a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 8, 2011
Is it possible to take a bus from both train stations to a Hotel on 7 Rue Champ Demars? (Hotel Du champ du Mars)
Would this be an economical way to that area? I have read that taking the buses is much more scenic than taking the subway.
Thank you for your response.
Taking the buses is more scenic most of the time because the subway is nearly all underground. There are a couple exceptions. Taking the bus will not save you any money. You use the exact same ticket on bus, subway, RER (within town), the trams and the funicular up to Sacre Coeur. The only time we don't like the bus is during rush hours. Traffic is terrible and it slows the buses. The subway is crowded then but so is everything else. It's good to find a nice cafe during evening rush hour and sit and watch everyone trying to get home. Good time for a kir . . . or coffee.
If you want to plan any bus journey you can use this :
Yes you can get there by bus, probably a combination, but if you are arriving into Paris at Gare du Nord (or l'Est) you may be better off just taking a taxi. They are not all that more expensive after you pay for tickets. Karl
I didn't realize that the same tickets are used for trams, buses, ect?
Would you say rush hour is between 4 & 6:30 or so... for evening hours? and perhaps 6 to 8:30 am?
We have a 10:30 am flight out of CDG on a Saturday. We are allowing 3 hours shared shuttle from Rue Champ Demars area. Does that sound right?
I read your review on Hotel Clement, would you suggest it for our return night to Paris to fly out of CDG?
We will spend 3 nights early on in our vacation in a different area, but am returning to Paris at the end for a flight back to the Sates and considering the Clement for 1 night.
Thanks for all your help
With a shared shuttle, you need to figure an hour transportation time (unless you are the last picked up), although Sat morning will not be bad at all. foying out of CDG, you should plan on being at the airport at least 2 1/2 hours prior to your flight (some recommend 3 hours). As to morning rush hour, it is my experience that the French to get up until 7:45 AM, let alone out of their flat. I am usually up early in the morning to get photos and until 7:30 the metros are almost empty. Karl
Depending on what you are up for, it only takes 1 hour, 20 minutes to walk from Gare du Nord to your hotel. It is only 5.5 kilometers away, but may be a bit more scenic than you would like after traveling... Per viamichelin.com
Risques météo : Paris le 09/03/11 à 21:00
Brouillard : Neige : Verglas : Départ : Paris 10, Gare du Nord
1 Itinéraire dans Paris 5.5 km
Continuer tout droit (0.2 km)
Prendre à gauche : Rue de Compiègne (0.1 km)
Prendre à droite : Rue de Belzunce (0.1 km)
Continuer sur : Rue Bossuet (0.2 km)
Prendre à droite : Rue la Fayette (1.5 km)
Prendre Rue Halévy (0.2 km)
Continuer sur : Place de l'Opéra (0.1 km)
Prendre à droite : Boulevard des Capucines (0.3 km)
Prendre Boulevard de la Madeleine (0.2 km)
Prendre à gauche : Place de la Madeleine (0.1 km)
Continuer sur : Rue Royale (0.3 km)
Prendre à droite : Place de la Concorde (0.3 km)
Prendre Pont de la Concorde (0.2 km)
Prendre à droite : Quai d'Orsay (0.4 km)
Prendre à gauche : Avenue du Maréchal Gallieni / Esplanade des Invalides (0.4 km)
Au rond-point, Place des Invalides, prendre la 1ère sortie Continuer sur : Rue de Grenelle (0.6 km)
Prendre à gauche : Rue Cler (0.1 km)
Prendre à droite : Rue du Champ de Mars (0.1 km)
5.5 km 01h19
In a shared shuttle, 3 hours should be okay for a Saturday morning. We always plan to arrive at CDG 3 hours before our flight and we always get there too early . . . although we will undoubtedly continue to get there early. LOL
We're both paranoid about missing the plane and for some reason, I always get singled out for extra security check. I'm not sure how many grey-haired little old ladies are a security threat, but I seem to look like one. Sigh . . .
We love the Hotel Clement so I'll be happy to recommend it. There are lots of really good restaurants within an easy walk and our favorite is La Bastide d'Opio at 9 rue Guisarde about 2 blocks from the Hotel Clement. http://www.bistrot-opio.com/
Enjoy your trip.
Beau...., we keep telling you not to wear the burka and fake mustache..Karl