Gare de La Défense

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La Défense – Grande Arche Handicapped/disabled access Paris Métro
RER A - Gare de la Defense.jpg
Date opened 1 April 1992 (1992)
Accesses Rue Carpeaux × voie Perronet
Municipality/
Arrondissement
Puteaux
Coordinates 48°53′29″N 2°14′24″E / 48.89139°N 2.24000°E / 48.89139; 2.24000Coordinates: 48°53′29″N 2°14′24″E / 48.89139°N 2.24000°E / 48.89139; 2.24000
Fare zone 3
Next stations
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Terminus Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 1
RER
RER RER A
Transilien
Transilien Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare
Terminus Transilien Transilien La Défense
toward La Verrière
List of stations of the Paris Métro
Map showing the location of the station
Map showing the location of the station
Location of the metro station

La Défense is a station of the Paris Métro, RER, and Transilien suburban rail lines. It is located underneath the Grande Arche building in La Défense, the business district just west of Paris. The station connects the RER Line A to the Metro Line 1 station La Défense – Grande Arche (since 1992), the T2 tramway (since 1994), and an SNCF (Transilien) train station. It is also attached to a major shopping centre. There are 25.62 million entries and exits each year.

Highlights on the surface nearby include the monumental Grande Arche, skyscrapers that host the headquarters of important French and foreign companies, and works of urban art such as Le Pouce by César Baldaccini. From the central esplanade the Arc de Triomphe can be seen further down the Axe historique.

Until May 2004, this part of La Défense hosted an information centre of the European Union managed by the European Parliament.

Like the district it serves, the station takes its name from the 19th century statue La Défense de Paris, commemorating the Franco-Prussian War.

Lines serving this station[edit]

There are four platforms in the Transilien station :

In the morning:

  • Platforms 1 and 3 are used for PSL Group III lines to Paris
  • Platform 2 is used for PSL Group III lines to Versailles Rive Droite / St Nom la Breteche – Forêt de Marly
  • Platform 4 is used for La Défense – La Verrière line

In the afternoon:

  • Platform 1 is used for PSL Group III lines to Paris
  • Platforms 2 and 4 are used for PSL Group III lines to Versailles Rive Droite / St Nom la Breteche – Forêt de Marly
  • Platform 3 is used for La Défense – La Verrière line

Station layout (Paris Métro)[edit]

G Street Level Exits/Entrances
M Mezzanine to Exits/Entrances
passageway to RER/Transilien lines
Line 1 platforms Platform 1 Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 1 termination platform
Side platform with PSDs, doors will open on the left
Side platform with PSDs, doors will open on the left
Platform 2 Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 1 toward Château de Vincennes (Esplanade de La Défense)
  • Note: These are two side platforms located some distance apart, as opposed to one island platform; the layout does not show the platforms accurately.

Gallery[edit]

La Défense RER platform panorama

Metro[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.