Paris Travel Planner   Train Stations in Paris, France
Paris is the hub of France's excellent, elaborate intercity train network, and its seven 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 seven 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.

Get There Early!

Unless you know the train station well, arrive early to catch a train. 30 minutes is the bare minimum!

Paris's great stations are huge, confusing, and always bustling. Arrive at least an hour before train departure time if you need to buy your ticket because (a) you may need to find a particular ticket office for your destination, (b) there may be a long line at the ticket office, (c) you may have trouble with a ticket-selling machine, (d) you may have to walk over a half-kilometer to your train platrform, and (e) Murphy's Law always applies.

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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. Cities served from Gare du Nord include Amiens, Beauvais, Boulogne, Compiègne, Creil, Dunkerque, Lille and Valenciennes. 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 Bar-le-Duc, Chalons, Culmont, Frankfurt (Germany), Luxembourg, Metz, Nancy, Reims, Remiremont, St-Die, St-Dizier, Sedan, Strasbourg, Troyes and Verdun, as well as 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. Cities served by the Gare de Lyon include Annecy, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Seine, Geneva (Switzerland), Grenoble, Laroche, Lyon, Marseille, Miramas, Montargis, Nice, and St-Étienne. 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. Cities served from the Gare d'Austerlitz include Bourges, Briançon, Brive, Cahors, Irun, Latour, Limoges, Orleans, Montluçon, Nice, Tours and Vendôme. More...

Gare Montparnasse

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

Gare St-Lazare

Gare St-Lazare, in the northwest part of the city, serves TER and Intercité trains to Vernon (for Claude Monet's estate and gardens at Giverny), and other cities in Normandy (for the D-Day landings beaches) including Bayeux, Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Rouen and St-Lô. More...

Gare de Bercy Bourgogne - Pays d'Auvergne

This station in the southeastern part of Paris (Métro: Line 6 or 14 to Bercy) serves TER Bourgogne (regional trains to Burgundy) and Intercités trains to Besançon, Dijon, Lyon and Nevers, especially those that transport passengers' cars. More...

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. Type of train affects fares, facilities and travel times. More...

Paris Métro &
RER Suburban Trains

No matter which Paris train 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. You may also be near an RER suburban train station. City bus stops, car parking and other facilities will be well indicated by signs.

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

Grand Paris Express

The latest expansion of Paris's extensive Île-de-France public transport network, the Grand Paris Express will add four new Métro lines (15, 16, 17 & 18) to the extant 14 lines, and extend Lines 11 and 14. The new lines will open as completed, with most completion by 2030. More...

Transilien Trains

Suburban and regional trains called Transilien serve the region of greater Paris called the Île-de-France. The system includes 16 train and bus lines, 8 tramway lines, 3,783 km (2,351 miles) of track and more than 400 stations—it's complicated!

SNCF Transilien logo

As an occasional visitor to Paris, you may not be using the Transilien network much or, if you do, you may think of it as just another SNCF train: you buy your ticket through SNCF machines or agents.

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TGV Locomotive, Paris, France

A TGV locomotive at Gare du Nord, Paris.

Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France
The mammoth Gare Montparnasse, Paris, France.

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