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Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

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Sydney, Australia
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Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

We get into CDG from Oz at the (unholy) hour of 6:55 and – once we manage to funnel through the woefully understaffed passport control (along with the other 3 jumbo loads of passengers that seem to always manage to arrive at that time slot) – the current plan is to catch the RER, drop of our baggage and use what's left of the morning to do something while we wait to get into our apartment.

I'd read somewhere recently that scanning equipment had been implemented and the left luggage lockers at Gare du Nord – and some of the other bigger stations – were back in operation.

Can anyone confirm?

I'm also assuming we will have to "sortie" to access luggage lockers – which will mean we will need new billets to continue our journey?

Thanks...

Eindhoven...
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1. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

Yes, the luggage facilities are in operation, they open at 6:15 at Gare du Nord. Since a few years there's scanning equipment at the entrance of the luggage lockers.

And yes, you need to exit the metro/RER system to enter the "consignes automatiques", and you will need new tickets to continue your journey.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

Thank you!

USA
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3. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

>>>I'm also assuming we will have to "sortie" to access luggage lockers – which will mean we will need new billets to continue our journey?<<<

YES...you will have to Exit the lower-level, turnstile/gate controled RER/Metro portion of the Gare du Nord station compex, come up to the upper, SNCF/THALYS/EUROSTAR, portion of the station, walk the length of the main concourse, to far,southwest corner (near the regular TAXI rank) for the entrance down to the CONSIGNES (Left Luggage) area.

But depending on where your apartment is located within the city, you may be better off making your way to the most convenient SNCF station, with a CONSIGNES facility (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse...NOT Gare Saint Lazare nor Gare Bercy), to your apartment's location.

Bordeaux
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4. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

All is right.

Yes, you will need new billets to continue your journey, but if it is within Paris with the metro or the RER, it will cost only 1.2 euro per person. Not a lot.

Sydney, Australia
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5. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

Our apartment is on the rue du Fer a Moulin in the 5th and I picked Gare du Nord after playing with various combinations on the www.ratp.fr site because:

(1) we could go straight there from CDG (no need to change);

(2) it's close to the Marche des Rouge Enfants (where we can have lunch and pick up some provisions); and

(3) heading back to the apartment, we can get off at Censier-Daubenton (which minimises the walk dragging our bags).

Any better approaches greatly appreciated.

USA
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6. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

Sounds like a well thought out and researched '..plan..' to suit your purpose nicely.

Since you will be un-encumbered by baggage, you could easily walk the distance (2?..3? km) to Marche des Rouge Enfants, stopping for breakfast en route at any likely looking place along the way.

I suspect that the '..problem..' you may encounter is that once at Marche des Rouge Enfants, you may be sorely tempted by all of foods, wines, etc at the stalls there, to '..shop..' more than you should...and then have to carry not only your baggage...but enough provisions for a regiment for a month back to your apartment. It'll HURT...but try to exercise some shopping restraint....or simply add a mental 10% to every purchase you make...and use this added amount for the taxi fare to your apartment....with LOTS of tasty stuff.

Sydney, Australia
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7. Re: Gare du Nord: left luggage facilities?

Damn. The flaw in my cunning plan - managing our baggage AND the stuff we pick up at le Marché.

I guess we'll just have to practice shopping constraint - knowing we have many other markets to visit all with yummy, fresh produce to buy.....

Who am I kidding? This just isn't going to work, is it? We're going to buying way too much stuff - and the jet lag is just going to make the impulse control harder.

The best laid plans....

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