Top 10 ghost metro stations in Paris


The Metro, it is not just that annoying stage between work and sleep. in Paris, the transport network is full of curiosities and mysteries, especially in closed public stations. Embark on a tour of ghost stations of the capital!

Arsenal (4th district)

Located on line 5, between Bastille and Quai de la Rapee, Arsenal station closed at the beginning of the Second World War because of the lack of railway on the network. After the war it was closed because it was considered too close to the other two stations. Today is a training center for RATP employees.

Saint-Martin (3rd and 10th arrondissements)

Another station closed in 1939 and never recovered in use since. St. Martin, located on lines 8 and 9, between Strasbourg-Saint-Denis and République, offered no great interest in an area already well served by public transport. For years, the banks of the disused station hosted homeless. In 2008, they were cemented and it is now the premises of the eastern part that serve as day-care structure, managed by the Army Hi.

Martius (7th district)

Once station abandoned after the war. On line 8 between La Motte-Picquet and Military school, it is uncrowded and therefore unprofitable. One of them was sentenced access, the second is now a fan.

Red Cross (6th arrondissement)

too close to this station with Sèvres-Babylone and Mabillon on line 10 led to its closure in 1939. The station is now reused for artistic purposes: from December 2007 to January 2008, she became a naughty place for the promotion of an exhibition at the BNF. For about 7 seconds passenger line 10 could see erotic posters that line the entire length of the platforms.

Martin Nadaud (20th district)

Martin Nadaud station was on the line 3 between Père Lachaise and Gambetta. She disappeared in the 1960s: remote barely 200 meters from access to the station Gambetta, she was absorbed during the renovation of the latter. The docks are in line with those of Gambetta, making it one of the longest in the Paris subway platforms.

Haxo (19th district)

Haxo station has simply never been open to the public: the docks are built but external access have not been built. Built in the early 1920s between stations Porte des Lilas and Pré-Saint-Gervais, it should have used to connect the lines 3a and 7a. The project was finally abandoned and the station remains condemned. It is now available at Heritage Days and may open if the merger bis lines is finally realized.

Porte Molitor (16th arrondissement)

Molitor station has met the same fate qu'Haxo: built but never opened! It was originally designed to connect the lines 9 and 10 at Porte de Saint-Cloud and Porte d'Auteuil, and especially to serve the stadium Parc des Princes on game nights. But the operation of this section proved too complicated; since the channels are used as a garage for trains.

Liège (8th arrondissement)

Liege station is currently wide open, on line 13 between St. Lazare and Place de Clichy. But she remained closed after the end of the war for almost 30 years to finally be put into use in 1968. Then, it is subject to restricted hours: closed to 20h and on Sundays and public holidays until 2006! This is the last station of the network to have experienced flexible hours.

Cluny-La Sorbonne (5th district)

The Cluny station on the 10 line is also open today but after the Second World War, it remained in oblivion even longer than Liege. It was reopened in 1988, nearly half a century to establish a correspondence between line 10 and RER B, inaugurated at this time.

Orly-Sud (Orly Airport, Val de Marne)

A subway to get to the airport, great idea! In the 1960s, the Orly-Sud station is built under the terminal in anticipation of an extension of Line 7, but the work has never been prosecuted. This leaves a vast concrete formwork of about 100 m long and 10 m wide.