The Forgotten Train Station


Trivia Question for the Day: How many train stations are there in Paris? This is a handy thing to know, especially if you plan on taking a train into Paris – and expect friends to meet you at the station. There are seven train stations, and perhaps the least well known station is Gare de Bercy.
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Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007 Parc de Bercy

Whereas stations like Gare de Lyon and Gare St. Lazare are historic and ornate, Bercy is just the opposite – non-descript, hard to notice if you weren’t looking for it. If you are taking a night train from Italy to Paris, there’s a chance that you may end up at Gare de Bercy. There are also some trains that come from the Burgundy region.

The Metro stop is also called Bercy. Although the train station is lackluster, you’re arriving in a very interesting part of Paris. Particularly interesting if you’d like to do some wine-tasting as soon as you get into town. The Cour St. Emilion is a short walk from the station – this is the epicenter of the old wine distribution center for Paris which has been converted in recent years to an attractive pedestrian avenue just next to the Bercy park.
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Pedestian traffic on a Saturday at the Cours St. Emilion

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We like to do our wine-tasting at Chai 33 which is close to the Cour St. Emilion Metro stop for the #14 line. If you need to know more about Paris’s seven train stations:
Montparnasse, St. Lazare, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare de Lyon, and EVEN Gare de Bercy, you can get more details about the usual destinations for each train station at www.parisinfo.com. If you are interested in learning more about the history of the stations, check out www.paris.org’s historical description of each station (except for Gare de Bercy). (The fact that Gare de Bercy doesn’t even make it onto the paris.org map doesn’t surprise me. Considering that I’ve been coming to Paris for many years – and never have needed to use this station – it doesn’t surprise me that the station is not well-known.)

Keep in mind that the rules for where trains arrive is not hard and fast. For example, we thought that our train from Spain would bring us right into Montparnasse (from where we had departed, however, on occasion, night trains from Spain arrive at Gare d’Austerlitz). For this reason you’ll want to confirm that your departure and arrival stations are the same.