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The Gare Montparnasse handles trains using the TGV Atlantique high-speed line to Brittany, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Lourdes, Tarbes and the Spanish border at Hendaye for onward trains to San Sebastian & Spain.

The Gare Montparnasse is my least favourite Paris terminal station, a modern concrete station underneath a 1969 office block which was extended to handle the TGV Atlantique trains in 1990.  However, it's improved a bit after a recent facelift.  Nothing now remains of the historic 1840 station best known for the famous train accident in 1895 when a train crashed through the buffers then the station facade ending up nose-down in the street below.

small bullet point  Station overview

small bullet point  Concourse & platforms

small bullet point  Left luggage lockers

small bullet point  Somewhere to eat & drink

small bullet point  Taxis & metro

small bullet point  Tips for using the Gare Montparnasse

small bullet point  The famous 1895 accident

Overview Station plan  Location map

Level -1, metro.  If you arrive by metro you emerge onto the level -1.  Coming from the Gare du Nord or Gare de l'Est on metro line 4, the metro station is called Montparnasse-Bienvenue, it's a few minutes walk along pedestrian tunnels and a long travelator from the metro platforms to Montparnasse SNCF TGV station.

Level 0 = main entrance, street level.  You enter the station through the main doors in the glass facade into a foyer called Hall 4.  The French for level is niveau

Level 1 = mezzanine level with shops & toilets.  If you take the smaller escalators from ground level up to level 1 you'll find shops and toilets.  Further escalators then take you up to level 2 for the trains.

Level 2 = concourse, platforms, trains, ticket office & luggage lockers.  If you take the large escalators just inside the glass facade on level 0 they'll take you directly up to level 2 two storeys above street level, where you'll find the main station concourse (Hall 1), platforms & trains.  The main ticket office is on this level next to platform 1.  Luggage lockers are in a passageway near platform 24.  There's another station exit/entrance at the platform 1 end of the concourse, with a long flight of steps down to the street.

Platforms 1-28.  The station is a terminus, so when you stand on the concourse on level 2 you'll see the platforms lined up in front of you, numbered 1 to 24 from left to right.  Platforms 1-9 are used by TGVs, platforms 10-17 by suburban & local trains, and platforms 18-24 by more TGVs.  Platforms 25-28 are in a separate extension a few minutes walk from the main concourse, but these are only used by local trains.

Level 3 = taxi rank, Salon Grand Voyageur.  Level 3 is directly above the platforms, here you'll find Hall 2.  There are escalators from the main concourse up to level 3 at the platform 1 end of the concourse and at the platform 24 end.  Here you'll find the taxi rank and the SNCF Salon Grand Voyageur (first class lounge) which you can use if you happen to have a 1st class full-price Pro ticket (but not just any 1st class ticket) or an SNCF (or Railteam) loyalty card.

See a plan of the station here, see more about the station and its facilities at

Gare Montparnasse, facade

Facade & main entrance at street level (Level 0) with the ugly 1969 office block sitting on top.

The different levels

Gare Montparnasse level -1

Level -1, for the metro.  This is what you see when you arrive at the Gare Montparnasse and walk out of the metro.

Gare Montparnasse

Level 0, ground level entrance.  This is what you see when you walk in through the main entrance from outside.  This level is largely just retail units, so head upstairs for the concourse, platforms & trains...

Gare Montparnasse

Level 1 & 2: Taken from level 2 with level 1 below.  In the background, escalators down to level 0 (ground level) and the station exit.  The glass station facade is just visible on the right.  This area is retail.  Concourse, platforms & station facilities are on level 2, behind the camera.  There is also a level 3, on the roof, for taxis.

Concourse & platforms

Concourse at Paris Gare Montparnasse

Main concourse (Hall 1) on level 2.  The concourse runs the full width of the station along platforms 1-24.  The photo above looks southeast along the concourse with the platforms & trains on the right, retail & food outlets on the left, ticket office at the far end.

Platforms at Paris Gare Montparnasse

Platforms 1-24 open off the main concourse, numbered left to right.  1-9 & 18-24 for TGVs.  10-17 for local trains.


Ticket gates:  TGV platforms now have ticket gates, scan your ticket barcode to access the platform.  The gates are shut 2 minutes before departure so don't be late!  In most cases the row of ticket gates isn't right at the entrance to the platform, but a car length or so further onto the platform.

Tickets & reservations

The ticket office is at the southeastern end of the main concourse near platform 1.  Don't be surprised if there's a queue to go in!

Ticket office at Paris Gare Montparnasse

Left luggage lockers

Passage to luggage lockers, Paris Gare Montparnasse   Left luggage lockers, Paris Gare Montparnasse

Somewhere to eat or drink before your train

Paname, craft beer at Gare Montparnasse

Paname Tap House, selling craft beer, on the main level 2 concourse opposite the platforms.

Restaurant Le Petit Sommelier   Inside Le Petit Sommelier

Le Petit Sommelier, across the road from the Gare Montparnasse, for a drink or meal before your train.

Taxis & metro

Montparnasse metro ticket hall

Entrance to the metro & metro ticket hall, Gare Montparnasse level -1.

Tips for using the Gare Montparnasse

The famous 1895 accident

You've probably seen the famous photo below many times, without even knowing where it was taken.  It shows an express train from Granville to Paris with failed Westinghouse brakes, which in October 1895 crashed through the buffer stops of the old Gare Montparnasse, ran across the concourse and smashed through the old station facade onto the street below.  Fortunately there was only one fatality, a woman selling newspapers in the street.  The historic 1840 station was located just to the northeast of today's Gare Montparnasse on the site now occupied by the Tour Montparnasse & shopping centre in front of it, see map showing the location of the old station & 1895 accident.  The yellow square in the photo shows what that spot looks like now.  For more detail about the accident see

1895 train accident, Gare Montparnasse   What the 1895 accident site looks like today

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