Connecting in Paris via Gare de Lyon

When you're booking your trip on Eurostar.com, we'll give you more information about your connecting train under the tab marked 1 change. That's where you'll find your connecting station, train numbers and information on connecting stations. Just to let you know, all the times listed are local times.

In the know

  • Métro tickets won't be included in your journey. You can buy Parisian Métro or RER(suburban trains) tickets in packs of 10, called carnet, at Eurostar terminals and onboard Eurostar trains or at one of the ticket desks or self service ticket machines in all Métro/RER stations (like Gare du Nord). If you're making a return journey, you can buy your return tickets at the same time, since Métro and RER tickets can be used on any day
  • Keep hold of your Métro tickets – you might need them to exit the station when you arrive.

From Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon

By RER
The journey from Paris Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon usually takes around 30 minutes, depending on how busy the RER is.

When you arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, walk towards the front of your Eurostar train and exit to the main station concourse. The Métro and RER (suburban trains) entrances are on your left - look up and follow the signs for RER Line D.

View our  Paris Gare de Nord map

From Gare du Nord, take the RER line D direct to Gare de Lyon. To find your platform, follow signs for line D and check the departure boards for trains towards Melun or Malesherbes.

There are usually two stops between Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon, and all RER trains on line D stop in Gare de Lyon.

Once you're at Gare de Lyon Métro/RER station, look up for the Accès aux train Grandes Lignes signs and follow the arrows. There are escalators to take you to the Gare de Lyon railway station.

By taxi
The journey from Paris Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon usually takes around 20 minutes, depending on traffic. There might also be a long queue for taxis during busy periods.

When you arrive at Gare du Nord, walk towards the front of your Eurostar train and turn right. Follow the Taxis sign, exit the station and you'll find the taxi rank right there. The drop off area in Gare de Lyon is in front of the railway station.

When you arrive at Gare de Lyon, follow the Accès aux trains sign to get to the main station concourse and platforms.

Once you're in Gare de Lyon, look for your train number and departure time on the departure boards. Remember, your destination might not be the final destination of your train, so be sure to check where it's stopping.

If you have a little time before your train leaves, you'll find a departure lounge and plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés in the station to while away the wait.

Things to remember before boarding

  • Remember to validate (composter in French) your tickets in the yellow machines on the platform or main station concourse before boarding the TGV/InterCity train
  • Before boarding your TGV/InterCity train, follow the sign saying composition des trains on the platform to find your carriage
  • There's no check-in time for TGV/InterCity trains, so you can just hop on and find a seat

From Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord

By RER
The journey from Gare de Lyon to Paris Gare du Nord usually takes around 30 minutes, depending on how busy the RER is.

When you arrive at Gare de Lyon, walk towards the front of your train to the main station concourse and follow the RER (suburban trains) signs for Gare de Lyon Métro/RER station. From Gare de Lyon Métro/RER station, follow the signs for RER line D (towards Orry la Ville Coye) trains to Gare du Nord. These trains usually leave from platform 2. There are usually two stops between Gare de Lyon and Gare du Nord, and all trains on line D stop at Gare du Nord.

Once in Gare du Nord Métro station, follow the signs for Trains Grandes Lignes towards the main Gare du Nord station concourse. Follow the signs for Eurostar departures for check-in. You'll need to allow at least 30 minutes to check in for your Eurostar train, or 10 minutes if you're in Business Premier.

By taxi
The journey from Gare de Lyon to Paris Gare du Nord usually takes around 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
When you arrive in Gare de Lyon station, walk towards the front of the train, go to the main station concourse and follow the Taxis sign.

Once you're in Gare du Nord, follow the signs for Eurostar departures for check-in.
You'll need to allow at least 30 minutes to check in for your Eurostar train, or 10 minutes if you're in Business Premier.

Just to let you know, all the information here is subject to change, so it's a good idea to double check the departure boards when you get to the stations.

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