Stations and route of Paris metro line 5
Leaving from Bobigny to the north-east of the capital, this iconic Paris metro line ends at the Place d'Italie going via the Gare d'Austerlitz, Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord.
Contrary to line 4, line 5 crosses the Seine on a metal bridge to Austerlitz built by the Eiffel company. In 1985, the route was extended to the suburb of Bobigny and to ease traffic within Paris itself.
Nowadays, after some modifications, the line 5 is about 15 kilometers long with a total of 23 stations served.
The complete list of stations on the line 5
Overhauled several times, the route of Paris metro line 5 has no less than 23 stations and is very well connected to the Paris public transport network with many connections to the RER, metro, and tram.
- Bobigny – Pablo Picasso : transfer to tramway T1
- Bobigny Pantin – Raymond Queneau
- Eglise de Pantin Hoche
- Porte de Pantin
- Jaurès : transfer to lines 2 and 7bis
- Stalingrad : transfer to lines 2 and 7
- Gare du Nord : transfer to line 4, RER B, D, and E and the bus to get to Charles de Gaulle airport.
- Gare de l’Est : transfer to lines 4 and 7
- Jacques Bonsergent
- République : transfer to lines 3, 8, 9 and 11
- Oberkampf : transfer to line 9
- Bréguet – Sabin
- Bastille : transfer to metro lines 1 and 8
- Quai de la râpée
- Gare d’Austerlitz : transfer to lines 10 and RER C
- Place d’Italie : transfer to lines 6 and 7
The monuments that can be reached on line 5
Get off at Porte de Pantin station to go to the Parc de la Villette, an immense expanse of greenery that allows you to escape from the urban torment of the city for a moment. Events are regularly organized in the La Villette hall.
A bit further, Ourcq station takes you to the canal with the same name. In the summer there are events for the whole family. You can also walk, bike, or boat along the canal to get to the Parc Bergère or the Bassin de la Villette.
The Lumière station serves the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic or Sunday afternoon stroll.
You can enjoy the calm and warm atmosphere of the Bassin de la Villette by getting off at Jaurès.
The station Jacques Bonsergent serves the Saint Martin covered market, a gastronomic mecca inside a Baltard-style building.
Finally, République station takes you to the historic Place de la République and its famous bronze statue of Marianne.
Paris metro line 5 will also take you to the Bataclan concert hall or the Cirque d’Hiver where many circuses and artists go on stage. Just get off at Oberkampf to get there.
A bit further to the north, the Place de la Bastille is served by the line 5 at the station of the same name. Just a few steps away is the sumptuous Place des Vosges. Known for its grid layout and for having been the residence of many celebrities from the theatre and political spheres, it’s a must-see for anyone who wants to soak up the capital’s elegance. Finally, a few stations before the end of the line, the Gare d’Austerlitz will take you quickly to the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens.
Remarkable line 5 stations
Among the stations served by the line 5, some have remarkable decorations.
Ourcq station, for example, has a sculpture from artist Thierry Grave. This work, made of linden, represents a joint from a part of a fabulous animal’s body.
Taking the line 5 to Jaurès, you will travel along the line’s elevated section. This station is made of a metallic structure that channels the style of Gustave Eiffel.
Finally, Bastille station shows off mosaics of the various stages of the storming of the Bastille. It also has the foundations of the wall of the old Bastille prison. These vestiges were discovered when the line was being built in 1905. As a reminder of the history of the iconic Place de la Bastille, views of the former prison fortress are exhibited within Bastille station itself.
Paris metro line 5 will take you from one end of the city to another while passing through several parks that serve as the city’s green lungs as well as various historical sites. Less busy than lines 1 and 4, for example, it can be a quieter alternative to reach the tourist sites along the line.