"Châtelet Metro and RER Station" RER Tip by riorich55
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On our trip to Paris in 2012 we arrived from London at Paris Orly and had to make our way out to our hotel in the La Defense area. After reviewing several option I decided that a series of trains was our best and least expensive option. The only concern I really had was making the switch over from the RER to the Metro at the Châtelet station.
The station serves 5 lines of the Metro and several lines of the RER and is in the center of Paris and the 1st arrondissement. The station is made up of two parts connected by a long corridor. Châtelet is connected by another long underground corridor to the southern end of the RER station Châtelet ? Les Halles, the northern end of which is again connected to the Métro station Les Halles. The walking distance from Line 7 at Châtelet to the RER lines at Châtelet ? Les Halles is circa 750 metres. It is the ninth busiest station on the Metro system.
We actually arrived at this transfer point just at the start of rush hour on a Friday afternoon about 3:30 p.m. local time after having traveled from Chicago via London and were about 17 hours into our trip after leaving our house. We were a bit tired, but having been to Paris once before in 2008 and having at least at bit of familiarity with the Metro and RER stations were able to negotiate this transfer just fine even with our luggage.
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