Paris Gare de Lyon/Paris Lyon

Paris, (France)

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About the station


The Gare De Lyon station in Paris is stunningly beautiful, but a somewhat confusing space to navigate for first time users - particularly when departing by train.

Hence our guide to using the station, how to access central Paris and the city's other stations from Gare De Lyon and where to stay near the station.

Our top two tips are (i) take your time and (ii) set aside how you would normally use a station - letting the signs and info screens in the station guide you to your train.

The Gare De Lyon lives up to its name as the TGVs to Lyon do depart and arrive from here.

Though the station also hosts high speed trains to/from a swathe of other fabulous destinations in the south of France, the French Alps, Burgundy, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

So many high speed trains use the Gare De Lyon, that they can't all be accommodated in the original terminal building - in fact most now use an extension to the side of it.

The fact the the Gare De Lyon is in effect multiple stations sharing one location is the source of much of the confusion. 

Also Worth Knowing:

(1) Aim to arrive at Paris Gare De Lyon a minimum of 15mins before your train departs.

(2) The Gare De Lyon is in effect four stations in one building:
(i) Hall 1
(ii) Hall 2
(iii) the RER/Metro station - and
(iv) the part of the station used by the 'Trasilien' commuter trains

(3) The two parts of the station, which the long distance trains depart from and arrive at, are named Hall 1 and Hall 2.

They're some distance from each other, so being aware of which of these 'Halls' your train is departing from is important.

(4) Think of Gare De Lyon as you would a large airport, with these 'Hall's being the equivalent of 'Terminals' .

(5) But unlike an airport, for the long distance trains, there are no absolute rules at Gare De Lyon, as to which hall (terminal) your TGV, Lyria or Intercité train will be departing from.

It could be Hall 1 OR Hall 2 - but which hall a train is departing from is inlcuded on all the departure screens at the station

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Departing - Finding Your Train From The Street Entrances


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Departing - Connecting to ExpressTrains from the RER/Metro


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Arriving - Connecting to the RER/Metro


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Arriving - To the Gare Du Nord by RER Train


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Arriving - Onward Travel To Central Paris


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Accessing The Other Main Line Stations in Paris


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Hotels With Easy Access To Gare De Lyon


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Our General Guide to Using French Stations


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