Directions to the Gare d’Austerlitz from
Allow a full hour for this trip (50 minutes if you are starting from the Ducs d’Anjou, and already have a métro ticket), from the time you cross the threshold of your lodging (or of our office) to the time you reach your train’s platform. This estimate includes 15 minutes for floundering around. Add more if you think more floundering will be required.
Step 1: Getting to the Métro.
From the Hôtel Bellevue et Chariot d'Or
From the Hôtel Ducs d’Anjou
From our Office, or our Guest Apartments
Step 2, Riding Métro Line 4 to Odéon station (you will change there for Austerlitz)
Whether you have entered the métro at Réaumur-Sabastopol, Etienne-Marcel, or Châtelet, the instructions are now the same.
Follow signs to line 4, in the direction of Montrouge. These will lead you to a platform. If you have time while you wait, walk to the far end of the platform, to position yourself at the rear of the arriving train.
Take any train that comes on this platform, to the Odéon station (6 stops from Réaumur-Sabastopol, 5 from Etienne-Marcel, or 3 from Châtelet). There is a map above every car door to help you follow your progress.
Exit to the rear at Odéon, following “Correspondance” signs for the connecting line 10, in the direction of Gare d'Austerlitz. Up a flight of stairs, and down a long corridor to the new platform.
Step 3, Riding Métro Line 10 from Odéon to the Gare d’Austerlitz
Take any train that comes on this platform, to the final stop, Gare d'Austerlitz (5 stops). There is a map above every car door to help you follow your progress.
Step 4, Finding Your Main Line Train at the Gare d'Austerlitz
Leave the platform following signs for any of Gare Grandes Lignes, SNCF, or some combination. Gare means station in French, and SNCF is the name of the railroad. Grandes Lignes are main line trains.
You will walk underground, up a few sets of stairs, through some passages... and come out into the station. Ignore signes for banlieu (suburban trains). In the station concourse, consult the departure board to determine from which track your train will leave. The track number will be posted between 25 and 15 minutes in advance of departure.