Traveling on Paris metro line 6
Paris metro line 6 has a half-circular route linking the Charles de Gaulle Etoile station to the west of the city to Nation via the Vaugirard and Montparnasse districts on the left bank of the Seine. The line stands out with its elevated tracks that cover half of its route. Taking the line 6 therefore offers an unbeatable view of Paris, especially the Eiffel Tower as the metro crosses the Seine between the stops Passy and Bir-Hakeim. Discover one of the longest Paris metro lines.
Line 6 stations and transfers
- Charles de Gaulle Etoile : transfers to line 1 and RER A
- Trocadéro : transfer to line 9
- Bir-Hakeim : transfer to RER C
- La Motte-Picquet – Grenelle : transfer to line 8
- Sèvres – Lecourbe
- Pasteur : transfer to line 12
- Montparnasse – Bienvenüe : transfer to line 4, 12, and 13
- Edgar Quinet
- Raspail : transfer to line 4
- Denfert – Rochereau : transfer to line 4 and RER B
- Place d’Italie : transfer to line 5 and 7
- Quai de la Gare
- Bercy : transfer to line 14
- Daumesnil : transfer to line 8
- Nation : transfer to lines 1, 2, and 9 and the RER A
Sites and monuments on line 6
The station Charles de Gaulle Etoile will take you to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees.
To get to the Trocadéro gardens easily, get off at Trocadéro or Passy.
Trocadéro station is above the Place du Trocadéro; once you exit the metro, you can enjoy a superb view of the Eiffel Tower with magnificent symmetrical Trocadéro and the Champs de Mars behind.
Passy station is located further west of the Eiffel Tower near the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.
There are several ways to get to the Eiffel Tower: get off at Trocadéro station to enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower, get off at Passy and walk along the banks of the Seine on the Avenue de New York to cross along the Pont d’Iena. Finally, get off at Bir-Hakeim on the left bank of the Seine and go to the Eiffel Tower by walking along the Quai Branly.
Further east, line 6 serves Montparnasse Bienvenüe with the nearby Montparnasse Tower and its view of Paris. Two stations further, Denfert-Rochereau takes you to the Paris catacombs.
Turning a bit further to the south of Paris, the line 6 crosses the Seine near the Gare de Bercy. The stops Quai de la Gare, Bercy, and Dugommier will take you to the Parc de Bercy and the Accor Hôtels Arena as well as the Gare de Bercy served by buses and TER and Intercity trains.
Located in the Picpus neighborhood, Daumesnil station is a fifteen-minute walk from the Bois de Vincennes. In this immense park you can take a long break in some greenery. Many activities are organized here for the whole family in both summer and winter.
Finally, at the end of line 6, Nation gives you direct access to Place de la Nation with its statue to the glory of the Republic.
Stand-out stations on the line 6
Getting off at La Motte-Picquet Grenelle station, you will find a tribute to Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de La Motte, an 18th-century French naval officer. The station’s corridors are decorated with the crest of family Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte.
This subway stop also has a fresco representing the Cunette barrier, which was once a gate of the Fermiers Généraux (Farmers General) wall, a Paris city wall built before the revolution.
At the station Saint Jacques, you will be surprised by the entrance’s particular design: an art nouveau-style canopy that will take you back in time.
Going to the Eiffel Tower by Bir-Hakeim, you can admire the glass ceiling designed by artist Judy Ledgerwood. This double-glass ceiling is places at each end of the station over the tracks. It was designed in exchange for a Guimard art nouveau entrance. The Guimard entrance is now installed at Van Buren Street station in Chicago that serves Millennium Park.