Paris' Train Stations: Where are you going?

"We're departing from Paris early in the morning by train and would like to find a hotel near the station."

We hear this quite often—and must always follow it up with, "which station?"

Paris, after all, has six major train stations located within its city limits. The stations serve major regions inside the country and within Europe.

If you're taking a train to or from one of the following destinations and arriving or departing from Paris, you'll probably be using the following train stations.

Paris Train Schedule

With the volume of trains going in and out of Paris each day, it can be a bit daunting to make sure you're in the right place.

Paris' main train stations

Gare du Nord: Located in the northeast of Paris, this is the busiest train station in Europe. It serves the Eurostar, national and international destinations (especially to the north).

Gare de l'Est: Located just next to the Gare du Nord, trains here serve eastern France, and eastern and central Europe.

Gare de Lyon: Situated in the southeast corner of the Right Bank, this station serves southern (especially southeastern) France, Italy and Switzerland.

Gare Montparnasse: Located on the border of the 15th and 6th arrondissements, this station serves destinations in western and southwestern France.

Gare d'Austerlitz: SItuated in the 13th arrondissement in the southeast, the station serves French and some southern European destinations.

Gare St-Lazare: A bustling suburban and Intercité station serving destinations in Normandy, the Gare St-Lazare is centrally located in the 8th arrondissement.

Paris train station locator

Below you'll find a list of train stations servicing major European destinations.

Please note: Some destinations are served by multiple stations. This is largely due to the fact that routes differ for the same destination. For example, passengers traveling to Berlin via Cologne will often leave from the Gare du Nord, while Berlin-bound passengers passing through Frankfurt will often leave from the Gare de l'Est.

Happily, Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est are located right next to each other. A hotel near either would work just fine for either station.

Where we've listed multiple stations, we've tried to list them according to how many routes they offer serving a particular destination. You should always, of course, double-check your route (and station) when choosing a hotel.

Austria    

Innsbruck: Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon    
Salzburg:  Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon    
Vienna: Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon    

Belgium    

Bruges: Gare du Nord        
Brussels: Gare du Nord        

Czech Republic    

Prague: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord     

Denmark

Copenhagen: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord     

France    

Aix en Provence: Gare de Lyon        
Avignon: Gare de Lyon        
Bordeaux: Gare Montparnasse        
Cannes: Gare de Lyon        
Dijon: Gare de Lyon        
Lyon: Gare de Lyon        
Marseille: Gare de Lyon        
Montpellier: Gare de Lyon        
Nice: Gare de Lyon        
Strasbourg: Gare de l'Est        

Germany    

Berlin: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est    
Cologne: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est    
Dresden: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord    
Dusseldorf: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est    
Frankfurt: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord    
Hamburg: Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est    
Munich: Gare de l'Est        
Stuttgart: Gare de l'Est        

Hungary    

Budapest: Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est    

Italy    

Bologna: Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est    
Florence: Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est    
Genoa: Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz    
Milan: Gare de Lyon        
Naples: Gare de Lyon
Palermo: Gare de Lyon        
Pisa: Gare de Lyon        
Rome: Gare de Lyon        
Turin: Gare de Lyon        
Venice: Gare de Lyon        
Verona: Gare de Lyon        

Netherlands    

Amsterdam: Gare du Nord        
Rotterdam: Gare du Nord        

Poland    

Krakow: Gare de l'Est        
Warsaw: Gare de l'Est        

Slovakia    

Bratislava: Gare de l'Est        

Spain    

Barcelona: Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz    
Madrid: Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz   
Malaga: Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz    
Seville: Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse
Valencia: Gare de Lyon, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse

Switzerland

Geneva: Gare de Lyon        
Zurich: Gare de Lyon        

United Kingdom    

London: Gare du Nord