Paris by train

Paris by train is a good option as the city, like ithe whole of France, is very well connected by train from the whole of mainland Europe and the UK. Paris, like many other European cities does not have a designated main railway station but is served by no fewer than six main stations, each serving a different direction bringing passengers from every corner of the continent, making Paris by train a good choice.


Paris train stations


See location of stations within Paris here


See regions serviced by trains from Paris


Travelling from the U.K., north eastern France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands to the city of Paris you will arrive at Paris' Gare du Nord' train station. Gare du Nord is the final destination of the Eurostar train arriving from London as well as the high-speed Thalys and TGV trains from the north. It also gives access to Charles de Gaulle Airport plus excellent metro and RER train links within the city itself.


From Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany, the Thalys train connects fourteen cities to Paris: Aachen, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Cologne, Ghent, Liege, Mons, Namur, Ostend,  Rotterdam and Schiphol. It links Amsterdam to Paris in 3h30, Brussels to Paris in 1h20 and Cologne to Paris in 3h15. All Thalys lines arrive at Gare du Nord.


Travelling from the west and south-west of France and north-western Spain you will arrive at  Paris Gare Montparnasse, it is the destination in Paris for  regional and TGV high-speed trains from Toulouse, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Tours, Nantes, Lourdes, Brest and Rennes.


If you are travelling from Switzerland and Italy to Paris you will arrive at Paris Gare de Lyon train station. Gare de Lyon is also the Paris destination for internal TGV trains from Dijon, Lyon, Avignon, Aix en Provence and Marseille. You can also catch French regional and RER suburban trains from here. The adjoining metro station is 'Gare de Lyon'.


Paris Gare d'Austerlitz is the Paris destination regional trains to and from the centre and southwest of France, Spain and Portugal. It is  the destination station for night trains from the south of France and Spain. Non TGV trains from the Loire Valley arrive here.


Paris Gare St.Lazare  is the destination station in Paris for trains from the ferry ports in Normandy, including Caen, Dieppe, Le Havre and Cherbourg.


Gare de l'Est is the destination for trains coming from Eastern France (Strasbourg in Alsace), plus  Zurich in Switzerland;  Munich in Germany and Vienna in Austria






Paris by train map



Paris Stations



Gare du NordGare de l'EstGare de Lyon
Gare St LazareGare d'AusterlitzGare Montparnasse