Meeting Your Trip in Strasbourg 2014
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We suggest that you print these pages out, and bring a copy with you to your trip.
When and Where:
Our trip will meet in the Strasbourg railway station, on the platform for the 13h54 train to Haguenau (final destination: Wissembourg), at any time prior to train departure (we are all going to ride this train as far as Haguenau, where the bikes will be staged).
This meeting time is designed to offer you a pleasant bike ride in rural Alsace on your way to Wissembourg. Keep lunch in mind: by the time you get off in Haguenau, at 2:30p, there will be no food to be had there. So... if you are arriving in Strasbourg close to our meeting time, try to have eaten in the TGV café car (or at least bought a sandwich to eat on the train out to the country) before you get in.
Alternate Meeting, for Those Arriving via Frankfurt
If you are landing in Frankfurt, it is actually quicker to travel direct to Haguenau via Wissembourg than to travel to Strasbourg. Consult us for details.
What if You Miss Your Planned Meeting?
If you have told us you are joining us in Strasbourg, and find yourself delayed, you should continue to Hagenau on the next train. Trains run hourly, and we will wait for the following one (departs Strasbourg at 14h54). If you miss that one, too, then travel directly to Wissembourg at 15h54 (or later) and meet us at the night's hotel. Trains run frequently until early evening (last departure at 19h54 7:54p in the 2014 timetable), but not later. Wissembourg is their destination, making it easy to find them on the departure boards, and also to figure out when to get off. Journey time is around an hour, a bit more if your train is a local.
If you miss the last train to Wissembourg, your only way to make the trip without taking taxi all the way (at monumental cost), is to catch a later train to Haguenau at 20h24, or even a railroad-operated bus at 22h25 (from the bus stop in front of the station building). You would then taxi from there to Wissembourg. This will still be a 40€ cab ride, but this is less than a hotel room in Strasbourg, and puts you where you need to be, albeit in a ferocious mood.
As a precaution (and so we don’t worry about you), you may wish to tell us where you are, if only so that we may send your bike to where you want it to be, and get the hotel to prepare a salami plate prepared for your midnight arrival in Wissembourg...
To do so, dial the cell phone that we will have in Strasbourg. From within France, the number is 06.07.47.96.04 (Nicolas). If you are dialing from outside of France, but within Europe, the numbers are 0033.607.47.96.04. From North America, dial 011.33... and then the number beginning with the 6.
You will depart Haguenau by bicycle....
You thus have the issue of changing into your cycle clothes. You may as well face this before you meet your trip... it will have you on the bike all the sooner. Hint: the bathroom on the train is probably cleaner than the one in the Haguenau station :-(
If you are having us move your luggage, it will be shipped from Haguenau.
Included in Your Access Package, if you subscribed to it:
A train ticket to Strasbourg, a seat reservation on any train which requires it, and a detailed timetable of the train for which you are reserved.
Also, the ongoing ticket from Strasbourg to Haguenau, which we will have with us.
Travel Documents will be supplied by our Paris office (opening hours), unless you are arriving via a different route, in which case they will be sent to you at home, prior to your departure. You will receive either a train ticket, or a railpass with accompanying explanation regarding its use, and a schedule for the train that you have reserved.
Getting to the Trip
The following routings are described. You may follow the link to jump directly to yours, or just scroll down.
From Paris, or Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport
Trains on these routes require reservations. If you have requested a ticket from us, it has been booked, most likely on the 10:55a from Paris East (“Est”) station, or on the 10:26a from the airport rail station. Before boarding your train, and unless your ticket is a “print-at-home” or a railpass, be sure to “validate” (date stamp) it in the little yellow machine at the track gate.
All trains offer café cars, for your morning croissant and coffee.
From Frankfurt Airport direct to Wissembourg
This involves a series of 3 trains, the whole series running every hour (so, if a delay or confusion makes you miss a connection, you have an hour to wait for the next one).
- From Frankfurt Flughafen (airport), take the next departing express to Mannheim. The ones that connect on depart at 53” past the hour in the ‘14 timetable, from mail line (“Fern”) platform 5. Mannheim is the first stop, and 30 minutes will bring you there.
- In Mannheim, catch the next departing train towards Neustadt (Weinstr) Hbf. These depart from platform 1, at 55 or 56 minutes past each hour. Careful: Neustadt Hbf is not be the final stop for the train (Kaiserslautern is). So “Kaiserslautern” is what you look for on departure boards. Journey time is 35 minutes. Neustadt Hbf will be the 10th stop. Be careful: the previous stop, 3 minutes before yours, is Neustadt-Böbig, and this is NOT where you want to get off.
- In Neustadt, take the hourly local to Wissembourg, departing at 36” past every hour from platform 5.
- Drop your bags at the hotel, freshen up, and catch the 13h41 (1:41p) train to Haguenau.
You will first travel to Basel via hourly train, then on to Strasbourg, also via hourly train.