Getting around France from Paris, by train

Paris has six main train stations, each with SNCF service to different parts of France. Whether you're travelling by TGV, Ouigo, Intercité or TER, it's important to know which station your train leaves from.

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Article updated 9 April 2018
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Whether you’re heading to the glitzy French Riviera, the Burgundy vineyards or the castles of the Loire Valley, you’re likely starting your journey in or passing through Paris. Once you’ve landed at Charles de Gaulle airport or arrived by Eurostar at the Gare du Nord, where do you go next?

Paris has six main train stations, each with service to different parts of France. It’s important to know which one your train leaves from. It’s easy to transfer between the Paris stations using the Metro and RER trains.

Read more: Train travel in France: A guide to SNCF

Map of France showing distance to French cities from Paris
Sample travel times for direct journeys from Paris without connections (Credit: Rome2rio)

 

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Gare du Nord

For the north of France, including Calais and Lille; Eurostar to London; Thalys to Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam

Train from Paris to London
Train from Paris to Brussels
Train from Paris to Cologne
Train from Paris to Amsterdam
Train from Paris to Calais
Train from Paris to Lille

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Gare de l’Est

For northeast France, including Strasbourg and Reims; Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich

Train from Paris to Strasbourg
Train from Paris to Reims
Train from Paris to Luxembourg
Train from Paris to Frankfurt
Train from Paris to Stuttgart
Train from Paris to Munich

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Gare de Lyon

For southeast France, including Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Nice, Nîmes and Montpellier; Switzerland, Turin, Milan

Train from Paris to Lyon
Train from Paris to Avignon
Train  from Paris to Marseille
Train from Paris to Nice
Train from Paris to Nîmes
Train from Paris to Montpellier
Train from Paris to Turin
Train from Paris to Milan
Train from Paris to Dijon
Train from Paris to Besancon

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When you book through Rome2rio, you’ll be able to request seat preferences on a TGV, eg window seat, with a table, upper deck, lower deck.

Tickets are mostly print at home (for all high-speed trains), while most TER trains will require you to pick up your ticket from a machine at a French train station.

Gare d’Austerlitz

For non-TGV trains to the Loire Valley, central France including Limoges

Train from Paris to Blois
Train from Paris to Orleans
Train from Paris to Limoges

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Gare Montparnasse

For southwest France including Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Biarritz, Brittany

Train from Paris to Toulouse
Train from Paris to Bordeaux
Train from Paris to Nantes
Train from Paris to Biarritz
Train from Paris to Rennes

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Gare St Lazare

For close-in northwest France, including Rouen, Dieppe

Train from Paris to Rouen
Train from Paris to Evreux

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