Back to the Gare de Lyon of Paris !!

A memorable train station for its restaurant and our trip to the east of Europe as well as my boys school trips to skiing sites.  In France as in most of Europe , public transport is a must many times, usually forced by work. This is a bit different as we have used it for travel leisure time too. Let me tell you a bit more about the Gare de Lyon of Paris.  Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Paris gare de lyon parking feb09

The Gare de Lyon is a train station of Paris.  I have taken it for business trips to Geneva, Basel and Zurich.  It is part of the RER A and D lines and offers a correspondence with lines 1 and 14 of the Metro. This station is distinguished by its belfry, a square tower of 67 meters and comprising 4 dials 6 meters in diameter built in the academic style of 1900.

Paris gare de lyon metro RER station feb09

Paris gare de lyon belltower feb09

In my business trips, I was either very late or needed a train very early in the morning next day so, used the Mercure hotel at the Gare de Lyon overnight several times. Very nice Accor chain hotel indeed and the location and service is tops, Webpage:

Paris gare de lyon mercure hotel feb09

I have written an exhaustive post on the history and connections at the Gare de Lyon ,therefore ,will be brief on that in this post, just for info. The current Gare de Lyon was built in 1899, for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, The large glass roof of the Gare de Lyon, commuter trains and TGVs is impressive indeed, And another thing the Buffet de la Gare de Lyon built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 of Paris, later took the name of the Le Train Bleu restaurant in 1963, in homage to the mythical Train Bleu “Paris-Ventimiglia”, is the place where remains the most intact, the most striking testimony of the end of the Second Empire style (Napoléon III). A masterpiece of 1900s art (see post), The Hall 1 was under heavey renovations but it is supposed to have finish on October 10 2022.

Paris gare de lyon TGV arriving mar10

Paris gare de lyon board mar10

If the Gare de Lyon is mainly a place of passage to arrive and leave Paris, it remains one of the monuments of Paris to see during a stay in the city for sure.

The Paris tourist office on the Gare de Lyon :

The SNCF gare and connections on the Gare de Lyon

The RATP Parist transports on connections at Gare de Lyon

A good unofficial private webpage on the Gare de Lyon in French:  

There you go folks, a wonderful train station in my eternal Paris, The Gare de Lyon is a memorable one, and always looking forward to be back, eventually, It is another nice architectural monument of Paris as well. Again ,hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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6 Comments to “Back to the Gare de Lyon of Paris !!”

  1. One of our regular haunts, particularly Le Train Bleu.

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  2. I had lunch at Le Train Bleu and it was amazing.

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