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MAJOR TRAIN STATIONS IN PARIS

here are seven major train stations in Paris stations that go beyond the Ile de France region.

Gare du Nord
The busiest railway station in Europe and the hub for trains arriving and departing Paris on the Eurostar. With Thalys the Gare du Nord also serves Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Along with the local and national train lines this station is always a bustling beehive of activity with trains running to Northern France and the Northern suburbs of Paris.

Tips for catching the Eurostar Train from Paris to London

Gare de l’Est
Located a short ten minute walk from Gare du Nord (you can also take the bus or metro). Connects to Gare Magenta. Trains go to eastern France and Germany plus the eastern suburbs of Paris.

Gare d’Austerlitz
Trains go to central France, Toulouse and the Pyrenees. Elipsos also runs trains to Barcelona.

Gare de Bercy
Trains to Italy and Burgundy.

Gare de Lyon
Trains to south-east France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Switzerland and Italy. Trains also run to the south-eastern suburbs of Paris.

Gare Montparnasse
Trains to western and south-western France and Madrid. Trains also run to the western suburbs of Paris.

Gare Saint-Lazare
Trains to Normandy and to the west and south-western suburbs of Paris.

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TRAVELING ON THE EUROSTAR TRAIN

If you’re traveling from London to Paris, the best solution is to take the train. Many people think of flights from Paris to London, but unless you live near the airports, it’s easier and quicker to take the Eurostar train.

Read our tips about catching the Eurostar Train between London and Paris

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TRANSPORTATION FROM THE TRAIN STATIONS

Taxis
Taxis are always an option, and can be picked up in front of the stations.  You are warned to watch your luggage closely in the stations (particularly Gare du Nord) and to never take a taxi from anyone who approaches you in the stations. The taxi lines outside are often long, so we recommend one person go get in line while the other person is making the call to us.

Public Buses & Métro Lines
You can also take a public bus from many of the train stations. They are inexpensive (same price as the métro), much easier than the métro, and bring you closer to most of our apartments than the métro.  And, you can buy tickets from the bus driver.

Paris Est (or Gare de l’East, East Station), is one of the largest and oldest railway stations in Paris. Originally called the Strasbourg Platform, it opened in 1849 as the western terminus for the Paris-Strasbourg railway. In 1854 the service was expanded to Mulhouse and the station renamed Gare de l’Est. In 1883 it began services on the Orient Express to Istanbul. Gare de l’Est was used for large-scale transport of French troops in World War I.

Today it is the major terminus for services to eastern France, and major cities in Europe including Zurich in Switzerland, Munich in Germany and Vienna in Austria.

Services from Gare de l’Est

TGV services go to major cities like:

Deutsche Bahn operates a City Night Line to:

  • Metz Ville, Saarbrucken Hbf, Gottingen, Hanover, and Berlin
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Practical Information

Transport Links To Gare de l’Est

  • Metro
    Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
    Ligne 5: Bobigny-Pablo Picasso to Port d’Italie
    Ligne 7: La Coureuve 8 Mai 1945 to Ville Juif to Louis Aragon
  • For buses, see the Paris Bus map

To Charles de Gaulle Airport

Take RER(Regional Express Railway) train Line B directly to the airport.

Paris Gare du Nord Train Station

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Gare du Nord (or Paris Nord), built between 1861 and 1864, is the busiest railway station in Europe. It’s the main station for trains to North France and also for the Eurostar from London, Lille and Brussels. It runs both TGV trains and SNCF trains.

Eurostar arrives here from London, Brussels, and Lille.

Services from the Gare du Nord

TGV services go to:

Most popular Intercités run to:

  • Creil, Boulogne, Cambrai, Maubeuge
  • Saint-Denis, Pontoise
  • Aulnay-sous-Bois, Crepy-en-Valois

Most popular TER trains run to:

  • Mitry-Claye, Laon, Persan-Beaumont, Amiens
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Practical Information

Operating hours 5 am to 1 am

Transport Links To Gare du Nord

  • Metro
    Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
    Ligne 5: Bobigny Pablo Picasso to Place d’Italie
  • For buses, see the Paris Bus map

To Charles de Gaulle Airport

Take RER (Regional Express Railway) train Line B directly to the airport

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Paris Gare de Lyon Train Station

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Paris Gare de Lyon is one of the busiest stations in France and Europe. Built for the World Exposition of 1900, it’s a splendid building both inside and out where it’s dominated by a huge clock tower.

Even if you’re not using the station, I thoroughly recommend a meal at the fabulous restaurant, Le Train Bleu. A Belle Epoque gem, it’s decorated more like a cathedral than a restaurant with wonderful gold decorations and paintings on the walls and ceilings.

Le Train Bleu and the station have appeared in films like Nikita by Luc Besson, The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie, Mr Bean’s Holiday with Rowan Atkinson and the 2010 film The Tourist.

Paris Gare de Lyon city links include Lyon, Marseille, Paris and Geneva, Milan in Italy.

Services from Gare de Lyon

Most popular TGV services go to:

  • Le Creusot and southeast France
  • Montbard
  • Dijon to Bern, Lausanne and Zurich, Switzerland
  • Macon-Loche TGV to Geneve-Comavin
  • Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport to Milan, Italy
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TER trains serve Melun

Practical Information

  • 20 boulevard Diderot
  • Paris 12 Gare de Lyon
  • Operating hours: 3.30am to 1.30am

Transport Links to Gare de Lyon

  • Metro
    Ligne 1: La Defence to Chateau de Vincennes
    Ligne 14: Saint Lazarre to Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand
  • For buses, see the Paris Bus map

To Charles de Gaulle Airport

Take Air France Coach line 4, departs every 30 minutes

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Paris Gare Montparnasse Train Station

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Opened in 1840 as Gare de l’Ouest, Gare Montparnasse became famous for the derailment of the Granville-Paris Express which overran the buffer, continued across 30 metres (100 ft) of the station concourse, went through the end wall and smashed out of the station to land on its nose in the Place de Rennes, 10 metres (33 ft) below the platform level. The photograph is well known, as is the incident which was used in the film Silver Streak and in Hugo, the children’s film.

The station was totally rebuilt in 1969 with an extension built in 1990 for the TGV Atlantique to the west and south-west of France.

Services from Gare Montparnasse

  • Gare Montparnasse serves west and south-west France, southern Normandy, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Tours, Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, and north-west Spain.

Popular TGV services include:

Popular TER services include trains to Dreux and Granville and Versailles-Chantier towards Le Mans.

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Practical Information

Transport links to Gare Montparnasse:

  • Metro
    • Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
    • Ligne 6: Charles de Gaulle to Etoile to Nation
    • Ligne 12: Porte de la Chapelle to Mairie d’Issy
    • Ligne 13: Saint-Denis–Universite to Chatillon–Montrouge
  • For buses, see the Paris Bus map

To Charles de Gaulle Airport

Air France coach line 4, every 30 minutes.