Gare de La Défense
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|Transilien, RER, Paris Métro & tram station|
|Location||Rue Carpeaux × voie Perronet
|Owned by||SNCF & RATP|
|Operated by||SNCF & RATP|
|Opened||1 April 1959|
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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 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.
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
- RER Line A (Paris Zone 1–2 tickets not valid)
- Line 1 (terminus, Paris Zone 1–2 tickets valid)
- Paris St Lazare Group III :
- SNCF Gare Saint-Lazare – St Nom la Breteche – Forêt de Marly
- SNCF Gare Saint-Lazare – Versailles Rive Droite
- SNCF La Défense – La Verrière
- Tram Line 2
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)
passageway to RER/Transilien lines
|Line 1 platforms||Platform 1||← termination platform|
|Platform 2||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.
Line 1, Exit D
MP 89 at La Défense (eastbound platform)
New automatic platform gates on eastbound platform
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- Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.