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Paris by train - City guide & train tickets

What is the name of the main station in Paris? 
Paris does not have one central station, but several large stations. This is the Gare du Nord for Northern France, the Gare de Lyon for the Rhone Valley and the Cote d'Azur. For central France the Gare de Austerlitz and Gare de Bercy. The Gare de Montparnasse is for most destinations in South West and West France.

Can you walk from the station to the (old) city centre? 
The various train stations of Paris are all within the peripherique. Each of these stations is easily accessible by public transport, for example the metro.

Which hotels do you recommend near the station?  
Check our list of recommend hotels near the station Gare du Nord, the station Gare de Lyon and the station Gare Montparnasse.

Which trains run to Paris? 

  • Thalys high speed trains run from Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium into Paris
  • French high speed trains TGV run to and from every corner of the country
  • Eurostar high speed train, which runs the connection to and from London (United Kingdom)
  • Intercité runs to and from smaller cities, mainly in central France
  • Loads of regional services from villages in the suburbs of Paris
  • THELLO, based in Italy. A night train service that runs to and from Paris daily

Are there direct trains to major cities nearby? 
Yes, to almost every major city in France and internationally to a lot of different cities like Berlin, Brussels, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London, Milan, Barcelona and many others.

Do you offer all train tickets to Paris? 
Yes, we offer all train tickets - always the best price, no booking fees and e-tickets! 

About Paris
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. Insider tip: have a lunch, dinner or drink in Le Train Blue. The most elegant restaurant of any train station in the world. Named after the sleeper that ran between Paris and the French Riviera.

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 - Hotels near the station

Find cheap hotels with good ratings near Paris Gare du Nord

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

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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•  Find more cheap hotels:
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Paris Gare du Nord - Rental cars

Rent a cheap car at the train station

Cheap rental cars near Paris Gare du Nord - 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.   


 

 

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+ 
Cheap hotels near Paris Gare deLyon - Trains to Paris

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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•  Find more cheap hotels:
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Paris Gare de Lyon - 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. 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.
Booking.com  •  Agoda  •  Trivago

Cheap hotels near Paris Gare Montparnasse - Trains to Paris

Hotel le M****

Very modern hotel, fitness, cocktail bar. 5 minutes from Montparnasse, 1km from Jardin Luxembourg.  
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Cheap hotels near Paris Gare de Lyon - Trains to Paris

Hotel Chaplain Paris Rive Gauche****

600m from the station. Very high ratings. Chique hotel in the heart of Paris. 
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•  Find more cheap hotels:
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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.   


 

 

Rail Map - France

Rail Map - France

France by train - Train tickets & info

Tips and tricks to book cheap train tickets France

  • Book as early as possible, tickets are available three months in advance (tickets for the summer can be booked from February) Train tickets can be three times as cheap if they are booked in advance

  • If possible, avoid trains during rush hour and TGV's used by Parisians for "weekend breaks" to travel to the country side

  • If tickets are sold out or very expensive, you could try to buy tickets to a destination nearby and from there to your final destination

  • Sometimes regionals trains are much cheaper than TGV-trains, but often the travel time is much longer

  • Travel on very early trains or late in the evening is often the cheapest option, except for some busy routes, like Paris to London

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