All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Paris-Nord to Paris-Est

Changing from Paris-Nord to Paris-Est 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-Nord to Paris-Est 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 du Nord to Paris Gare de l'Est
Number of passengers Total cost for the taxi
1-3 35€
4-6 45€
7-8 60€
Book Paris-Nord to Paris-Est 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 du Nord to Paris Gare de l'Est)

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


Taxi rank

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The taxi rank at Paris-Est

When you arrive at Paris-Nord on a Eurostar, you can turn right and exit the station (30 metres) and the taxi rank is right there.

Taxis arrive constantly and even when there is a queue, it rarely lasts more than 10 minutes.

The drive from Paris-Nord to Paris Est takes about seven minutes.

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

You should allow about one hour in total for the change from Paris-Nord to Paris-Est, to be on the safe side.


How to walk from Gare du Nord to Paris Gare de l'Est

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

Exit Gare du Nord into the Boulevard de Denain straight ahead, turn left into the Boulevard de Magenta, then left again into the Rue du 8 Mai 1945.

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 one hour in total for the change from Paris-Nord to Paris-Est, to be on the safe side.


The Metro (not recommended for this transfer)

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The Metro journey between Paris-Nord and Paris-Est 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-Est: Brasserie Flo

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Situated: Inside the station
Address: 4 Rue du 8 Mai 1945, Cour d’Honneur de la Gare de l’Est, 75010 Paris
Cuisine: French
Price for a main course: €16 - €30
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: Not required
Opening times: 06.30 - 22.30 everyday
Website:
Phone: 00 33 1 42 05 79 54
Email: brasserieflo-gareest@autogrill.net


Restaurants at Paris-Est: Cafe de l'Est

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Situated: Opposite the station
Address: 78, Boulevard de Strasbourg 75010 Paris
Cuisine: Traditional Brasserie
Price for a main course: €14.50 - €32
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: No
Opening times: 06.00 - 01.00 everyday
Website: www.cafedelest.com
Phone: 00 33 1 46 07 00 94


Restaurants at Paris-Est: Ecu de France

new exterior  Ecu de France

Situated: Opposite the station
Address: 6, rue du 8 Mai 1945 75010 Paris
Cuisine: French
Price for a main course: €12 - €15
English spoken:
Space to store bags/skis:
Reservation: Advised
Opening times: 06.00 – 22.00 everyday
Website:
Phone: 00 33 1 40 35 79 12


Restaurants at Paris-Est: La Strasbourgeoise

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Situated: Opposite the station
Address: 5 Rue du 8 Mai 1945, 75010 Paris
Cuisine: French
Price for a main course: Main courses €14.50 - €33; set menus €24.50 - €30
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis: Yes
Reservation: Advised at weekends
Opening times: 07.00 - 00.00 everyday
Website:
Phone: 00 33 1 42 05 20 02

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