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    Default CDG to Lyon - can I buy ticket at CDG when boarding?

    Hello, even at age 67, I am still a total novice to France, trains, etc.
    When I land at CDG, can I go to the train to Lyon & buy my ticket directly there, or do I need to make reservations ahead?
    thanks to anyone who can help.
    plecostomus KD

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    You can certainly buy your ticket on the day you arrive at CDG, but there is a small risk that the train might be sold out. However, this is quite unlikely, so I wouldn't worry too much about that. You could always wait until the next one, anyway.

    The biggest reason for not buying your ticket on the day is that you can save 50% or 60% on the ticket price by booking as far as possible ahead of time (up to thee months). You can buy safely online at:

    http://www.tgv-europe.com

    However, be aware that the cheapest tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable, so there is a risk that if your flight is delayed and you miss the train, you will have to buy a new ticket at full price. Visit the homepage of this website, the one you're on now, Paris By Train for lots of information about CDG and French trains.

    http://www.parisbytrain.com

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    [QUOTE=scirocco;5213]...The biggest reason for not buying your ticket on the day is that you can save 50% or 60% on the ticket price by booking as far as possible ahead of time (up to thee months). You can buy safely online at:

    http://www.tgv-europe.com

    Thank you, I went to the site, and it quotes $89 Euros for me - and you are saying that it is nearly double that if I buy the ticket at CDG? Did I understand that correctly? I fly out of LA tomorrow Thurs May 31, and would use the ticket on June 1. Sorry to be a bit confused, here, thanks for your help.
    plecostomus KD

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    No, the discounts are really only an "early bird" type. As it is only a couple of days until you use the ticket, the online price will be similar to what you will pay at CDG, so there's not much advantage in buying online.

    If you had booked your ticket back in early March, you could have got a ticket to Lyon for 25 euros second class, or 35 euros first class.

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