Paris Metro Line 8 Must-Sees

The Line for Long Walks in Parks & Covered Passages
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November 14, 2022
Doing a semi-circle around the southern part of Paris, Metro Line 8 takes you from one pretty Parisian park to the next, stopping by the city’s covered passages and can’t miss monuments along the way.
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The last of la Ville Lumière’s original metro lines, Paris Metro Line 8 opened in 1913 and connected Porte d’Auteuil, a station along the Petite Ceinture beltline, with Opéra. It’s changed a lot since then, with many more stations being added along with other modifications over the years. Line 8 now makes something of a semi-circle around the southern part of Paris, extending from Balard in the extreme southwest, up to the center past Concorde, Opéra, and the Grand Boulevards, before heading back down, passing through the southeastern corner of Paris before ending in the suburb of Créteil.

 

Paris metro line 8

 

Covering a grand total of 38 stops on its way through Paris, there’s much to see along this metro line. Let’s start in the southwest. Balard is in fact a great starting point if you want to walk along the Petite Ceinture, with its raised walkways going all the way to Parc Georges Brassens and beyond. Heading north, the stop La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle connects you with the lovely Marché Grenelle, one of the best markets in Paris, which stretches below the Metro Line 6 near the Eiffel Tower. The stops La Tour Maubourg, Invalides, and Concorde barely need an introduction, allowing you access to the Eiffel Tower from the south, walking up along the Champs de Mars. You’ll find Napoleon’s Tomb and the Musée de l’Armee at Invalides. Next, the gigantic Place de la Concorde, is the gateway to the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries Gardens.

 

Tuileries Gardens with a view c of the Louvre

 

Further on, Madeleine and Opéra are also touristic hotspots, and the entire area around these stops is well worth exploring in greater detail. See our guide to the neighborhood for all of our suggestions on what to see and do in the district. On to Grand Boulevards to lose yourself in some of Paris’s best covered passages, the wax museum Musée Grévin, the bustling Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, and the Folies Bergère. Next stop, Place de la République leaves you within easy walking distance of the hip Haut Marais area and the cool Canal Saint-Martin. Metro Line 8 then dips back south again passing three stops (Filles du Calvaire, Saint-Sebastien-Froissart, and Chemin Vert) that are great for venturing off into Le Marais, with Saint-Sebastien-Froissart perfect for the Picasso Museum, before reaching Bastille.

 

Hôtel de Soubise in Le Marais

 

Trundling along mostly residential areas after that, Line 8 then takes you past Daumesnil, from where you can walk back into the center of Paris along the Coulée Verte, Paris’s answer, and in fact predecessor, to New York City’s High Line, before reaching Porte Dorée with its Aquarium and Immigration Museum located in a superb example of Art Deco architecture. Porte Dorée also lets you explore the vast Bois de Vincennes park and the Paris Zoo. Leaving the confines of Paris after Porte Dorée, Metro Line 8 eventually ends in the suburb of Créteil, the prefecture of Val-de-Marne department.

 

Wondering where the city’s other subway lines lead ? See our complete guide to the Paris metro lines.

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