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Paris by train

Travel to Paris by train

Paris, city of romance and light, is easily reachable by train. High speed trains run from all over France and Europe to Paris. Arrive at the magnificent Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon and explore the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame and Maddam Tussaud's. When you book early, tickets start at only €19. 

 

How to book train tickets to Paris

Train tickets to Paris

Use our journey planner at the top of this page to book all train tickets to Paris

For all TGV and long-distance trains reservation is compulsory and your ticket is fixed to a certain date and time. Fares start at only €15 for short-distance journeys like Lille-Paris.

Longer journeys start at €25. Early booking for the cheapest fares is recommended, especially for the weekend and holiday dates. Booking opens 3 months in advance, in some cases/on some routes earlier. 

Reservation is compulsory for Thalys services from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Eurostar from London and all international TGV services to/from Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

Fares start at €35 for Thalys Amsterdam-Paris,  €59 for Eurostar London-Paris and €49 TGV Barcelona-Paris. Early booking is recommended to get the best fares, booking opens 4 months for departure for international TGV and Thalys, 6 months for Eurostar.

How to travel by train to Paris

Train travel to Paris

London and Paris are connected by Eurostar-services via the Channel Tunnel, trains run almost every hour (travel time about 2h16min). Thalys runs the high-speed service from Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne/Essen.

Trains run hourly from Brussels to Paris, every 30 min in the peak hours (travel time from Brussels 1h20min). Amsterdam is connected about 12 times a day (travel time 3h18min), Cologne about 5 times (travel time 3h26min) of which 3 trains run from/to Düsseldorf (3h53min) and Essen (4h25min).

From southern Germany there are 2 different routes to Paris. From Frankfurt 4 ICE’s and 1 TGV run daily to Paris, travel time about 3h50min. The other route runs 4 times daily from Stuttgart (3h40min) via Karlsuhe and Strasbourg and is serviced by TGV-trains. One train starts/ends in Munich (6h10min).

The city of Freiburg in Breisgau is also connected by 1 daily TGV , travel time 3h45min. Luxembourg has 6 daily TGV’s to Paris. The Russian Railways operate a 3-weekly night train from Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw and Berlin to Paris.

Insider tip: Take the night train between Berlin and Paris: Deutsche Bahn withdrew her CityNightLine sleeper train between Berlin and Paris late 2014, but there's still a 3-weekly night connection between Berlin and Paris offered by the Russian train connecting Moscow and Paris. This train leaves from Berlin on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays arriving in Paris Est next morning. From Paris the train leaves on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

From Switzerland connections are offered by TGV Lyria, a co-operation of SNCF and Swiss Federal Railways SBB. Four TGV’s connect Basel with Paris (travel time 3h4min), of which one starts in Bern and three in Zürich, one service operates from Paris to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, but there is no return service. The Swiss city of Lausanne is connected with 5 daily TGV’s (3h40min), Geneve is being served by 8 TGV’s daily to Paris, travel time is 3h10min.

From Milano Porta Garibaldi station 3 daily TGV’s run to Paris, also calling in Torino Porta Susa. Thello runs an overnight service from Venice, Verona and Milan to Paris, offering couchettes and sleepers.

From Barcelona a co-operation of RENFE and SNCF offers daily TGV’s to Paris, 2 daily trains from November to March, 4 trains in summer. A night train offering seats and couchettes  runs from the border station La-Tour de Carol in the Pyrenees to Paris, with a connecting service from Barcelona available. The daily Sud-Express runs from Lisbon to the border station of Hendaye, with a connecting TGV to Paris.

Insider tip: Take the scenic route from Barcelona to Paris: The TGV-connection from Barcelona to Paris is efficiënt and fast, but not very scenic. A scenic alternative is a night connection from the border station Latour-de-Carol to Paris with a connecting service from Barcelona. The suburban Rodalies-train leaves Barcelona Sants about 15.00 (time varies depending the day) and arrives in Latour-de-Carol at 18.15, the route is very scenic with the train winding his way trough the Pyrenees. The connecting night train leaves Latour de Carol at 20.20 and arrives Paris next morning at 07.24. The return service from Paris leaves 21.39, arriving in Latour-de-Carol at 07.51, the conntecting Rodalies-service to Barcelona leaves at 08.50 with arrival in Barcelona at 11.56

Travel by TGV

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Power sockets at seats on some TGV-services
     

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Wifi available upon payment for all passengers on TGV-trains from Paris to the eastern part of France.
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale

  • TGV - More info and photo's 

Travel by Thalys

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Reservation included
  • Bistro coach where drinks, snacks and small meals are available for sale
  • Free wifi for holders of Semi-Flex fares and upon-payable for No-Flex ticket holders
  • Power sockets at all seats

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Reservation included
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power points at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • A light cold meal served at your seat is included in the price
  • Use of the NS International lounges in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport. Holders of the Thalys
  • ThePass and TheCard can use the Thalys-lounges in Brussels, Paris and Cologne.

Paris Gare du Nord - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare du Nord is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the Thalys (to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne), Eurostar (to London) and TGV's to Lille and regional trains to Reims. You can walk from the station to Montmartre and the Sacre Couer (about 30 minutes)

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 06h15-23h15
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 1h10
  • Bike: 25 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 35 minutes, Metro 4 and 9 
  • Bus: 40 minutes, Bus 42
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 30 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 20 minutes, Metro 4 and 7
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Lyon 

  • Walking: 55 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 7 minutes, RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare Montparnasse 

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 30 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 25 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 4 minutes, Metro 4
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz  

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, (cheap) city bikes, Velib
  • Subway: 15 minutes, Metro 5
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

Paris Gare du Nord - Rental cars

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Rental Cars

8 rental car companies. A few have offices in the departure hall. Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar and more.   


 

 

Paris Gare du Nord - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Paris Gare du Nord

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
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Hotel Amiens***

Walking distance: 5 minutes. Affordable, modern rooms. Typical Parisien hotel. 
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Hotel Whistler****

Brand new hotel in opposite of the station. Very modern, high ratings.
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Hotel Terminus Nord****

Classic hotel next to the station. Modern rooms. Typical Parisien bistro. Rating 7+
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Paris Gare de Lyon - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare de Lyon is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the TGV to Lyon, Marseille, Avignon, Montpellier, Zurich, Geneve and Milan. 

Nearby the station are some fine and affordable hotels. Around the station you will find a lot of restaurants and bistro's. In the station you can use the free Wifi. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 06h15-22h00 
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 1h24
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap free city bike at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 35 minutes, RER C
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 45 minutes
  • Bike: 18 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 16 minutes, Metro 1
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Nord 

  • Walking: 55 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 7 minutes, RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare Montparnasse 

  • Walking: 1 hour
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 14 minutes, Metro 6 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 50 minutes
  • Bike: 16 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 14 minutes, Metro 4 and RER D
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz   

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 2 minutes, Metro 5
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

 

 

Paris Gare de Lyon - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Paris Gare de Lyon

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
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Hotel Palym***

Opposite Paris Gare de Lyon. Classic hotel with modern and fancy rooms. Affordable.
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Hotel OFF Paris Seine****

Floating hotel, catamaran with swiming pool. Look over the Seine from your window. 
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Hotel Jules Cesar***

400m from the station. Typical Parisien hotel, simple, but comfortable. Rating 7+
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Paris Gare de Lyon - Rental cars

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Rental Cars

8 rental car companies. Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Keddy, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty.   

Paris Gare Montparnasse - Info

Railway station Paris 

Paris Gare Montparnasse is one of the seven major stations in Paris. It is the departure station of the TGV to Bordeaux, Nantes, Biarritz and Hendaye. 

Nearby the station are some fine and affordable hotels. Around the station you will find a lot of restaurants and bistro's. In the station you can use the free Wifi. 

Facilities

  • Wifi: free, but limited 
  • Lockers: 07h00-23h00
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, not recommended

To the Eiffel Tower

  • Walking: 35 minutes
  • Bike: 13 minutes, very cheap free city bike at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 7 minutes, Metro 6
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the Louvre

  • Walking: 35 minutes
  • Bike: 15 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 20 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: 19 minutes, Bus 95 
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de Lyon 

  • Walking: 58 minutes
  • Bike: 20 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 21 minutes, M 4 and 14
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare du Nord

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 30 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 25 minutes, Metro 4 
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare de l'Est  

  • Walking: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Bike: 25 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 19 minutes, Metro 4
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To Paris Gare d'Austerlitz  

  • Walking: 49 minutes
  • Bike: 16 minutes, very cheap city bikes at http://en.velib.paris.fr/
  • Subway: 28 minutes, Metro 13 and 10
  • Bus: 28 minutes, Bus 91
  • Taxi: yes

Finding your platform:

  • On each platform and in the departure hall there are screens on which the departing trains are listed.

Finding your carriage: 

  • If you have a reserved seat, you can find the right spot on the platform where the carriage stops, by looking at the board of train compositions that can be found on any platform. 

Paris Gare Montparnasse - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Paris Gare Montparnasse

  •  Walking distance from the train station   •  Rating: 8+ 
Cheap hotels near Paris Gare Montparnasse - Trains to Paris

Hotel Palym***

Very near to Gare Montparnasse, 5 minutes by foot. Classic hotel with modern and fancy rooms. Affordable.
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Hotel le M****

Very modern hotel, fitness, cocktail bar. 5 minutes from Montparnasse, 1km from Jardin Luxembourg.  
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Hotel Chaplain Paris Rive Gauche****

600m from the station. Very high ratings. Chique hotel in the heart of Paris. 
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Paris Gare Montparnasse - Rental cars

Rent a cheap car at the train station

Cheap rental cars near Paris Gare de Lyon - Rent a car in Paris

Rental Cars

>8 rental car companies. A few have offices in the departure hall. Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar and more.   


 

 

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