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 huge—actually bewilderingly large—train station of Paris-Montparnasse, in the southern part of central Paris (map), serves trains arriving from the west of France (Brittany, Chartres, Versailles, etc) as well as regional routes closer to Paris.

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

Allow plenty of time to buy your train ticket and find your departure track (voie) at Gare Montparnasse! The station is huge and confusing, with the tracks of station section Montparnasse 3 Vaugirard being nearly half a kilometer (547 yards) southwest of the station façade.

Ticket offices are in different places for different sorts of trains (RER, Transilien, TER, SNCF Grandes Lignes, etc.) and may have waiting lines, and you will have to climb or descend several levels between buying your ticket and finding your train track.

As paper money and credit/debit cards without a visible computer chip (puce) are not accepted in ticketing machines, you may have to wait in line to buy your ticket from a ticket agent, where all forms of payment are accepted.

Better yet, buy your ticket in advance, a day or several days before your travel day.

The nearest Métro station, Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, serves Lines 4, 6, 12 and 13.

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

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Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France

Modern façade of Gare Montparnasse,
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