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Metz is the capital of the cultural and historical region of Lorraine in northeastern France. Now part of the larger Grand-Est region, Metz is at the heart of Europe. It is located within 400 miles of over 200 million people and six European Union capitals. Bordering Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland, Grand-Est is the only region in France to border more than two countries.

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. At the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, and with its many public gardens it's no wonder that Metz is nicknamed the Green City. With its rich heritage and historic core, the city is currently on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. Those lucky enough to visit will discover a city that honors its past while embracing the future. From the spectacular, Gothic, Metz Cathedral (St. Etienne de Metz) which glitters with the largest expanse of stained glass in the world, to the visionary Centre Pompidou-Metz, a musem of modern and contemporary art that hosts the largest temporary exhibition space outside of Paris, Metz is unforgettable.

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 renowned Metz Technopole. Located just 90 minutes from Paris via the high-speed TGV train, more and more people are discovering the allure of this historic city.


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Getting to Metz

Metz is perfectly situated in the heart of Europe which makes it easy to gert to. 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 through Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London. There is a direct bus (Line 16 - Eurobus, a 20-minute ride) connection from LUX airport to the Luxembourg downtown train station, and from there you will find direct trains to the Metz train station (TER trains). Total travel time is about 1 hour and costs €16.50. Train tickets are available online on the SNCF website or inside the Luxembourg train station at the ticket window.

From Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Located 27 km north of Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is also known as Roissy, 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 terminal 2 at CDG.

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 the 20 minute ride.

From Paris - Gare de l’Est Train Station

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 metro station from CDG using the RER B train to the “Gare du Nord”  metro station. Gare de l’Est is only a short walk from this point. The trip between Gare de l’Est and Metz-Ville takes 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 Brussels' main railway station, Bruxelles-Midi. Take a train from Bruxelles-Midi  to Metz-Ville train station. As there are different train stations in Brussels you really need 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, and the cost can vary between €60.00 and €200.00.

You can find more information on the Brussels Airport website and the SNCF website.

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 to 5 hours and costs approximately €70. The Frankfurt airport website will give you some additional information to help you book your trip. You can purchase your train ticket using the Banh website.

Train Schedules and Ticket Purchase

Most train schedules can be easily found on either the French SNCF, or German Bahn train websites.

If you have a Eurail pass, Eurail tickets can be purchased directly through the Eurail or RailEurope websites,  but keep in mind that the SNCF website sometimes offers better fares, especially if you want to take advantage of early booking discounts, with special "Prem" or "Loisir fares," for example.

Getting from “Metz-Ville” to Georgia Tech-Lorraine

Georgia Tech-Lorraine is located at the Metz Technopole, which is outside of the city center. You have several options for getting to the Georgia Tech Lorraine Campus from Metz:

  • By Bus: Take Line 12 to Grange-aux-bois (in the direction of the Gare to Marconi) or Mettis B to Hôpital de Mercy (in the direction of the 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, 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 stand is located on the back side of the train station.

Tourist information

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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