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by train to and from Paris and France

Paris station info inc train times and Metro links

Travelling between Gare Du Nord, Gare De Lyon, Montparnasse, Austerlitz, Bercy, Est and St Lazare stations in Paris by Metro and RER & Train Departure times.

Travelling From Paris by train

To help plan onward travel by train from Paris, ThereByTrain.com has produced a unique series of departure summaries, that can be found with the info for each station below
They list details of the standard departure times of both direct trains and our recommended connections for travel by train on the most popular long distance rail journeys from Paris.

These train times can be altered due to work on the line and on holidays, so before heading to the station, we advise confirming departure times.

In addition to the train departure summaries we've also provided some suggestions for how to navigate these stations with minimum stress.
Confused by which station in Paris has trains to your destination? Use our 'Paris Departure Guide on the button top left.

Travelling Around Paris by train

We planned our putting together a guide to travelling around Paris by Metro and RER (commuter train), but realised all the information you could ever need already exists online.

Click here for a Paris Metro guide on this great site parisbytrain.com which has more detail for train travel in the Paris area than the summaries that therebyrain.com has provided below.

AUSTERLITZ (Gare D’Austerlitz)

Austerlitz station on Google Maps

Served by Metro Lines 5 and 10 and RER Line C (all routes)

Principal Rail services:
  • Regular local (non TGV) trains from/to Orleans and Tours
  • Corail-Teoz (TEOZ) trains from/to Les Aubrais (change for Orleans), Limoges, Brive, Cahors, Toulouse, Carcassonne and Narbonne
  • Overnight Coral-Luna LUN trains from/to Biarritz, Hendaye, Irun, Lourdes, Tarbes, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne. Port Bou, Antibes, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Mentonand Ventimiglia
  • The overnight Elipsos ELP trains from/to Madrid and Valladolid (the overnight  Elipsos train, the 'Joan Miro' between Paris and Barcelona no longer operates)

Gare D'Austerlitz Departure Summary

How to access other main line stations from Austerlitz:
  • Gare De L’Est - Metro Line 5 (direction Bobigny)
  • Gare Du Nord – Metro Line 5 (direction Bobigny)
  • Gare De Lyon – 10 minute walk
  • Montparnasse – Metro line 5 to Place D’Italie (terminus of line) transfer to Metro line 6 (direction Etoile)
  • St Lazare – RER (line C) to Invalides transfer to Metro 13 (direction Gabriel Peri or St Denis Université)

BERCY

From December 12th 2011, the overnight trains from Paris to Italy will no longer depart from Bercy station, they have moved to Gare De Lyon.

The only trains likely to be of use to tourists that now regularly depart from Bercy are the non-TGV regional (TER) trains to Dijon and Lyon and IC trains to Clemont-Ferrand.
These (TER)  trains are the only trains from Paris that offer access to destinations in south east France that don't require supplements, but the travel time to Lyon is nearly five hours in comparison to two hours by TGV train.

For those that are determined to avoid the need to reserve and pay the supplement to travel by TGV trains, trains for Dijon and Lyon (Part Dieu) depart from Bercy station at the times listed below (the arrival times in Lyon are in brackets, the average journey time to Dijon is 2hrs and 50mins):

  • Daily 07:38 (12:40)
  • Mon-Fri 09:23 (14:40)
  • Sat/Sun 09:38 (14:40)
  • Mon-Sat 13:38 (18:40)
  • Daily 15:38 (20:40)
  • Mon-Fri 17:31 (22:40)
  • Sat/Sun 17:38 (22:40)

Bercy on Google Maps

Bercy is not directly served by the Metro, but there is a Bercy station on Metro Line 14, which is approximately five mins walk from Bercy main line station.

EST (Gare De L’Est)

Gare de l'Est on Google Maps

Served by Metro Lines 4, 5 and 7

Principle Rail services:
  • TGVs from/to Colmar, Luxembourg, Metz, Mulhouse, Nancy, Reims and Strasbourg
  • ALEO AEO trains from/to Saarbrucken, Mannheim (connections for Berlin), Frankfurt (Main), Karlsruhe, Stuttgart (and Munich/Munchen )
  • IC trains from/to Troyes, Chalons en Champagne, Chaumont, Bar Le Duc and Belfort
  • The ‘City Night Line’ CNL overnight trains to Munich/Munchen, Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover (by day connections are also available from the Gare Du Nord to Berlin, Hannover and Hamburg by

    changing trains at Cologne/Koln hbf.)

  • The overnight train from/to Moscow/Moskva.

The Lyria trains to Basel and Zurich now depart from the Gare De Lyon (click the link below)

Gare De L'Est Departure Summary

How to access other main line stations from Gare de l'Est:
  • Austerlitz - Metro Line 5 (direction Place D’Italie)
  • Gare De Nord – It is one stop to Gare Du Nord on Metro line 4, but it is generally simpler to transfer between the stations on foot as the walking time

    is around 10 minutes. Directions are available here Travellers with luggage should consider that a flight of steps have to be climbed on leaving Gare De L’Est.

  • Gare De Lyon – Metro line 4 to Chatelet (not Chatelet Les Halles) and transfer to Metro Line 14 (direction Biblioteque)
  • Montparnasse – Metro line 4 (direction Porte d’Orleans)
  • St Lazare – Metro Line 7 to Opera (direction Marie D’Ivry or Villejuif) and transfer to Metro Line 3 (direction Pont De Levallois)

LYON (Gare De Lyon)

Gare de Lyon on Google Maps

Served by Metro lines 1 and 14 and RER Lines A and D

Principle Rail services:
  • TGVs fro/to Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, Dijon, Besancon, Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier, Beziers, Narbonne, Perpignan, Valence, Chambery, Grenoble, Aix Les Bains,

    Annecy, Toulon, Antibes, Cannes, St Etienne, Monte-Carlo, Ventimiglia (Italy) and NOW Belfort, Besancon and Mulhouse.

  • TGVL ‘Lyria’ trains from/to Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich
  • TGVFI trains from/to Modane, TURIN and Milan/Milano
  • TGVFS trains to/from Barcelona, Figueres and Girona
  • The overnight 'Thello' (TEO) trains from/to Milan/Milano, Brescia, Verona, Padua and Venice/Venezia (the service to/from Bologna, Florence and Rome no longer operates)
  • Commuter trains from/to Fontainebleau (depart from the commuter platforms at a lower level to the main concourse)

The IC trains to Clemont-Ferrand and Vichy now depart from Bercy station (see link above).

Gare De Lyon Departure Summary

An excellent guide to navigating Gare De Lyon is available here

A map of the station is available here. It can help you make sense of

TherebyTain.com's recommendations below, it's a particularly useful guide to the locations of the access points to the Metro and RER.

Navigating Gare De Lyon:

Gare De Lyon is divided into two parts, the main terminal for platforms/tracks (voie) A – N which is shown on maps as the ‘Blue Zone’ and another terminal

for platforms (voie) 5-23, which is shown on maps/signs as the ‘Yellow Zone’.
If you’re arriving at Gare De Lyon by RER or by Metro Line 14 look at thedeparture screens for the main line trains on the below ground RER and Metro concourses. 

The RER and Metro Line 14 concourses have separate exits for the blue and yellow zones, so check to see which platform/track your train is departing from and head for the appropriate exit. 

Metro Line 1 only has direct exits to the blue zone, so you will have to walk through to the terminal for the yellow zone, platforms 5-23.

There is no set pattern for which trains will depart from each part of the station, non TGV trains tend to use platforms 5-23 and the TGVs to Lyon and Marseilles tend to use platforms A-N, but you should allow additional time when using Gare De Lyon. You won’t be given extra time to board the trains that depart from platforms 5-23 despite the extra distance from the main concourse.

Eurostar passengers can change at Lille Europe for TGVs to Lyon, Marseilles, Nice, Dijon, Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier, Beziers, Narbonne and Perpignan .

TGV Lyria services to Basel and Zurich now depart from Gare De Lyon.

The overnight Corail-Lunea’ LUN train from Paris to Nice/Cote D'Azure departs from the Gare d'Austerlitz.

How to access other main line stations from Gare de Lyon:
  • Austerlitz – The easiest option is to walk for 10 mins crossing the Sienne using the Pont Austerlitz
  • Gare De L’est - Metro Line 14 (direction Madeleine) to Chatelet and change for Metro line 4 (direction Porte de Clignancourt) OR Metro line 1 to

    Bastille (direction La Defense) change for Metro Line 5 (direction Bobigny). The entrance to Metro line 14 is nearest to platforms 5-23 while Metro Line 1 is nearer to platforms A to N

  • Gare De Nord – RER line D (direction Orry-la-Ville Coye, however you don’t have to wait for a train with Orry-la-Ville Coye as a destination, any train

    in this direction will take you to Gare Du Nord)

  • Montparnasse – Metro Line 14 (direction Madeleine) to Chatelet and change for Metro line 4 (direction Porte D’Orleans)
  • St Lazare – Metro Line 14

MONTPARNASSE (Gare De Montparnasse)

Gare Montparnasse on Google Maps

Served Metro lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 (from Montparnasse Bienvenue station linked to the rail terminal by a fairly long passage way with a moving walkway. If you're taking the Metro to Montparnasse, haven't used the station before, but hold a ticket, aim to arrive by Metro a minimum of 15 mins before your onward train departs from the main terminal.)

Principle Rail services:
  • TGVs from/to ‘TGV Atlantique’ destinations including Bordeaux, Biarritz, Brest, Irun (Spain) La Rochelle, Lourdes, Nantes, Poitiers, Quimper, Rennes, Tarbes

    Toulouse and Tours (Tours is also served by slower (but cheaper) non TGV trains from Austerlitz).

  • Trains to Granville and Chartres

Montparnasse Departure Summary

Eurostar passengers should note that direct TGVs operate between Lille and Bordeaux, Nantes, Poitiers, and Toulouse,

There are no overnight trains run to/from Montparnasse. The overnight Corail-Lunea LUN train to Hendaye and Lourdes departs from Austerlitz station.

How to access other main line stations from Montparnasse:
  • Austerlitz – Metro line 6 to Place D’Italie (direction Nation) transfer to Metro line 5 (direction Bobigny)
  • Bercy – Metro line 6 to Bercy (direction Nation) then 5-10 min walk from the Metro station
  • Gare De L’Est - Metro Line 4 (direction Porte de Clingancourt)
  • Gare De Nord – Metro Line 4 (direction Porte de Clingancourt)
  • Gare De Lyon – Metro line 4 to Chatelet (direction Porte de Clingancourt) transfer to Metro line 14 (direction Biblioteque)
  • St Lazare – Metro Line 12 (direction Porte De La Chappelle)

NORD (Gare Du Nord)

Gare Du Nord on Google Maps

Served by RER Lines B and D (and subway link to Magenta station on RER Line E)
Metro lines 4 and 5

Principle Rail services:
  • Eurostar from/to London (St Pancras International), Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International
  • Thalys THA Trains from/to BRUSSELS, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Liege, Aachen Cologne/Koln, Ghent and Bruges
  • TGV trains from/to Lille, Dunkerque, Calais and Boulogne
  • non TGV/IC trains from/to Compiegne, Amiens, Etaples and Boulogne.

Gare Du Nord Departure Summary

Paris Gare DU Nord is amongst the largest stations in Europe so allow time for making connections here. The Eurostar departure lounge is to the left of

the main concourse as you look towards the trains, it is on an upper level but escalators and lifts are available. The Thalys trains also normally depart

from the left side of the station adjacent to the Eurostar platforms.

An excellent guide to navigating the Gare Du Nord is available here

There are no overnight trains from Gare De Nord.

How to access other main line stations from Gare Du Nord:
  • Austerlitz - Metro Line 5 (direction Place D’Italie)
  • Bercy - RER line D to Gare De Lyon (direction Melun and Malesherbes) and transfer there to Metro Line 14, direction ‘Biblioteque Francois Mitterrand’.

    Then a 5-10 min walk from the Metro station

  • Gare De L’Est – It is one stop to Gare De L’est on Metro line 4, but it is generally simpler to transfer between the stations on foot as the walking time

    is around 10 minutes. Directions are available here Passengers with luggage that a flight of steps have to be walked down on arrival at Gare De L’Est.

  • Lyon – RER Line D (direction Melun and Malesherbes)
  • Montparnasse – Metro line 4 (direction Porte d’Orleans)
  • St Lazare – walk through the subway link to ‘Magenta’ station from the Gare Du Nord RER station and take RER Line E to St Lazare

ST LAZARE

Gare St Lazare on Google Maps

Metro Lines 3, 12 and 13 directly serve the station and a subway links is available to ‘Haussmann ST Lazare’ station on RER Line E. Subway links involving

longer walks are available to ‘Havre-Caumartin’ station on Metro Line 9 and ‘Auber’ station on RER Line A.

TGV trains do not operate to/from Gare St Lazare.

Principle Rail services:
  • IC trains from/to Rouen, Le Havre, Trouville-Deauville, Liseux, Caen, Bayeux and Cherbourg
  • There are no direct trains from Paris to Dieppe on Mondays-Fridays, connections can be made at Rouen

Pay particular attention to checking your departure times for long distance trains from St Lazare at weekends, the main lines to both Cherbourg and Le

Havre have very different schedules at weekends in comparison to Mondays to Fridays.

How to access other main line stations from St Lazare:
  • Austerlitz – Metro line 13 Invalides (direction Chattillon Montrouge) transfer to RER Line C
  • Gare De L’Est - Metro Line 3 to Opera (Galleni) transfer to Metro line 7 (direction La Courneuve)
  • Gare De Nord – RER Line E to Magenta linked subway to Gare Du Nord
  • Gare De Lyon – Metro Line 14 (direction Bibliotheque)
  • Montparnasse – Metro line 12 to (direction Marie d’Issy)