Servicing over 700,000 passengers every day (for a total of 190 million a year) Gare du Nord is the busiest railway station in Europe—and the busiest in the world outside Japan. The building itself, with its neoclassical design and soaring skylights, is a magnificent mix of engineering prowess and aesthetic beauty.The Basics
Travelers head to Gare du Nord to hop on trains to the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, and northern Germany, as well as to other parts of France and the northern suburbs of Paris. You can also visit to admire the building itself, which has been featured in countless films; look for the 23 female statues atop the station’s facade, each one representing a European destination.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- You can buy train tickets at ticketing machines or at the ticket-office windows in the main concourse, opposite platforms 3–6.
- There are luggage lockers on the ground floor, next to the car rental offices.
- Eurostar has a separate terminal inside the station, with its own security and customs checks.
- Gare du Nord is wheelchair accessible.
Gare du Nord is located on Rue de Dunkerque in Paris’s 10th arrondissement. Take Métro lines 4, 5, RER B, or D to the station, or drive there via the Boulevard de Magenta; there is an underground parking garage on Rue de Compiègne. When to Get There
The station is open daily. Peak season for visiting Paris is in the summer, from June through mid-September, and this is also the station’s busiest time. Finding and Taking the Eurostar
To ride the Eurostar, you must first find it. The dedicated terminal is not well marked, and getting there can be confusing. For departures to London, go up the escalator opposite platform 17, then walk along the balcony towards platform 3. You’ll need to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure to leave time for check-in and security and customs checks. Gels and liquids are allowed onboard, however knives and aerosols are not.