Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris Métro)

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Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
AX 4 Saint-Germain-des-Pres 20080715.jpg
St-Germain-des-Prés before the adding of PSDs as a result of the ongoing work to automate line 4.
Location147, boul. Saint-Germain
168 bis, boul. Saint-Germain
6th arrondissement of Paris
Coordinates48°51′14″N 2°20′00″E / 48.85389°N 2.33333°E / 48.85389; 2.33333Coordinates: 48°51′14″N 2°20′00″E / 48.85389°N 2.33333°E / 48.85389; 2.33333
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened9 January 1910 (1910-01-09)
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 4
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is located in Paris
Location within Paris

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a station on line 4 of the Paris Métro, serving the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area in the heart of the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement.

The station was opened on 9 January 1910 as part of the connecting section of the line under the Seine between Châtelet and Raspail. It is named after the Place Saint-Germain and the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, dedicated on 23 December 558 by the son of Clovis, Childebert I (ruled 511–558), at the request of St. Germain, Bishop of Paris. Childebert died the same day and was buried in it. More than a thousand years later the remains of the philosopher René Descartes were also buried in it. The expression "des-Prés" refers to the Prés aux Clercs ("fields of the scholars") used for the erection of buildings to house the University of Paris.

Because of the ongoing work to automate line 4, the station platforms now have an almost complete set of Platform screen doors.

Nearby are the Left Bank, the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots (café).

Station layout[edit]

Street Level
B1 Mezzanine for platform connection
Line 4 platform level Side platforms with PSDs, doors will open on the right
Northbound Metro-M.svg Paris m 4 jms.svg toward Porte de Clignancourt (Odéon)
Southbound Metro-M.svg Paris m 4 jms.svg toward Mairie de Montrouge (Saint-Sulpice)
Side platforms with PSDs, doors will open on the right



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