Changing trains in Paris

Since most journeys by train from the UK to Europe go via Paris, we've created guide to changing trains in Paris. These are the most common interchanges between the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord and major train stations elsewhere in the city.

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Choosing suitable trains

If your journey involves changing trains in Paris, you may be required to travel between two stations. This will be shown as a "transfer" in search results. This is different from an "interchange" which involves changing trains at the same station.

We usually recommend a minimum of one hour for a Paris transfer. However, some search results may display a shorter interchange. For these, we display a warning to alert you to the short city transfer. You should only book these trains if you are familiar and confident about crossing Paris between the named stations.

If you would prefer more time to change trains, or want to allow for lunch or a stroll along the Siene, you can edit the amount of time between trains. See the following Help article: Modifying search results by adding a via station.

Connecting from Gare du Nord

From Gare du Nord to Gare de l'Est It's an easy 10 minute walk from Gare du Nord to Gare de l'Est. Here's a map of the quickest route (with stairs). Or consider this step-free route on busier roads. Or you can take a very short taxi ride for around €10.

From Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon
At the end of the Eurostar platform look for signs to the RER line D. Once you've bought your ticket follow the signs to 'RER D direction Melun / Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The trip takes around 7 minutes, and there's just one stop on the way - Chatelet-les-Halles. The whole journey between stations should take no longer than 25 minutes.

Mark Smith (a.k.a. the Man in Seat61) has made a short video about the Metro/RER trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. Very helpful if you're not familiar with the Paris Metro system.

From Gare du Nord to Gare d'Austerlitz
As you approach the end of the Eurostar look for signs to the Metro Line 5, direction Place d'Italie. It's direct line and should take you around 20 minutes.There are 9 stops between you and Gare d'Austerlitz. The exit from the Metro is opposite the main entrance to the station.

From Gare du Nord to Gare de Bercy
At the end of the Eurostar platform, bear left and look for RER line D. Follow the signs for "RER D direction Melun / Malesherbes" and stay on the train for the short ride to Gare du Lyon (as above). Once there you can opt to complete the last 1km on street level on foot or by taxi, or board the Metro line 14, direction Olympiades and go one stop to Bercy.

From Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse

The fastest way to reach Montparnasse is to follow signs from the Eurostar to the RER. You'll take RER B in the direction of Robinson. Travel 5 stops to Denfert-Rochereau. There, you'll transfer to Metro Line 6 in the direction of Charles de Gaulle-Etoile. Travel three stops to Paris Montparnasse. 

Once you arrive follow signs to Gare Montparnasse - there's a bit of a walk and stairs/escalators between the Metro at Montparnasse Bienvenue and the mainline station. There's an underground subway with moving walkways (like in an airport).

The entire journey should take no more than 30 minutes, but we recommend checking your route with the  Paris transportation site or CityMapper

From Gare du Nord to Gare Saint Lazare
At the end of the Eurostar platform, take the escalator to the underground and look for signs for RER line E. Take RER line E westbound in the direction of Haussmann St Lazare. You'll exit at Haussmann St Lazare, which is also the final destination of this line. It's one stop and should take 30 minutes at the most.

From Paris stations to Gare du Nord

From Gare de l'Est to Gare du Nord
Walking between Gare de L'est and Gare du Nord is a simple route that takes less than ten minutes. There's little point taking the Metro since it's just one stop and you'll walk almost as much going up and down the stairs into the Metro. Here's a map. You can also opt to take a ten minute taxi ride for around €10.

From Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord
Take RER line D in the direction of Creil (northbound). This is a direct train with just one intermediate stop - Chatelet-les-Halles. Trains run every couple of minutes, with an average journey time of 7 minutes. The whole transfer between stations should take no longer than 25 minutes.

From Gare d'Austerlitz to Gare du Nord
Hope on a train on Metro line 5 (the orange line), northbound direction: Bobigny Pablo Picasso. It's a direct line and the journey should take no more than 20 minutes. There are 9 stops on the way to Gare du Nord and when you alight you will see plenty of signs to exit the metro, onward domestic trains and to the Eurostar terminal (which is upstairs in Gare du Nord).

From Gare de Bercy to Gare du Nord
From Gare de Bercy there are a couple of options to reach Gare du Nord. You can choose to hop on Metro Line 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle Étoile) and go four stops to Place d’Italie, and then change onto Metro Line 5 and travel northbound (direction Bobigny Pablo Picasso) all the way to Gare du Nord. Alternatively, you can walk from Bercy to Gare de Lyon and the get the northbound RER (direction Orry-la-Ville–Coye) direct to Paris Nord. This is probably the faster route since the RER only stops a couple of times.

From Gare Montparnasse to Gare du Nord

At Gare Montparnasse you will need to walk around 700m through an underground subway to get from the main train station to the Metro at Montparnasse Bienvenue. It's well signposted, but bear in mind that there are some steps and you'll need to walk around 700m so you should leave extra time if you need it. Here's a map of Montparnasse station to give you an idea of what to expect. 

From Montparnasse Bienvenue look for Metro line 6 northbound (direction Nation) and travel 3 stops to Denfert-Rochereau. There, transfer to RER B in the direction of Charles de Gaulle. Travel 5 stops to Gare du Nord. 

The entire journey should take no more than 30 minutes, but we recommend checking your route with the  Paris transportation site or CityMapper

From Gare Saint Lazare to Gare du Nord
At Gare Saint Lazare, follow the sighs for RER Line E. Board Line E in the direction of Tournan and Chelles Gournay. You'll travel one stop, exiting at Magenta. This station connects with Gare du Nord undergound; just follow the signs for the Eurostar. The total travel time between trains should take no longer than 30 minutes. 

From Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris

The regional (RER B) train departs Charles de Gaulle airport terminals 1 and 3 forGare du Nord, Denfert-Rochereau andSaint-Michel-Notre-Dame stationsevery 10-15 minutes on weekdays.

We cannot sell these tickets on Loco2, but you can purchase tickets on the day at the airport for€9.75 per person. More information about this route,including a terminal map,can be found on the Charles de Gaulle airport website.

Paris Metro map and route planner

If you need a route that isn't featured, the following resources may be helpful to plan your trip:

Buying Paris Metro tickets

From a machine

The simplest way to buy Metro tickets is from a machine at the station. The machines in the Paris Metro are straightforward to use, with multiple languages supported. You can pay in cash (Euros) or card.

See this useful step-by-step visual guide to ticket vending machines for the Paris Metro, bus, tram and RER, Bus, Tram and RER.

On the Eurostar

You can also buy a carnet of Metro tickets on the Eurostar. (A carnet is a book of 10 one-way tickets called "T" tickets.) These are sold in the restaurant car for a small markup: €15 instead of the usual €12.50. These are valid for a single trip between any two Paris Metro stops or the RER, and they don't expire so you can save them for a future trip if you don't use them all.

Plans of major rail stations in Paris

The following website has useful information about most SNCF stations, including maps and facilities.

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