An Effortlessly Chic Moveable Feast
Effortlessly chic. An effusion of culture, couture and cuisine. A place whose name alone conjures up images of whirlwind romances and infamous scribes: This is Paris.
Whether you’re arriving to or departing from Paris by train, you’ll get to travel through one of the seven train stations currently in use. Paris’ train stations are spectacular buildings, which have been immortalized by generations of artists such as famed French painter and impressionist pioneer Claude Monet.
Gare De Lyon, built for the World Exposition of 1900 is a classic study in architecture for that time period. But don’t be fooled by the façade. Inside you’ll find the high-speed TGV terminal that whisks travelers throughout France at record speeds. Walk with your head toward the sky, under its massive glass roof or have dinner in the legendary Train Bleu restaurant. This is a unique traveler experience - inside a train station. However, the real excitement is where the train can take you. With France’s dense railway network, you can reach most French – and European – cities within a few hours.
On the world-class Eurostar, get to London in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. Or board the Thalys train for a quick getaway to Brussels in just 90 minutes or Amsterdam in just over 3 hours. The record-breaking TGV can whisk you to Geneva (3h20) or Zurich (4h30) via its TGV Lyria service, or Frankfurt (4h), via the recently inaugurated TGV East line.
It’s easy to be a jetsetter. Settle into a chic Paris hotel, wake the next morning and think, “I’d love to have lunch in an authentic French bouchon.” In just two hours you can be in Lyon, feasting on famed foie gras. Or relive history, taking the train to Bayeux to visit the D-Day beaches in Normandy in about two hours. Paris isn’t just your destination; it’s also your gateway to the rest of Europe’s magic.
If you plan to travel to Paris and a few other cities in France, consider a France Rail Pass. This will provide you with unlimited travel on the French national rail network.
The train can also take you to many attractions in and around Paris, thanks to the very efficient local rail service. A 30-minute train ride allows you the opportunity to follow the footsteps of France’s monarchs, in the lavish palace of Versailles built by King Louis the XIV. Or you may want to visit Sleeping Beauty in her castle at Disneyland Paris. Either way, our Paris Visite transportation card will take you there. Better than a magic carpet ride. This is your fairy-tale come true.
The romance of the rails really shines in the starry night sky. Take a night train from Paris to your next destination. In just one night, the Elipsos train can take you to Barcelona in the comfort of a private couchette, saving you the cost of a hotel night. Or embark on the Thello train and wake up in Venice the next morning.
Start your trip in Paris. But don’t stop here. A world of possibilities and off the beaten path experiences awaits you, just a short train ride away.
To learn more about preparing your trip to France, visit Atout France by clicking here if you’re a US resident or here if you’re a Canadian resident
Contributed by: Lothaire, a Marketing Manager in the eBusiness team, has lived 4 years in Paris and used to take overnight trips on the Eurostar to go clubbing in London.