Expensive to Missing the Train to Orly for Cheap Flight!

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That's it.

I got myself a relative cheap flight from Paris to Rome on Wednesday September 23 early morning 6:25am. So naturally I thought the best way would just to spend a few hours of sleep at the Orly airport before checking in at odd hours at 4:25am.

I bought the RER ticket to Orly, left the hotel about 9:30pm, looked at my watch and said to myself, "I should really have some late dinner". And there I was, popped into a kebab shop and had a wholesome hearty meal. And dragged myself and the luggage and finally got to the Gare du Nord RER station, didn't realise that it was about 10:45pm when I finally walked into the platform.

And the train came at 10:55pm.

I knew I had to change at Antony, and it actually took quite a while to get to Antony! By the way, I got to Antony I sensed something was wrong as the gate pointing to ORLY was closed!!! And the sign said it closed at 11pm.

Jardin des Tuileries
Shoot! I got on the train from Gare du Nord by 11pm but 11pm actually meant AT ORLY!!!

After scrambling and asking a few people, and making a couple of frantic phone calls, instead of going back to Paris to a friend's home, I decided to take a cab straight to Orly from there which cost me 20 Euros!!! So that was real bummer! :(

So, now I learned the costly lesson about the LAST TRAIN in Paris - it wasn't the real last train until you were on the reall last train! :p

P/S: I'm glad I wasn't the only one who made the same mistake - as I found out another American dude who was on the same flight to Rome as me, also did the same thing. I personally feel that was the lack of info in Paris station which warned train users about the timing. :p I said that because I did ask the counter staff about when the last train was and the gal said, "No timetable" - which I thought it ran all through the night thus "no timetable".

chriswo says:
I am hoping to go more countries in Europe, so am just waiting for AirAsia's Paris route to start. :D
Posted on: Nov 15, 2009
melissawong says:
Wow.. thanks for sharing the photos. They are gorgeous. Can't wait to go there next year.
Posted on: Nov 15, 2009
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