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The Gare du Nord is the busiest station in Europe, indeed the busiest station in the world outside Japan, so they say - but to get that accolade, they have to include all the RER suburban trains underground.  As its name suggests, it handles trains heading north from Paris, to Lille, Calais, London, Brussels, Amsterdam & Cologne.  First opened in 1846 by the Chemin de Fer du Nord, the original station building proved too small and was moved to Lille where you can still see it as the Gare de Lille Flandres.  The current Gare du Nord was built between 1861 & 1864.

Overview & orientation...   See tips

The Gare du Nord is a terminus with easy, flat & level access between the taxi rank, concourse & all mainline platforms, making it painless to navigate with wheeled luggage.

Platforms are numbered 1 to 36 from left to right, starting with platform 1 on the west side.  Platforms 1 & 2 are not in public use.  Platforms 3-6 are sealed off for use by Eurostar to & from London, departing passengers must check in at the Eurostar terminal upstairs and access these platforms via travelators from the terminal.  Passengers arriving on Eurostar can walk straight off the platform onto the concourse.  Thalys trains to & from Brussels, Amsterdam & Cologne usually use platforms 7 & 8, TGVs & TERs bound for Lille and northern France use platforms 9-18, with TER and suburban trains using platforms 19-36.  Platforms 41-44 are RER express metro platforms located underground.  Trains are usually posted on the departure boards 20 minutes or so before departure.

Click here for walking routes to & from the nearby Gare de l'Est - I always walk via the Rue d'Alsace, but this involves steps.  For level access, go via the Boulevard Magenta or the rue du Faubourg St Denis.  It is a lot easier to walk than to take the metro one stop!  Click here for travel by taxi or metro to other Paris stations.

The beautiful facade of Paris Gare du Nord, dating from 1861-64.  The statues represent the European cities served by the Chemin de Fer du Nord, the largest central figure representing Paris.

The station concourse & platforms 2-13. The photo is taken from the balcony leading to the Eurostar terminal.

Tips for using the Gare du Nord...

Somewhere to eat or drink before your train...

Brasserie Terminus Nord...

 

Inside the Brasserie Terminus Nord...

 

Seafood platter at the Terminus Nord...

Etoile du Nord...

 

Set lunch at the Etoile du Nord...

 

The Etoile du Nord, next to platform 19...


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