Paris Austerlitz

Paris, (France)

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About the station

Paris Austerlitz was once the primary station in Paris for trains heading to the south-west of France, but it wasn’t connected to the high speed lines, so because the trains to Bordeaux (and beyond) were moved to Montparnasse station, it has lost some of its prestige.

It had begun to resemble something akin to a living museum to past glories of train travel, particularly when seen from its Metro station.

However, a modernisation program is underway, that should reflect the fact that some long distance trains still do depart from Austerlitz train station and that is not solely a glorified commuter train terminus.

Despite the building works the station is comparatively easy to navigate, particularly compared to some of the other major stations in Paris - once you're inside the station.

It’s a classic terminal train station, meaning that that platforms/voies are on the same level as the concourse, which is at street level, so there is step free access to the taxi ranks and adjacent bus stops.

What isn't step-free is the access from the RER and Metro stations

The RER trains give good connections to/from the left bank area of the city - but steps have to be used to transit between the RER station and the main station concourse.
Metro Lines 5 and 10 also have stops at Austerlitz, but steps provide the only access between the Metro and the main station concourse/ticket hall.

So if you have heavy luggage or reduced mobility, then taxis can be the best option of travelling to/from Austerlitz station.

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Left Luggage
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Terminus Station

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