a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 22, 2015
Bon jour, We're planning a trip this Sept. for this area and to take some tours. Our Overlord Tours agenda has us ending at 5:30/6:00 PM on a Monday about 1/2 mile from the Bayeux train station. I've seen two different train timetables to Paris (via Caen), one says the train departs at 6:11 and the other says departation is at 6:37. I have no worries we could make the latter time, but wonder about the earlier time. Could someone verify the actual departure time for Monday Sept. 14th. Thank you for your time.
It is always best to look at the official railway website of any European country rather than elsewhere.
You are looking far too far ahead for absolute certainty (no website will yet have definite data for next September) but you can certainly find timetables for the next couple of months on the official French railway website:
There is no reason to think that information will change substantially before September. There is a direct departure Bayeux>Paris at 1837 (6.37pm), with no change of train. No 1811 departure is listed.
It may be that additional services will be added for the summer, so check again nearer the time.
If you prefer to check in English look at the excellent official German railway website, which carries data from other official European railway websites and gives times ad details for almost all European trains, except a few private and commuter lines:
Again, only the direct 1837 departure to Paris St Lazare station is listed (because DB takes its data from the SNCF site).
I do agree that the voyages-sncf site is easy to use in French but, equally, I know that some people are not comfortable doing so.
The DB site offers a good alternative because choosing the English language version of voyages-sncf takes on to Raileurope, a ticketing agency which does not list all departures (although I'm pretty sure it will in this case) and charges admin fees.
The French SNCF site gives the time as 18h37 (6h37) no mention of 18h11.As said be circumspect about these times as you are still 6 months away. You'll have to wait until the 15th June to book anyway, so have a re-check on the timetable then.
Thank you all for your help. I realize its early for this, but what can I say; I'm a planner. Thanks again!
Alternatively, if you need French train times in English and you don't want to use la Sncf, there's always "capitaine train" which is available in English.
Beware though, sometimes not all trains are listed
Voyages-sncf can easily be used in English without diversion to Rail Europe if you:
(a) Select 'Other countries (EUR)' top right
(b) Select 'Afghanistan' as your country where the journey planner says 'select country'.
However, www.capitainetrain.com has the same trains, options, and prices as voyages-sncf, adds no fee or other markup, same print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets. The only difference is that it doesn't play games and try and divert you anywhere. Started by three young French entrepreneurs who thought they could sell SNCF tickets better than SNCF themselves, it connects directly to SNCF's ticketing system and accepts all international credit cards.
Given voyages-sncf's Machiavellian tendencies and the nonsense of always having to tell people to select 'Afghanistan' in order to use it, as far as I am concerned, to all intents and purposes Capitainetrain.com is the new French Railways website!