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How To Get To Versailles From Paris: 4 Best Ways

How To Get To Versailles From Paris: 4 Best Ways

Europe 5 MINS READ
Versailles, France

Perhaps France’s most famous castle is Château de Versailles. Recognized by UNESCO, this charming place is home to the luxurious royal court of the Sun King, Louis the Great (Louis XIV). Aside from him, Louis XVI, and Marie-Antoinette all lived in this opulent chateau from the 17th century.

If you’re planning to visit Versailles for the first time, you’re surely wondering how to get there without any hassle. That’s why created a simple guide for you, with all the best ways to get to Versailles from Paris. Want to travel by car, a bus, a train, or with a guided tour? We’ve covered everything!

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Where is Versailles Located?

Versailles interiors, France

Versailles is a lavish suburb and a city of the Yvelines département located around 20 kilometers from Paris. It was one of the biggest urban centers in France at the time of the French Revolution, with a population of more than 60,000.

The Versailles Estate, and the Trianon Palace & Gardens are just a few of Versailles’ many attractions. The charming town also boasts exquisite 18th-century architecture, an amazing baroque church, and a vibrant market.

How To Get To Versailles From Paris?

Paris To Versailles By Car

A fountain near Versailles, France

Paris has numerous spots to rent a private vehicle. All of the well-known companies, including Hertz, Sixt, Rent a Car, and Europcar are active in the city.

There are well-organized highways and traffic routes in Paris, just like in every other major European city. Arranging a day trip to Versailles from Paris at your own pace, leaving when you like, and returning when it works best for you is a great benefit of renting a car.

The N118 is the road’s quickest route from Paris to Versailles. The D910 will take you west along the Seine till you reach Pont de Sevres if you’re traveling from the Paris center. Cross the bridge and stick to the left. Although traffic might make things slower, a ride from central Paris to the Palace of Versailles roughly takes 40 minutes.

However, if you’re traveling with a group of people you also might consider calling a taxi. The drive lasts around 30 minutes.

Important Note: You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car and have had a driving license for at least two years.

Cost: €60 for a taxi, €80+ for a car rental

Paris To Versailles By Train

Women in ancient dresses posing for the public inside Versailles, France

Paris’ train system offers three different ways to get to Versailles. For the first route, take the RER line C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche, which is the closest train station to the Palace. If you decide to use this line, get on trains Vick or Vity. These C trains also take you through Musée d’Orsay, Champ de Mars Eiffel Tower, and Pont de l’Alma.

To travel with the second route, hop on SNCF line N from Gare Montparnasse to Versailles Chantiers, which is around 18 minutes from the Versailles Palace. Finally, the third line goes from Gare Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite, by SNCF N train, and is 17 minutes away from the grand Versailles Château.

Keep safely your Paris Versailles train tickets because you will need them to exit from the Versailles train station.

Important Note: RER C train system isn’t the same as the metro station. You have to buy a special RER ticket instead of a Paris metro ticket. Also, ensure you get a return train ticket so you don’t reuse the one-way ticket by accident.

Ticket Fee: Round trip ticket is €7

Paris To Versailles By Bus

Golden Gate in Versailles, France

The Pont de Sèvres stop on Paris Metro Line 9 and the Palace of Versailles are connected by RATP bus route 171. It usually takes 40 minutes to reach your destination.

Important Note: Not every RATO bus 171 is heading to Versailles directly. You also have to look for the Versailles mark on the route.

Ticket Fee: €4

Paris To Versailles By Guided Tour – Coach & Train

A view of the outdoor from one of the rooms on Versailles premises

Instead of traveling on your own, take a guided tour which is the preferred option by many visiting the area. A tour with an air-conditioned coach or a train transfers you to and from Versailles. The guided tour allows you to skip the entry line and gives you access to Château de Versailles, Musical Fountains, Royal Chapel, Queen’s Apartments and so much more.

Ticket Fee: €45+ for a train, €55+ for a bus

FAQ

Can you rent a bike at Versailles Chateau?

Yes, visitors can rent bicycles to explore the premises. The Saint Anthony Gate and the Queen’s Gate both provide bicycle rentals on the weekends.

What is the best way to get to Versailles from Paris?

The best way is to take a train from Paris (Line C of RER) to Versailles Château Rive Gauche which is within walking distance of the Palace.

What is the main airport in Paris?

The main airport in Paris is called Charles de Gaulle Airport.

How can you get around Grand Canal in Versailles?

You can take a quick trip to one of the rowing boats and experience the surrounding park in a different light.

Why is Le Petit Trianon so famous?

Le Petit Trianon is a smaller castle that was gifted to Marie Antoinette after Louis 14th took the throne. It can be visited as a part of the Grand Trianon which is a bigger castle with its own park close to the Versailles Palace.

What attractions are near Versailles?

  • Marie Antoinette’s Estate
  • Queen’s Hamlet
  • Royal Chapel
  • Saint Michel Notre Dame
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs-Élysées

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