Paris-Gare de Lyon

This article is about the mainline station. For the Paris Métro station, see Gare de Lyon (Paris Métro). For other uses, see Gare de Lyon (disambiguation).
Gare de Lyon TGV RER Transilien

Location 20 boulevard Diderot
75012 Paris
Owned by SNCF
Line(s) Paris-Marseille railway
Platforms 32
Electrified 1.5 kV DC

TER Bourgogne

Outside the station, with its large clock tower
Inside the station
19th Century wall painting by Albert Maignan inside the "Le Train Bleu" restaurant, in the hall of the Paris-Lyon Railway Station.

Paris-Gare de Lyon (or Gare de Lyon) is one of the six large mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. It handles about 90,000,000 passengers every year, making it the third busiest station of France and one of the busiest of Europe. It is the northern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It is named after the city of Lyon, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. The station is located in the XIIe arrondissement, on the north bank of the river Seine, in the east of Paris.

The station is served by high-speed TGV trains to south and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER and also by the Gare de Lyon metro station. Main line trains depart from 32 platforms in two distinct halls: Hall 1, which is the older train shed, contains tracks labelled with letters from A to N, while the modern addition of Hall 2 contains tracks which are numbered from 5 to 23.[1] There are a further 4 platforms for the RER underneath the main lines.


The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. On multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses the Le Train Bleu restaurant, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On 27 June 1988, in the Gare de Lyon train accident, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train, killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

Train services

From Gare de Lyon train services depart to major French cities such as: Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier, Perpignan, Dijon, Besançon, Mulhouse, Grenoble and a number of destinations in the Alps.

International services operate to Italy: Turin, Milan and Venice, Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich, Bern, Interlaken, Lausanne and Brig, Germany Freiburg im Breisgau and Spain: Barcelona.

The following services currently call at Gare de Lyon:

Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward southeastern France
toward Belfort
toward Lausanne
toward Zürich
toward Milan
toward Venice
TerminusTER Bourgogne 15
toward Laroche-Migennes
TerminusTransilien Transilien Paris – Lyon
toward Montargis or Montereau
toward Melun or Malesherbes

Travelling between the Gare de Lyon and other Paris main line stations

For the Gare du Nord, take RER Line D towards Orry-la-Ville-Coye.

For the Gare de l'Est, either walk to nearby Quai de la Rapée Métro station for Line 5 (going north to Bobigny - Pablo Picasso), or take Line 1 from Lyon north to Bastille station and change there to Line 5. This is also another way to reach the Gare du Nord.

For Gare Saint-Lazare, take Métro Line 14.

For Gare Montparnasse, catch a 91 bus, which goes there directly. Or take the Métro Line 14 to Châtelet and then change for Line 4 to Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (although Châtelet is an extremely large and complex station, the connection between those two lines is very short).

For Gare d'Austerlitz the 5-10mn walk south across Pont Charles de Gaulle or Pont d'Austerlitz is quickest.

Gare de Lyon in films

The station has appeared in the following films :

See also


  1. >"Plan et orientation - Gare de Lyon". Retrieved 6 September 2015.
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Coordinates: 48°50′41″N 2°22′25″E / 48.84472°N 2.37361°E / 48.84472; 2.37361

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