|How to Go from Paris’ Gare d’Austerlitz Railway Station
to Our Office, or to our Guest Apartments, in the Same Building
Welcome to Paris. You have just stumbled off your train at the Gare d’Austerlitz. Now you have to make your way to our office.
If you arrived by overnight train, and have to kill time waiting for us to open, you may wish to shower in the elaborate rest room facility, to the left as you come off the train (private showers and necessary linens can be rented for a modest cost). Cafés for a coffee and a croissant abound in the rue Montorgueil, a block from our front door.
Our office is a glass doored commerce, between the doors to numbers 2 & 4 of the rue Dussoubs, in Paris’ 2nd Arrondissement. The closest métro stop is Etienne-Marcel, on line 4, but there are two others almost as close: Les Halles, and Réaumur-Sebastopol. These instructions send you to Les Halles, since that is the easiest to reach from the Gare d’Austerlitz.
Here is a link to the Google neighborhood map. Note that the siting of the métro stations is not accurate, and should be ignored. However, the map accurately represents the streets.
To Reach Us Generalities
...you will be taking the Métro. Actually, your second line (you must change trains mid-trip) belongs to a sub-set of the métro called the RER (a sort of express métro).
Locating Your Train
Find the entrance to the métro (straight ahead as you come off the trains). One métro line actually runs through the middle of the station’s vaulted train shed, on a bridge. This impetuous behavior makes the métro in general easy to find, but the particular line you are looking for is underground, directly beneath the impetuous one.
Purchasing Your Ticket
Once at the ticket window, or the automatic machines, buy a carnet de billets (pronounced “car-nay' duh bee-yea'” (don't pronounce the 's'). If you wish to say please, it is “see voo play,” is said after the “car-nay” stuff, and will be appreciated.) This is a batch of 10 tickets, valid for travel on all Paris métro and bus lines. Unless you are headed directly for the airport, you will have plenty of chances to use them. They are a bit more than half the price of single tickets, and we will take unused ones off your hands if you have extra when you leave town. The machines will label the tickets with part or all of the following words: Carnet de 10 billets, plein tarif (not demi-tarif”). They are sometimes called “Tickets T,” which is a brand name signifying that they are valid within the urban center, and not for travel to outer suburbs.
General notes about riding the métro:
Making Your Trip
Step 3, Exiting the Métro
Step 4, Walking to Our Office
At the bottom of the stairs, more-or-less straight in front of you now, between two cafés, a semi-pedestrian street leads away (the rue Montorgueil). Take this.
Our storefront is the unprepossessing (it’s your money) glass door between numbers 2 and 4, on your right after you turn into the rue Dussoubs. If the iron curtain is still down it means we aren't up yet. If the curtain is up, but the front room is dark, it means that we've gone out for coffee, or are in the basement. Try knocking on the glass door with a key or a coin (so that we can hear you from the basement), or looking into local bars. Or wait: we’ll be back soon.