Paris by train

If you go to Paris by train, you will arrive at the station Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est, Gare Montparnasse or Gare du Nord. There are four main train stations in Paris. Each one takes care of passengers, coming from different parts of France and Europe. The advantage of arriving in Paris by train is that you are right in the center of the capital.

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Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord is Paris North train station. Trains arrive and leave to  Northern France, Northern Europe, England via Calais or Boulogne.

Gare de l'Est

Gare de l'Est is Paris Est train station. trains arrive or go to Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Basel, and Central Europe.

Gare St-Lazarre

Gare St-Lazarre is Paris St-Lazarre. Trains go to England via Dieppe.

Gare Montparnasse 

Gare Montparnasse is Paris Montparnasse train station. Trains go to Brittany, Aquitaine, TGV Atlantique to the west, and south of France, Spain.

Gare de Lyon

Gare de Lyon is Paris train station trains, to Lyon, Marseille, Provence, Geneva, Italy.

Gare d'Austerlitz 

Gare d'Austerlitz is Paris train station, serves the Loire Valley, Southwest France, and Spain.

Train tickets 

In France, there are two classes of train tickets. the first class, la premiere class is the most expensive. The seats are the most comfortable. The second class, la deuxieme classe is cheaper. First class seats in High Speed Trains (TGV) have internet connections.

Fares are more expensive in high tourist seasons, Summer and during the Christmas season. You can save money on your tickets by buying rail passes. Can be for France and European countries.

Gare de Lyon restaurant

Rail passes 

Thinking of taking the train to Paris, traveling around France and Europe, a Train Pass could be cheaper than buying train tickets individually. 

  • Eurail.
  • Rail Europe.
  • Thalys.

A pass doesn't guaranty a seat. Always reserve your seat before travelling. 

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Train London to Paris

Train to Paris, train to London is a fastest way to cross the English Channel. It will take three hours, from London Central Waterloo Station to the Gare du Nord. Better to reserve in advance, to find the best deal. Prices depend when you travel. 

  • Car Transport Eurotunnel.
  • Passenger Service Rail Europe.
  • France Rail

Les Grandes Lignes

All these train timetable can be found online

Gare de Lyon to Nice train station via Marseille or Toulon over 6 hours. With TGV 5h38.

Paris to Lyon from Gare de Lyon to the rail station Part-Dieu with the TGV it takes 2hrs.

Paris to Dijon from Gare de Lyon to Dijon train station with the TGV. It takes 1.5 hrs and you will be in the most beautiful part of France the

Burgundy Train Frankfurt to Paris. From Paris Est With TGV 3h49.

Paris to London from Paris Nord to London St-Pancras. It takes 2h15. - Discover my guide to London museums both big and small including historic houses, specialist museums in London, military museum, unusual museums, London tours and cheap London hotels.

Tips trains in Paris

Before going inside the train

Compost your train ticket before going inside the train. If you forget, go directly to see the controller, in the train.

All train stations in Paris have a room or lockers (consignes) where you can keep your luggage. It costs few euros depending of the size of your luggage.

If you want to take your bike, contact the SNCF

Find information at or directly at the train station. Pamphlets with time of departures and arrivals. 

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