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How to get to Montparnasse from Gare du Nord in Paris

 

If you need to transfer to Montparnasse station you have the these options from Paris Gare du Nord:

 

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Take a taxi...

Finding a taxi is easy at Gare du Nord you just have to follow the blue Taxi signs pointing towards the western end (to the right as you exit the trains) of the station, not the front where you might expect to find them, where you’ll find the taxi rank. The queues can be long - it may take twenty minutes to get to the front if you hit a busy period.

Direction to taxi sign within Montparnasse train station

Expect to pay €15.00 to €30.00 depending on which station you are heading to and traffic conditions.

Interior of gare du Nord station in Paris

 Taxi rank to the side of Gare du Nord station in Paris

Allow yourself at least 1 1/2 hours for this journey as although the ride is probably only 30 minutes traffic can be heavy at peak times - you don't need the added stress!

 

   Use the metro system...

Before you venture on to the metro system - get yourself a map - these are available free of charge from any metro ticket / information booths.

Better still, download a map before you travel from here: http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ratp/ and try and familiarise yourself with the system before you go.

To access the metro you turn to your left as you leave the trains,  you will see the overhead sign giving you the direction to head in. Head downstairs to the second level and the metro entrance.

Ticket machines at Gare du Nord station Paris 

Paris metro ticket     

You can buy your metro ticket from the ticket office or machines on the main concourse or on the second level. A single ticket will cost you €1.70 or €12.70 for a book of 10  (Carnet). One ticket covers any journey within the central Paris Metro system. The machines have instructions in English.

To access the metro you turn to your left as you leave the trains, you will see the overhead sign giving you the direction to head in. Head downstairs to the second level and the metro entrance.

sign directing you to the metro and RER trains at Gare du Nord station in Paris

Escalator and stairs down to RER and metro at Gare du Nord Paris

turnstiles at the metro entrance at Gare du Nord Paris

 direction sign on floor of gare du Nord metro

 

You will find helpful direction signs as you enter the metro system.

The Paris metro system has colour coded lines which are identified by the stations at each end of the line. You are following the signs for metro line 4  which has the stations Porte de Clignancourt and Mairie de Montrouge

 as its end destinations - you are heading in the direction of

+ to get to Monparnasse.

  At Gare de Nord metro station you will see how many minutes it is until the next train is due on the overhead sign. Once on the train it is 14 stops to Montparnasse, so try and find a seat at least for Madame! If you have luggage normally it is best to stand by the doors where the seats fold up. Remember it can get very busy at peak times.

Station to station is around a 30 minute trip but because Montparnasse metro station is a 700 metre (750 yard) underground walk to the mainline station platforms you should allow a minimum of 1hour or better still 1 1/2 hours. The walk is through well-signed passageways, with some long moving walkways. We've done this journey and busy times can be tight at 1 hour. If you're not comfortable with longish walks with luggage, consider taking the taxi option from Paris Gare du Nord.

arriving Montparnasse metro from Gare du Nord

Moving walkways between Montparnasse and Gare du Nord metro stations

The walk is through well-signed passageways, with some long moving walkways. We've done this journey and busy times can be tight at 1hour. If you're not comfortable with longish walks with luggage, consider taking the taxi option from Paris Gare du Nord.

Inside Montparnasse railway station in Paris 

  SNCF train at Montparnasse

On arrival at the main concourse of the station you will be able to check your train arrival/departure on the overhead notice board.

 

If you're not comfortable with longish walks with luggage, consider taking the taxi option from Paris Gare du Nord.

Here are a couple of videos from 'Rail Europe' which should also help.

 

 

 

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