Paris Gare de Lyon...   Click for map of Paris showing stations

One of the most important stations in Paris and the third busiest station in France, the Gare de Lyon is the station for trains heading southeast out of the city, including trains to Dijon, Lyon, Avignon, Marseille, Nice, the French Alps, Switzerland, Italy & Barcelona.  There has been a station here since 1847, although the current station building dates from 1900.  The Gare de Lyon is a classic Parisian landmark and I always relish the chance for a meal, coffee or beer at the fabled Train Bleu restaurant.

  Overview & orientation

  Hall 1, platforms A to N

  Hall 2, platforms 5 to 23

  Hall 3, under all the tracks

  Ticket office

  Salon Grand Voyageur (lounge)

  Left luggage lockers

  Tips for using the Gare de Lyon

 

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Paris Gare de Lyon station facade close up

Station overview Click for station plan...

The Gare de Lyon is a terminus with flat level access between the taxi rank, concourse & all platforms, so it's easy to navigate with wheeled luggage.

The station has two separate concourses, known as Hall 1 and Hall 2, marked on the station plan below by the two red home logos.  Hall 1 is the original trainshed dating from 1900 housing platforms A to N, Hall 2 is the later extension housing platforms 5 to 23. 

You can find a detailed plan of the station and its facilities at www.gares-sncf.com.

View of the Gare de Lyon

The classic facade of the Gare de Lyon of 1900.  The large arched windows above the canopy are those of the Train Bleu restaurant.  If you walk through the entrances in this facade, you'll find yourself in Hall 1, facing platforms A to N.

Hall 1 = platforms A to N...

This is the original trainshed, dating from 1900...

Paris Gare de Lyon Hall 1, platforms A to N

Hall 1 & platforms A to N seen from the top of the Train Bleu restaurant steps.  Platform A on the left, N on the right.  Note the automatic ticket gates between concourse and platforms.

Hall 1, Gare de Lyon

Looking northeast across Hall 1 concourse at 90 degrees to the previous photo, with the ornate steps up to the Train Bleu restaurant on the left.  The trains & platforms A to N are just out of shot to the right... 

Note the main departure boards above Starbucks in the centre.  Note the escalators down to the Metro & RER Express Metro.

Hall 2 = platforms 5 to 23...

A later extension, accessed from Hall 1 either by walking down platform A or by walking through the ticket hall.

Hall 2 at Paris Gare de Lyon

Looking northeast across Hall 2, with platforms 5 to 23 on the right.  Platform A is behind the camera.  The slope down on the right of this photo descends to Hall 3.

Hall 3, under the tracks with access to all platforms...

Hall 3 is what they've now decided to call the sprawling underground concourse (a glorified passageway) one floor down from Hall 2 and extending underneath all the tracks.  You can reach Hall 3 by going down escalators from Hall 2, or by going down stairs or escalators from Hall 1 then a short walk.  There are stairs and escalators from Hall 3 up to each platform.  You normally access the platforms and board trains from Hall 1 or Hall 2, but Hall 3 is used for the compulsory check-in for most Ouigo departures.  The Salon Grand Voyager and left luggage lockers are in Hall 3, plus a cafe and many ticket machines.

Hall 3 at Paris Gare de Lyon

Looking along Hall 3 underneath all the tracks, platform 5 at one end, platform N at the other.

Ticket hall...

Ticket hall, Paris Gare de Lyon   SNCF ticket office at Paris Gare de Lyon

The ticket hall connects Hall 1 with Hall 2, parallel with platform A.  The doors to the SNCF ticket office are now on the right.

 

Inside the main SNCF ticket office.  A numbered waiting system operates, so take a number...

Thello sleeper train ticket office...  Private operator Thello has its own ticket office for its Paris-Italy sleeper train on the main concourse (Hall 1) level with platform M, marked on the station plan here.

Salon Grand Voyageur = 1st class lounge...

There's an SNCF Grand Voyageur first class at the Gare de Lyon, open 05:40-21:00 weekdays, 07:00-20:00 weekends, closed on French national holidays.  The lounge has a water cooler and free coffee machine, free WiFi, phone chargers, toilets and lounge seating.

You can use the lounge if you have any sort of 1st class TGV-Lyria ticket to Switzerland, whether business premier or standard premier, full-price or discounted.  But for all other routes, you can only use the lounge if either (a) you have SNCF's (or other Railteam members) frequent traveller loyalty card or a full-price 1st class Pro fare (not a discounted 1st class fare), which you probably won't have.

It's located in Hall 3, one floor below platform level beneath Hall 2.  It's very poorly signed, but if you go down into Hall 3 and walk to the extreme platform 5 end of Hall 3 until you can go no further, then turn right around the corner, you'll find it hidden round there.

The Man in Seat 61 says, "The lounge can be handy if you qualify to enter, but personally I still prefer paying for a beer or a proper coffee at the Train Bleu restaurant's Big Ben bar!"

Entrance to Salon Grand Voyageur   Inside the Salon Grand Voyageur

Entrance to the Salon Grand Voyageur...

 

Inside the Salon Grand Voyageur

Left luggage lockers...

The luggage lockers are in Hall 3, which is one floor down from track level.  Follow the signs to the Consigne.  They're at the extreme platform N end of Hall 3, in the far left corner as you walk along Hall 3 from platform 5 towards platform N.  Expect to have your bags X-rayed at the entrance to the locker room.  For opening hours & prices see the left luggage lockers page.

Gare de Lyon left luggage lockers   Inside the luggage office

The left luggage locker room, in the corner at the platform N end of Hall 3.

 

Inside the locker area...

Tips for using the Gare de Lyon...

Big Ben Bar, Paris Gare de Lyon   Train Bleu restaurant

A haven! The Big Ben Bar.  More info here.

 

A treat! Lunch at the Train Bleu restaurant.  More info here.


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