Gare Du Nord to Montparnasse by Metro

There is no RER line between the Gare Nu Nord, where the Eurostar will arrive, and the  Gare Montparnasse on the other side of the city centre -  which is where the trains on to western France will be departing from.

If you don’t want to take a taxi, then taking the Metro is the only viable option.

It looks straightforward, as Metro Line 4 provides a direct link between Gare Du Nord and Montparnasse (direction Mairie de Montrouge).

It’s also at least 5 x cheaper than taking a taxi and almost certainly faster too, despite it being a 14 stop journey – you will be on the Metro train for around 20 - 25 minutes.

The typical total transfer time, from stepping off the Eurostar at the Gare Du Nord to being on the concourse at Montparnasse will be 40-45 minutes.

TRANSFERING TO THE METRO AT GARE DU NORD:

1: 
Walk ahead to the front of the train and exit on to the main concourse (the only exit from the platform/voies).

2: Turn left when you reach the concourse

3: There are two routes to Metro Line 4, neither of which are particularly clearly signposted.

4: The easiest option is to keep walking ahead of you until you are at the far side of the concourse - keeping the trains to your left.

In this part of the station you will come to an escalator that leads to a lower concourse.


The above image has been taken from the top of this escalator - when you step off of the escalator, initially walk ahead of you, but then turn sharp right - the Line 4 entrance will then be ahead of you.

Alternatively use this entrance pictured below - which is in the middle of the concourse.

If you use this entrance - turn to the left when you reach the foot of the escalator/stairs.

5: Buy a ticket at the counter or machines - the machines have excellent English translation, but look out for the easy to miss 'confirm your purchase' button.

6: Make your way to the platform for the trains heading to Mairie de Montrouge.
 

However, before opting for the Metro, these things are worth considering:

(i) ) Gare Du Nord is the busiest Paris Metro station and Line 4 is its 2nd busiest line - so at peak times the crowds can seem overwhelming.

You may not be able to even board the first train to arrive.
 

(ii) The access to the Line 4 Metro platform at Gare Du Nord is NOT step free.

(iii) There are no luggage spaces/racks on the trains and they’re not air conditioned either, so they can be uncomfortably hot!

(iv) You will leave the train at Montparnasse – Bienvenüe station, look out for the stop after St-Placide.

(v) Montparnasse – Bienvenüe metro station is connected to Paris Montparnasse station by long passage ways.

So long that despite the provision of a travellator, it takes around 12 minutes to from stepping off the Metro being on the main concourse at Montparnasse (a long way to run if you're in a hurry!)

You will first have to negotiate three short flights of stairs to access the travellator.

And the travellator itself is long!

(vi) When you finally exit the metro station, the mainline trains will be two levels above you - though there are banks of escalators and lifts/elevators.

If you will be taking a TGV from Paris Montparnasse - from the Metro, follow the signs to ‘Lignes Grande Vitesse’.

The first level above street level isn't where the TGVs depart from - you will need to go up another level into Departure Hall 1.

Walk ahead, under the departure board, to access the voies/platforms/tracks, that the TGVs will be departing from.
 

(vii) If your train hasn't arrived in the Gare Du Nord exceptionally late, you won’t be able to automatically swap train departure specific tickets to a subsequent departure from Montparnasse, IF you miss your booked connection due to a delay on the Metro - OR because your taxi got stuck in traffic.

So look carefully at the combination of trains that can be offered by ticket agents – our preference is to allow a minimum of 75 mins between the arrival time of a train at Gare Du Nord and the departure of a train from Gare Montparnasse.