How to get from London, the UK and Paris to Reims, Capital of Champagne

Paris to Reims in Champagne by Train and Car

Interior of the cathedral Notre Dame of Reims
Interior of the cathedral Notre Dame of Reims. Davide Seddio / Getty Images

Travelling from Paris to Reims, Capital of Champagne

Read more about Paris and Reims.

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 the 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

TGV trains to Reims leave from Gare de l’est in Paris (Place du 11 Novembre, Paris 10th arrondissement) all through the day.

The journey takes from 45 minutes.

Transport links to Gare de l'Est in Paris

  • Metro
    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.

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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

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.
    IDBus website