How to Go from Paris’ Many Railway Stations
(there are seven, which is about five too many, in our view)
To our Office, or to our Guest Apartments, in the Same Building

Welcome to Paris. You have just stumbled off your train, in one of Paris’ seven stations (who on earth needs that many trains?). Now you have to make your way to our office.

Our office is the 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.

Here is a link to the Google neighborhood map. The site of the Etienne-Marcel station is misidentified, however: it is one block down and to the left, at the crossroads of the rue de Turbigo and the rue Etienne-Marcel, on the southeast side of the intersection.


To Reach Us...
...you will be taking the Métro.

Locating Your Train
Find your way into the underground station. This would logically be underground, and so it is at 6 of the railway stations. At the 7th, the Gare d’Austerlitz, 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 still 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 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.

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.

Now, follow the link to your railway station, and then follow the instructions you find there:

Gare de l'Est
Gare du Nord
Gare Montparnasse
Gare de Lyon
Gare d'Austerlitz
Gare de Bercy
Gare St.-Lazare


Gare de L’Est

Step 1
Using one of the tickets you purchased (see “To Reach Us,” above), proceed through the turnstiles, and look for signs that say Direction Mairie de Montrouge, or M 4 Mairie de Montrouge. These signs will lead you to a métro platform.

  • Board the first train (or any train) that arrives on this platform.
  • Exit the métro after 4 stops, at the Etienne-Marcel station.
  • When you detrain, walk towards the front of the train to exit.
  • Go outside.

Step 2
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 at the crossroads of the rue de Turbigo (cutting diagonally in front of you as you reach the top of the stairs, traffic flowing to your left) and the rue Etienne-Marcel (on your right hand, parallel to your direction of movement as you crest the stairs, and with traffic flowing in both directions).

  • Cross both streets.
  • Follow the rue Etienne-Marcel in the direction in which you were walking as you reached the top of the stairs, one short block (you may be able to see a statue of a man on a horse down Etienne-Marcel in the far distance, many blocks away). You will immediately pass a school and an old fortification tower (the Tour Jean Sans Peur) on your right.
  • Make the first right, onto the tiny rue Française. Walk one short block on this, until it “T's” into the rue Tiquetonne.
  • Turn right again, onto rue Tiquetonne, and walk another short block.
  • Make the first left turn, onto rue Dussoubs. Now STOP.

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.

Our normal opening hours are here.


Gare du Nord

Step 1
Using one of the tickets you purchased (see “To Reach Us,” above), proceed through the turnstiles, and look for signs that say Direction Mairie de Montrouge, or M 4 Mairie de Montrouge. These signs will lead you to a métro platform.

  • Board the first train (or any train) that arrives on this platform.
  • Exit the métro after 5 stops, at the Etienne-Marcel station.
  • When you detrain, walk towards the front of the train to exit.
  • Go outside.


Step 2
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 at the crossroads of the rue de Turbigo (cutting diagonally in front of you as you reach the top of the stairs, traffic flowing to your left) and the rue Etienne-Marcel (on your right hand, parallel to your direction of movement as you crest the stairs, and with traffic flowing in both directions).

  • Cross both streets.
  • Follow the rue Etienne-Marcel in the direction in which you were walking as you reached the top of the stairs, one short block (you may be able to see a statue of a man on a horse down Etienne-Marcel in the far distance, many blocks away). You will immediately pass a school and an old fortification tower (the Tour Jean Sans Peur) on your right.
  • Make the first right, onto the tiny rue Française. Walk one short block on this, until it “T's” into the rue Tiquetonne.
  • Turn right again, onto rue Tiquetonne, and walk another short block.
  • Make the first left turn, onto rue Dussoubs. Now STOP.

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.

Our normal opening hours are here.


Gare Montparnasse

Step 1
Using one of the tickets you purchase (see “To Reach Us,” above), proceed through the turnstiles and look for signs that say Direction Porte de Clignancourt, or M 4 Porte de Clignancourt. You will walk underground along a moving sidewalk, through some passages, up some stairs, down some stairs (pack a lunch), and come finally to a platform. Take any train that comes on this platform to the Etienne-Marcel station, 9 stops away (about 12 minutes). It will have taken you longer to get to the platform..

Step 2
Exit to the rear of the train at Etienne-Marcel, and go outside. 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 at the crossroads of the rue de Turbigo (cutting diagonally in front of you as you reach the top of the stairs, traffic flowing to your left) and the rue Etienne-Marcel (on your right hand, parallel to your direction of movement as you crest the stairs, and with traffic running in both directions).

Cross both streets, and then follow the rue Etienne-Marcel in the direction in which you were walking as you reached the top of the stairs (you may be able to see a statue of a man on a horse down Etienne-Marcel in the far distance, many blocks away). Take rue Etienne-Marcel for one short block, passing a school and an old fortification tower (the Tour Jean Sans Peur) on your right.

Make the first right, onto the tiny rue Française. Walk one short block on this, until it "T's" into the rue Tiquetonne.

Turn right again, onto rue Tiquetonne, and walk another short block.

Make the first left turn, onto rue Dussoubs. 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 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.


Gare de Lyon

Step 1
Look for the entrance to the "RER A" line ("A" in a red circle). Using one of the tickets you purchase (see “To Reach Us,” above), proceed through the turnstiles and follow signs to the platform Direction St-Germain-en-Laye, Poissy, or Cergy - it is the same platform. Ride to the first stop, to Châtelet - Les Halles.

Step 2
When you get off at Châtelet - Les Halles, walk towards the front of the train. Go up the escalator that you find at the front of the platform. At the top of the escalator you will see dark blue Sortie signs, with different sorties (exits) indicated. The one you want is right there, and it is labeled Rue Rambuteau, Rue Turbigo. Go through the ticket barriers you find barring your way (using your little subway ticket), and go up another flight of stairs/escalators. Keep following the Rambuteau/Turbigo signs, which will lead you outside after another few escalators, stairs, and the like. You would now expect to be on the 7th floor of some building, but you have just made it up to street level. More precisely, you are on the pedestrian rue Rambuteau.

Step 3
Turn right, onto the pedestrian rue Rambuteau. In front of you are a newsstand and a rather large church. We'll let you figure out which is which. Slink along the wall that is now to your right, rounding the corner, keeping the church to your left.

Straight in front of you now, between two cafés, a semi-pedestrian street leads away (the rue Montorgueil). Take this. Your third right, at the brasserie called Grill Montorgueil), is the rue Tiquetonne. Turn right. Your first left, a fairly long block away, is the rue Dussoubs. We are 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 your knock can be heard from the basement), or looking into local bars. Or wait: we'll be back soon.

Our normal opening hours are here.


Gare d’Austerlitz -

Step 1
Find the entrance to the métro (straight ahead as you come off the trains). Using one of the tickets you purchase (see “To Reach Us,” above), proceed through the turnstiles, and look for signs that lead you to the subterranean line 10, Direction Boulogne. Take any train from that platform. Ride 4 stops and get off at Cluny La Sorbonne. Walk towards the front of the train and exit there.

Step 2
You now follow orange Correspondence signs, leading you towards Direction Roissy Aeroport Charles de Gaulle, and Mitry-Claye. The same ticket you used to get into the subway at Austerlitz will work here. These signs will lead you down a medium-length passage and then down a long flight of stairs to another platform (to your left at the bottom of the long stairs). Take any train from this platform. Get off in one stop, at the Châtelet - Les Halles station.

Step 3
When you get off at Châtelet - Les Halles, walk towards the front of the train. Go up the escalator that you find at the front of the platform. At the top of the escalator you will see dark blue Sortie signs, with different sorties (exits) indicated. The one you want is right there, and it is labeled Rue Rambuteau, Rue Turbigo. Go through the ticket barriers you find barring your way (using your little subway ticket), and go up another flight of stairs/escalators. Keep following the Rambuteau/Turbigo signs, which will lead you outside after another few escalators, stairs, and the like. You would now expect to be on the 7th floor of some building, but you have just made it up to street level. More precisely, you are on the pedestrian rue Rambuteau.

Step 4
Turn right, onto the pedestrian rue Rambuteau. In front of you are a newsstand and a rather large church. We'll let you figure out which is which. Slink along the wall that is now to your right, rounding the corner, keeping the church to your left.

Straight in front of you now, between two cafés, a semi-pedestrian street leads away (the rue Montorgueil). Take this. Your third right, at the brasserie called Grill Montorgueil), is the rue Tiquetonne. Turn right. Your first left, a fairly long block away, is the rue Dussoubs. We are 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 your knock can be heard from the basement), or looking into local bars. Or wait: we'll be back soon.

Our normal opening hours are here.


Gare de Bercy

Step 1
Exit the train and then exit the station. Follow signs for Piétons and Métro. This will lead you across the parking lot and down a metal staircase to street level. Across the intersection you will see the entrance of the Bercy subway station (served by lines 6 & 14).

Step 2
Using one of the tickets you purchase (see “To Reach Us,” above), proceed through the turnstiles, and look for signs that lead you to Line 14 in the direction of Gare St.-Lazare. Get off at the second stop, Châtelet.

Step 3
Change subway lines. To do so, follow Correspondence signs for Line 4, in the direction of Porte de Clignancourt. Get off at the 2nd stop, Etienne-Marcel. Exit by the rear of the train.

Step 4
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 at the crossroads of the rue de Turbigo (cutting diagonally in front of you as you reach the top of the stairs, most traffic flowing away from you, to your left) and the rue Etienne-Marcel (on your right hand, parallel to your direction of movement as you crest the stairs, and with traffic running in both directions).

Cross both streets.  Then follow the rue Etienne-Marcel in the direction in which you were walking as you reached the top of the stairs (you may be able to see a statue of a man on a horse down Etienne-Marcel in the far distance, many blocks away). Take Etienne-Marcel for one short block, passing a school and an old fortification tower (the Tour Jean Sans Peur) on your right.

Make the first right, onto the tiny rue Française. Walk one short block on this, until it "T's" into the rue Tiquetonne.

Turn right again, onto rue Tiquetonne, and walk another short block.

Make the first left turn, onto rue Dussoubs. 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 your knock can be heard from the basement), or looking into local bars.  Or wait:  we'll be back soon.

Our normal opening hours are here.


Gare St.-Lazare -

If you are on a train coming in at St-Lazare, then you already know your way around Paris. Go into the subway, take Direction Gallieni 6 stops to the Réaumur-Sebastopol station. After you get off, walk towards the back of the train and exit the station using the Sortie rue St-Denis. This specific exit will spill you into the street on the rue Réaumur, walking against traffic. Go forward. The first left is the rue Dussoubs. Turn left onto this. Our office is at the far end, 4 blocks away. It is on the left-hand side of the street, just past an open square called Place Goldoni. We are the unprepossessing (it’s your money) glass door between numbers 2 and 4.

Note that the specific subway exit we describe is closed nights and Sundays. If this is the case, you will come up above ground at the intersection of rue Réaumur and boulevard de Sebastopol. Walk against traffic (west) along the rue Réaumur, to the rue Dussoubs (2nd left from the intersection). Turn left onto rue Dussoubs, and continue south to our office.