How to go from Paris’ Gare St.-Lazare Railway Station
to our Office, or to our Guest Apartments (in the same building)

Welcome to Paris. You have just alighted from your train at the Gare St.-Lazare.  Now you have to make your way to our office.

We are the glass-doored commerce, between numbers 2 & 4 of the rue Dussoubs, in Paris’ 2nd Arrondissement.  You will arrive via métro line 3 (direct from the Gare St.-Lazare), and your stop is Réumur-Sebastopol.

Here is a link to the Google neighborhood map.  Note that the siting of the Réaumur-Sebastopol 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, Paris’ underground railway.  (If you are familiar with Paris, the same trip can be made on bus 20.)

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 '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 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 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”).  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:
  • 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 the trains are travelling (the last station on the line defines the direction of travel).
  • There are strip maps of the individual line on which the train is travelling over each car door, to help you follow your progress through the system.


Making Your Trip

Step 1, Riding the Métro

  • Go into the métro, and follow signs to line 3, Direction Gallieni.
  • Ride any train that comes on this platform, 6 stops to the Réaumur-Sebastopol station, riding at the rear of the train, or walking to the rear once you detrain.
  • Exit the station using the Sortie rue St-Denis, the exit which you find at the back of your train.  This stair will bring you to the surface.

Step 2, Walking to Our Office
When you come to the top of the second set of stairs, and reach daylight (or night light, but in any event there is no roof between you and the sky), you are on the rue Réaumur.  The street is on your right hand as you reach the top of the stairs, traffic flowing towards you.

  • Walk forward, in the direction in which the stairs spit you out.
  • Make the first left turn, onto rue Dussoubs.  Walk two blocks to a little square, with a school on your left.
  • Continue straight, across the square.  Rue Dussoubs resumes on the far side.
  • Walk one more block on rue Dussoubs, to our door, on your left, and just before this street would end.

Our storefront is the unprepossessing (it’s your money) glass door between numbers 2 and 4.  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.

Our normal opening hours are here.

 

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