There are 7 different train networks. Most leave from all 6 mainline train stations in Paris. These are:
- European Trains: Regular trains, Night Trains to all over Europe departing from France.
- TGV trains: High-speed trains – These lines have special well-known names:
- The “Train de Grande Vitesse” network now called Inoui reaching all the major cities in France
- UK, Belgium (Eurostar) click here for details
- Belgium, Holland, Germany (Thalys) click here for details
- Switzerland (Lyria) click here for details
- Italy (TGV Italy-France, Thello) click here for details
- Spain (TGV France-Spain) click here for details
- Intercite trains: National train lines where including TGVs traveling on regular tracks at lower speeds. Intercite runs between some of the major cities as well as for Picardie, Nord Pas-de-Calais, Normandy, East, Centre Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, and the Auvergne. A newer generation of rolling stock is replacing the former stock. It offers more comfort and more service.
- Ter: “Transport Exprès Régional” Express Regional Transport. Trains operated by the SNCF in conjunction with the 26 regions of France for shorter local train travel.
- Paris Suburban lines: “Réseau Banlieu SNCF”: into the suburbs up to about 100 km around Paris. These all depart from one of the 7 major stations in Paris. Find information on these Paris station pages.
- Paris RER: “Réseau Express Regional” – Regional Express Network. Click here for a map and instructions. This includes Major Stops in Paris and out into the suburbs. These lines are always designated by a capital letter and associated with a color. There itinerary is indicated by the two terminus stations at each end of the run. Each RER can have various branch lines.
- Line A – Cergy le Haut, Poissy and St Germain en Laye <> Boissy St Leger and Marne la Vallee-Chessy
- Line B – St Remy-les-Chevreuse and Robinson <> Mitry-Claye and Airport Charles de Gaulle
- Line C – St Quentin en Yvelines, Versailles RG, Argenteuil and Pontoise <> Versailles Chantiers, Massy-Palaiseau, Dourdan and St Martin d’Etampes
- Line D – Orry la Ville-Coye (and Creil) <> Melun and Corbeil-Essonnes (and Malesherbes)
- Line E – Hausmann-St Lazare <> Tournan en Brie and Chelles-Gournay
- Paris Metro: “Metropolitain” mainly underground train in Paris but also reaching out to suburban cities generally sharing a common border with Paris. These lines are always designated by a number and associated with a color. Click here for details, a map and instructions.
- Line 1 – La Défense <> Château de Vincennes
- Line 2 – Porte Dauphine <> Nation
- Line 3 – Pont de Levallois-Bécon <> Gallieni
- Line 3bis – Gambetta <> Porte des Lilas
- Line 4 – Porte de Clignancourt <> Porte d’Orléans
- Line 5 – Place d’Italie <> Bobigny-Pablo Picasso
- Line 6 – Charles de Gaulle-Étoile <> Nation
- Line 7 – Villejuif-Louis Aragon/Mairie d’Ivry <> La Courneuve-8 Mai 1945
- Line 7bis – Louis Blanc <> Pré-Saint-Gervais
- Line 8 – Balard <> Créteil-Préfecture
- Line 9 – Pont de Sèvres <> Mairie de Montreuil
- Line 10 – Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud <> Gare d’Austerlitz
- Line 11 – Châtelet <> Mairie des Lilas
- Line 12 – Mairie d’Issy <> Porte de La Chapelle
- Line 13 – Châtillon-Montrouge <> Gabriel Péri-Asnières-Gennevilliers/Saint Denis-Université
- Line 14 – Saint-Lazare <> Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
BonjourLaFrance recommends getting a Paris Visite pass to travel around Paris.
1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days for zones 1-3 (inside Paris). The 1-5 zone Paris Visite Pass includes travel to Versailles, Disneyland as well as Roissy CDG and Orly airports).
In addition, you receive discounts at various museums and locations around Paris.
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