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  • Gare du Nord, July 2013
    Gare du Nord, July 2013
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    inside salon of Grandes Lignes to Thalys
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    outside terminus nord and mercure hotels
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    Gare du Nord

    by MM212 Updated Jul 29, 2013

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    Gare du Nord, July 2013

    Inaugurated in 1865, la Gare du Nord is one of Paris' numerous railway stations. As its name indicates, it serves northern destinations, i.e. London and Lille (on the Eurostar), Brussels, Amsterdam, and Germany. Given the high traffic between these cities, it is not surprising that Gare du Nord is one of the busiest railway stations in the world! The building was designed by the architect Jacques Ignace Hittorff who was inspired by triumphal arches in his design and adorned the facade with statues representing various cities by various sculptors.

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    gare du nord and Eurostar

    by gwened Updated Apr 18, 2013
    facade of the Gare du Nord
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    easy trip, allow time for check in, and can carry the luggage with you on the train.
    you have it well marked, Ihave done it several times and not a really train person, find it easy. It is normally call Paris Nord on train schedules.

    you check in at voie 2 (platform 2) on quais 3,4,5,and 6 for the Eurostar.
    come in at place Napoleon III entrance to gare du nord.

    The webpage in contact is official SNCF information and in English. The gare or station is well marked, and plenty of stores and restos inside. Outside you have a wonderful Paris with more restos,shops and hotels even the Terminus nord across the street.
    The station open in 1846 and it has grown ever since, today is the most busy of Paris 5 stations. The wonderful resto Le Buffet de la gare is the anchor restaurant. The beformention Hotel Terminus-Nord, with its 1925 Art-déco restaurant is grand. The old restaurant La Flèche d'or (or the golden arrrow from the old name of the service train and boat first class that did the run from London Victoria station here from 1926 to 1972,except while the wwII Occupation), is now gone,replace by the brasserie, but the reception rooms were left below for special occasions.
    more from France train of ile de France webpage
    http://www.transilien.com/gare/PARIS-NORD-GARE-DU-NORD-8727103

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    Know which "gare"

    by shrimp56 Updated Mar 12, 2013

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    Gare du Nord

    If you are taking a train from Paris it is important to know WHICH train station! In many cases the old train sheds are part of the trip:)
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    The Thalys and Eurostar leave from Gare du Nord. Montparnasse has some TGVs and the train to Chartres.
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    Don't forget to "compost" [validate] your ticket in the little orange machine.

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    Take The Fast Train To Paris for the Weekend!

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 29, 2012

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    Grandma, Mommy & Darling Angel traveling to Paris!

    There are six train stations in Paris:
    Gare du Nord
    Gare de l'Est
    Gare d' Austerlitz
    Gare de Lyon
    Gare Montparnasse
    Gare Saint Lazare

    The station you will arrive at will depend on the country you came from. Each station has it's interesting points and offer many products/services that will be useful. A locker to hold baggage, restaurants or stalls for food and drinks, souvenir kiosks and even a place to buy asprin or cold remedies. I suggest your first purchase could be a good Metro map.

    While traveling from or to Paris consider The FAST train!

    Normally it takes about four hours to get from Brussels to Paris by train. The fast train--Thyls--takes only one hour twenty minutes!

    Makes even a day trip from Brussels to Paris a feasible plan. Such a smooth ride, one would never guess the speed of travel to be 200 miles per hour! The real advantage to this fast train is that either going to or leaving from Paris, your choice of day trips is extended due to reduced travel time.

    This is a photo of an SNCB train pointed in the direction of Paris from Brussels and believe me that was a great weekend!

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    Gare du Nord (North Station)

    by Nemorino Updated Feb 26, 2012

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    1. Gare du Nord (North Station)
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    This is where the high-speed Thalys trains arrive from Belgium and the Netherlands, and from Aachen and Cologne in Germany, and where the EuroStar trains arrive after coming through the channel tunnel from London.

    The Gare du Nord is said to be the busiest railway station in Europe, with half a million passengers coming through each day. (The second busiest is Hamburg Central Station in Germany.)

    Second photo: Tracks and trains at the North Station, as seen from Boulevard de la Chapelle.

    Third photo: Here a EuroStar train is arriving from London. The four EuroStar tracks are carefully fenced off for security reasons.

    Fourth and fifth photos: I took these two photos in 2006, when work was in progress to re-allocate the space in front of the North Station, so as to provide better access to the station and reduce through traffic that is just going by.

    Vélib' 10153
    GPS 48°52'47.81" North; 2°21'17.07" East

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    gare du nord to gare de lyon ,hotel

    by gwened Written Jan 22, 2012

    London arrive at gare du nord, take RER D direct to Gare de Lyon, about 10 mins . You follow the signs in RER, very well posted.
    here is a pdf file of RER D
    http://www.transilien.com/web/webdav/shared/documents/plans/pdf/ligne_D.pdf

    at gare du nord you come out at mezzanine of Eurostar, walk out to the end turn right and follow signs for RER.then RER D

    at gare de lyon again easy signs take you up to grandes lignes TGV and you will the big screen in front of le train bleu restaurant. yes you validate ticket before entering the plateform on yellow machines, you will see all others do it too.Anywhere upon entering the plateforms you need to validate in machines, then keep them until totally out of station as inspectors on board will ask for it and clip holes on it to show you have been check.if no ticket with you ,you paid a fine.
    I always stay at the Mercure hotel right in the gare de lyon, very nice part of french group Accor.http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2217-mercure-paris-gare-de-lyon/index.shtml
    then there are others cheaper just around the gare,and rue Denkerque.IBIS same chain
    http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml
    Hope it helps

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    Trains - SNCF

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 25, 2011

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    Besides the Fast trains (TGV, Eurostar and Thalys), there still are slower trains serving the suburbs of Paris from 6 different train stations:

    - Gare du Nord, Place Napoléon III,10A
    - Gare de l'Est, Place du 8 Mai 1945,10A
    - Gare de Lyon, 20 Boulevard Diderot,12A
    - Gare d'Austerlitz, Place Valhubert,13A
    - Gare Montparnasse, Place Valhubert,13A
    - Gare Saint Lazare,108, Rue Saint-Lazare;8A

    These trains are operated by the SNCF company (Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer).

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    Gare du Nord - A Brief Guide

    by johngayton Updated Jul 28, 2011

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    International Trains At Gare du Nord
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    With in excess of 190 million passengers passing through every year Paris's Gare du Nord is reportedly Europe's busiest railway station (according to Le Monde anyway). This is the city's northern railway station and is the terminus for domestic and international services for northern France and Europe, including Eurostar trains to and from London.

    As well as the various mainline rail services the Gare du Nord is connected to lines B (for Charles de Gaulle airport) and D (for St Denis via Gare de Lyon) of the rapid transit RER as well as forming a correspondance for the Metro lines 4, 5 and 2 (at the next door but connected La Chapelle).

    Despite its size and complexity I personally find the station easily navigable. Everything is well signposted (admittedly mostly in French), train information boards are easy to understand and there are plenty of schematic Metro and RER maps at strategic locations.

    Not only is the station easy to find your way around but it is also a very safe station with a high profile police prescence both within the concourses and around the entrances.

    As to be expected from a major city terminus the Gare du Nord has all the facilities you could require including shops, cafes and restaurants, ATM's and banks, left luggage and toilets.

    The station is situated in the 10th arrondisement with its main entrances on Rue de Maubeuge and Rue de Dunkerke (the latter leading direct to the platforms for International trains).

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    Gare du Nord

    by TexasDave Written Jan 4, 2011
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    This is the terminus on the French side for the EuroStar high-speed train connecting to London through the 'Chunnel". But it is also a principal hub for Metro trains and regional buses. Inside the terminal there is a kiosk selling Paris Museum Passes, usually without any line.

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    TGV....Fast and Comfortable...

    by Greggor58 Written May 10, 2009

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    TGV....."Train a Grandes Vitesse"....France's high speed long distance trains..

    I used TGV to travel from Bern in Switzerland to Paris......the cost was about 94 Swiss Francs booked about three weeks in advance of my travel...

    Its a sleek,clean, and comfortable mode of travel...it took me only about four and a half hours to arrive in Paris..direct without having to change trains...my journey that day was not ending in Paris but in fact I was continuing on to Ieper in Belgium...so I booked separately a ticket with Thalys....a train line owned primarily by SNCF...the same operation that runs TGV in France...Thalys provides provides commercial passenger rail transport services on behalf of SNCB, SNCF and DB to the following destinations: Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne.

    Booking was a simple task on line....it was an easy process...

    There were two hitches that I ran into...one was that the train arriving from Bern arrived into Gare De Lyon....and the onward trip to Brussels left from Gare du Nord....a separate station a few kilometers away...I chose to use a taxi to transit between the two stations...there are Metro stations at each station that facilitate easy transfer between the two...I decided to use a taxi and hired the taxi for a "drive by" of the Eiffel Tower...and then to the Gare du Nord...

    The other small problem...which I was warmed about was when I used the automated machines to issue my Thalys ticket....the machine couldn't read my North American credit card...they have magnetic strips as opposed to European credit cards that have a chip embedded in them..

    You can find and use a variety of contact phone numbers from they're web site...but beware...this is a pay for use option...and prices per minute are listed beside the phone numbers.

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    To Paris by train

    by Pieter11 Written Apr 21, 2009

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    My ticket from Brussels to Paris

    The highspeed-train network of France (TGV = Train a Grande Vitesse, Train at High Speed) was the first one in Europe and still is the best. With Paris as the heart of this network, there are connections to all over the country and abroad as well. All connections have their own names:

    - Eurostar for the UK
    - Thalys for Belgium and Holland
    - TGV for France and Spain
    - TGV Est Europeen for Germany
    - TGV Lyria for Switzerland
    - Artesia for Italy

    And all these destinations depart from different stations in Paris as well:

    - Gare du Nord for the UK, Belgium and Holland
    - Gare de Lyon for Italy and Switzerland
    - Gare d'Austerlitz for Spain
    - Gare de l'Est for Germany and Eastern Europe

    The connections with all these highspeed trains are fantastic: the trains are comfortable, fast and not too expensive. It is wise to reserve your tickets as far on forehand as possible because tickets generally are cheaper then, and they might be sold out as well. For all the trainstations you can get directly into the Metro-system and be on your final destination in Paris in no-time!

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    Gare du Nord / Paris Est

    by marcia1 Written Aug 14, 2008

    Dig it, if you need to get from the Gare du Nord to Paris Est station or vice versa, bear in mind they are about 500m apart and you can walk it easily. Some say that, what with the in-transit walking and platform waits, it is no quicker to take the Metro (they are one stop away from each other). It is certainly less stressful, and can be cheaper, simply to walk!

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    Paris Gare du Nord to/from Paris Gare de L'Est

    by cubsur Written Aug 14, 2008

    The two stations are about half a mile apart so perhaps 8 to 10 minutes walk.

    Some of the trains are nearly as long (394 metres for Eurostar) as the distance between the two stations! So if you are in the last carriage of a Eurostar train for example, allow another few minutes to walk down the length of the platform at the Gare du Nord.

    There is absolutely no point in using the metro - the walking distance up and down all the passages at end end of the one-stop journey is just about as far as the quick step half a mile or so along the road.

    Provided your train is on time, you will easily make your connection between Nord and Est.

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    Gare du Nord to Cour St Emilion

    by cochinjew Written Jun 5, 2008

    Ditto as above. a paris metro ticket will take you there.
    gare du nord, you come off the train and can go to the RER not metro M station and there take the RER to Chatelet which is just one station.
    At Chatelet it is a confusing station but well posted, dont throw away your ticket when you get on RER as you need it to get out and also to get into Metro. no 14 M and Cout St Emilion is two station from the terminus of the M 14.
    Paris train stations and M stations are not luggage friendly, so if you have lots of luggage more than one pull on luggage, it might be a good idea to take a taxi, which would cost you in the environs of E20, and the taxi stand is just outside as you come out of Euro Star. The journey on RER and M is quick enough..

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    Breakfast in Switzerland lunch in Paris

    by bianchis Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Inside of 1st class TGV

    In 3½ hours to from Basel Switzerland to Paris: the new daily TGV Lyria services to the French capital have started June 10,2007. Does not affect the current TGV Lyria links between Geneva, Berne, Neuchâtel and Paris. Short walk to Gare du Nord: Connections to Brussels by Thalys and to London by Eurostar
    Departs from Zurich 07:02 and from Basel SBB 08:04. Arrive in time for lunch at Paris-Est 11:34

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