Metro: take line 7 towards La Courneuve. Exit at Gare de l’Est. It will take between 15 – 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Gare de l’Est will take between 10 – 25 minutes (depending on traffic) for €11.78 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de Lyon to Gare d’Austerlitz

There is no metro connection between these two stations.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Gare d’Austerlitz will take approx. 5 minutes, for €7.48 or more.

Walk: it will take 10 minutes to walk 750m from Gare de Lyon to Gare d’Austerlitz.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de Lyon to Gare Saint-Lazare

Metro: take line 14 towards Saint-Lazare. Exit at Saint-Lazare. It will take approx. 12 – 18 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Gare Saint-Lazare will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) for €16.53 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de Lyon to Gare Montparnasse

Metro: take line 6 towards Étoile. Exit at Pasteur and walk 850m (13 mins). It will take approx. 30 – 60 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Gare Montparnasse will take between 12 – 20 minutes (depending on traffic) for €14.26 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de Lyon to Gare de Paris Bercy

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Bercy station. It will take approx. 7 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Gare Paris Bercy will take 4 minutes for €4.84 or more.

Walk: it will take 15 minutes to walk 1 km from Gare de Lyon to Gare Paris Bercy.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de l’Est

Paris Est station Gare de l’Est (East Station) is one of the biggest and oldest (est. 1849) rail stations in Paris. It is situated in the 10th arrondissement right near Gare du Nord (Place du Novembre 1918, 75010). Like all stations in Paris, the name derives from where the departing trains are heading and not where it is located. So all trains originating from travel Gare de l’Est towards eastern France (TGV trains) and Germany (ICE trains operated by a cooperative line between Deutsche Bahn and SNCF). So if you feel like visiting some champagne vineyards, Gare de l’Est is your starting point!

Some popular train routes which depart from Gare de l’Est include:

  1. TGV Est: Paris – Reims
  2. TGV Est: Paris – Strasbourg
  3. TGV Est: Paris – Luxembourg
  4. ICE: Paris – Stuttgart – Munich
  5. ICE: Paris – Mannheim – Frankfurt

If you need to transfer from this station to another train station in Paris, just read our guide below to find how to make a smooth transition via public transport or taxi. If you would like more information about departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here. Paris Est station

Transfers from Gare de l’Est

Click on any of the titles to see an exact map and route. Also, please be aware that the taxi prices are pure estimates and as are the travel times. All Parisienne taxis have a €1 surcharge per piece of luggage. There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the station at all hours.

  1. Gare de l’Est to Gare du Nord
  2. Gare de l’Est to Gare de Lyon
  3. Gare de l’Est to Gare d’Austerlitz
  4. Gare de l’Est to Gare Saint Lazare
  5. Gare de l’Est to Gare Montparnasse
  6. Gare de l’Est to Gare de Paris Bercy

Gare de l’Est to Gare du Nord

Metro: take line 4 towards Porte de Cligancourt, exit at Gare du Nord. It will take approx. 4 to 7 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Gare du Nord will take 2 minutes (depending on traffic), for €4.05 or more.

Walk: it will take 10 minutes to walk 650m from Gare de l’Est to Gare du Nord.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de l’Est to Gare de Lyon

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades. Exit at Gare de Lyon. It will take approx. 15 – 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Gare de Lyon will take between 9 – 30 minutes, for €11.17 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de l’Est to Gare d’Austerlitz

Metro: take line 5 towards Place d’Italie, exit at Gare d’Austerlitz. It will take approx. 17 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Gare d’Austerlitz will take between 10 – 25 minutes, for €11.80 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de l’Est to Gare Saint Lazare

Metro: take line 14 towards Saint-Lazare. Exit at Saint-Lazare. It will take approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Gare Saint Lazare will take between 7 – 20 minutes for €8.74 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de l’Est to Gare Montparnasse

Metro: take line 6 towards Étoile. Exit at Pasteur and walk 850m (13 mins). It will take approx. 45 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Gare Montparnasse will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) for €16.35 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare de l’Est to Gare de Paris Bercy

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades. Exit at Bercy. It will take approx. 20 – 30 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Gare de Paris Bercy will take between 10 – 30 minutes, for €12.06 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare d’Austerlitz

Gare_d'Austerlitz_Paris_FRA_001Gare d’Austerlitz (Austerlitz Station) is one of the large terminus railway stations in Paris. It is located on the left bank of the Seine River in the 13th arrondissement (85 Quai d’Austerlitz). It has become one of the less busier stations in Paris as it receives only about 30 million passengers annually. The Elipsos night train line for Paris – Barcelona (and Madrid) used to depart from Gare d’Austerlitz. However this line was officially discontinued once the state-of-the-art TGV direct day time services were launched. These trains now depart from Gare de Lyon several times a day and travel from Paris to Barcelona. Gare d’Austerlitz now sees most of it’s traffic from the Intercités de Nuit night train services.

Some of the popular routes include:

  1. IC Nuit: Paris – Nice
  2. IC Nuit: Paris – Chambéry – Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  3. IC Nuit:Paris – Toulouse

If you would like more information about station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here.

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Transfers from Gare d’Austerlitz

If you need to transfer from this station to another train station in Paris or the airport, just read our guide below to find how to make a smooth transition via public transport or taxi.

  1. Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare du Nord
  2. Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Lyon
  3. Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de l’Est
  4. Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare Saint Lazare
  5. Gare de l’Est to Gare Montparnasse
  6. Gare de l’Est to Gare de Paris Bercy

Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare du Nord

Metro: take line 5 towards Bobigny. Exit at Gare du Nord. It will take approx. 20 – 30 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare du Nord will take between 10 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic), for €12.35 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Lyon

There is no metro connection between these two stations.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Lyon will take approx. 1 minute for €4.70 or more.

Walk: it will take 10 minutes to walk 800m from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Lyon.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de l’Est

Metro: take line 5 towards Bobigny. Exit at Gare de l’Est. It will take approx. 20 – 25 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de l’Est will take between 10 – 20 minutes (depending on traffic) for €11.11 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare Saint Lazare

Metro: take line 14 towards Saint-Lazare. Exit at Saint-Lazare. It will take approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare Saint-Lazare will take between 12 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic), for €14.00 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare Montparnasse

Metro: take line 6 towards Étoile. Exit at Pasteur and walk 850m (13 mins). It will take approx. 40 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare Montparnasse will take between 10 – 30 minutes, for €11 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Paris Bercy

Metro: walk 600m (8 mins) accross Pont Charles de Gaulle (bridge) to Gare de Lyon. Take line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Bercy. It will take approx. 15 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Paris Bercy will take between 3 – 6 minutes for €4.50 or more.

Walk: to walk 1.4km from Gare d’Austerlitz to Gare de Paris Bercy will take approx. 18 minutes.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Saint Lazare

Gare_de_Paris-Saint-Lazare_001 Gare Saint Lazare is the second biggest station in Paris. It receives over 100,000,000 passengers per year, and over 450,000 per day who are mainly regional commuters. It is located on rue Saint Lazare in the 8th arrondissement. As with all things in Paris, Saint Lazare is a architectural dime and many, many years old with a rich history behind it. It was first opened in 1837 by the wife of King Louis Philippe, who was France’s last ever serving King. The trains arriving and departing at Gare Saint Lazare are long distance Intercités trains travelling towards Normandy, and regional Transilien trains which travel to the western suburbs of Paris.
Some popular routes include:

  1. TER: Paris – Versailles
  2. IC: Paris – Normandy

If you need to transfer from this station to another train station in Paris or the airport, just read our guide below to find how to make a smooth transition via public transport or taxi. If you would like more information about station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here. Gare_Saint_Lazare_-_Renovation_-_Hall

Transfers from Gare Saint-Lazare

Click on any of the titles to see an exact map and route. Also, please be aware that the taxi prices are pure estimates and as are the travel times. All Parisienne taxis have a €1 surcharge per piece of luggage. There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the station at most hours.

  1. Gare Saint Lazare to Gare du Nord
  2. Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de Lyon
  3. Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de l’Est
  4. Gare Saint Lazare to Gare Montparnasse
  5. Gare de l’Est to Gare de Paris Bercy

Gare Saint Lazare to Gare du Nord

Metro: take RER E towards Tournan and exit at Gare du Nord/Magenta. It will take approx. 20 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Gare du Nord will take between 5 – 15 minutes (depending on traffic), for €7.63 or more.

→ Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de Lyon

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Gare de Lyon. It will take approx. 11 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de Lyon will take between 12 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic), for €13.84 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Saint Lazare to Gare d l’Est

Metro: take line 7 towards La Courneuve.. Exit at Gare de l’Est. It will take approx. 20 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de l’Est will take between 5 – 15 minutes (depending on traffic) for €7.77 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Saint Lazare to Gare d’Austerlitz

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Gare d’Austerlitz. It will take approx. 20 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Gare d’Austerlitz will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) for €15.36.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Saint Lazare to Gare Montparnasse

Metro: take line 12 towards Mairie d’Issy. Exit at Pasteur and walk 850m (13 mins). It will take approx. 35 minutes. and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi between Gare Saint Lazare to Gare Montparnasse will take between 12 – 20 minutes (depending on traffic) for €13.53 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de Paris Bercy

Metro: take line 14 towards Olympiades and exit at Bercy. It will take approx. 20 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Gare de Paris Bercy will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) for €15.85 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Montparnasse

gare montparnasseGare Montparnasse is one of the large terminus stations in Paris. It is located in the 15th arrondissement. The trains departing from Gare Montparnasse travel towards Bretagne, the Atlantic coast, western and south-western France and Basque country.

Some popular routes include:

  1. TGV: Paris – Poitiers – Bordeaux
  2. TGV: Paris – Agen – Toulouse
  3. TGV: Paris -Le Mans – Quimper
  4. TGV: Paris – Rennes – St Malo
  5. TGV: Paris – Hendaye

If you need to transfer from this station to another train station in Paris or the airport, just read our guide below to find how to make a smooth transition via public transport or taxi. Unfortunately Gare Montparnasse is not the easiest station to transfer from, as all metro stations require a bit of a walk. If you would like more information about station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here. Gare_Montparnasse_Porte_Oceane-2005-08-02

Transfers from Gare Montparnasse

Click on any of the titles to see an exact map and route. Also, please be aware that the taxi prices are pure estimates and as are the travel times. All Parisienne taxis will charge €1 extra per piece of luggage. There are plenty of taxis waiting outside of the station at all hours.

  1. Gare Montparnasse to Gare du Nord
  2. Gare Montparnasse to Gare de Lyon
  3. Gare Montparnasse to Gare de l’Est
  4. Gare Montparnasse to Gare Saint Lazare
  5. Gare Montparansse to Gare de Paris Bercy

Gare Montparnasse to Gare du Nord

Metro: Walk 850m (13 min) to Pasteur station and take line 2 towards Nation. Change at Denfert Rochereau to RER B towards Aéroport Charles de Gaulle. Exit at Gare du Nord. It will take approx. 37 minutes and cost €7.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Gare du Nord will take between 15 – 35 minutes for €16.07 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Montparnasse to Gare de Lyon

Metro: walk 850m (13 minutes) to Pasteur station, take line 2 towards Nation until Bercy and change to line 14 towards Saint-Lazare. Exit at Gare de Lyon. It will take approx. 32 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Gare de Lyon will take between 15 – 25 minutes (depending on traffic) and for €13.38 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Montparnasse to Gare d’Austerlitz

Metro: walk 850m (13 min) to Pasteur station and take line 5 towards Bobigny. Exit at Gare d’Austerlitz. It will take approx. 40 minutes and cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Gare d’Austerlitz will take between 12 to 25 minutes (depending on traffic) for €12.55 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Montparnasse to Gare de l’Est

Metro: walk 850m (13 min) to Pasteur station and take line 5 towards Bobigny. Exit at Gare de l’Est. It will take approx. 45 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Gare de l’Est will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic), for €14.83 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Montparnasse to Gare Saint Lazare

Metro: walk 950m (11 min) to Gaîté station, take line 13 towards Saint-Denis/Université and exit at Saint-Lazare. It will take approx. 30 minutes and will cost €1.70

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Gare Saint Lazare will take between 15 – 30 minutes (depending on traffic) for €14.38 or more.

→ Click here to see an exact map of the route

Gare Montparnasse to Gare de Bercy

Metro: walk 850m (10 min) to Pasteur station, take line 2 towards Nation, exit at Bercy. It will take approx. 30 – 45 minutes and will cost €1.70.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Gare de Paris Bercy will take between 15 – 30 minutes, for €14.83 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route

How to Get to and From Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris

by Malin, posted 31 March 2014 | Add comment

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Practical Information

We are frequently asked how long it takes to get to and from Charles de Gaulle airport. As a traveller, it is always very difficult to estimate how much time you should factor in for transferring from train to plane (or vice versa). For that reason we want to be able to make it as easy as possible for you!

At Capitaine Train we have a very simple rule: give yourself at least 2 hours to exit the plane, clear customs (especially if you are a non-EU resident) and to collect your luggage. From there you can use our estimated travel times to calculate how long it will take to transfer to your departure train station. If you are travelling to the airport then always keep in mind that you need be check in at least 2 to 3 hours in advance. This means you should give yourself a good 2.5 to 3 hours to transfer.

You should also really consider buying flexible tickets. You can exchange or refund them before your train departs in case your plane is delayed. There is nothing worse than having to pay for a train ticket at the last minute, as the prices are super high and so are your stress levels probably. The most important part is to cancel your ticket before train departure; otherwise you will not be refunded. You can read more about this here.

Transfers

We have created a guide for all train station transfers to and from Charles de Gaulle airport. If you are flying into Charles de Gaulle airport and need to take a connecting train in Paris or need to travel from a train station in Paris to the airport, then you can find out exactly how to do so here.

Pro tip: in case you weren’t aware, Charles de Gaulle airport actually has a train station. Many travellers do not know that they can skip travelling into busy Paris and instead can take a train directly from Charles de Gaulle TGV station. For example, you can find direct trains to Marseille, Lyon or Bayeux.

To see whether your train departs from Charles de Gaulle TGV station, just search for CDG on Capitaine Train.

If you need to transfer to or from a train station in Paris, just click on the relevant station below for a detailed guide:

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Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord (North Station) is the busiest railway station in Europe. The name Gare du Nord is not derived from the station’s location (it is in the 10th arrondissement – 18 Rue Dunkerque, 75010) but instead from the destinations it serves. Trains departing from Gare du Nord travel to northern France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

For example, you will find the following trains departing and arriving at Gare du Nord:

This means you will find all TGV Nord, Thalys and Eurostar trains arriving and departing from here. Gare du Nord also serves as a big regional transport hub for Parisian Metro and RER lines. Arrivals and departures from here are super easy. If you would like more information about departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take the RER B. For departures at terminals 1 & 3, exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1. For departures at terminal 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F and 2G, exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle -TGV. It will take at least 25 minutes and will cost €9.50 for a single ticket.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle Airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50-70 or more.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord

Public transport: take the RER B towards Châtelet. Exit at Gare du Nord. It will take at least 25 minutes and will cost €9.50 for a single ticket.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare du Nord will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50-70 or more.

Click here to see a map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare du Nord to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare de Lyon

Gare de Lyon is France’s 3rd busiest station and one of Europe’s most popular train stations. It is located on the north bank of the Seine river in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. As with all other stations in Paris, Gare de Lyon’s name does not derive from its location (otherwise it would be in Lyon of course!). Instead it is named after the city of Lyon, as the majority of trains will pass through Lyon en route to southern and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The following popular routes depart from Paris Gare de Lyon:

If you would like more information about departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare de Lyon to Charles de Gaulle Airport

By public transport: take a Cars de Air France bus from outside of the station. It stops at all terminals. It can take up to 1.15 hours and will cost €17.50. If you are a bit short on time, you can also take line 14 towards Saint Lazare until Châtelet and change to the RER B towards Charles de Gaulle. This will take about 40 – 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de Lyon to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 - €70 or more.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare de Lyon

By public transport: take a Cars de Air France bus from any terminal at the airport. There are plenty of signs pointing to the pick up areas. It can take up to 1.15 hours and will cost €17.50. If you are a bit short on time, you can also take the RER B until Châtelet and change to line 14 towards Olympiades. Exit at Gare de Lyon. This will take about 40 – 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle to Gare de Lyon airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 - €70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare de Lyon to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare de l’Est

Gare de l’Est (East Station) is one of the biggest and oldest (est. 1849) rail stations in Paris. It is situated in the 10th arrondissement right near Gare du Nord (Place du Novembre 1918, 75010). Like all stations in Paris, the name derives from where the departing trains are heading and not where it is located. So all trains originating from Paris Est travel towards eastern France (TGV trains) and Germany (ICE trains operated by a cooperative line between Deutsche Bahn and SNCF).

Some popular train routes which depart from Gare de l’Est include:

If you would like more information about departure platforms and real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare de l’Est to Charles De Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take RER B and exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for terminals 1 & 3. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – TGV for terminals 2 A, C, D, E, F and G. It will take between 30 – 60 minutes and will cost €7.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare de l’Est to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 20 – 40 minutes (depending on traffic) and cost €50 – 70 or more.

Charles De Gaulle Airport to Gare de l’Est

Public transport: take RER B from Aéroport Charles de Gaulle and exit at Gare de Lyon. It will take between 30 – 60 minutes and will cost €7.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare de l’Est will take between 20 – 40 minutes (depending on traffic) and cost €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare de Lyon to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris

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Gare d’Austerlitz

Gare d’Austerlitz (Austerlitz Station) is one of the large terminus railway stations in Paris. It is located on the left bank of the Seine River in the 13th arrondissement (85 Quai d’Austerlitz). It has become one of the less busy stations in Paris as it receives only about 30 million passengers annually. It used to be the designated station for the Paris – Barcelona night trains, however this line has now been discontinued. The daytraftime high-speed trains between Paris and Barcelona now depart from Gare de Lyon.

Gare d’Austerlitz now sees most of its traffic from the Intercités de Nuit night train services. Some of the popular routes include:

Gare d’Austerlitz to Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take line 5 towards Bobigny and change at Gare du Nord to RER B towards

Charles de Gaulle Airport. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for terminals 1 & 3. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – TGV for terminals 2 A, C, D, E, F and G. It will take approx. 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare d’Austerlitz to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 30 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare d’Austerlitz

Public transport: take the RER B towards Châtelet. Change at Gare du Nord to line 5 towards Place d’Italie and exit at Gare d’Austerlitz. It will take approx. 50 minutes and will cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare d’Austerlitz will take between 30 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare de Lyon to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare Saint Lazare

Gare Saint Lazare is the second biggest station and in Paris. It receives over 100,000,000 passengers per year, and over 450,000 per day who are mainly regional commuters. The trains arriving and departing at Gare Saint Lazare are long distance Intercités trains towards Normandy, and regional Transilien trains heading to the western suburbs of Paris.

Some popular routes include:

If you would like more information about station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare Saint Lazare to Charles de Gaulle airport

Public transport: take RER E towards Tournan and exit at Gare du Nord/Magenta. Take the RER B towards Charles de Gaulle. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 for terminals 1 & 3. Exit at Aéroport Charles de Gaulle – TGV for terminals 2 A, C, D, E, F and G. It will take approx. 50 minutes and cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Saint Lazare to Charles de Gaulle Airport will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare Saint Lazare

Public transport: take the RER B towards Châtelet and exit at Gare du Nord/Magenta. Take the RER E towards Haussmann-Saint Lazare and exit at Saint Lazare. It will take approx. 50 minutes and cost €9.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare Saint Lazare will take between 20 – 60 minutes (depending on traffic), for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

For more information on how to transfer from Gare Saint Lazare to other stations, just read our guide about train stations in Paris.

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Gare Montparnasse

Gare Montparnasse is one of the large terminus stations in Paris. It is located in the 15th arrondissement. The trains departing from Gare Montparnasse travel towards Bretagne, the Atlantic coast, Basque country and western and southwestern France. Some popular routes include:

If you would like more information about station platforms or real-time service updates, just click here.

Gare Montparnasse to Charles de Gaulle Airport

Public transport: take Cars de Air France bus from Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, (right next to the station). It will take approx. 1 hour 15 minutes (depending on traffic) and will cost €17.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Gare Montparnasse to Charles de Gaulle airport will take between 30 – 90 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Gare Montparnasse

Public transport: take Cars de Air France bus from Charles de Gaulle airport directly to the station. They depart from all terminals. The pick-up areas are clearly signed and easy to find. You will be dropped off at Rue du Commandant René Mouchotte, (right next to the station). It will take approx. 1 hour 15 minutes (depending on traffic) and will cost €17.50.

Taxi: a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport to Gare Montparnasse will take between 30 – 90 minutes (depending on traffic) for €50 – 70 or more.

Click here to see an exact map of the route.

A Guide to Taking Trains in Europe

by Malin, posted 31 March 2014 | Add comment

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Read Capitaine Train’s insider guide to taking trains in Europe. Not only will it save you time, money and stress, but you will also be able to enjoy trains for what they really are. We combined all of our train expertise with our most frequently asked questions to provide you with a comprehensive guide to European train travel. Enjoy!

1. Book in advance! We mean really, really in advance!

At first, train travel can seem like an easy thing. Buy a ticket, go to the station and hop on the train. Whilst in theory it should work like this, it doesn’t quite. The getting to the station part is usually easy (don’t worry, we cover this later in the article) and hopping on the train isn’t so hard either. The trouble lies in booking your ticket. Booking train tickets in Europe can be like trying to buy tickets for the last ever Rolling Stones concert on earth… well okay, maybe not that hard but it’s pretty tricky. Why? Because of fare release dates. It’s all about timing! If you want the cheapest fares and best choice of seats then you have to book in advance. The complicated matter is that not all carriers release their tickets at the same time. This makes it especially complicated if you are combining the tickets of two different carriers. Some combined tickets are released early, such as the London to Avignon direct line which is operative during summer months. As another example, you might want to book a train from London to Amsterdam. In this case we recommend booking your Eurostar tickets 6 months ahead and then waiting to book the rest of your trip (e.g. Lille – Amsterdam tickets) 3 months in advance. This will give you the best possible prices. These are the following booking windows for rail operators:

  • SNCF, Lyria, Renfe, Thalys, Deutsche Bahn, iDBUS: 90 days
  • Eurostar and iDTGV: 6 months****
  • OUIGO: up to 9 months

To clarify …

SNCF is the national French rail operator, who also works in combination with Switzerland to provide TGV Lyria (trains which run from France to Switzerland). Thalys is also a cooperative line between the French, Dutch and Belgian operators. Thalys trains run from France to Belgium and the Netherlands. Renfe is the Spanish national rail carrier which runs a cooperative line between France and Spain with SNCF. Deutsche Bahn is the national German operator. It also has a cooperative line between France, the DB-SNCF line.. iDTGV is a subsidiary of SNCF (the French carrier) and so is iDBUS which are budget coach buses. OUIGO is a low-cost subsidiary of SNCF in France. Eurostar is the train line which runs on the English Channel, between France and the UK.

**** Eurostar release timeframes are subject to change. At current all tickets are released 6 months in advance, however after the 1st of September this may be amended to 4 months in advance. There are currently no trains available to book after the 31st of August. Once we have confirmation, we will update this accordingly.

2. Changing trains

It is really important to always check duration of your transfer time if you’re changing trains, platforms or stations. We have plenty of information about changing trains/stations in Paris, however it is always wise to check the length of your transfer time before booking. If you are travelling with heavy luggage or children and you aren’t entirely comfortable with your transfer time, then we suggest that you split your journey by booking two separate tickets. It may mean that you will have some extra time to spend at the station, but you can always grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and relax!

Sometimes it is also possible to change your journey to avoid a station change. For instance, plenty of trains travelling to the south of France depart from Lille as well as Paris. So if you feel more comfortable changing trains instead of stations, you can always manually amend your journey. Capitaine Train’s booking engine doesn’t display routes which are more time consuming and or more expensive. However if this isn’t an issue for you, you can just split your journey and book two separate tickets: e.g. London – Lille, Lille – Avignon.

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3. From plane to train

Capitaine Train is frequently asked how much time someone needs to board their train after arriving at a major airport (such as Charles de Gaulle in Paris). The common rule is that you need between 2 – 3 hours. It may seem excessive, but customs lines can go on for days and it’s never unwise to expect delays. If you are transferring into a city, such as Paris, to take your train then this will take at least another hour. If your plane lands at 6am at Charles de Gaulle, expect to be on your way to Paris at 8:30 and ready to board your train by 10:00. Flying can be a fairly unpredictable sport. So for that reason we recommend that you purchase Flexible tickets. They can always be cancelled or exchanged before departure. If you have a Flexible ticket, you will have at least one less hassle to take care of if you miss your train. You can select Flexible tickets when booking your train on Capitaine Train. In your search, just click on the Flexible ticket filter and you will automatically receive a Flexible ticket.

4. Know your ticket

Another frequent question Capitaine Train is asked, is whether you can take a different train to the one you booked for the same destination. Or whether it is possible to board the train from a different station. This may be the case in some countries, however in the majority of big European countries the railways are like flight paths on the ground. A train is scheduled like a plane and a station is like a mini-airport (minus the security). If you have booked a TGV train, and your ticket states a departure and arrival time, then you cannot board a later or earlier train. Your seat reservations are bound to a specific train so there is no room for flexibility. If you take a train for which you do not have a valid ticket for, expect a hefty fine. This rule also applies to departure or arrival stations. We are often asked if it’s possible to get on the train at Paris Gare du Nord when it departs at Gare du Lyon. Just like you cannot board a plane at London Gatwick Airport when it departs from London Heathrow Airport, you cannot do the same for trains.

For instance, all train stations in Paris have designated trains which arrive and depart from there, so there is no opportunity to board the train elsewhere. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. If you have a French TER ticket (regional train) then depending on your ticket type, you might not have a seat reservation and you won’t have to take a specific train. The trains are divided into two segments depending on date and travel time: Période bleue or Période blanche. For more information on which ticket type you have, just read this article. The day of the week and time you are travelling will determine if you are bound to a certain train.

Most Deutsche Bahn trains also do not require seat reservations, however they can be purchased for an additional €4.50 for certain trains. If you do not have a seat reservation, then the first in, best dressed rule applies. You will be able to choose any seat in your booked class. So the earlier you arrive at the platform, the better your chances are of finding a seat. If you don’t find a seat, then you are allowed to stand in the luggage area of the train. There are also some fold-down seats there. If you have a seat reservation for these trains, yet you find someone sitting in your seat then no dramas. Just tell them politely that they are in your seat and they will certainly move for you.

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5. Know how to get your ticket

Capitaine Train offers two ticketing methods: E-ticket (print-at-home) or collect-at-station. As much as we would like to offer everyone E-tickets, we cannot always do so. However, no matter what ticket method is allocated to you, both options are super simple. You will know your ticket type as soon as you have purchased your tickets. Either you will receive an email with a PDF attachment of your tickets or an email with instructions on how to collect your tickets. By the way, you also do not have to get your ticket validated before boarding the train If you have an E-ticket (this rule applies for both France and Germany). These tickets are checked and validated onboard. If you have a collect-at-station ticket, it must be validated using a yellow or orange SNCF machine (pictured below). If you are travelling in Germany then you do not have to get your ticket validated before boarding the train, no matter what ticket type you have.

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6. Splitting your tickets

Most ticket reservation systems (including ours) will automatically create the most cost effective and time efficient trip. So if you want to book a more specific journey which isn’t appearing in our search results, then you will have to book separate tickets. In many cases our customers would like to take a more scenic route and don’t mind taking a slow train instead. If you know where you want to go, then it is super easy to book a few separate tickets on Capitaine Train.

If you need any help, suggestions or rail maps then please get in touch and we will help straight away. train ticket france

7. Flexibility never hurts

Flexibility may come with a price, but it can really pay off. The cheapest tickets are generally always non-refundable and not exchangeable, whilst Flexible (or Semi-Flexible) tickets do cost more. This can be really beneficial in some circumstances. Booking a train 10 minutes before departure because your missed your original one is never going to be cheap. However, always remember to read the fare conditions carefully before booking. They are actually important. Plus, they are also binding. So even if we wanted to do something about it, Capitaine Train unfortunately cannot refund you a non-refundable ticket. So if you are unsure about your itinerary, it’s always wise to pay a premium for flexibility. Flexible tickets can be exchanged for free the day before departure, for a small fee (sometimes free) on the day of departure. However they cannot be exchanged or refunded after departure.

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8. Read the fine print

Just as with flight tickets, the conditions of train tickets actually need to be read. It can have a really big impact on your holiday if something goes wrong. Plus, it can also give you some nasty financial surprises. Book-ahead tickets are often non-refundable and not exchangeable. This really means they cannot be refunded or exchanged. The conditions are set by the carriers and not by Capitaine Train, so we actually cannot do anything about exchanges or refunds. Even if you have booked the wrong ticket or the wrong time, it cannot be refunded or exchanged if the conditions do not allow it. This means you really have to be careful when reserving your tickets. Treat them like flight tickets, be 100% sure of what you are buying. If you aren’t, you can always keep your tickets waiting for you in your shopping cart. Capitaine Train automatically reserves your seat and price, and places your ticket on hold.

Another important thing to remember is that your name and date of birth must be correct on your ticket, especially if it is an E-ticket. E-tickets are non-transferable, therefore we cannot change anything about them (even if you missed out a single letter in your name). Many fares are also age based, so for this reason your date of birth must be correct. If you are caught travelling on a ‘Youth’ fare when you are actually 45 years old, then the ticket inspector may decide to give you a heavy fine.

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9. Be on time because your train always will be

European trains run like clockwork. So it is really important to be at the station on time. Train doors close 2 minutes before departure for SNCF, Thalys, Lyria, Deutsche Bahn and iDTGV trains, and iDBUS buses. This means you should be on the train at least 5 minutes before departure. Eurostar and OUIGO trains require check-in 30 minutes before departure. If your train is just passing through the station, rather than originating from there, then it is not uncommon for the train to approach the platform only 1 to 2 minutes before the scheduled departure. For that reason it is really important to be on time. If you find yourself running late, and you have a seat reservation in a certain carriage, then don’t panic and don’t try to find the carriage from the platform. As long as you are physically on the train then you are safe. There is no point in running up and down the platform trying to find your carriage number when you can do the same safely inside of the train.

The key poiny to being on time is to know where you are going. Most European train stations are designed like airports (remember what we said earlier about stations being like mini-airports? We weren’t kidding!). You will usually find a very large, digitised screen in the middle of the station displaying train departures. Sometimes the platform will not be noted, so it’s always good to stick around and check the board regularly until it is updated. In France platforms are displayed 20 minutes before departure. Another important thing to remember is your train might have a differing final destination to yours. So check these screens/boards carefully. Sometimes your arrival station will be in the middle of a list of station names and the terminus station is not where you are getting off (depending on the country you’re in, it can be really hard to read). So if you are completely lost you can always ask station staff. They are used to these questions and will be glad to help (as long as you ask nicely). If you have plenty of time and patience (plus a good sense of humour never hurt anyone), then there is no need to stress.

10. Bring some food on the train

This is more of a personal tip, but Capitaine Train still considers it to be important. If you are travelling on a budget it can be wise to bring your own food for the train.. So if you have a spare moment, pick up some food before hand. The food on trains is quite enjoyable these days so it is always worth a try (or a glass of wine). Plus, if you have a lengthy stop over in Paris’ Gare de Lyon, treat yourself to a meal at one of the city’s most beautiful restaurants, Le Train Bleu. They also sell to-go picnics for your train ride. It should not be missed!

2014 SNCF Summer Sales Open On 3rd Of April

by Malin, posted 31 March 2014 | Add comment

Opening of the 2014 SNCF summer sales on 3 rd of April 2014

The summer sales of SNCF tickets for the holiday season will open on Thursday the 3rd of April. These tickets will be for trips between the 3rd of July and 24th of August.

We do keep repeating it but it is the absolute truth: to benefit from the best prices you have to book early. These tickets work on a first-come, first-served basis. The exact opening times have not been communicated but we do advise you to get up early (or stay up late depending on where you live) to buy the cheapest tickets. You have no reason to worry, if you book with us you’ll already be a step ahead. We can provide you with the fastest way (ever!) to buy tickets. Besides, I bet you’ve already registered all of your passengers on your account to book even faster.

Reminder events

As per usual, we’ve created a reminder event on Facebook as an alarm. We will also be tweeting to keep you up to date. As long as you are attending the Facebook event, we can keep you updated about the opening of the sales.
Click here to access the Facebook event

We’ll see you on Thursday. We’ll be holding down the fort until then.

Win Capitaine Train T-shirts by recommending us!

To celebrate the opening of the summer sales, we have organized a small competition in which you can win 20 Capitaine Train t-shirts. To participate, you all you need to do is let your family and friends know about the best time to purchase their tickets, this Thursday on Capitaine Train. Share your Ambassador link and send them a funny, compelling and brilliant message to encourage them to use Capitaine Train. 20 of the best ambassadors will be selected. 20 people will be drawn at random from all those who have sponsored at least one new user between the 1st and 6th of April (we count until midnight). And as always, you will earn points and your loved ones will receive €3 discount towards their first tickets.

Capitaine Train Now Has an Android App!

by Malin, posted 26 March 2014 | Add comment

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12 months of waiting …
5 OS versions and 12 devices tested …
91 995 lines of code (and counting) …
4 823 tweets of encouragement (28 of which were from the same person) …

But now, the wait is over! Our Android app can be downloaded for free on the Play Store.

A 100% Android experience

At the beginning of this project we chose to develop a native Android app to be able to offer you the latest features. It was completely out of the question to essentially ‘copy-and-paste’ our iOS app (which is still awesome though) or worse, simply encapsulate our website into the app.

Our app is compatible with all devices running on Android 4.0 (or higher) and it can be used in portrait or landscape mode. Just to let you know, the design is especially optimised for smartphones.

Take advantage of your favourite features:

  • Find, buy or cancel your SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, iDTGV or iDBUS tickets (the other carriers are still in the process of being added).
  • Create and modify passengers and add or edit all of their reduction and loyalty cards.
  • Pre-book your tickets and keep them safely in your Cart. If possible, we can place them on hold for you so you can pay for them later via the app or on our website.
  • Store and access past or upcoming trips directly through the app.

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Of course we also wanted to go the extra mile and include some Android optimisations:

  • AccountManager & SyncAdapter: we have added Capitaine Train to the account list, so you’ll see it next to your Dropbox, Google, Facebook or Twitter accounts. This allows you to background sync all of your train tickets and other important information from your website user account to the app. Plus, if you have purchased a ticket on our website then it is automatically stored on your smartphone even if the app isn’t open. This is done in a very secure manner of course.
  • NotificationManager: our app will send you a notification 20 minutes before your train departs, which includes your seat and carriage number, departure and arrival time and more.

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This is just the beginning…

Of course our work on this app has certainly not yet stopped. A heap of features are still in development and will be arriving very, very soon (such as the mobile-ticket and seating preferences). If you have any suggestions, questions or you simply want to have a chat about trains, then do not hesitate to contact us at android@capitainetrain.com We will be happy to hear from you.

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Holy Week in Spain

by Malin, posted 19 March 2014 | Add comment

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Semanta Santa (also widely known as Holy Week) is one of Spain’s largest and most celebrated religious festivals. As Spain is a Catholic country, this time of year certainly does not go unnoticed. This year Holy Week falls on the week of the 13th of April until the 19th. So if you haven’t made plans yet, then why not spend a weekend in Barcelona, Girona or Figueres to witness one of the most important celebrations of the year.

Book your train tickets now before they sell out and take advantage of the current prices. If you plan on spending the weekend in Spain, you can take a direct train from Paris to Barcelona, Girona or Figueres, with prices starting at €129.30 in second class. Or, you can also take advantage of the still (be quick, the prices can rise as quickly as the TGV travels) cheap first class prices. Some first class tickets are only €1 more than second class!

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Trains to Spain

Here is the current timetable for all direct trains departing from France to Spain. You can always take a connecting train to one of these stations if you are outside of France or in another city. For example, if you are in London, you can take a train to Paris and then take the connecting train to Barcelona.

Station Trains running daily
Paris Gare de Lyon 07:15 10:07 14:07 16:07
Montpellier 10:37 13:37 17:37 19:41
Perpignan 12:16 15:16 19:16 21:28
Figueres 12:42 15:35 19:42 21:44
Barcelona Sants 13:40 16:32 20:40 22:41

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Holy Week in Barcelona

Every year there are hundreds of high-profile processions and celebrations throughout Spain to celebrate Holy Week. Penitential robes (nazareno in Spanish) are commonly worn by participants in the processions. These robes can often be quite striking (pictured above) as they consists of a runic, a hood with a conical tip to conceal the face of the wearer and often a clock.

Holy Week is a very important time in the Christian calendar as it marks the end of Lent and commemorates the death and rise of Jesus. Though it can be just as pleasant for non-Christians. Barcelona has fantastic weather during this time of year and the city looks great; it is filled with a celebratory atmosphere and you will find a delicious array of food on offer. Shop windows are full of chocolates, cakes and sugar dough morsels (pestiños). Trying them is must.

For more information on Holy Week activities and timetables of processions and masses, just click here.

Not to be missed…

Probably the most significant event in Barcelona during Holy Week is Palm Sunday. A procession takes place in the Ciutat Vella (known as La Burreta) commemorating the arrival of Jesus in Bethlehem. You’ll also find palm stalls throughout the centre of Barcelona selling bleached palm fronds which are carried by the devout in the processions. Another very significant event is the procession of the Virgen de la Macarena, which starts from the Eglésia de Sant Agusti in the Raval quarter. It begins on Good Friday (18th of April) at 17:00. The solemn procession then moves on with some detours to the cathedral in the Barri Gòtic, where it arrives about around 20:00.
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Need to know

Shops are not open in Spain on the public holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday. In the city centre many small tourist souvenir shops are open and some small boutique clothing shops will be open too, but the big shopping centres and high-street brand shops are closed. Restaurants and bars will be open during Easter, as it is a very popular time to spend time with family and celebrate. However, if you aren’t a fan of eating fish, then do be aware than on Good Friday (18th of April) most restaurants will not be serving any red meat due to the Lent tradition. Public transport will also be running, however the services may be reduced and less frequent.

Do you have any questions? Just get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

TGV Lyria Day Trip: Cheap Train Tickets from Paris to Geneva

by Malin, posted 03 March 2014 | Add comment

Have you always wanted to visit Switzerland but have never really found the time? Well, this year there is a perfect opportunity to hop across the border and spend a day in Geneva. TGV Lyria has a great new day trip offer. The cheap train tickets from Paris to Geneva cost €49 in 2nd class seats. For those who prefer a bit of luxury, 1st class return tickets cost only €99. This offer will be valid until the end of the year, so if you aren’t planning on being in Paris for another few months, you can always buy your train tickets 90 days in advance and visit later a bit later on.

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So, how does it work?

If you aren’t one of us already, join the Capitaine Train community by signing up. Then, all you have to do is search for your tickets using our book and search engine. A few trains are available each day for the special day-trip price of €24.50 for a one-way ticket in 2nd class and €49.50 for a one-way ticket in 1st class. Though remember, a day trip means you also have to return on the same day. Our personal advice to you would be to book your outbound train from Paris early in the morning and your return train from Geneva later at night. This way you will get the most of what the city has to offer. Additionally, if you are travelling on the TGV Duplex, then we most certainly recommend reserving a seat on the upper deck. There are some spectacular views on this journey, and the 1st class Club Duo (face-to-face) seat is perfect for two passengers.

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Taking a train to Geneva

Your train will arrive in Geneva’s Cornavin station. There are up to 9 trains a day, running direct service from Geneva to Paris with a journey time of 3 hours. You can also take a direct train from Nice to Geneva in just 6 hours. Though unfortunately this route is not included in the discount day-trip fares. For those looking to travel to warmer pastures, Geneva is also the starting point for the night train service to Barcelona, which takes just about nine and a half hours.

I’ve arrived! Where to go?

Once you have arrived in Geneva, it is extremely easy to jump on a tram or a bus from the train station. Gare Cornavin is exceptionally well designed, not in terms of architecture but in terms of practicality instead. The city tram and bus routes converge at a terminal located directly outside the front doors of the station, making transition from train to public transit extremely easy. You will find an underground passage in the station’s basement-level shopping concourse, which connects to the south side of the busy main street, so you can avoid crossing busy roads. The passage also connects to a lovely, open-air pedestrian-only shopping street, leading down to the lake.

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What to do in Geneva?

Not only is Geneva the home to a huge range of international, namely diplomatic, institutions but it also houses CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. So if international relations and NGO’s are your thing, then Geneva is your city. You can take a tour of the Palace of Nations (the former United Nations headquarters). Just across the road, you will find the International Red Cross headquarters and its respective museum. You can also organise a tour of CERN, if you fancy yourself a bit of a science geek. The team at Capitaine Train would love get a glimpse of the LHC, so if you get a chance, we’d always like to see photos.
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Of course, Geneva does have plenty more to offer. It is a city known for its beautiful lake, Lac Léman, which is surrounded by Alps. At the lake, you’ll find Geneva’s most famous landmark, the Jet d’Eau. It is definitely worth a visit. Though, if you dislike getting wet, then you should probably know that the surrounding half-kilometre is soaked with water. However, the more adventurous might want to try the pathway leading right up to the Jet d’Eau; prepare to get enjoyably wet!

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Not to miss, is admiring the city’s historic architecture, especially the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre in the old town (in French: vieille ville).
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A great place to eat is in the ancient market town of Carouge. It was once the kingdom of Sardinia, so this district has maintained a distinct Latin charm with a great offering of restaurants.

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Lastly, if you feel like stretching your legs before boarding your train back to Paris, have a look at this website for more information about the many parks in Geneva.

Questions?

If you have any queries about these day trip fares (or about anything in general) you can of course get in touch with our support team. We will be glad to help!

Train Tickets From France to Spain Now Available

by Malin, posted 25 February 2014 | Add comment

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After a long waiting period, Capitaine Train can now finally sell train tickets from France to Spain (or from Spain to France) for dates later than March 30th. Our team was able to give out a big sigh of relief today, the tickets had just become available from SNCF.

What happened?

Well, the story goes like this: We had spent many weeks keeping our customers up to date on the ticket release hoping that everything would go seamlessly … Unfortunately it didn’t. Renfe (the Spanish rail carrier) and SNCF work in cooperation for this joint train line. As the trains are extremely popular, especially the Paris to Barcelona train, additional trains were being added. This meant that the fare release for tickets departing after March 30th would be indefinitely delayed. A few weeks ago, everyone heard rumours that finally (!) the tickets would be on sale on the 15th of February. We anxiously communicated to our customers that hopefully the 15th would be the date to buy tickets. Of course Murphy’s Law came into play and things didn’t go as planned. Right before the train tickets were due to become available, we found out that only Renfe would be releasing them. SNCF were due to release the tickets on the 25th of February instead.

But where are the train tickets?

As we don’t have access to Renfe’s reservation system, we were unable to sell the tickets. This was really hard for us. Not from a business point of view but because of our customers. We had all invested a lot of time telling everyone exactly what was going on and that we would be the first ones to let them know when they can buy their tickets. So it felt like we had made a promise that had to be delayed to deliver. Many customers were anxious to get their hands on the Paris to Barcelona tickets in April, so time was of the essence. It was a sad day in the office of Capitaine Train.

Loyalty can go a long way

We had to make sure that our customers knew why we couldn’t sell these tickets at that point in time, and instead would be available 10 days later. We didn’t want anyone to be confused or missing out on these tickets (even if they were being purchased elsewhere). Capitaine Train then realised just how many loyal and appreciative customers we truly have. Plenty of customers came back to us and said that they were happy to wait an extra few days because they only wanted to buy with us. They had received fantastic customer support, knew the prices would be the lowest available and wanted to be able to select their seats. It was an awesome experience being able to see just how dedicated our users are to us. For that we want to say a big, big THANK YOU!

Can I now buy train tickets?

Yes, you certainly can. All tickets from France to Spain and from Spain to France are now readily available on Capitaine Train and are waiting to be booked by you!

Buy Direct Train Tickets From London to Avignon This Summer

by Malin, posted 31 January 2014 | Add comment

From London to Provence in just 6 hours

You can now hop on a train from London St Pancras or Ashford International and find yourself in the south of France within 6 hours. Eurostar has just launched a direct train service for this upcoming summer. It will run once a week from London St Pancras or Ashford International, directly to Avignon, France. The weekly service will depart every Saturday, which will give you just enough time for at least one week of wine, cheese and sightseeing in this historic centre of southern France.

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Head south to the sunshine

The outbound trains departing London St Pancras and Ashford International will commence on 28 June 2014 and run until 6 September 2014. Return trains will begin on 5 July 2014 until 13 September 2014.

Outbound trip – London St Pancras to Avignon Centre

Station Time
London St Pancras Depart 07:17
Ashford International Depart 07:55
Avignon Centre Arrive 13:53

Travel time: 5h36

Return trip – Avignon Centre to London St Pancras

Station Time
Avignon Centre Depart 16:39
Ashford International Arrive 21:05
London St Pancras Arrive 21:42

Travel time: 06h03

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Wake up and smell the lavender

There is no doubt that these convenient direct tickets will sell out extremely fast. Who wouldn’t want to travel over 1,100 km in under 6 hours to see the lavender fields? You can start booking your tickets 6 months in advance. The sales are are already open for outward tickets and return tickets, so book these tickets now.

Need a holiday ASAP?

Of course, those who don’t want to wait five more months to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site can book their tickets today. All Eurostar trains from London St Pancras or Ashford International to Avignon will have a connection at Paris or Lille. These trains depart up to 7 days a week and you can book them right here!