La Défense station

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La Défense
Paris Métro RER Transilien Tramways in Île-de-France
Paris Métro, RER, Transilien & Tram station
RER A - Gare de la Defense.jpg
Location  France
Coordinates 48°53′31″N 2°14′19″E / 48.891852°N 2.238539°E / 48.891852; 2.238539Coordinates: 48°53′31″N 2°14′19″E / 48.891852°N 2.238539°E / 48.891852; 2.238539
Owned by SNCF & RATP Group
Operated by SNCF & RATP Group
Line(s)
  Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 1
  RER RER A
Tramways in Île-de-France Île-de-France tramway Line 2
Platforms 2 (SNCF) / 2 (RATP Group) / 1 (Tramway)
Tracks 4 (SNCF) / 4 (RATP Group) / 2 (Tramway)
Other information
Fare zone 1
History
Opened April 1959 (1959-04) (SNCF)
19 January 1970 (1970-01-19) (RATP Group)
Traffic
Passengers 15 329 402 (2017)(9th out of 303)
Services
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
TerminusParis Métro Paris Métro Line 1
RER
RER RER A
Transilien
Transilien Transilien
TerminusTransilien Transilien
toward La Verrière

La Défense is a station of the Transilien (Réseau Saint-Lazare) suburban rail lines, RER, Paris Métro and tram. It is located underneath the Grande Arche building in La Défense, the business district just west of Paris. The station serves as the western terminus of Paris Métro Line 1 and connects the RER Line A to the Metro Line 1 station La Défense–Grande Arche since 1992, the T2 tramway since 1994 and 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.