Gare de Lyon rail station in ParisGare de Lyon train station in Paris. (Photo by Jacques Lebar. © Paris Tourist Office)

How to get to Paris by train

Paris has many rail stations, but most international trains arrive at one of the following three:

Gare du Nord

The Gare du Nord serves trains coming from the north and northeast: the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, northern Germany, and trains from London.

Gare du Nord is the station for both the Eurostar direct train that comes through the Channel Tunnel from London (a dozen trains daily for a three-hour trip—four hours with the time change), as well as trains arriving on the last leg of the old-fashioned route: London–Dover by train; Dover–Calais by ferry; and Calais–Paris by train (four trains daily; 10.5 long hours for the trip).

Address: 18 rue Dunkerque, Paris, 75010
Public transportation access:
Metro: 2, 4, 5
RER: D, E, B
Bus: 26, 30, 31, 38, 43, 46, 48, 54, 56, 302, 350

Gare de Lyon

The Gare de Lyon serves the south (Italy, Spain, and parts of Switzerland).

Address: place Louis Armand, Paris, 75571
Public transportation access:
Metro: 1, 14
Bus: 20, 24, 29, 57, 61, 63, 65, 87, 91

Gare de l'Est

The Gare de l'Est handles trains from the south east and the south: Switzerland, southern Germany, and Austria.

Address: Place du 11 novembre 1918, Paris, 75475
Public transportation access:
Metro: 4, 5, 7
Bus: 30, 31, 32, 38, 39, 46, 47, 56, 65, 350