Reims is the capital of Champagne and is famous for its magnificent cathedral where by tradition, French kings were crowned. Also visit the splendid Bishop's Palace, the Palais du Tau (the church always looked after its own) and the house, now a museum, where Germany surrendered unconditionally to General Eisenhower.
Reims is also the place to try Champagne. Most of the top houses have guided visits of their cellars, many of which are dug into the rock.
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Reims makes a great centre for exploring the region. Don't miss medieval Troyes with its wonderful old cobbled streets and fascinating museums. It's also one of the places to go for discount shopping, with the largest malls in France just outside the centre of town.
Also worth checking out are the Hidden Treasures of Champagne which includes both Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, home of Charles de Gaulle, and a great de Gaulle Museum, and Voltaire's chateau where he lived for years with his mistress.
Reims Tourist Office:
2 rue Guillaume-de-Machault
Tel.: 00 33 (0)8 92 70 13 51
Reims Tourist website
Paris to Reims by Train
Transport links to Gare de l'Est in Paris
Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
Ligne 5: Bobigny-Pablo Picasso to Port d’Italie
Ligne 7: La Coureuve 8 Mai 1945 to Ville Juif to Louis Aragon
- For buses, see the Paris Bus map
Connections to Reims by TGV
There are two stations serving Reims. The main TGV Station is Champagne-Ardennes TGV Station, which is outside the city, 5 miles (8 kms) south of Reims. There is a direct TGV link from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to the Champagne-Ardenne TGV station taking around 30 minutes.
The main Reims-Paris TGV also connects with Chalons-en-Champagne, Vitry-le-Francois, Charleville-Mezieres, Rethel and Sedan.
Getting into Reims from the Champagne-Ardennes TGV Station
The new tramway in Reims has a shuttle service from the TGV station into the town center.
Connections via the TER Express service to Reims Central Station
Central Reims Station is on place de la Gare, about a ten-minute walk from the city center.
Reims also connects with Epernay in Champagne and Laon in Picardy.
- See the major TER services on the TER website.
Booking Train Travel in France
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Paris to Reims by car
The distance from Paris to Reims is around 143 kms (88 miles), and the journey takes around 90 minutes depending on your speed. There are tolls on the Autoroutes.
Car Hire in France
For information on hiring a car under the lease-back scheme, which is the most economical way of hiring a car if you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Lease.
Getting from London to Paris
- By train (Eurostar)
Eurostar between London, Paris and Lille
By bus/coach Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
Eurolines website for French travel
IDBus also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. IDBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.