The Gare Montparnasse of Paris !!!

Well, again looking at my vault of pictures realise that had some not yet posted in my blog! And this is still my entry point to Paris from my Morbihan breton by train! I have taken plenty of train rides here and even by car. Therefore, its about time I tell you specifically on the Gare Montparnasse of Paris !!! 

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I made so many trips by train, most on business trips but also personal I lost count. Even roundtrip same day !!! From my train stations first in Auray and later Vannes to Montparnasse!!  And several times of the usual train delays that is so famous by now on the TGV Atlantique runs with as much of 45 minutes yikes!!!  The Gare Montparnasse is the head of the line Paris-Versailles on the Versailles Chantier station,which long ago used to take it too from Versailles.  This station serves seven regions of western France: Bretagne, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire , Normandie, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Île-de-France and Centre-Val de Loire .

It has 5 wonderful parkings such as Catalogne, Pasteur, Montparnasse-Gaité, and my favorites Maine ,from the car park, by taking a staircase, you have direct access to the station platforms in front of the TGV,  and Océane, (30, Avenue du Maine).  Montparnasse train station is served by the Paris metro, and more specifically by the following lines: Line 4: Porte de Clignancourt → Mairie de Montrouge, Line 6: Charles de Gaulle Etoile → Nation, Line 12: Aubervilliers Front Populaire → Mairie d’Issy and Line 13: Saint Denis – University and Les Courtilles → Asnières Gennevillers – Chatillon-Montrouge. Bus lines taken from here were the line 28: Gare Saint Lazare → Porte d’Orléans Avenue du Maine  stop for bus lines 28, 58 and bus lines 91 and 94  Levallois – Louison Bobet → Gare Montparnasse with stop at Place Raoul Dautry for lines 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96.

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The Gare Montparnasse is made up of 5 levels ranging from level -1 to level 3 corresponding to Hall Pasteur at Level -1 corresponds to the level allowing access to the Metro in order to go to Vaugirard. Level 0 located Place Raoul Dautry and allows you to use Porte Océane. Level 1 corresponds to the Mezzanine level , Level 2 corresponds to the level of the station platforms. It is therefore the largest level of Gare Montparnasse. Level 3 corresponds to Hall Pasteur.

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The Grandes Lignes (long distance lines) ticket office, called on the station signs “Billets Grandes Lignes”, is located Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine opposite the station’s Agora restaurant, Need to travel from Gare Montparnasse to a regional destination? The Transilien allows you to travel within Ile-de-France, for this you must buy your train tickets at the Transilien counter which is located Level 0, next to the FNAC.

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You have other ticket offices such as the Espace Mouchotte ticketing area located: Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine.  The Espace Vaugirard ticket office located on level +2, Hall 3 – Vaugirard, 7 rue du Cotentin, at the end of platform 24, and Espace Pasteur main line ticket office located in Hall 2 – Pasteur, 5 rue du pont des 5 martyrs du lycée Buffon.  The reception points are used to welcome travelers looking for information on trains and Montparnasse station ; these are at Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine next to the Swatch store, Hall 2 – Pasteur, 5 rue du pont des 5 martyrs du lycée Buffon (above the platforms) Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine, opposite tracks 17/18 (main) , and Level +2, Hall 1 – Maine, facing platform 17/18.

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The Montparnasse trains station offers you an automatic luggage locker service allowing you to leave your luggage with complete peace of mind in lockers of different sizes prices depending on the size of your luggage. It is located at Level +1 (mezzanine) next to the Beauty Bubble, Have you lost an object or luggage during your trip to Montparnasse trains station? Seek help at Level +1 (mezzanine) near the Beauty Bubble, The location of the 3 restrooms (toilets) points located on the Montparnasse train station are above the platforms, Hall 2 – Pasteur, 5 rue du pont des 5 martyrs du lycée Buffon, opposite the Europcar car rental company, Level +2, Hall 3 – Vaugirard, at the end of track 24 , and Level +1, next to Micromania.

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The official SNCF webpage on the Gare Montparnasse:

The regional Transilien network on the gare Montparnasse:

The private practical better guide to the Gare Montparnasse :

The Paris tourist office on the Gare Montparnasse

There you go folks, now feel better to tell you more specifics of the wonderful Gare Montparnasse! A quartier, neighborhood that has undergoing great renovations, and the train station was not left out! Hall 3, also called Hall Vasarely because of the many frescoes painted by the painter Victor Vasarely, has been completely renovated and a glass roof has been installed to increase the luminosity of the room by favoring natural light from outside. The routes for getting from one place to another within the station have also been redesigned to make them easier to understand for passengers. Thus, the station now has 102 information screens for passengers and around 15 additional escalators to speed up travel time in the station and thus offer a better experience to passengers. Great !!!

Hope you enjoy the post as I, and looking forward to be back to my Montparnasse of Paris!! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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