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I have to go to Arles from CDG airport (Terminal 2e) upon arrival at 10:20 AM to catch a river cruise at 4 PM. How many minutes will it take to get to the TGV station?

Can I change ticket time earlier or later if I buy it in advance? I'm not sure what time I'll get to the station; If I get off the plane and get my baggage early I'd like to catch it sooner. Or should I buy tickets when I get there?

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  • If the trains don't work out (and it looks doubtful), you might look into getting another plane ticket from CDG to Marseille or Montpellier and then taking a cab from there. There's a 12:25–13:50 flight from CDG–MRS that looks promising. Jun 2, 2023 at 21:46
  • On what date would that be? Schedules can vary depending on the day of the week or public holidays.
    – jcaron
    Jun 2, 2023 at 22:01
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    It may also make sense to get directly to Lyon instead of Paris, depending on where you are arriving from.
    – jcaron
    Jun 2, 2023 at 22:03
  • If you fly to Marseille, you can also get a short bus journey from Marseille airport to Vitrolles Aéroport Marseille station and a direct train to Arles.
    – Stuart F
    Jun 5, 2023 at 9:31

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That's gonna be impossible to make,

Looking at SNCF-Connect the only trip that arrive before 4pm in Arles leave CDG at 9:59am.

Can I change ticket time earlier or later if I buy it in advance?

Usually, you can exchange a ticket for 19€/exchange in a 6-day period preceding your trip (Exchanges are free and unlimted beforehand)

This of course depends on the ticket class you book, if you book a Business Première ticket, all exchanges are free up to train departure (but that's by far the most expensive option)

Or should I buy tickets when I get there?

Buy in advance, tickets to Southern France are sought after a lot and sell out very quickly

If I get off the plane and get my baggage early I'd like to catch it sooner.

The only connection you could catch is at noon, but that arrives at 4:44pm. But, even that is short, entry immigration can be lengthy at CDG and can take well over an hour.

How many minutes will it take to get to the TGV station?

The TGV station is very close to 2E, but I'd let a 15 min walk for it depending where you arrive

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  • If the OP can make it to the Gare de Lyon by 11:20 then there's an itinerary that could work, but I don't know whether it's feasible to do so. Plus it requires two connections. Jun 2, 2023 at 21:26
  • SNCF-Connect will only find long distance trains departing from CDG. The trip seems feasible if you go by local transport to the city centre and take a train from there. It may also be a bit faster to take the train to Avignon and then a taxi from there. Jun 2, 2023 at 21:31
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    @MichaelSeifert Very unlikely... in all green conditions (very rare on RER B), a CDG-GDL is a 45min transfer. A taxi is similar Jun 2, 2023 at 21:39
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    Another alternative is to get to Nîmes Pont du Gard (TGV station in the middle of nowhere, but 30 minutes from Arles by the road) or maybe Nîmes Centre. There’s a direct TGV from CDG to Nîmes Pont du Gard et 11:59 arriving at 15:30, that’s probably the closest option, but it’s extremely tight.
    – jcaron
    Jun 2, 2023 at 22:37

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