As one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, it’s no surprise that Paris is well-served by national and international train services. There are six major stations in the city, located near all the major landmarks and districts most travellers want to visit. From Paris, travellers can take a high-speed SNCF train to other major French locations (such as Bordeaux and Lyon) as well as European cities like Frankfurt, Madrid, and Barcelona.
Situated in the city centre, Gare du Nord is considered the main station in Paris. Catering to over 200 million passengers a year, it’s also the busiest railway station in Europe. Eurostar trains to Paris (from London) arrive at Gare du Nord station. From there, passengers can transfer to a metro, national, or international train for further onward travel.
When travelling from the UK, all trains to Paris are operated by Eurostar, Europe’s best-known international train service. Eurostar provides direct, high-speed trains that reach up to 200mph, getting passengers from St Pancras International to Gare du Nord in as little as two hours and 15 minutes.
Train travel may not be the only way to get to Paris, but it’s certainly one of the best methods. Getting there from London is quick and easy, with trains from St Pancras International arriving in less than two and a half hours. On top of that, a train will arrive right at Gare du Nord in the centre of Paris, as opposed to planes which land further from the city centre. Whilst travelling with Eurostar passengers also benefit from wifi, onboard dining options and a great luggage allowance.
Most travellers visit Paris for one of three reasons: great food, great culture, and great landmarks. But don’t just settle for baguettes, bus tours, and the Eiffel Tower. Try eating like a local at smaller restaurants, take a walk through up-and-coming neighbourhoods like Belleville, and visit the various palaces around the city. When travelling between attractions, remember most metro and bus ticket machines only accept cards and coins (no paper bills). To save money, consider the Paris Visite unlimited travel pass. Also, to avoid crowding, try not to use the metro during peak time: from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.