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My favourite Paris station...

The Gare de l'Est is my favourite Parisian terminus, an elegant station that's much calmer than the hectic Gare du Nord next door, or the bustling Gare de Lyon a mile or two to the south.  Opened in 1849 as the Gare de Strasbourg it was renamed the Gare de l'Est in 1854, and in 1883 it witnessed the first departure of the fabled Orient Express.  It was expanded to its current size in 1931.  As its name suggests, the Gare de l'Est handles trains heading east to Reims, Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt & Munich.  It handles the weekly Paris-Moscow Express & the weekly Venice Simplon Orient Express between March 7 November .

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Station overview See plan  Location map

The Gare de l'Est is a terminus with easy, flat & level access between the street, taxi rank, concourse & platforms, painless to navigate with wheeled luggage.  See station plan on Google MapsYou can find a detailed plan of the station and its facilities at www.gares-sncf.com.

Paris Gare de l'Est facade & forecourt

Forecourt:  The Gare de l'Est has a large forecourt and very wide facade with western, central & eastern entrances.

Paris Gare de l'Est western entrance

The western entrance, at the left-hand end of that broad facade.  The photo is looking roughly north.  At the other end of the facade, the eastern entrance is a mirror image of this one.

Paris Gare de l'Est western hall   Paris Gare de l'Est eastern hall

Western hall, inside the western entrance.  The ticket office, M&S Food & Brasserie la Consigne are in here.

 

Eastern hall, inside the eastern entrance, with yet more retail outlets.

Paris Gare de l'Est central hall

Central hall between forecourt & concourse, sandwiched between the western & eastern halls.  The left luggage office (Consigne) is on the lower level, tucked away behind an escalator in the northeast corner.

Paris Gare de l'Est concourse

Concourse, looking east from the rue d'Alsace side entrance.  The concourse runs the full width of the station, platforms lined up on one side and western, central & eastern halls through archways on the other.  Those TV screens list arrivals & departures.

Paris Gare de l'Est concourse

Another view of the concourse, taken from the balcony opposite platform 11.  There are food outlets & seating areas.

Platforms at Paris Gare de l'Est

Platforms 2-30 are lined up in a neat row along the concourse, with ticket gates at the entrance to each pair or small group of platforms (visible here on the right).

Which platform for your train?

Platforms are numbered 2 to 30 from left to right, starting with platform 2 on the west side. 

Platforms 2 to 12 are designated as the yellow platforms, trains to & from Germany usually use these.

Platforms 13 to 22 are mainly for suburban trains.

Platforms 23 to 30 are designated as the blue platforms, also used by mainline trains, trains to & from Germany sometimes use these.

Trains are usually posted on the departure boards 15-20 minutes before departure, but the screens usually indicate whether to wait near the yellow platforms or the blue platforms before an actual number is posted, so you can wait in the right place.

Tips for using the Gare de L'Est...

Luggage lockers at the Gare de l'Est   Ticket office at the Gare de l'Est

Left luggage lockers on the lower level of the central hall, northeast corner, follow signs for consignes.

 

SNCF mainline ticket office in the western hall, left hand side as you walk in the western entrance.

Food & drink...

The Brasserie La Consigne (formerly the Brasserie Flo) is the best place in the station for a coffee, beer or meal while waiting for your train, www.brasserie-laconsigne.fr.  It's just inside the western entrance on the left.  It was formerly the station's left luggage office or consigne.

Le Cafe de l'Est has also been recommended, a typical Parisian cafe directly across the road from the station, www.cafedelest.com.

There are plenty of kiosks around the station selling drinks, snacks, baguettes. 

Marks & Spencer food hall just inside the western entrance, opposite the Brasserie la Consigne, is a good place to stock up for a journey.

Alternatively, there's a Monop supermarket just across the road from the station forecourt and slightly to the right, useful for buying provisions for your journey at regular high street (rather than station) prices.  I have marked it on the station plan above with a red trolley symbol.

Cafe de l'Est at Paris Gare de l'Est   Brasserie la Consigne at Paris Gare de l'Est

Cafe de l'Est has been recommended by one correspondent, directly across the road from the station forecourt.

 

The Brasserie La Consigne inside the western entrance, www.brasserie-laconsigne.fr Larger photo.

Km 0 floor plaque at Paris Gare de l'Est   M&S Food at Paris Gare de l'Est

Km 0 for the original Paris-Strasbourg railway. Set into the floor, western hall.  Easily missed!

 

Marks & Spencer Food inside the western entrance, a good place to stock up for the journey.

Hotels near the Gare de l'Est...

If you need to stop overnight, suggested hotels near Paris Gare de l'Est with good reviews include the Libertel Gare de l'Est Franšais (opposite the station, 3-star);  Libertel Gare du Nord Suede (350m from the Gare de l'Est, 2-star).  Comfort Hotel Gare de l'Est (2-star).


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