Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris Métro)

Saint-Germain-des-Prés (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ de pʁe]) is a station on Line 4 of the Paris Métro. It serves the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood on the Rive Gauche, in the 6th arrondissement. In 2013, the station was used by 4,498,265 passengers, making it the 101st busiest out of 302 on the Métro network.[1]

Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris 9 August 2007.jpg
Station entrance
Location147, Boul. Saint-Germain
168 bis, Boul. Saint-Germain
6th arrondissement of Paris
Coordinates48°51′14″N 2°20′00″E / 48.85389°N 2.33333°E / 48.85389; 2.33333Coordinates: 48°51′14″N 2°20′00″E / 48.85389°N 2.33333°E / 48.85389; 2.33333
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened9 January 1910 (1910-01-09)
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 4
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is located in Paris
Location within Paris


The station is located under Boulevard Saint-Germain not far from the intersection with Rue de Rennes and Rue Bonaparte.


Saint-Germain-des-Prés before the adding of platform screen doors as a result of the ongoing work to automate Line 4

The station was opened on 9 January 1910 as part of the connecting section of the line under the Seine between Châtelet and Raspail. It is named after Place Saint-Germain and the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, dedicated on 23 December 558 by the son of Clovis, Childebert I (ruled 511–558), at the request of St. Germain, Bishop of Paris. Childebert died the same day and was buried in it. More than a thousand years later the remains of the philosopher René Descartes were also buried in it. The expression "des-Prés" refers to the Prés aux Clercs ("fields of the scholars") used for the erection of buildings to house the University of Paris.

The station was equipped with platform screen doors from February until May 2019, preparing it for the line's ongoing full automation.

Passenger servicesEdit


Each of the two exits from this station, located on either side of Boulevard Saint-Germain, just next to the church of the same name, is adorned with a Val d'Osne candelabra.

Station layoutEdit

Street Level
B1 Mezzanine for platform connection
Line 4 platform level Side platforms with PSDs, doors will open on the right
Northbound     toward Porte de Clignancourt (Odéon)
Southbound     toward Mairie de Montrouge (Saint-Sulpice)
Side platforms with PSDs, doors will open on the right

Bus connectionsEdit

The station is served by Lines 39, 63, 70, 86, 87, 95, 96 and the tourist line OpenTour of the RATP Bus Network and, at night, by lines N01, N02, N12 and N13 of the Noctilien network .


The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots are located nearby.



  1. ^ Trafic annuel entrant par station (2013), sur le site (consulté le 31 août 2014)
  • Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.