Saint-Germain-en-Laye moving about!

Well here is a very popular city in my old department of Yvelines 78 in the Ïle de France region. I have several posts in my blog on the city of St Germain en Laye but overlook the transport part. I always like to tell either in a post on the sights on a single post such as this one how to get around. My treat bringing back many memories on moving about and out on St Germain en Laye!

I have to say it is very easy to come here from Paris on the RER A and it leaves you just in front of the castle and around the street from the market. OF course, I have only came to St Germain en Laye by car, the road warrior way! The way to come from Paris in public transports is provided by the RER A line of which Saint-Germain-en-Laye station is the western terminus. It crosses Paris via Le Vésinet, the University of Nanterre, the business center of La Défense, the Place de l’Étoile, the department stores, the Halles district, the Gare de Lyon, the Place de la Nation , then continue towards Torcy and Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy where Disneyland Paris is located. The town is also crossed from east to west, in the middle of the forest, by the Paris – Rouen – Le Havre line which serves the Achères – Grand Cormier passenger station.

SGL RER A station ent across castle dec17

You can come on the RER A from many points in Paris, or the train  station Grand  Ceinture ,just at entry to the city , the train from Paris gare St Lazare, the official site for Transilien local trains :

SGL RER A in out Paris mar12

The train stations in St Germain en Laye are the Grande-Ceinture station (see post). Place Christiane-Frahier with SNCF counters: main lines, national network. Office from 7h to 22h20. Ticket sales: every day from 7h30 to 20h30. The Bel-Air Fourqueux station. SNCF counter: Île-de-France regional tickets, main lines, national network. Open Monday to Sunday, 7h30 to 21h. Suburban sales: 7h30- 22h30. SNCF boutique; 5 rue de Poissy. Open Monday from 9h. to 20h, Tuesday to Friday from 8h to 20h,  Saturday from 9h to 19h. Closed on Sundays and holidays.

The new train Line Paris-Normandie project. This is a high-speed rail line project that will link Paris Saint-Lazare station to Normandie (Evreux, Rouen, Yvetot, Bernay), expected by around 2030. More info in French here:

Partially reopened in 2004, the line of the Great Western Belt is little used because it constitutes an isolated section, the connection to the Saint-Lazare station in Saint-Nom-la Bretèche providing few advantages to travelers. In the coming years, this section will be transformed into a tram-train line, the Tram Express Ouest. This line from suburb to suburb, without passing through intramural Paris, will be extended north through Poissy to Achères-Ville station, in correspondence with RER A and Transilien L, and south to Saint-Cyr station, in correspondence with RER C, Transilien N and Transilien U trains. It is also envisaged that a branch connects Grande Ceinture train station to Saint-Germain-en-Laye RER A station, by the castle. The line is now scheduled to open in June 2022. The 19 km long line will serve the towns of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Mareil-Marly, L’Étang-la-Ville, Saint-Nom -la-Bretèche, Noisy-le-Roi, Bailly, Versailles and Saint-Cyr-l’École. The Grand Express tram line 13 by St Germain en Laye from the city:

I give brief direction from airports as this can be taylor made ask me for details. From

Roissy (95 Val d’Oise) Charles-de-Gaulle Airport : Go out and take these roads A1, A15, N184, and N104 Francilienne. By public transport: RER A1 to Châtelet-Les Halles in Paris, then RER B3 to Roissy. Paris. To from Orly Airport (Val de Marne 94) by road you can take the N13, and A6. By public transport: RER A1 to Châtelet-Les Halles + RER B4 to Antony + shuttle. From Beauvais Airport (Oise 60). By road: N184, A16, D1001, N104 (Francilienne) By public transport: RER A 1 to Châtelet-Les Halles then RER D to Gare du Nord + TER to Beauvais SNCF station

The Noctilien bus line N153 connects Paris-Saint-Lazare station to Saint-Germain-en-Laye station (in both directions) between 24h30 and 5h30. The Transilien N153 bus here:

The St Germain en Laye bus network main office at  Agence Transdev.6, place André-Malraux. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9h to 12h, and from 14h to 18h. More on Transdev bus network in St Germain en Laye:

The roads to get to St Germain en Laye are many. The case of the A14 expressway,with limited impact to locals as the expressway is underground for most of its route in the town, national roads N184 and N13 are used by me and the N13 is isolated by continuous noise barriers in the valley of the Ru de Buzot.. From Paris you can reach the city on the A13 (autoroute de Normandie), A86, A14, N13 (as above). From Rouen you reach it on the  A13,and N13; From Poissy on the N190 (we used it too).From Conflans / Cergy-Pontoise the N184 (used as well); and of course from Versailles, Orgeval, Rueil-Malmaison, the N13; but also the N184.

In St Germain en Laye there are approximately 5,000 free parking spaces out of the 8,911 existing in the city (above ground and underground). The most obvious parkings  is by the RER A station, RER A and Château parking in two levels. The other is to go underneath the Vieux Marché or market area on ave de la République, or the parking Pologne at rue de Pologne or the Monoprix store parking. The city has a good explanation on parkings and public transport even in French can easily be understood. The above were always our favorite parkings when visiting the city.

Some further details on parkings are : The Château / RER A car park at  Place du Général-de-Gaulle with 1,108 places.The Rue des Coches car park. 11-15 rue des Coches with 242 places. Parking Pologne. 63 rue de Poland with 305 spaces. The Marché-Neuf car park at Place du Marché with 415 spaces. Calumeo map on parking in St Germain en Laye :

How to get around in and out of St Germain en Laye from the city:

The St Germain en Laye Seine tourist office in English :

The Yvelines dept 78 tourist office on St Germain en Laye in French :

There you go folks, feel better now ,with my brief introduction on moving in and about in lovely St Germain en Laye. This is a must town to visit while in my belle France me think. Hope you enjoy the post and thank you for reading me since Nov 2010.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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