Day Trip from Paris to Versailles

How to Get There and Do It Right

Author: The Traveling Professor/Monday, March 13, 2017/Categories: Paris

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Here are The Traveling Professor's best tips for making the most of a day trip to Versailles from Paris.

Weekends are most crowded.  Wednesday is least crowded unless it is a holiday of course.

Dining options at Versailles are limited.  If the weather is good, pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic.

The best way to get there is to take the RER "C" line from the center of Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station.  Be careful, RER C lines go to different destinations, so to be safe, pick a train with the signage "VICK" on the front of the train.  Trains run frequently, about every 15 minutes or so. You will need to purchase a special train ticket to get to Versailles.  However, if you have a Navigo Decouverte transportation pass, you do not need to buy a special ticket. All RER trains from the Versailles Rive Gauche station return to the center of Paris.  The train ride is about 40 minutes.

I strongly recommend having pre-purchased a Versailles ticket or having the Paris Museum Pass before traveling out to Versailles.  Lines can be astonishingly long to purchase tickets.

Upon entering, pick up a free headset for a self-guided tour.  It takes about 90 minutes to go through the chateaux.

I recommend visiting the gardens and the Petit Trianon, on the grounds of Versailles.  It was the home of Marie Antoinette.  It is about a 25 minute walk from the Palace, but a shuttle does run to/from the palace for a small fee.

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