Paris Gare Du Nord/Paris Nord

Paris, (France)

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About the station

Paris Gare Du Nord is Europe’s busiest train station, so if you're a first time user, this guide to navigating the station, should help make sense of what can be a bewildering location.

Paris Nord's status is partially due to its role as one of the city's main commuter hubs - though the RER and Transillien trains, which serve locations close to Paris  use different parts of the stations to the long distance trains.

The station is an enormous complex with multiple access points to/from the trains - particularly if you will be transferring between the RER/Metro and the part of the station which the high speed trains use.
Therefore the Gare Du Nord houses numerous shortcuts - very convenient for its regular users, but somewhat confusing if you're not familiar with the station.

It also houses a fairly large mall, which functions like a magnet to the youths who live to the north of the city centre.


Improvement Works at Gare Du Nord:

Paris Gare Du Nord has been improved for the better in recent years and the station has lost what could at times be a slightly intimidating atmosphere.
Completed building works have brightened up the mall and the main RER station, as well as making the access to and from the RER and Metro less confusing - there are also usually more staff on the platforms in the RER part of the station.

Also access to Metro Line 4 is being worked on - hopefully it will include better access to a part of the station, which wasn't step-free.
These works are a prelude to major re-construction, timed to coincide with Paris hosting the 2024 Olympics.


Living up to its name:

The station also lives up to its name in two ways:

(1) It is located to the north of the city centre, in what isn't the smartest are of town - particularly on either side of the station.
So the more popular areas of the city are a Metro, RER, bus or taxi ride away.

(2) It does indeed serve destinations to the north of Paris.
In addition to the Eurostar trains to the UK and the Thalys trains to Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands - the TGVs to towns and cities in northern France including Arras, Boulogne, Douai, Dunkerque and Lille depart from here.


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