Paris Travel Planner   Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France
Among the largest and busiest train stations in Paris, Gare Montparnasse serves trains from western and southwestern France.



The large—actually huge and bewildering—train station of Paris-Montparnasse, in the southern part of central Paris (map), serves trains arriving fromand departing for the west of France (Brittany, Chartres, Versailles, etc) as well as Transilien regional routes closer to Paris.

Cities served from Gare Montparnasse include Bordeaux, Brest, Chartres, Granville, Hendaye, La Rochelle, Le Mans, Nantes, Nogent, Pau, Quimper, Rennes, St-Brieuc, St-Nazaire, Toulouse, Tours and Vannes.

Finding Your Way

The nearest Métro stations, Gare Montparnasse, Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, Edgar Quinet and Gaîté, serve Métro Lines 4, 6, 12 and 13. Gare Montparnasse is the terminus for Transilien Line N. Many city bus routes pass and stop near the station.

Here's a plan of the station. Note that tracks (voies) 23 to 28 are in Hall 3 (Vaugirard), which is quite a distance from Halls 1, 2 and 4.

If you arrive at Gare Montparnasse and want to get your bearings in Paris immediately, consider whisking to the top of the neighboring Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, northeast of the station entrance on the Jardin Atlantique, for the panoramic bird's-eye views of Paris from its 56th floor. More...

Gare Montparnasse is divided into four Halls (stations). Hall 1 is for mainline (Grande Lignes) intercity and international trains, and some Île-de-France (Paris suburban & regional) trains. Halls 2 & 3 are also for mainline trains. Hall 4 is for Île-de-France trains.

Hall directional sign, Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France

Buying Tickets

Here's how to buy French train tickets.

A good suggestion: buy your ticket in advance, a day or several days before your travel day.

If you plan to buy your ticket at the station just before you travel, allow plenty of time to buy it and to find your departure track (voie) at Gare Montparnasse! The station is huge and confusing, with the tracks of station section Montparnasse Hall 3 Vaugirard being nearly half a kilometer (547 yards) southwest of the main station entrance on the Jardin Atlantique.

If you plan to buy your ticket from a ticket agent, you may have to wait in line as long as 30 minutes.

Don't forget to validate your ticket before boarding your train. More...

Facilities & Services

The enormous station is almost a small city in itself, with shops, restaurants, currency exchange, car rentals and more; and the area around the station has department stores, cinemas and many cafés, restaurants and hotels.

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Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France

Modern façade of Gare Montparnasse,
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