Paris Gare de l'Est/Paris Est

Paris, (France)

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About the station


Our guide to Paris Est train station explains what to look out for when departing from the Gare de l'Est by train and how to access the other main stations in Paris from here.

The Gare de l'Est aka Paris Est train station has a comparatively rare quality of being as stunningly beautiful inside, as it is on the exterior.

Though it would look even more magnificent without the enormous posters that hang down from its roof.

It's not only beautiful, it's also enormous - and it's this combination which earned it a place on our list of most awe-inspiring European stations.

Despite its size it's a fairly easy station to navigate, so taking a train from here is usually a delight.

Six Things Worth Knowing About Paris Est station:

(1) The station isn't named after its location, it's not on the eastern edge of Paris city centre, but towards the north.

It takes its name thanks the destinations that can be reached from here by train - as they're to the east of Paris.

So this is the station to head to if you will be departing Paris for the likes of Belfort, Metz, Nancy, Reims or Strasbourg.

The high speed trains to central Germany and Luxembourg also depart from here.

(2) The voies (platforms/tracks), which the TGV, IC and TER trains depart from, are all linked to the one concourse - which is at street level behind the station buildings.

(3) The concourse is large and airy, so the station rarely feels crowded. 

Heaters are scattered around the concourse in winter.

(4) The specific voies (platforms/tracks) which trains will be leaving from, are confirmed no more than 20mins before departure.

(5) The Metro/RER station has escalator and lift access up to the main concourse - but the Metro station alsonhas its own hall in the middle of the station.

(6) The left luggage office is at the same level as the Metro/RER entrance.

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Departing By Train from Paris Est


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Accessing the other main line Stations in Paris


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