The Massy-Palaiseau train station and more!

Ok so lets get you to another sort of off the beaten path area of my eternal Paris. This is a place that has been just passed by and only use its transport hub , an important one especially if living in the west of France like me! There are ways to get direct from my Vannes train station on the TGV service to Roissy CDG airport or even Disneyland Paris. This is the connection station sometimes and sometimes it goes direct, talking about Massy-Palaiseau . Let me tell you a bit more on it and hope you can use it as well. I have it with updated information.

The Massy – Palaiseau train station is located in the territory of the town of Massy, ​​near Palaiseau, in the department of Essonne 91, in the Île-de-France region. Here there are 3 separate stations that are juxtaposed.

Massy tgv gare front closeup apr17

The train station of the former Sceaux line, now RER B, operated by RATP, the RER C station, officially named the Massy – Palaiseau – Grande-Ceinture station and operated by the SNCF, and the TGV station, operated by the main line SNCF, which forms the hub of the TGV’s east-west interconnections.

The RER line C station, of which it constitutes the terminus of branch C2, is also served by intersector TGVs circulating between Normandie (Le Havre, Rouen-Rive-Droite) and the South-East (Lyon-Part-Dieu, Valence TGV, Avignon TGV and Marseille-Saint-Charles). The other Provence TGVs coming from or going to the LGV Atlantique and serving Massy stop at the Massy TGV station.

According to Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) plans for 2023, the station will be the terminus of the tramway line 12 Express. Still according to the same organism, the station should be served by the Grand Paris Express metro line 18 from 2027.  The new underground station should have a large arch-shaped building, largely glazed, located in the center of the interchange hub between the RER B and RER C lines; it will be installed instead of a few tracks in the beam, at an equal distance from the two gateways to which it will be connected and will act as a skylight, The TGV, RER and bus stations  are interconnected by a  241 meter footbridge to allows passengers to reach the RER, TGV and Vilmorin and Atlantis bus stations.

Massy tgv gare and bus terminal apr17

A bit on the town of Massy itself.

Massy is 15 km from Paris-Notre-Dame, point zero of the roads of France, 16 km from Evry,  34 km from Etampes, 30 km from Dourdan, 39 km from Milly-la-Forêt and only 13 km from Versailles. The town is bordered on the north by the course of Bièvre river for about 1.52 km (old river now gone from Paris see Rue du Biévre)

The Massy-Palaiseau station, opened in 1883, is currently part of a multimodal hub connected to RER B and C and completed since 1991 by the Massy TGV station served by the five French high-speed lines, Atlantique to Rennes , Nantes and Bordeaux, South-East to Lyon then Mediterranean to Marseille and Montpellier, North to Lille and Brussels and now Eastern Europe to Strasbourg. There is also bus stations of Massy-Atlantis and Massy-Vilmorin

massy tgv gare front afar apr17

By road , you have the two ancient roads prior to the 18C, the national road 20 heir to the great royal road from Paris to Toulouse, currently the 920  road (this have taken from Paris to Toulouse! both when name 20 and now 920 ) to the far east and the 188 road from the east to the southwest (old road of Chartres main axis of old Massy constituted of the avenue of President-Kennedy,  Rue Gabriel-Péri, rue du mai 8 1945 and the rue de  Paris).

Other than the intersection on TGV from Vannes to Roissy CDG,  which I have taken several times, and Disneyland Paris once,  there is to see  the Opera de Massy, Cultural Center Paul Bailliart, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance.  There is ,also, the Château de Vilgénis rebuilt in 1823,  from its origins of 1755, now owned by Air France!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip by here are:

The city of Massy on transportshttps://www.ville-massy.fr/massy-a-venir/

The Paris Saclay tourist office on TGV at Massyhttps://www.destination-paris-saclay.com/fr/mon-sejour/pratique/services-autour-de-la-gare-de-massy-tgv/

The SNCF Massy TGV train stationhttps://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frdju/massy-tgv

The Transilien RER trains B and Chttps://www.transilien.com/fr/gare/massy-palaiseau-8739357

The Massy-Palaiseau station is nice big areas, plenty of eating places and easy panels me think. The trip from the west is long ok for me but my father is difficult and he has taken it with me and the boys too. However, it is a great alternative to get to Roissy CDG for many including me and avoid the Paris center, and it is very easy about 32 minutes to Disneyland Paris.

There you go folks,the transport tribulations of my belle France. Yes, you notice too almost everything is routed by Paris yes indeed. It all has to do with a National government of a Republic that wanted to crown its jewel in one city, Paris. Hope you find the post useful for your next trip to France. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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