The capital of Lorraine, Metz is situated on the east bank of the Moselle River, near the Autoroute de l’Est, and along the junction of France, Germany and Luxembourg. Because of its strategic location, Metz has been for centuries, as it is today, a central hub of Europe, reflecting the rich history of the many cultures which ruled the region over the centuries.
Since the early 90’s, Metz has become a European center for high technology, with high tech companies, universities and research laboratories which sit alongside Georgia Tech-Lorraine in the famous Metz Technopole. Metz was recently named by the New York Times as one of the top 44 places to see in the world. Its proximity to Paris—one hour by bullet train—adds to the allure of this historic city.
Getting to Metz
Metz is perfectly situated in the heart of Europe which makes it easy to find. Most of Europe is conveniently accessible from the Metz railway hub and visitors typically fly into Paris, Luxembourg, Brussels or Frankfurt, which makes Metz only a short train ride away.
From Luxembourg International Airport (LUX)
Located an hour from Metz, Luxembourg is the closest airport to Georgia Tech-Lorraine. Although there are currently no direct flights from the USA, connecting flights are available from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London. There is also a direct bus (20 minutes ride, Line 16 - Eurobus) connection from LUX airport to the Luxembourg downtown train station where you will find direct trains to the Metz train station (TER trains). Total travel time is about 1 hour and costs €16.50. Tickets are available online on the SNCF website or inside the train station at the ticket window.
From Paris - Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Located 27 km north of Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport has three non-stop trains and two trains with connections, running to the Lorraine TGV station daily. Thanks to the high-speed train, the TGV, the Lorraine TGV station is just a little over an hour away, with TGV trains departing directly from the CDG2 terminal.
On arrival at the Lorraine TGV station, a convenient shuttle will take you into downtown Metz for approximately €6.50. Total trip time for the train + shuttle is just under 2 hours.
You can also reach the Metz area by taxi from the station, but the rate is quite high for a 20 minute ride.
From Paris - Gare de l’Est
If you want to spend some time in Paris before your trip to Metz, the “Gare de l’Est” train station is a good option. Located in Paris, 15km away from CDG airport, this station offers regular TGV train service to downtown Metz (Metz-Ville) station.
You can reach the Gare de l’Est station from CDG using the RER B train to the “Gare du Nord” station. Gare de l’Est is only a short walk from this point. The trip between Gare de l’Est and Metz-Ville is around 90 minutes.
You can find more information on connecting in Paris on the Airport Connections Map.
Brussels International Airport (BRU)
Brussels is approximately 3 hours from Metz. Shuttles depart from the airport terminal to take you to the main railway station, Bruxelles-Midi. Take a train from Bruxelles to Metz-Ville train station. As there are different train stations in Brussels you really have to pay attention to the place you will leave from (Bruxelles-Nord, Bruxelles-Midi or even Bruxelles-Luxembourg) to make sure you will catch your train without any problems. Depending on your departure time, you will have to connect in Paris or maybe Luxembourg. Total travel time is around 4 hours, but cost can vary between €60.00 and €200.00.
Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Frankfurt is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Metz by car, however, there is no direct train service. Trains and buses from the airport terminal will take you to the main railway station, “Hauptbahnhof,” in Frankfurt.
The train from Frankfurt Main Hbf will take you to Metz train station via Mannheim and Saarbrücken. Total travel time is 3-5 hours and costs approximately €70. The Frankfurt airport website will give you some details to help you book your trip. You can purchase your train ticket using the Banh website.
Train Schedules and ticket purchase
If you have a Eurail pass, Eurail tickets can be purchased directly through the Eurail or RailEurope websites but the SNCF website can offer you better rates, especially if you want to take advantage of early booking discounts, with Prem or Loisir fares, for example.
Getting from “Metz-Ville” to Georgia Tech-Lorraine
You have several options for getting to the Georgia Tech Lorraine Campus:
- By Bus: Take Line 12 to Grange-aux-bois (from Gare to Marconi) or Mettis B to Hôpital de Mercy (from Gare to François Arago). Here is a map that shows you all of the details about the lines and bus stops. Bus schedules are available online for each line on the LeMet website.
- By Taxi: It is a short, 5 to 10 minute ride to campus, and the cost is around €15.00. Surcharges may be added for luggage and travel during off-peak hours to the Technopole area.) The taxi station is located on the back side of the train station.
Helpful information about life in Metz and events going on in town is available on the official Metz website but this site is only available in French. However, the updated Metz Office of Tourism website offers an English version full of practical information and links.
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