Gare de Lyon

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SNCF RER Transilien
SNCF, RER & Transilien station
Hall 1 Paris-Gare-de-Lyon.2.jpg
LocationPlace Louis-Armand
75571 Paris Cedex 12
Coordinates48°50′41″N 2°22′25″E / 48.8448°N 2.3735°E / 48.8448; 2.3735Coordinates: 48°50′41″N 2°22′25″E / 48.8448°N 2.3735°E / 48.8448; 2.3735
Owned bySNCF & RATP
Operated bySNCF & RATP
Line(s)Paris–Marseille railway:
Platforms13 (Surface) / 1 (RER A) / 2 (RER D)
Tracks22 (Surface) / 2 (RER A) / 4 (RER D)
Other information
Station code8768603
Fare zone1
Opened12 August 1849 (1849-08-12)
Rank3rd busiest in France
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward southeastern France
toward Mulhouse
toward Lausanne
toward Lausanne
toward Zürich
toward Milan
toward Venice
TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Transilien Transilien
toward Montargis or Montereau
toward Creil
toward Melun or Malesherbes
Outside the station, with its large clock tower
Inside the station
19th Century wall painting by Albert Maignan inside the "Le Train Bleu" restaurant, in the hall of the Paris-Lyon Railway Station.

The Gare de Lyon (Station of Lyon), officially Paris-Gare-de-Lyon, is one of the six large mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. It handles about 90,000,000 passengers every year, making it the third busiest station of France and one of the busiest of Europe. It is the northern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It is named after the city of Lyon, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. The station is in the XIIe arrondissement, on the north bank of the river Seine, in the east of Paris.

The station is served by high-speed TGV trains to south and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER and also the Gare de Lyon metro station. Main line trains depart from 32 platforms in two distinct halls: Hall 1, which is the older train shed, contains tracks labelled with letters from A to N, while the modern addition of Hall 2 contains tracks which are numbered from 5 to 23.[1] There are a further 4 platforms for the RER underneath the main lines.


The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. On multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses the Le Train Bleu restaurant, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately decorated setting.

On 27 June 1988, in the Gare de Lyon train accident, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train, killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

A fire broke out on 28 February 2020,[2] that was reportedly started by Congolese protesters.[3] The station was completely evacuated.

Train services[edit]

From Gare de Lyon train services depart to major French cities such as: Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier, Perpignan, Dijon, Besançon, Mulhouse, Grenoble and a number of destinations in the Alps.

International services operate to Italy: Turin, Milan and Venice, Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Lausanne and Spain: Barcelona.

The following services currently call at Gare de Lyon:

  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Lyon
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Avingon–Marseille
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Avignon–Toulon–Cannes–Nice
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Lyon–Montpellier–Béziers–Narbonne–Perpignan
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Lyon–Montpellier–Perpignan–Girona–Barcelona
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Grenoble
  • High speed services (TGV Lyria) Paris–Bellegarde–Geneva (- Lausanne)
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Bellegarde–Annemasse–Evian-les-Bains
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Chambéry–Aix-les-Bains–Annecy
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Lyon- Chambéry–Turin–Milan
  • High speed services (TGV Lyria) Paris–Belfort–Mulhouse–Basel (- Zurich)
  • High speed services (TGV Lyria) Paris–Dijon–Lausanne
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Dijon–Besançon–Belfort–Mulhouse
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Dijon–Besançon-Viotte
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Dijon–Chalon-sur-Saône
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Lyon–Saint-Étienne
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Valence–Avignon–Miramas
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris–Chambéry–Albertville–Bourg-Saint-Maurice (Winter)
  • Night train (Thello) Paris–Milan–Verona–Padua–Venice
  • Regional services Paris–Montereau–Sens–Laroche-Migennes
  • Regional services (Transilien) Paris–Melun–Moret–Nemours–Montargis
  • Paris RER services A Saint-Germain-en-Laye–Nanterre-Universite–La Defense–Gare de Lyon–Vincennes–Boissy-Saint-Leger
  • Paris RER services A Cergy le Haut–Conflans–Sartrouville–La Defense–Gare de Lyon–Vincennes–Val-de-Fontenay–Marne-la-Vallee (Disneyland)
  • Paris RER services A Poissy–Sartrouville–La Defense–Gare de Lyon–Vincennes–Val-de-Fontenay–Marne-la-Vallee (Disneyland)
  • Paris RER services D Creil–Orry-la-Ville–Goussainville–Saint Denis–Gare du Nord–Gare de Lyon–Combs-la-Ville–Melun
  • Paris RER services D Goussainville–Saint Denis–Gare du Nord–Gare de Lyon–Juvisy–Ris–Corbeil
  • Paris RER services D Châtelet–Gare de Lyon–Juvisy–Grigny–Corbeil–Malesherbes
  • Paris RER services D Gare de Lyon–Juvisy–Grigny–Corbeil–Melun

Gare de Lyon in films[edit]

The station has appeared in the following films :

See also[edit]


  1. ^ >"Plan et orientation–Gare de Lyon". Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ Miller, Hannah (28 February 2020). "Fire breaks out near Paris' Gare de Lyon rail station, forces evacuation". CNBC. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ Willsher, Kim (28 February 2020). "Gare de Lyon in Paris evacuated after fire outside station". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 February 2020.

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