The hybrid station of Chatelet/Les-Halles is still by far the most confusing interchange on the Paris Metro but at least the new glass tiles and gleaming escalators brighten the place up.
The underground station, which offers connections between three lines of the suburban RER trains and five different Metro lines, is one of the largest in Europe. Access is complicated by the fact that the station, originally developed in the 1970s, was built below a three storey underground shopping centre. The nineteen different exits from the station are explained by this map, prominently displayed in the station since the recent renovations.
(Click on the photos above to view the gallery or below to enlarge the map)
The team responsible for the new maps and signage have done their best but there’s still a sense of relief when you finally see daylight ahead at the top of the escalator.