Driving into Paris

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  1. Encantador

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    We are about 120 miles north of Paris and plan to go in for a few hours on Friday. The closest train station is Abbeville but for 4 people will cost about £150.

    we have a hire car, so just wondering whether it would make more sense to drive and get a train/metro/subway (if Paris has one) from somewhere just north of the city. I assume all stations would have a car park.

    Any suggestions?

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    Steve
     
  2. John Laidler

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    I've driven in and out of Paris a few times on business trips and the traffic jams can be horrendous but mid morning to mid afternoon would be best if you want to try it. The commuter trains can also get very busy.
    I guess you could park at CDG but it is still a good 30 minutes in from there by train IIRC. Otherwise look on a map for a town on a train line. Parking in the suburbs of Paris could be risky if you don't know the area.
     
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    Paris's suburban railways and Metro are well integrated - often you don't need to switch trains to travel underground through the centre. They have the equivalent of the cheap multi-zone Day Rider pass if you can get close enough in - we once stopped at a campsite at Maisons-Laffitte (NW Paris, well outside the Peripherique ring road) and commuted in very cheaply. There must be a northern equivalent of that.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    We stayed at campsite at maisons lafitte, 10 min walk to train station v easy and felt safe .
     
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    We stay there too and as had been said a great site on the banks of Seine with a 15 min walk to the rail station then a combined rail and metro ticket for about €11.00 this has got to be one of the best ways to see Paris in a motorhome.(y)
     
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