Paris Travel Planner   Train Stations in Paris, France
Paris is the hub of France's excellent, elaborate intercity train network, and its six major train stations are your gateways to train travel in France and all of Europe.

Gare de Lyon, Paris, France
Gare de Lyon, Paris, France.



Paris possesses six major train stations. Each has an information office (Acceuil) staffed by at least one person who speaks English. The Acceuil ("Welcome") offices are apt to be crowded in summer.

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Gare du Nord

Coming from the north (northern Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands), you'll probably arrive at the Gare du Nord. Eurostar trains from London-St. Pancras station arrive here as well. More...

Gare de l'Est

Only a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Gare du Nord, the Gare de l'Est serves trains to and from eastern France (Reims, and southern Germany, Luxemburg, and Basel, Switzerland. More...

Gare de Lyon

In the southeastern part of Paris near the River Seine, the Gare de Lyon serves trains to and from the south and southeast (Nice, Marseilles, Lyon, and Geneva, Switzerland. More...

Gare d'Austerlitz

Trains to and from the southwest (Spain and the Pyrenees) use the Gare d'Austerlitz, a 10-minute walk across the Seine from the Gare de Lyon. More...

Gare Montparnasse

Trains arriving from the west (Brittany, Chartres, Versailles) usually head to the huge, ever-bustling Gare Montparnasse. More...

Gare St-Lazare

Some trains from London come into the Gare St-Lazare, in the northwest part of the city. More...

Gare de Bercy

This station in the southeastern part of Paris (Métro: Line 6 or 14 to Bercy) specializes in auto-trains (trains on which travelers can ship their automobiles as well as themselves), particularly TER Bourgogne (regional trains to Burgundy) to Besançon, Dijon, Lyon and Nevers.

Types of Trains

The train stations of Paris serve up to a dozen types of trains, from suburban to regional, intercity, international, slow and fast. You need to know the type of train on which you'll be traveling. More...

Paris Métro & RER Suburban Trains

No matter which station you arrive at, you will be right next to a Métro station with the same name as the train station, and signs will point you on your way. City bus stops, car parking You may also be near an RER suburban train station.

Taxis wait outside train stations, but they cost more than the Métro or bus for most trips.

Transilien Trains

Suburban and regional trains called Transilien serve the region of greater Paris called the Île-de-France. More...

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TGV Locomotive, Paris, France

A TGV locomotive at Gare du Nord, Paris.

Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France
Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France.

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