How To Get To Versailles From Paris

How To Get To Versailles From Paris

My expert tips as a Local to make traveling between Versailles and Paris as easy as tarte au citron!

Though the first thing most people think of when they hear “Versailles” is the world famous Château, as a resident of Versailles, I know there is more to this gorgeous city than the palace and enough to make it a near required visit for any trip you have planned to France! One of the most commonly asked questions I’m asked from students or friends visiting is “How can I get to Versailles from Paris?” and so this week I thought, why now create a guide?

Luckily, thanks to ample and easy public transportation, Paris makes it easy to travel here! By using my easy to follow step by step guide below, you’ll be exploring the charming Versailles streets in no time!

One of my trips to visit the Palace!

Before I dive into the full step-by-step instructions, I’ll answer a couple common questions I receive.

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

The easiest way is to take the RER train! You can find RER stations at metro stops all over Paris, I’ll explain more about how to find and use them below in my step-by-step guide.

How much is a train ticket from Paris to Versailles?

The price of a one-way ticket from Paris to Versailles on the RER C line typically ranges from €3.55 to €4.10 for an adult ticket. However, prices can vary based on factors such as the time of day, whether you’re purchasing a single ticket or a ticket for a specific number of zones, and any discounts or special offers that may be available.

Can you do a day trip to Versailles from Paris?

Yes, you can definitely do a day trip to Versailles from Paris! Versailles is located just about 20 kilometers southwest of Paris, making it perfect for a day excursion from the big city!

The journey typically takes around 30-40 minutes depending on the starting point in Paris.

Step 1: Start your day with a croissant and coffee in Paris

Before embarking on your adventure, fuel up with a classic French breakfast in Paris. Head to a local bakery (boulangerie as we call it over here) and indulge in a freshly baked croissant paired with a steaming cup of café creme. Trust me, it’s the perfect way to kick-start your day! One of my favorite bakeries in Paris for this is Du Pain et Des Idées.

Step 2: Navigate the Parisian public transportation system

Once you’ve satisfied your taste buds, it’s time to hop on the train to Versailles.

Paris boasts an extensive public transportation network, making it easy to get around the city and beyond. To reach Versailles, you’ll want to take the RER (Réseau Express Régional) train. The RER lines are marked with letters (e.g., RER A, RER C) and connect various parts of the city to its suburbs, including Versailles.

Three RER stations in Versailles lead into Paris. The one closest to the Versailles palace is Chateau Versailles Rive Gauche. Its proximity to the Eiffel Tower makes it one of the easiest to grab too. The other station I recommend is Versailles Chantiers. If you’re close to Montparnasse, this train station is just a 12 minute ride if you catch the “short” train. On the walk from Versailles Chantiers train station, you’ll also find my favorite antique store in Versailles, Au Facteur du Cheval.

The easiest way to figure this out is by using Google Maps to find the best route for you and to calculate travel times. You can also download and do this with the RATP or CityMapper mobile App. I find these both super helpful! Especially as they will have the most up-to-date traffic and closure information.

Step 3: Purchase your train ticket

Before boarding the train, you’ll need to purchase a ticket that is specific for your trip from Paris to Versailles. You cannot use a regular Paris metro ticket (even though they might look the same).

Once you get to the station where you will take the RER, look for the ticket machines. Note that the machines for RER tickets are different than those used for regular metro tickets. They are usually white or green, with the writing “Ile de France”. Enter Versailles as your final destination, choose the station and you’re ready to go!

I recommend purchasing your return ticket at the same time. To do this, simply purchase two of the same ticket if you’re coming and going from the same RER station in Versailles.

Step 4: Board the RER train to Versailles

Once you have your ticket, head to the RER station closest to your location in Paris. I recommend checking the signs multiple times. When the train comes into the station, another way to double-check that it’s the right one is looking for the name of the train on the front as it comes in and compare it with what is showing on the monitor (ex. VICK).

Very Important: Hold on to your ticket! You will need it to exit once you arrive or in case of ticket control on the train.

Step 5: Enjoy the scenic journey to Versailles

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic journey from Paris to Versailles aboard the RER train. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour depending on where you’re coming from, during which you’ll pass through charming Parisian suburbs before arriving in Versailles.

Embark on a journey from Paris to Versailles using this step by step guide. Learn how to use the RER and Paris Metro to discover the charming and hidden gems in this historic town!

I’m constantly inspired by the beauty and charm of this historic town and hope this article on how to go from Paris to Versailles has inspired you to embark on your own journey to discover the magic that awaits.

P.S. While you’re here, let’s bake together?!

Oh and double Psst. If taking the train from Paris to Versailles is feeling overwhelming (I get it!), grab an Uber! Depending on the time and where you’re at, the normal fare is around 50€.


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