"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.
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.
Innsbruck: Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon
Salzburg: Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon
Vienna: Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon
Bruges: Gare du Nord
Brussels: Gare du Nord
Prague: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord
Copenhagen: Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord
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
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
Budapest: Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est
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
Amsterdam: Gare du Nord
Rotterdam: Gare du Nord
Krakow: Gare de l'Est
Warsaw: Gare de l'Est
Bratislava: Gare de l'Est
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
Geneva: Gare de Lyon
Zurich: Gare de Lyon
London: Gare du Nord