Gare de Paris-Est

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Gare de l'Est SNCF TGV TER ({{[1]}})
Terminus
Paris-Gare de l'Est-2009.jpg
Entrance
Station statistics
Address Place du 11 novembre 1918
75010 Paris
Line(s) Paris-Strasbourg railway
Paris–Mulhouse railway
Platforms 30
Other information
Electrified 25 kV 50 Hz
1.5 kV DC (Underground RER Lines)
Owned by SNCF
Services
TGV
Venice Simplon Orient Express
ICE
Intercités
TER Champagne-Ardenne
TER Picardie
Transilien

Paris Est (or Gare de l'Est, "East station" in English) is one of the six large SNCF termini in Paris. It is in the 10th arrondissement, not far from the Gare du Nord, facing the Boulevard de Strasbourg, part of the north-south axis of Paris created by Baron Haussmann. It is one of the largest and the oldest railway stations in Paris, the western terminus of the Paris–Strasbourg railway and the Paris–Mulhouse railway.

History[edit]

Detail of the main entrance
View of the entrance foyer
Hall leading to the Métro station
Main arrival and departure hall
TGV trains waiting

The Gare de l'Est was opened in 1849 by the Compagnie du Chemin de Fer de Paris à Strasbourg (the Paris-Strasbourg Railway Company) under the name "Strasbourg platform." This platform corresponds today with the hall for main-line trains, and was designed by the architect François Duquesnay. It was renamed the "Gare de l'Est" in 1854, after the expansion of service to Mulhouse.

Renovations to the station followed in 1885 and 1900. In 1931 it was doubled in size, with the new part of the station built symmetrically with the old part. This transformation changed the surrounding neighborhood significantly.

At the top of the west façade of the Gare de l'Est is a statue by the sculptor Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire, representing the city of Strasbourg, while the east end of the station is crowned by a statue personifying Verdun, by Varenne. These two cities are important destinations serviced by Gare de l'Est.

On 4 October 1883, the Gare de l'Est saw the first departure of the Orient Express for Istanbul.

The Gare de l'Est is the terminus of a strategic railway network extending towards the eastern part of France, and it saw large mobilizations of French troops, most notably in 1914, at the beginning of World War I. In the main-line train hall, a monumental painting by Albert Herter, dating from 1926, illustrates the departure of these soldiers for the Western front.

SNCF started LGV Est Européenne services from the Gare de l'Est on 10 June 2007, with TGV and ICE services to north-eastern France, Luxembourg, southern Germany and Switzerland. Trains are initially planned to run at 320 km/h (198 mph), with the potential to run at 350 km/h (217 mph), cutting travel times by up to 2 hours.

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Paris-Est:

  • CityNightLine Perseus Paris Est - Hannover - Berlin
  • CityNightLine Paris Est - Hannover - Hamburg
  • CityNightLine Cassiopeia Paris Est - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - Munich - Innsbruck
  • EuroNight Paris Est - Hannover - Berlin - Warsaw - Brest - Minsk - Moscow
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Reims
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Reims - Charleville-Mézières - Sedan
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Champagne Adrennes TGV - Chalons-en-Champagne - Bar-le-Duc
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - (Champagne Ardennes TGV/Meuse TGV) - Nancy
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Nancy - Epinal - Remiremont
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Nancy - St Dié des Vosges
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Nancy - Strasbourg
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - (Meuse TGV) - Metz
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Metz - Thionville - Luxembourg
  • High speed services TGV/ICE Paris Est - Saarbrücken - Kaiserslautern - Mannheim - Frankfurt
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - (Saverne) - Strasbourg
  • High speed services TGV Paris Est - Strasbourg - Colmar
  • High speed services TGV/ICE Paris Est - Strasbourg - Karlsruhe - Stuttgart
  • High speed services TGV/ICE Paris Est - Strasbourg - Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - Munich
  • Intercity services Paris Est - Troyes - Chaumont - Culmont-Chalindrey - Vesoul - Belfort
  • Regional services TER Picardie Paris Est - Chateau-Thierry - Épernay - Chalons-en-Champagne - Bar-le-Duc
  • Regional services TER Champagne-Ardenne Paris Est - Chateau-Thierry - Épernay - Chalons-en-Champagne - St Dizier
  • Regional services Transilien Paris Est - Meaux - Chateau Thierry
  • Regional services Transilien Paris Est - Meaux - La Ferte-Milon
  • Regional services Transilien Paris Est - Chelles Gournay - Meaux
  • Regional services Transilien Paris Est - Tournan - Coulommiers
  • Regional services Transilien Paris Est - Longueville - Provins
Series Route
TGV Paris-Est - Reims - Rethel - Charleville-Mézières - Sedan
TGV Paris-Est - Nancy-Ville - Lunéville - Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
Calais-Ville   Venice Simplon Orient Express
London-Paris-Rome
  Innsbruck
Hauptbahnhof
Terminus   Venice Simplon Orient Express
Paris-Istanbul
  Budapest Keleti pu.
Vienna
Westbahnhof
  Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice-Budapest-London
  Calais Ville
Frankfurt
Hauptbahnhof
  Venice Simplon Orient Express
Venice-Prague-London
  Calais Ville
Terminus ICE/TGV 82
ICE/TGV 83
towards Munich Hbf
Terminus TGV
Terminus
TGV
toward Sedan
TGV
toward Bar-le-Duc
TGV
toward Nancy-Ville
TGV
toward Remiremont
TGV
TGV
toward Metz-Ville
TGV
toward Luxembourg
TGV
toward Strasbourg
TGV
toward Colmar
Terminus Intercités
toward Belfort
Terminus TER Champagne-Ardenne 2
toward Saint-Dizier
Terminus TER Picardie 10
toward Bar-le-Duc
Terminus Transilien ({{[1]}})
Transilien ({{[1]}})
toward Meaux
Transilien ({{[1]}})
toward Coulommiers
Transilien ({{[1]}})
toward Provins

Metro Services[edit]

  • Travelling between Gare de l'Est and other Paris main line stations:

Important destinations served by trains from the Gare de l'Est[edit]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 48°52′37″N 2°21′33″E / 48.87694°N 2.35917°E / 48.87694; 2.35917