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LAX To Bordeaux - Any Suggestions?  
User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

I have a trip coming up to Bordeaux soon, and have never flown there before. I'll be departing from LAX, and was thinking about a few options, including flying to Paris and taking the high-speed through the countryside to Bordeaux.

Any suggestions?


"The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee." -- Gunter's 2nd Law of Air
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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3933 times:

What will be the seating class for this trip ? Eco or Business ?

Quoting mrskyguy (Thread starter):
flying to Paris and taking the high-speed through the countryside to Bordeaux

Thru trains from Roissy (CDG) to Bordeaux appear to be infrequent in the early afternoon.
You'd be advised to check if train times match favorably with air arrivals (the flight you are looking into).

If you use AF 065 arriving at 1125h, your option would be TGV 05218 departing CDG2/Roissy 1337h arriving Bordeaux St. Jean at 1800h sharp, making it a 4h23min ride.
2 hours of layover and a 4.5-hour train ride after a redeye flight across the pond ? Hardly something I would fancy ...   
Will you have plenty of luggage/baggage to drag along ?
How much more expensive would it be to fly AF all the way to BOD ? If you choose AF 065 and then AF 7624 you'll ariive at BOD at 1405h.

Taking a train from "downtown" Paris will mean even more hassle, as you first will have to take the RER to Paris Montparnasse.

I think I would prefer flying to BOD ...
-HT



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User currently offlinegoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1853 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

I completely agree with HT. Just connect AF to AF in CDG

User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

I would recommend just hopping an AF flight down to Bordeaux. A train ride with luggage is bad at the best of times, and if you've never done it before then it'll be my definition of hell. The flight from CDG to Bordeaux can't take more than 45 minutes anyway, way quicker than a 5 hour train ride.

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7415 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3848 times:

If you really want to take the TGV (High Speed Train), then try it on you way back to CDG ...

From LAX to BOD you can try :


LAX. 3:25PM ----- AF065 (B772ER) ----- CDG. 11:25AM / 12:50PM ----- AF7624 ----- BOD 2:25PM


LAX. 6:30PM ----- AF069 (B77W) ----- CDG. 2:05PM / 4:00PM ----- AF7634 ----- BOD. 5:15PM


LAX. 9:40PM ----- AF073 (B772ER) ----- CDG.5:15PM / 6:35PM ----- AF7626 ----- BOD. 7:50PM


You have also som possibilities with BA or LH via LHR or FRA


User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6820 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
You have also som possibilities with BA or LH via LHR or FRA

The BA flights to Bordeaux are from LGW.



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User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

There's also KL: LAX-AMS-BOD

I think a rare opportunity to fly a Fokker70, if you're into that kind of thing - although KL may have switched BOD services to the E190 by now...

but then AMS isn't too convenient if you want to take the train in one direction or the other.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7415 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Quoting oly720man (Reply 5):
The BA flights to Bordeaux are from LGW.

Correct. I forgot ... so forget BA. Connecting within LHR is already a nightmare ... connecting LHR/LGW is even worse !

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 6):
but then AMS isn't too convenient if you want to take the train in one direction or the other.

With the combinability fares, you can fly KL one way via AMS and AF the other via CDG if you realy wan to take the train ...


User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
What will be the seating class for this trip ? Eco or Business ?

It's Eco for me this time, I'm afraid.

Sounds like most of you are suggesting I toss the ideal of a train, as romantic as that sounds on paper. I will be carrying a solid chunk of luggage too.



"The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee." -- Gunter's 2nd Law of Air
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Quoting mrskyguy (Reply 8):
I will be carrying a solid chunk of luggage too.

Then you should avoid using the train.
It is much more convenient to check that at home and retrieve at your final destination, especially if you have a (kind of) private transport at hand.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
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