How to Get from Paris to Versailles
If your holidays in Paris include a day trip to Versailles, then it’s important to figure out how to get to Versailles from Paris.
Getting to Versailles from Paris is very easy, and you have many transportation options, public and private. This quick Paris to Versailles transportation guide will tell you everything you need to know to choose the best way to get to Versailles from Paris for you.
There’s no absolute best way to get from Paris to Versailles: travelers on a budget will look for the cheapest way to go to Versailles, whilst families with little kids or seniors may want to look for the most comfortable way to travel to Versailles.
This article gives information and our best tips on how to go to Versailles from Paris center or your hotel. After reading this quick guide, you will see that getting to Versailles is very easy!
GOOD TO KNOW: Versailles is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. Click here for the list of the best day trips from Paris.
Table of Content
- Where is Versailles
- Getting to Versailles from Paris Overview
- How to Get from Paris to Versailles
- Getting from Versailles to Paris after the Night Fountain Show
Where is Versailles
Versailles is a city located on the outskirts of Paris, known as Grande Couronne. More precisely, Versailles is located in the department of Yvelines (78), and the distance from Paris to Versailles is 17km.
Versailles is mainly known for the Versailles Estate, including the Palace, Trianons, formal gardens, and forest. There are, however, other interesting things to see and do in the city of Versailles; it has beautiful 18th-century architecture, an impressive baroque church, and a colorful market. You can also visit the Coaches Gallery and the Potager du Roi (King’s Kitchen Garden), which are not part of the Versailles Estate.
Getting to Versailles from Paris Overview
Anywhere in Paris
3-6€ fuel + parking
Train + Walk
8,10€ round trip
How to Get from Paris to Versailles
Here’s the list of all the options, public and private, for going to Versailles from Paris.
1. Paris to Versailles by Car
If you want to travel to Versailles in your own car, then the journey time from Paris to Versailles is approximately 30 minutes without traffic. The cost of getting to Versailles by car will be fuel + parking.
WHERE TO PARK IN VERSAILLES
Parking in the streets of Versailles is, most of the time, paid. We advise you to park your car in one of the street or underground car parks in Versailles:
- Parking Place d’Armes
- Parking Europe
- Parking Avenue de Sceaux
- Parking Saint Louis (underground)
- Parking Domaine de Marie-Antoinette
The cost of these car parks is more or less the same. You will find detailed information and pricing here.
2. Versailles from Paris by Private Car Transfer
If you are looking for a comfortable door-to-door service for you and your tribe, Welcome Pickups is a good option. Welcome proposes comfortable transfer services from Paris to Versailles with good cars and the best English-speaking drivers in Paris. This service is particularly appreciated on the way back after a full day exploring Versailles’ grounds or if you decide to attend the Night Fountains Show in Versailles (trains stop running before the end of the night show) – Book your Versailles transfer with Welcome Pickups
3. Paris to Versailles by Train + Walk
Getting to Versailles from Paris by train is very easy. It is possible to travel from Paris to Versailles by Train (SNCF) or by RER C train for less than 5€ one way. Then, there’s a bit of walking from the train station to the Palace or the Gardens.
Versailles has three train stations: Versailles Chantiers, Versailles Château Rive Gauche, and Versailles Rive Droite.
> Versailles Château Rive Gauche is a train station part of the RER C train system. This is the closest train station to the Château; from this station, the Château is only a 10-minute walk. You can take the Paris to Versailles RER C from different stations in central Paris: Champs de Mars, Invalides, and Musée d’Orsay.
> Versailles Chantiers is a train station also part of the RER C train system. This is not an interesting train station for getting to the Château de Versailles or Gardens because you can get closer to the Palace if you stop at Versailles Château Rive Gauche.
> Versailles Rive Droite is a train station part of the Transilien L train system (SNCF). From this train station, it’s a 20-minute walk to the Château. However, this is the most convenient train station if you are staying in the Paris districts on the Seine’s Right Bank. You can take the Transilien line L Paris to Versailles from Gare Saint Lazare train station in Paris 8.
GOOD TO KNOW: You can transport your bike on most of the trains from Paris to Versailles. Click here to learn all about visiting Versailles by bicycle.
PARIS TO VERSAILLES TRAIN COST AND TICKETS
The Paris to Versailles train tickets are different from the T+ tickets you use for the metro, and they cost 4,05€ (one way). You can purchase these Paris to Versailles train tickets in the machines in the metro, RER train stations, and Gare Saint Lazare train station located right before the automated turnstiles.
TIP: Versailles train stations get very busy on the way back, and there are only a few ticket machines. We suggest buying a return ticket in Paris, so you don’t waste time waiting in line to get your ticket Versailles – Paris.
Instead of Paris to Versailles train tickets (single or round ticket), you can use certain transportation passes to travel to Versailles for a lower price. If you are using the Weekly or Monthly Navigo Pass, Versailles tickets are already included. Remember that the Navigo Pass is a nominative pass, so only the pass holder can use it.
The Navigo Easy does not work for traveling to Versailles.
TIP: You can read more about all the ticket options for Paris and its surroundings in our Paris Metro Guide.
4. Getting from Paris to Versailles with a Guided Tour with Transportation
Some of the Versailles guided tours include transportation from Paris to Versailles on an air-conditioned coach or a minivan. Usually, these half-day or full-day tours come with a knowledgeable guide, and they are also a good way to skip the line at Versailles.
These tours are definitely a good investment in transportation from Paris to Versailles and quick access to the Château. Having an English-speaking guide who tells you the secrets of Versailles Palace and the court and who answers all your questions is also a plus.
Versailles guided tours can be private or shared and with small or big groups.
BEST VERSAILLES GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH WITH TRANSPORTATION
GUIDED TOUR DURATION
TRIANON (+ Queen’s Hamlet)
Up to 16 pax
Up to 15 pax
Up to 30 pax
Up to 8 pax
Up to pax
Getting from Versailles to Paris after the Night Fountain Show
Transportation in Versailles after the Fountains Night Show is complicated. The last RER train from Versailles to Paris runs until about midnight, a connection which is doable but very tight, especially because everybody waits until the end of the Grand Finale to leave the grounds.
Avoid the hassle of running to catch the last (and hyper-crowded) train by booking a private transfer from Versailles to your hotel in Paris with Welcome Pickups.
You can also decide to spend the night in one of the hotels near Château de Versailles and use the second day to visit the city or explore the grounds of Versailles by bike (you can rent one inside the park) with a picnic in the park.
So there you have it, the Paris to Versailles transportation guide with everything you need to know on how to get to Versailles from Paris smoothly.