The Main Station in Metz
This large and somewhat pompous train station was built between 1905 and 1908 by a German architect named Kroeger during the period of German annexation. It was intended to symbolize the wealth and power of the German Empire, but also to be a functional building especially for the use of the German military. The neighborhood around the station is known as the Imperial Quarter because it was built in the same period in the same neo-Romanesque style.
As of 2006 there were three EuroCity trains per day in each direction between Frankfurt am Main and Paris, and they all stopped in Metz, which was the last stop before or after Paris. These trains then took just under three hours to reach Paris non-stop, but that time has been reduced to one and a half hours since the new TGV line (train a grand vitesse) was opened in 2007. However, Metz and Frankfurt are on different branches of this new line, so connections between these two cities have gotten worse.
Between Frankfurt and Paris the travel times have been reduced from 6 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours 45 minutes, starting in December 2005, but these trains do not go by way of Metz.
For security reasons (as of 2006) there are no longer any facilities for left luggage at the Metz station. So there is no longer any way you could leave your luggage at the station and have a look around the city between trains.
Second photo: Service and waiting area in the main station.
Third photo: A large poster showing what the station was supposed to look like by the time the new TGV line opened in 2007.
High-speed TGV trains from Metz to Paris on my Paris page.
Metz does not have any streetcars or subways (that’s trams or underground lines to you), so for public transport they have to rely on buses.
The bus system is quite logical after you get the hang of it. The most useful lines for tourists are the two minibus lines that go by somewhat different routes from the main station to the Prefecture, which is right in front of the opera house on Place de la Comedie, and back again. A single fare is EUR 0.70, and you can get an all-day pass for all the buses for EUR 3.00.
All the bus lines come together at Place de la Republique, where there is also a ticket and information office called Espace Bus. (Have you noticed how everything in France is called an Espace nowadays? Rather nice, actually.)
Take a mini-train around!
This mini-train starts from Place d'Armes near the Cathedral and the tourism office. You can see the historical and architectual heritages of the city. You can listen in: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Russian. The cost of the train is 5,50 € per person.
I drove and think a car is...
I drove and think a car is best..I tried to get an organzied tour..but nothing was available so ventured out alone. I know that I missed a lot and wished that I had a guide or someone that could tell me about the area...
train station and architecture-Metz
a wonderfully architecturally done railroad station done under the period the area was part of Germany, today it is gorgeous. At rue de Lafayette/pl Gén de Gaulle.The station is undergoing renovation starting in October and last to November 9 2014. they will be replacement with SNCF buses to Nancy, Strasbourg, Forbach, Bar le Duc- Strasbourg, Forbach, Bar le Duc- Strasbourg, Forbach, Bar le Duc on weekends evenings check the site for any time changes.
This is for TGV, TER, InterCités, trains.
The regional express trains or TER are here
here is official sncf site in English with info on it
the two train stations are here
Metz station, place du Général de Gaulle
TGV (high-speed train) direct to Paris 82 min
Lorraine TGV station, 57420 Louvigny
Connections to Nantes, Rennes, Reims, Bordeaux, Charles de Gaulle airport
in English all routes is here
and more here in French
- Budget Travel
If you are in Luxembourg,...
If you are in Luxembourg, Saarland (Germany), or Lorraine (France - in this area Metz is located) there is a joined train ticket that let you travel among these areas for 24 hours.
It is really cheap: 640 Flux = 100 FF = 30 DM for the first traveller and 320 additional Flux for each traveller for the second to the fifth if you are a group.
I used it and I achieved to go in the same day from Luxembourg to Metz and then Saarbrucken and back to Luxembourg! :-)
You can get the ticket in every train station of the region ask for: 'Voyager sous les Etoiles, Saar-Lor-Lux Ticket'
I went to Metz from Luxembourg...
I went to Metz from Luxembourg by train. Travel takes about one hour only. Anyway early reservation may be necessary for finding a place to seat sometimes. Alternatively you can reach there via Strasbourg(air travel then train).
If you want to go to...
If you want to go to Sierck-les-Bains, just follow the Moselle from where ever you come ;-)
Is best done on foot, for streets are narrow.
From Germany by train
The most direct connection from Metz to any German town is the train line to Saarbrücken. There are train connections at least every two hours with added frequencies at peak times. For most of these connections, you will have to change trains at Forbach where a connection is guaranteed. Trains in Forbach depart from the same platform in both directions so that you can easily step from one train into the other. A Special fare for the border region (17,80 EUR day return Saarbrücken-Forbach – as of 2011) makes Metz a perfect daytrip destination from Saarbrücken.
In case you are travelling from the Northwest or Southwest of Germany, a connection via Luxembourg or Strasbourg may be viable too.
How to get in and out Metz
I have a tip on the train, beautiful station, but this is on the rest to get into and around Metz. To come here you can take the autoroutes
Autoroute A4 (Paris / Strasbourg)
Autoroute A 31 (Luxembourg / Lyon)
the fastest ones, and with tolls.
You have some free parkings in the city, such as parking bd Pontiffroy,Metz Plage,palais des sports,and ave Henri II in front of the bridge.Above ground it is regulated by zones as in cities here, as well as blue zones with a carton disk you can get from city hall or tabac store to do the parking for a period of time for free;these zones are lower Queuleu, Fort Moselle,and at Sablon nord; and from Mondays to Saturdays 9h-12h, and 14h-19h except Sundays and Holidays where time is unlimited. You have paying parkings some underground and others above ground, all open 24/24 hrs. These are located at République (under), Coislin(above),
St Jacques (under), Cathédrale( under), Théâtre(under) Port St Marcel(under) St Thiébault(under) ,Maud'huy (under) De Gaulle (under), Lafayette (gare SNCF)(above),Gare / Centre Pompidou - Metz (under), Paixhans (under) and Mazelle(under). Put on any map and they will come on. or the tourist office have it better
route planner best use here for most is www.viamichelin.com and for traffic I use www.v-trafic.com
There is a site to share a car locally with a 40€ subscription and go to the site
Vélo or bike is popular with about 44 kms of lanes.You can rent for half day to whole year at two office locations one is near the Cathédrale (rue d'Estrées),and the other near the train station or Gare (place du Général de Gaulle). There are bike garages one in town is at the train station , others in beltway of the city. As to pick them we saw near the train station at rue Lafayette, and Ave Robert Schuman but they are all over. Here is a pdf file on it in French
by local transport in the metro area you have an itinerary page call the MET here
in French but simple to use, just put your address or town and it will tell you how to get there,no need for whole address, like if looking for rue Pasteur just put Pasteur and it will tell you all the streets with that name and the town.
The bus terminal or gare routiére is at 1 avenue Louis Le Débonnaire; and they ,also have Eurolines european bus service at same spot.
again for reference the TER regional trains of Lorraine (see other tip)
the department bus system 57 is here
and for itineraries will bring you here, but as in French, I am posting the site directly
the lines of buses or rapides de lorraine is here, going to nearby cities
TAXIS DE METZ
2 rue Lafayette
tel +33 (0)3 87 63 82 42
the airports that can serve the city are
Metz-Nancy Lorraine airport (18 km de Metz – 25 min journey)
Route de Vigny – 57420 Goin
Tel : +33 (0)3 87 78 57 57
info on the navette from airport to city center
Luxembourg Airport (69 km de Metz – 45 min journey)
Tel : + 352 24 56 1
Saarbrücken airport (79 km de Metz – 1h journey)
Tel : + 49 6893 83272
Harbour master’s office:
Régates Messines, 2 Quai des Régates – 57000 Metz
Tel : +33 (0)3 87 66 86 03
car rentals at tourist office list them all
- Road Trip
There is almost no free parking in downtown Metz. If you are staying a short time, there is a parking lot behind the cathedral. For a longer visit, park in one of the underground parking garages. Cathedrale is closest to the tourist information office, and Theatre is across the Moselle by the theater. There are two parking garages at Place de la Republique on the fringe of the old town, Republique and Arsenal. Be prepared to pay around 1.15 euros an hour.
Driving in Metz
Reports of horrible construction near the train station turned out to be unfounded as the construction had wrapped up so the hotel I was most worried about finding turned out to be the easiest to find. I printed directions from either via Michelin or Google Maps and had the other loaded onto my iphone, between the two I located the ring road which all good French cities seem to have. After that I had a map of Metz, the only thing lacking on which was the one way directional signs. But we managed to get in and out of the city every day without high stress levels and left the car in the garage to explore the city.
Beautiful train station!
This is a most beautiful station I have ever seen. Its a magnificent and huge building. You can come to Metz bythe first train TGV by 3 h and a half from Paris.