Paris Austerlitz

Paris, (France)

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About the station

Paris Austerlitz was once the primary station in Paris for trains heading to the south-west of France.

But it wasn’t connected to the high speed lines, so because of this the trains to Bordeaux (and beyond) were moved to Montparnasse station.
As a result it has lost some of its prestige.

It had begun to resemble something akin to a living museum to past glories of train travel, particularly when seen from its line 5 Metro station.

However, a modernisation program is underway, that should reflect the fact that some long distance trains still do depart from Austerlitz train station.

Despite the building works the station is comparatively easy to navigate, particularly compared to some of the other major stations in Paris - once you're inside the station.

It’s a classic terminus train station, meaning that that voies (platforms/tracks) are on the same level as the concourse, which is at street level -  so there is step free access to the taxi ranks and adjacent bus stops.

What isn't step-free, for the moment, is the access between the main station and the RER and Metro stations - hopefully this situation will be remedied by the buidling works.

The RER trains give good connections to/from the left bank area of the city - but steps have to be used to transit between the RER station and the main station concourse.

Metro Lines 5 and 10 also have separate stops at Austerlitz - line 5 above ground and line 10 below ground.

Steps provide the only access between both Metro stations and the main station concourse/ticket hall.

So if you have heavy luggage or reduced mobility, then taxis can be the best option of travelling to/from Austerlitz station.

1st Class Lounge
Bus Station
Car Hire
Information Desk
Left Luggage
Step Free
Taxi Rank
Terminus Station

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