In the southeast of the centre of Paris, the Gare de Lyon is one of Europe's biggest and busiest railway stations. The grand 1900 building stands in the XII or Reuilly district of the French capital and is easy to spot, thanks to its distinctive Victorian-Gothic clock tower constructed in a similar style to London's Big Ben. If you pick up a hire car at Gare de Lyon you'll find it is handily placed for driving into the heart of the city or escaping to the Périphérique ring road via the trunk roads along both sides of the River Seine.