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Trains to Paris: The Ultimate Guide

Paris, the capital of France, world famous for its fashion, art, cinema and food. It is famously known as the City of Light (being the first European city to introduce gas lamps in the streets) and today it is one of the top travel destinations in Europe. Trains to Paris take passengers straight to its vibrant urban center, where iconic landmarks, museums and cafes abound. Paris’ six central train stations – Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, Gare de l'Est, Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare Saint-Lazare, and Gare Montparnasse – connect major cities throughout Europe, including the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris via the Channel Tunnel.

Read on to discover which trains travel to Paris from destinations across Europe, how to buy cheap train tickets to Paris, with top tips about the best time to buy train tickets to Paris, plus recommendations of what to do, see and eat once you’ve arrived!

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The Louvre Museum, Paris. Credit: Unsplash

Popular trains to and from Paris

Popular trains to Paris

Lyon to Paris train

from $27
Direct trains available
1h56 average duration
17trains per day
Served by
  • Trenitalia
  • SNCF | TGV INOUI
  • SNCF | TER
  • SNCF | TGV Lyria
  • SNCF | TGV
  • Regionale
  • SNCF

Geneva to Paris train

from $55
Direct trains available
3h13 average duration
7trains per day
Served by
  • SNCF | TGV Lyria
  • SNCF | TER
  • SNCF | TGV INOUI
  • SNCF | TGV
  • Deutsche Bahn

Brussels to Paris train

from $61
Direct trains available
1h22 average duration
16trains per day
Served by
  • Eurostar
  • SNCF | TGV INOUI
  • SNCF | TER
  • EuroCity
  • SNCF | TGV

London to Paris train

from $140
Direct trains available
2h17 average duration
10trains per day
Served by
  • Eurostar

Amsterdam to Paris train

from $172
Direct trains available
3h20 average duration
8trains per day
Served by
  • Eurostar
  • NS International | IC Brussel
  • Intercity
  • NS International | IC Direct
  • BSB
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Sprinter

Popular trains from Paris

Paris to Lyon train

from $38
Direct trains available
1h52 average duration
25trains per day
Served by
  • Trenitalia
  • SNCF | TGV INOUI
  • SNCF | TER
  • SNCF | TGV Lyria
  • SNCF | TGV
  • SNCF | Intercités de nuit
  • SNCF | Intercités
  • Regionale
  • SNCF

Paris to Amsterdam train

from $64
Direct trains available
3h16 average duration
10trains per day
Served by
  • Eurostar
  • NS International | IC Brussel
  • Intercity
  • Regional
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • BSB

Paris to Brussels train

from $73
Direct trains available
1h22 average duration
12trains per day
Served by
  • Eurostar
  • SNCF | TGV INOUI
  • BSB
  • EuroCity
  • SNCF | TGV
  • SNCF | TER

Paris to Zurich train

from $75
Direct trains available
4h04 average duration
6trains per day
Served by
  • SNCF | TGV Lyria
  • SNCF | TGV INOUI
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • SNCF | ICE
  • TGV
  • SNCF | TER
  • SBB

Paris to London train

from $126
Direct trains available
2h18 average duration
12trains per day
Served by
  • Eurostar

Main train stations in Paris

The main train station in Paris is Gare du Nord, a hub for trains departing and arriving in Paris on the Eurostar from London, Brussels, Lille, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. There is access to the Metro, RER and national trains across north of Paris from this station.

The second railway station in Paris is the Gare de l'Est, just a short 10 min walk from Gare du Nord. Gare de l'Est is the oldest railway station in Paris, accessible via metro or bus. Trains at this station mainly serve eastern points, including Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin.

Gare d'Austerlitz, formerly known as Gare d'Orléans, is one of the oldest railway stations in Paris. The train station is the gateway to central France, the Pyrenees, the Toulouse region, and even the Mediterranean coast. The train station was completely revamped into a modern station.

Gare de Lyon railway is a hub for passengers heading to the south-east regions of France . The train station is famously known for Le Train Bleu restaurant, a historic restaurant which was built for travelers visiting Paris for the Universal Exposition of 1900. Gare de Lyon is the gateway for trains to Provence, Rhone Valley, and the French Riviera. The train station is a also serves Switzerland, Italy, and Languedoc-Roussillon.

Gare Montparnasse serves trains going from Paris to Madrid, and western and south-western France, including Tours, Nantes, Bordeaux, and Rennes. The railway station also has trains running to the western suburbs of Paris. The train station is on Metro lines 4, 6, 12, and 13.

Lastly, Gare Saint-Lazare, has trains traveling to Normandy and Paris’ south-western and western suburb areas. The train station is ideal for departing for Dieppe and Mont-St-Michel. Gare Saint-Lazare is accessible on Metro lines 3, 12, and 13.

Paris by Train: Discover Paris’ Arrondissements

The city of Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (administrative districts) each with their own generous share of personality and charm. Le 1er (first arrondissement) sits at the beating heart of the city and is home to impressive sites including Le Musee du Louvre, the imperial gardens of Tuileries Palace (Les Jardins des Tuiliers) and the covered shopping quarters of Les Halles. From there the arrondissements number outwards in a curling snail pattern. To get in and around the city, Parisians use the integrated public transport system operated by RATP, which includes the underground Metro system and regional RER trains.

To Paris by Train – Must See Landmarks by Arrondissements

With so much on offer in Paris, it’s hard to cram everything in a single trip. But planning a visit around each arrondissement is not a bad way to hit as many spots as possible. If you’re ever unsure of where you are or which area you’re heading to, check the zip code – all Paris zip codes start with 750 and end in the arrondissement you’re in. Destination the Pompidou Centre. Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004. You’re heading to the 4th arrondissement. Et voila! Here’s a list of top things to do by arrondissements in Paris.

    Head to Pompidou Centre to take in some modern art. The building itself is an architectural wonder with its bold primary colors and its zigzagging metal escalator, fondly called the caterpillar. The Pompidou Centre is in the 4th arrondissement, so while you’re there you can visit the famous Notre Dame cathedral and have a spot of lunch in the hip streets of Le Marais – known as the LGBTQ+ district of Paris
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower: A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Eiffel tower. Visitors can choose to see it from the ground or climb the stairs and take in the breathtaking views from the top. The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th arrondissement where the Musee D’Orsay and Rodin’s Museum are also located.
  • Take a food tour around Saint -Germain-des-Prés. The 6th arrondissement was once the stomping ground for world reknowned writers and artists (Ernest Hemmingway often frequented these streets) and today famous coffee houses such as Café de Flore or Café Les Deux Magots still attract a heady mix of artists and visitors. There are plenty of boutique shops and artisanal food joints in the area, as well as the grand Luxembourg Gardens.

Discover more things to do in Paris with the Omio travel magazine, the Window Seat.

Free things to do around Gare du Nord

Got a few hours between trains? Put your things in the station’s lockers and dip out to take in some of the city’s sights. There are plenty of things to do around the main train stations including cafés, boulangeries for a quick pastry, or bars where you can relax with a glass of French wine. If you’re looking for free things to do in Paris, we recommend these three activities – all in easy reach of Gare du Nord station.

  • Visit the Sacre Coeur – the basilica is located at the top of Montmartre and has stunning views of Paris as well access to the church's interior. From Gare du Nord it’s an easy 25 minute walk away, or 15 minutes on the Metro.
  • Stroll along Canal Saint Martin – this charming canal cuts through Paris for 4.6 km all the way to Bastille. In the summer months, you’ll find Parisians hanging around the water’s edge with friends and picnics, the perfect way to enjoy the light evening air.
  • Go see the Champs-Élysées – just 12 minutes from Gare du Nord on the RER trains. On the western side of Champs-Élysées you’ll also find the Arc de Triomphe – the world’s largest triumphal arch. It’s impressive and well worth time visiting.

Train providers: Eurostar, Trenitalia and Renfe to Paris trains

Find the best route to Paris with Omio's train partners Eurostar, Trenitalia and Renfe! You'll find the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

Renfe-SNCF is a joint venture between Spain's Renfe and France's SNCF, offering high-speed rail services between the two countries. The trains run at speeds of up to 300 km/h, with departures every two hours. Renfe-SNCF offers three types of trains: the AVE, the TGV and the EuroMed. The AVE is the fastest, with a journey time of just over three hours between Madrid and Paris. The TGV is slightly slower, but still offers a comfortable journey. The EuroMed is the slowest, but is the most affordable option. Renfe-SNCF offers a range of ticket types, including single, return and group tickets. Onboard facilities include comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, power sockets and a selection of snacks and drinks. The most popular routes for Renfe-SNCF are Madrid to Paris, Barcelona to Marseille and Madrid to Lyon.

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