Located in the heart of Paris’s 13th arrondissement, in the Salpêtrière district, Austerlitz station was built in 1840 and listed as a historical monument in 1997. Nowadays, it manages 600 services daily on its 21 routes, and trains arrive here from south-western France via the TER Centre-Val de Loire lines. The journey time from Tours is under 2h00mins and from Blois it’s 1h20mins. Passengers travelling from the Paris Basin also arrive at Austerlitz. International night trains stop here, with Elipsos Trenhotel operating the Madrid-Paris and Barcelona-Paris services. The station is well connected to the rest of Paris through the RER line C, metro lines 5 and 10. RATP buses and night buses also serve the station. For example, bus lines 57, 63 and 91 connect Austerlitz to Paris Gare Lyon and Paris Gare Montparnasse train stations. Line C of the RER trains departs every 15 minutes to Orly Airport.
Located on the left bank of the Seine, Austerlitz station is in a good place to easily reach some of Paris’s most iconic sights. Just minutes after stepping off the train, visitors can be strolling along the banks of the Seine towards Île de la Cité and Notre Dame – this iconic cathedral is under 25 minutes from the station by foot. Taking the pedestrian path along the river to the centre leads to Jardin Tino-Rossi, an open-air museum that showcases sculptures by contemporary artists.
Alternatively, just a five-minute walk from this transport hub, the 28-hectare Jardin des Plantes can be found and enjoyed. This peaceful city garden contains over 4,500 different plants, a botanical research centre, the so-called Great Greenhouses, and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (France’s natural history museum). At the park exit, the Grand Mosquée de Paris, with its 33-metre minaret, can be admired.
The Latin Quarter can be reached after a 30-minute walk north-west from the station. With its famous monument, the Pantheon, and its lively streets brimming with cafes and bistros, this is the place to be when the sun goes down. It offers a sophisticated but vibrant nightlife, thanks to the students of nearby Sorbonne University. Otherwise, heading east along the Seine, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, itself shaped like an open book, offers a taste of the city’s modern architectural innovations. Finally, the 13th arrondissement is also home to ‘China Town’, and so walking south from the station leads to some of the best Asian restaurants in Paris! Bon appétit!
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