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How to Get from Paris to Versailles
If your holidays in Paris include a day trip to Versailles Palace and Gardens, then it’s important to figure out how to get from to Versailles from Paris.
There are many ways to get to Versailles from Paris and this quick transportation guide will tell you everything you need to know to choose how to get to Versailles from central Paris.
Versailles is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. Click here for the list of best Paris day trips.
There’s no best way to get 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 getting to Versailles from Paris center or your hotel. After reading this quick guide, you will see that it is very easy to travel to Versailles!
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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 25km.
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 King’s Kitchen Garden, which are not part of the Versailles Estate.
Transportation Paris to Versailles Overview
|Car||Anywhere in Paris||30 min||3-6€ fuel + parking|
|Welcome Pickups (Private transfer)||Your hotel||30 min||View|
|Train + Walk||Central Paris||55 min||7,3€ round trip|
|Private Versailles Guided Tour||Your hotel||30 min||View|
|Versailles Guided Tour (small group)||Your hotel||40-50 min||View|
|Versailles Guided Tour (large group)||Central Paris||30-40 min||View|
How to Get from Paris to Versailles
Paris to Versailles by Car
If you want to travel to Versailles with your own car, then the journey time Paris to Versailles is approximately 40 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, paying. We advise you to park your car in one of the street or underground car parks in Versailles:
- Parking Europe: 0,55€ every 15 min
- Parking Avenue de Sceaux: 1 hour free, then 0,55€ every hour
- Parking Saint Louis (underground): 0,70€ first hour, then 0,5€ from 1 to 4 hours, then 0,30€ from 5 to 12 hours
- Parking Domaine de Marie-Antoinette: access through the Grille de la Reine, 6€ per car
Paris to Versailles 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 Paris -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.
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 Palace, from this station it’s only 10 minutes walk. You can take the RER C train Paris to Versailles from several 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 Versailles Palace 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. This is the furthest train station to the Palace, from this station it’s 20 minutes walk to the Palace. 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 know 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 3,65€ (one way). You can purchase these Paris to Versailles train tickets in the machines in the metro, RER 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.
If you are using a Navigo Easy for getting around Paris, you can load these Versailles tickets on it. The Navigo Easy is not a nominative travel card, so you can load all the Versailles train tickets for all your tribe in this single card.
If you are using the weekly or monthly Navigo Pass, Versailles tickets are already included, yay!. Remember that the Navigo Pass is a nominative pass, so only the pass holder can use it.
TIP: You can read more about all the ticket options for Paris and its surroundings in our Paris Metro Guide.
Paris to Versailles with a Guided Tour
Most 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 with skip the line tickets.
These tours are definitely a good investment in transportation from Paris to Versailles and quick access to the Palace. 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, with small or big groups.
> Private Versailles Guided Tours (up to 8 people) usually propose hotel pick-up /drop-off and transportation on a luxury minivan. This is the most expensive option, but it’s only you and your tribe.
> Versailles Guided Tours with a Small Group (up to 8 people) usually propose a hotel pick up /drop off too. This might be the slowest option because the minivan has to go through 2-3 different hotels before heading to Versailles. But sometimes, the small group is only you and your tribe, and then it’s like a private tour but cheaper.
> Versailles Guided Tours with a Big Group usually propose transportation by coach from a single departure point in Paris. This is the cheapest kind of guided tour, but not everybody likes visiting Versailles with 20-30 more people. Transportation Paris to Versailles goes faster than with the small groups with different hotel pick-up /drop-off because here there’s only a single departure point. For your convenience, the tour proposed below is limited to 25 participants, and it has only one single departure point in central Paris (close to the Louvre Museum).
So there you have it, the Versailles transportation guide with everything you need to know on how to get to Versailles from Paris smoothly for a wonderful day out visiting Versailles Palace and Gardens.