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Explore Gare de Lyon Station

Home to the Gare de Lyon, one of Europe’s busiest railway terminals, the 12th arrondissement provides many visitors with their first glimpse of Paris as they disembark beneath the station’s cathedral-like arches. Contrasts abound in this charming district, from the vibrant Place de la Bastille to the peaceful Bois de Vincennes, and the ancient cobblestone alleys of the Faubourg St-Antoine to the modern Bercy shopping village. Also known for its world-class opera house and popular zoo, the 12th arrondissement offers a whistle-stop introduction to Parisian joie de vivre.

Hotels in the 12th arrondissement


The choice of hotels in the Gare de Lyon-Bercy area reflects the diversity of the neighborhood itself. Hotels near the Gare de Lyon are convenient for short stays or stopovers—conserve your budget at the ibis Gare de Lyon Diderot 12th opposite the station, or splash out on the Novotel Gare de Lyon for extra comforts including an indoor pool. For a touch of Gallic chic, Le Marceau Bastille is a stylish boutique hotel in Bercy tucked away in a quiet street near the opera, with a salon-bar that doubles as an art gallery and a tranquil tree-lined patio.

Things to see in the 12th arrondissement


One of the city’s largest districts, the 12th arrondissement is also one of its most colorful. The Art Deco Palais de la Porte Dorée features an ornate frieze dating from the 1931 Colonial Exhibition, and also houses a charming aquarium and museum. The Opéra Bastille, one of the world’s most prestigious opera companies, is based in a striking modern theater. Another hotspot is the Promenade Plantée—this disused railway track has been transformed into a green walkway linking Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, the huge park that’s home to Paris’s much-loved zoo. In the evening, transport yourself back to the golden age of travel with a table at the legendary restaurant Le Train bleu. Here you can dine on classic French cuisine overlooking the Gare de Lyon’s grand concourse before heading back to your 12th arrondissement hotel.

Good for travelers on a budget


Alongside grand old traditional hotels you’ll find international budget chains and pocket-friendly hostels in the 12th arrondissement, where you can hang your beret for a fraction of the price of more upscale districts. This bohemian neighborhood is packed with great places to eat on a budget, as well as green spaces where you can enjoy the Parisian ambience for free. Check out Parc de Bercy between the Gare de Lyon and the river, noted for its water features and landscape art. Shop for clothes and antiques bargains at the open-air market on Rue d’Aligre, or sample delicious African street food at nearby Marché Beauvau.

How to get to the 12th arrondissement


Paris’s international airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, are served by the city’s rapid transit system (the RER) as well as several shuttle buses. Although there’s no direct RER connection to the Gare de Lyon, you’ll only have to change trains once. If you’re arriving into Paris by Eurostar, the Gare du Nord terminal is just 2 stops away from the Gare de Lyon on the RER. The 12th arrondissement covers an extensive area on the right bank of the River Seine to the south-east of the city center. It’s served by numerous metro and RER lines, so getting around by public transportation couldn’t be simpler.

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