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.
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 connection from LUX airport to the Luxembourg downtown train station where you will find direct trains to the Metz train station. Total travel time is 1 hour and costs €15.
Paris - Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Located 27 km north of Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport has three non-stop trains running to Lorraine daily. Thanks to the new high-speed TGV, Lorraine is just a little over an hour away, with TGV (high-speed) trains departing directly from the CDG2 terminal. Once in Lorraine, a convenient shuttle (or 20 min by car travelling south to Metz) will take you into downtown Metz for approximately €4.50. Total trip time is just under 2 hours and costs about €60.
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 which take you to the main railway station Bruxelles-Midi. Take a direct train from Bruxelles-Midi to the downtown Metz train station. Total travel time is 4 hours and costs approximately €50.
Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Frankfurt is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Metz, however there is no direct train service. Trains from the airport terminal lead to the main railway station “Hauptbahnhof” in Frankfurt. The train from Frankfurt will take you directly into the downtown Metz train station . Total travel time is 3-5 hours and costs approximately €50.
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