All you need to know about ski holidays by train

Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon

You can change from Paris-Nord station to Paris-Lyon station easily by pre-booked taxi, the taxi rank or the RER/Metro


Pre-booked taxi

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Driver waiting at end of platform

You can 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-Lyon takes around 15 - 25 minutes in the taxi. You should allow a minimum of one hour in total (i.e. Eurostar arrival to onward train departure) for the change from Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon, to be on the safe side, and more if you want to stop for lunch, obviously.

There 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).

City Airport Transfers: Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon
Number of passengers Total cost for the taxi
1-3 35€
4-6 45€
7-8 60€
Book Paris-Nord - Paris-Lyon transfer online: book online
Enquiries and phone booking: +44 (0) 203 529 6985
Email contact and booking: bookings@ski-airport-transfers.com
Help and contact page: https://city-airport-taxis.com/help

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!

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


Ben's Bus Paris Ski Shuttle

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Skiers at Gare de Lyon

A new dedicated shared transfer service to help skiers cross Paris. The shuttles, offered by Alpine transfer-company Ben’s Bus in an joint initiative by Ben’s Bus and Snowcarbon, will help skiers connect smoothly between popular pairings of Eurostar and TGV trains on Saturdays.

Skiers arriving by Eurostar into Paris Gare du Nord will be greeted by a Ben’s Bus rep at the end of the Eurostar platform and driven to Paris Gare de Lyon, from where they depart for the Alps by fast TGV trains. The transfer takes around 20 - 25 minutes. There is no limit or charges for luggage, including skis and snowboards. The same applies for the return journey, from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord.

The service will run every Saturday from 3rd February to 7th April 2018, with plans to run it every week for the entire season in 2018-19 You can see the schedule of the trains that it services, in the graphic below.

A return transfer costs £22 and a one-way transfer £14, with 10% discounts for children and for groups of four or more.

Schedules
Here are the some of schedules noted in the graphic below, but written out for you:

Example outbound journeys connected by the Paris Ski Shuttle
The 07:52 Eurostar from London St Pancras, arriving Gare du Nord at 11:17.
This connects by Paris Ski Shuttle to the following TGVs:
The 12:45 TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Moutiers, Aime and Bourg St Maurice
The 12:45 TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Annecy  

The 09:24 Eurostar from London St Pancras, arriving Gare du Nord at 12:47
This connects by Paris Ski Shuttle to the following TGVs:
The 14:41 TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Modane and Oulx
The 14:41 TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to Grenoble

Example return journeys connected by the Paris Ski Shuttle
The 08:36 TGV from Oulx, arriving Gare de Lyon at 13:19
The 10:16 TGV from Grenoble, arriving Gare de Lyon at 13:15
This connects by Paris Ski Shuttle to the following Eurostar:
The 15:13 Eurostar from Paris Gare du Nord, arriving London St Pancras at 16:39

The 09:17 TGV from Bourg St Maurice, arriving Gare de Lyon at 14:10
This connects by Paris Ski Shuttle to the following Eurostar:
The 16:13 Eurostar from Paris Gare du Nord, arriving London St Pancras at 17:39

How to book the Paris Ski Shuttle
For more info or to book the Ben’s Bus Paris Ski Shuttle, you can visit:
https://www.bensbus.co.uk/ski-transfer/paris-ski-train-transfers
Bookings open on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 9am.


Taxi rank

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The taxi rank at Paris-Nord

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, you rarely wait more than 10 minutes.

The journey time from Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon takes around 15 - 20 minutes.

The price from Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon is 15€ - 20€ per four-person taxi. These can carry skis or snowboards.  There is normally a 1€ charge per big piece of luggage such as a suitcase or snowboard bag.

You can see Daniel (Snowcarbon co-founder) use the taxi rank in this plane vs train race to the Alps

You should allow a minimum of one hour in total (i.e. train to train) for the change from Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon, to be on the safe side, and more if you want to stop for lunch, obviously.

RER (like the Metro, but simpler)

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A sign for the RER

The RER is a suburban train running through Paris, similar to a Metro train.

The journey between Paris-Nord and Paris-Lyon takes 15 minutes, with trains running every six minutes. A ticket costs about 2€, and you can save time by buying a carnet of 10 from a Eurostar or TGV cafe-bar. Allow 50 minutes for the transfer in total.

Take RER Line D towards Melun or Malesherbes (alight at Gare de Lyon)

There are escalators and lifts to take you to and from the platforms. Don't struggle up the first stairs you see – take a moment to look for the escalator or lift, or ask someone. The French for "escalator" is "escalator" and "lift" is "ascenseur."

The ticket entry gates on the Metro/RER can be a bit narrow to enter with a wide suitcase. Look for the wide-entry gate, which has a button that you press for it to open.

You should allow a minimum of one hour in total (i.e. train to train) for the change from Paris-Nord to Paris-Lyon, to be on the safe side, and more if you want to stop for lunch, obviously.


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L'Express Bleu

Restaurants at Paris-Lyon: L'Express Bleu

Situated: Inside the station, ground floor, opposite the train platforms
Address: 1er étage Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand
Cuisine: French
Price for a main course: €12 - €16
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis:
Reservation: Not required
Opening times: 06.00 - 22.00 everyday
Website:
Phone: 00 33 1 44 75 76 84


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L'Europeen

Restaurants at Paris-Lyon: L'Europeen

Situated: Opposite the station
Address: 21 Bis Boulevard Diderot, 75012, Paris
Cuisine: Mediterranean, seafood and fish are the specialties
Price for a main course: €13 - €35
English spoken:
Space to store bags/skis:
Reservation: Advised
Opening times: 07.30 – 01.00 everyday
Website: www.rest-gj.com/europeen-1.html
Phone: 0033 1 43 43 99 70


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Le Train Bleu

Restaurants at Paris-Lyon: Le Train Bleu

Situated: Inside the station, first floor
Address: 1er étage Gare de Lyon, Place Louis Armand
Cuisine: French
Price for a main course: €28 - €42, set menus from €49
English spoken: Yes
Space to store bags/skis:
Reservation: Advised
Opening times: 11.30 - 15.00 and 19.00 - 23.00
Website: www.le-train-bleu.com
Phone: 00 33 1 43 43 09 06
Email: reservation.trainbleu@ssp.fr

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