Gare du Nord, Paris
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.
GPS 48°52'47.81" North; 2°21'17.07" East
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.
The Gare du Nord station is served by the metro and the suburban rail services, both are accessible from the main station. There are also numerous bus services. A taxi stand is situated on the ground floor of the station
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).
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.
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..
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.
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!
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
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
Hope it helps
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.
It is the entry point for the Eurostar trains and heavily busy one of the most in Europe
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
The Gare du Nord is service by the metro, RER and bus lines. metro lines 4 and 5 , RER lines B, D and E. buses No. 26,38,65,39,42,43,46,302 as well as direct CDG 350.