All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Paris-Est to Paris-Nord

Changing from Paris-Est to Paris-Nord is a 7-10 minute walk (wheeled luggage useful here) or a very short taxi ride


Pre-booked taxi

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Driver waiting at end of platform

You can change stations in Paris most easily with a pre-booked taxi. The driver waits at the end of the platform holding a card with your name on it.

The vehicles are spacious and can take skis and snowboards (at no extra cost). If your train is delayed (rare) the driver will wait for you. All the drivers speak English.

The drive from Paris-Est to Paris-Nord takes around five minutes in the taxi. You should allow a minimum of 40 minutes in total (i.e. Eurostar arrival to onward train departure) for the change from Paris-Nord to Paris-Est, to be on the safe side, and more if you want to stop for lunch, obviously.

A company that we can recommend is City Airport Transfers (the name belies the fact that they also offer taxi transfers between train stations in Paris). We have used them for personal journeys ourselves, many times, and also in the film below.

City Airport Transfers: Paris Gare de l'Est to Paris Gare de Nord
Number of passengers Total cost for the taxi
1-3 35€
4-6 45€
7-8 60€
Book Paris-Est to Paris-Nord transfer online: book online
Enquiries and phone booking: +44 (0) 203 432 9333
Email contact and booking: bookings@ski-airport-transfers.com
There is also a useful Help Page and FAQ

What's the pre-booked taxi service like?

Want to see what the pre-booked taxi service is like?

We've made a one-minute film about it to show exactly what it is like  - and had quite a lot of fun doing it!

(the film shows Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare du Lyon, which is a longer drive than Paris Gare de l'Est to Paris Gare du Nord)

Certainly a good way of travel for a family or a group of friends. It just makes things very easy.


Taxi rank

seating photo:Daniel Elkan The taxi rank at Paris-Nord

The taxi rank is right outside the station and taxis arrive constantly.

The price from Paris-Est to Paris-Nord is 8€ - 10€ per four-person taxi. These can carries skis or snowboards.  There is normally a 1€ charge per big piece of luggage.

The actual drive only takes 7 - 10 minutes.

You should allow about 1.5 hours in total (to include Eurostar check-in time) for the change from Paris-Est to Paris-Nord, to be on the safe side.


Walk

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It's approximate 10 minutes walk between Paris-Est and Paris-Nord

Exit Gare de l'Est and turn right into Rue du 8 Mai 1945. Then turn right into Boulevard de Magenta and right again into Boulevard de Denain. Gare du Nord is now straight ahead of you.

There's an even shorter route, but it involves a flight of stairs, so avoid that. Ask any local to make sure you are headed the right way - everyone is helpful.

Here is a pdf map of the route.

You should allow about 1.5 hours in total (to include Eurostar check-in time) for the change from Paris-Est to Paris-Nord, to be on the safe side.


The Metro (not recommended for this transfer)

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The Metro journey between Paris-Est and Paris-Nord is only one stop.

It really isn't worth the bother - better to walk above ground, because by the time you've walked down into the Metro, got the Metro one stop and come up, it would have been just as quick and easy to walk above ground.

Kind of like taking the tube from Covent Garden to Leicester Square (a bit longer, but the same principle).


Restaurants at Paris-Nord: Terminus Nord

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Situated: Opposite the station
Address: 23, rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
Cuisine: Brasserie, traditional
Price for a main course: set menus at €21 - €23 for lunch and €25 - €32 for dinner
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: Not required
Opening times: 08.00 - 10.30 for breakfast and 11.00 - 23.00
Website: www.terminusnord.com


Restaurants at Paris-Nord: La Maison Blanche

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Situated: Opposite the station
Address: 21 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
Cuisine: Brasserie
Price for a main course: €12
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: Not required
Opening times: 00.00 - 0.00 everyday
Website:
Phone: 00 33 1 48 78 15 92

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