Train travel is especially popular in Europe and France boasts one of the best rail systems around. Not only is taking Paris trains a wonderful way to take in the scenery along the way, but trains are generally  also comfortable and affordable.

Paris is one of the busiest rail junctions in Europe, with train loads of people constantly on the move into and out of the city.  Paris itself has a whopping six major train stations, all of which are directly connected to the city’s Metro system and have great amenities (cafes, restaurants, ATMs, currency exchange, etc.).

For more information on national train services as well as booking tickets, contact the SNCF (Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais), France’s national railway company.

Telephone: 36-25 (from within France)
Telephone: 01-40-18-20-00 (from outside of France)

Below you can get a quick run down of Paris’ six main-line train stations.

Gare du Nord
Address: rue Dunkerque
Service: International, long-distance and suburban trains. Also, trains from Calais and other north European countries.

Gare de l’Est
Address: place du 11-Novembre-1918, 10e
Serves: Trains from Eastern France, central and eastern Europe.

Gare St-Lazare
Address: place du Havre, 8e
Serves: Trains from Normandy coast and Dieppe.

Gare de Lyon
Address: place Louis-Armand, 12e
Serves: Trains from Italy and Switzerland and TGV lines from southeast France.

Gare Montparnasse
Address: boulevard de Vaugirard, 15e
Serves: Trains from Chartres, Britatany, the Atlantic coast and TGV lines from southwest France.

Gare d’Austerlitz
Address: boulevard de l’Hopital, 13e
Serves: Trains from Loire Valley and the Dordogne.

Gare de Paris-Bercy
Address: boulevard de Bercy, 12e
Serves: Motorail.