Gare Montparnasse in Paris has TGV trains to Brittany and south-west of France including Tours, Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux, La Rochelle and many great resorts, like La Baule with the largest beach in Europe. In only 3h30 from Gare Montparnasse in downtown Paris, you can go surfing in Les Sables d'Olonne along the Atlantic coast! The Montparnasse area is also a nice location for a stay in Paris: It is very central and has access to many public transportations to visit Paris. Nice restraurants and trendy bars, or a visit to the top of the Tour Montparnasse, the highest skyscraper in France, are other attractions of the Gare Montparnasse district. Visit our hotels near Gare Montparnasse: Cheap hotels, 3-star hotels, boutique hotels, France Hotel Guide offers many hotels in the Gare Montparnasse area with hotel hot deals.
The Gare Montparnasse is the one of the oldest railway stations in Paris. Built in 1840, it was originally called "Gare de l'Ouest - Rive gauche", the Left Bank Western station, and served the west of France. Workless Bretons arrived in Paris via the Gare Montparnasse. Among them, Fulgence Bienvenüe, father of the Paris Metro. The station was handling more and more passengers and quickly became too small. In 1852 it was therefore decided to build a new and larger station on exactly the same spot. On 22 October 1895, the Gare Montparnasse was the site of a terrible accident. A train came into the station too fast and was unable to stop in time. The locomotive went through the glass and crashed 10 metres below. In the 1960s, the whole Montparnasse quarter was restructured and a third station was created. Three new buildings were added and the tracks were covered by a slab that today houses the Jardin de l'Atlantique.