Gare Montparnasse was originally opened in 1840 and was made famous by the photograph of a steam train that overran the platform and crashed through the outer wall. That station was torn down and replaced in 1969. It still has a romantic name but there's nothing romantic about today's station. It's concrete and soulless - but at least the trains depart for glamourous destinations such as Bordeaux and Biarritz.
Finding Your Way Around
Once you've left the long platforms you emerge onto a concourse packed with shops and cafes. It's one of the busiest stations in Paris and actually incorporates 3 separate stations, Maine, Pasteur and Vaugirard. Street level is Niveau 0 and the trains leave from Niveau 2. There are plenty of signs. The ticket offices are on Level 2, along with automatic machines.Shops and bars
There are plenty of shops and bars around the station.
Left Luggage is on Niveau 1, which is a mezzanine, just below the departure platforms.
There's a cluster of cashpoints on Boulevard de Vaugirard at the front of the station's Maine hall.
All metro and suburban trains depart from Maine and your ticket will indicate from which station you leave. The Metro is on sub-level -1.
Taxis are to the left of the main platforms.Access
There is a service to help people with wheelchairs Service Access Plus Reception Tel: +33 (0)890 640 650.
Need To Know
Although Montparnasse has the world's fastest travellator, it's still a long walk to the Metro and you have to negotiate stairs to get up to the platforms. It may be better to take a taxi to other Paris stations if you have heavy luggage.
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