Exploring the Paris Metro’s Eerie Ghost Stations

The term ghost station has come to describe any abandoned or disused station on an underground railway system, but is particularly associated with Paris, where a collection of defunct platforms and silent tunnels – many of them inaccessible to urban explorers – have earned their place in urbex folklore.

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Some subterranean Parisian stations were closed and later reopened, such as Rennes and Liège, which came back online in 1968 after 30 years of disuse. Cluny, meanwhile, reopened in 1988 after half a century of abandonment, renamed Cluny – La Sorbonne. Aside from these, the majority of the Paris ghost stations fall into several distinct categories:

Moved and Merged Stations

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The advent of modern rolling stock proved too long for some stations, which saw their platforms moved several hundred metres to accommodate newer carriages. Stations such as Victor Hugo (above) and Les Halles remain open though their original platforms stand silent. Other stations were merged due to falling passenger demand. Martin Nadaud, for example, was integrated into Gambetta, and can still be seen today behind a gate in the direction of Pont de Levallois.



  • Tom

    Thanks for the info, subway! I’ll definitely check it out and perhaps include in a follow-on article.

  • Barney Haynes

    How did you get into these stations or did you just research them?

    If you managed to visit any could you link me to some instructions?