USC Study Abroad Program in France
Getting To Saintes
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Arriving in France
From CDG one has a couple of options to get to Paris:
Roissybus: Takes you the l’Opera
RER: train that gets you into the Metro system: requires stairs.
From Paris to Saintes: One must depart from Gare Montparnasse if taking the TGV Rapide towards Saintes. The TGV takes you only as far as Angouleme, another option is via Niort. Either way you switch to a local train that takes you to Saintes. Check www.voyages-scnf.com for schedule information or when you get to the train station look for a little schedule/pamphlet “Paris-Royan” this one will have the scheduled times to Saintes. Also look out for “Paris-la Rochelle” I think this may also show trains to Saintes. I recommend the route via Angouleme or Niort as shown on the “Paris-Royan” schedule, it’s a bit less travel time.
If you’re not familiar with the train system:
The platform is not listed until about 20 minutes prior to departure
Go to the platform listed. On the ticket you will also see voit (for voiture, car) look for the correct car and find your place. You may have to walk a bit to find your car. Sometimes two trains are linked on the same platform, make sure that you get on the correct train, as sometimes the two will quietly part at some station along the way to go to separate destinations. The trains do leave on time. If you’re running late just get on before departure time and find your car later.
Changing trains generally trains will stop at an intermediate station only very briefly, check your watch for the scheduled arrival time and get your stuff ready before you arrive.
In Saintes you will be about a 15-20 minute walk to the Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme (CEAU) the address is 16 Rue Charles Dangibeaud, Saintes 17100
Gerald Knowles (director of CEAU): 05 46 74 95 84
http://uk.multimap.com is the source for the following maps. I’ve edited them to show paths.
this is zoomed into the center of town