The Gare Du Nord is a famous old station built in the late 1880s. It used to welcome the boat trains from Calais but now it's the Eurostar trains that bring in travellers from Britain. Thalys trains to Brussels, Amsterdam, and Cologne also use Gare Du Nord. Gare Du Nord has appeared in several films including the Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean's Twelve.
With around 190 million passengers per year, Gare Du Nord is the busiest railway station in Europe and certainly it can feel like that if you arrive at peak times. However, despite the crowds, it's still exciting to arrive from London into the grand old building and know you're just just a few steps away from the streets of Paris.
Gare Du Nord is a busy station so the easist way to get your bearings is to look for the large station clock.Once you've found the station clock you'll see the check-in area for Eurostar behind glass at the top of the escalators. There are shops and cafes in the Eurostar departure lounge. There's a bit of a walk to the Eurostar platforms so ask staff if you need assistance.
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As well as cross border trains to Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, you can reach other Northern French towns and cities such as Lille from Gare du Nord.
There are plenty of cafes and snack bars in the station and there are several cafes and brasseries just outside the station in Rue Dunkerque. Cashpoints are also available.
The ticket offices are on the main concourse near the Thalys trains and there are plenty of self service ticket machines but, as it's such a busy station, print your online tickets before arriving if possible.
Wi-fi is available throughout the station and you can buy SFR vouchers from the Relay shops.
Left luggage. Left Luggage at Gare Du Nord can get very busy, with long queues. Your bags will be scanned too. Left luggage lockers, 'consigne' in French, is downstairs under the main concourse just off the end of the Eurostar platforms. It's open 06:15 to 23:15 daily. There's a change machine which can convert 10, 20 or 50 euro banknotes into the coins needed for the lockers.
Currency Exchange is on ground floor next to entrance for the taxis.
Metro line 4 & 5 Enntrance to the Metro. Come from Eurostar platform and turn left on the man concourse.
For Gare de Lyon use either RER on line D2 or D4 which is a direct service.
For Paris Austerlitz use Metro line 5 direction: Place d'Italie direct to Paris Austerlitz.
For Gare de l'Est Use Metro line 4 direction Porte d'Orleans but it's just a 10 minute walk to Gare de L'Est.
For Gare Montparnasse: Metro line 4 direction Porte d'Orleans.
There's a taxi rank if you leave the Eurostar platform and trun right off the main concourse. You can pre-book taxis using G7 if you want to avoid the queues. 01 41 27 66 99 (lines are open 24/7)
Service Access Plus Reception
Tel: 0890 640 650 06:00 - 23:30 Daily
If you require assistance boarding you should turn up at the reception 30 minutes before your train leaves. Wheelchairs and boarding ramps are also available if required.
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