|How to Go from Paris’ Gare de Bercy Railway Station
to the Hôtel Bellevue et Chariot d’Or
39, rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris
Telephone +33 (0)1 48 87 45 60
You have just stumbled off your train at the Gare de Bercy. Now you have to make your way to your hotel.
You will be taking the métro, Paris’ underground railway.
Locating Your Train
Find your way into the underground station, clearly signed from the train concourse.
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 t's in either word, nor the s at the end of billets). 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 immediately out of town, you will have plenty of chances to use them. They are a bit more than half the price of single tickets. And, to avoid your getting stuck with tickets you can use, we buy any unused ones you want to sell for 1€ each. The machines will label the tickets with part or all of the following words: Carnet de 10 billets, plein tarif (not “demi-tarif,”half fare, unless you have children under 12 travelling with you, in which case you can buy a separate carnet for them). 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.
One time-saving note: Thalys and Eurostar trains from northern Europe or London, respectively, sell Paris métro tickets in the café car. They cost a few cents more, but can save you a lot of time.
General notes about riding the métro:
- Always keep your ticket until the end of your trip, since it can be inspected at any time by teams of roving tax auditors.
- If you are worried about being on the correct platform, there is a sign at the center of each platform telling you in which direction that platform’s trains are travelling (the last station on the line defines the direction of travel).
- Strip maps of the line on which your train is travelling are placed inside the car, over each door, to help you follow your progress through the system.
Making Your Trip
Step 1, Finding Your Métro
Exit the train station by the obvious front door. Follow signs for Piétons and Métro. These will lead you diagonally to the right, across the station access road, and down a staircase to street level. Across the intersection you will see the entrance of the Bercy subway station (served by lines 6 & 14).
Step 2, Riding Your First Train
Using one of the tickets you purchase (see “Generalities,” above), proceed through the turnstiles.
- Look for signs that lead you to Line 14 in the direction of Gare St.-Lazare, or simply St.-Lazare. Follow these to a métro platform.
- Board the first (or any) train that comes on this platform.
- Get off at the second stop, Châtelet. Here you must change métro lines. To do so...
Step 3, Riding Your Second Train
...follow Correspondence signs for Line 4, in the direction of Porte de Clignancourt. These will lead you to a métro platform. Board the first (or any) train that comes on this platform.
Detrain at the 3rd stop, Réaumur-Sebastopol. Exit by the rear of the train, following signs for Sortie Rue Réaumur.
Step 4, Exiting the Métro, Walking to the Hotel
Up a flight of stairs.
At the top of the stairs continue straight forward (you must actually first turn right and then left, but you have no choice in the matter), and through some electric doors.
In front of you is another stair, going up to the Sortie Boulevard de Sebastopol, Rue de Réaumur Côté N° Impairs. Take this up to the street.
At the top of the stairs that bring you outside, walk straight ahead, in the direction that you were pointing as you reached the top step. You are walking along the Boulevard de Sebastopol (on your left hand), against traffic.
Continue for two short blocks, until you come to the busy Rue de Turbigo, crossing Sebastopol at an angle, with way too much traffic flowing to your right. Turn left and cross Sebastopol (along which you have been walking) without crossing Turbigo.
Once across Sebastopol, walk up Turbigo (on your right hand) against traffic. Your hotel is in this block, on the left-hand side, at number 39.
To Get From the Hotel to Our Office...
The Blue Marble office is located at number 2, rue Dussoubs, about 3 blocks from your hotel.
To get there, walk out the front door of the hotel and turn right. You will be on the rue de Turbigo, walking with the flow of traffic.
At the end of your hotel’s block, cross the busy Boulevard de Sebastopol (traffic flowing to your right). Stay on the rue de Turbigo.
Two short blocks ahead, on the right hand side, the tiny rue Tiquetonne detaches itself from Turbigo at a narrow angle, and enters a semi-pedestrian neighborhood protected by movable barriers in the street (the anglo-Irish pub “Frog & Rosbif” on your right).
Follow the rue Tiquetonne for one longish block. Rue Dussoubs, our street, is the first street on your right. We are the first store front you come to once you round the corner, on the right-hand side of Dussoubs as you walk away from Tiquetonne: the glass-doored boutique between numbers 2 & 4.
If the iron curtain is 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 coin or a key (so that the knock can be heard in the basement), or looking into local bars. Or wait: we’ll be back soon.
Here are our official opening hours....