Day Trips From Paris

If you are in Paris for at least a week, you will be able to see the sights at a more leisurely pace and you will have time to get out of Paris to see some other great places in France. If you are adventurous and don’t want to spend money on a tour which takes you by bus from Paris to any of the places listed below, then hop on the Metro or SNCF train and do it yourself. Here are just a couple:

1. Chateau de Versailles

Versailles, France.

Versailles, France. Photo: J. Chung

Versailles, France.

Versailles, France. Photo: J. Chung

At the Metro, buy a “Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche” ticket as it covers zones 1-4. You will be taking the RER C 
with the destination Versailles Rive Gauche. The Palace of Versailles is only a 5 minute walk away from the station. The entire trip will take about 1 hour. This website is helpful:


-Order your tickets to tour the palace online, ahead of time.

-Be prepared for CROWDS, particularly in the summer

-The grounds are free to walk about. It’s the palace that requires a ticket.

-If you have time, consider renting a bike and riding around the grounds which are spectacular. The bike rental place is just inside entrance to the grounds.

-There is more than just the chateaux. Be sure to check out the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet. More details are in the post, “Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon and Hamlet“.

2. Chateau de Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau, France.

Fontainebleau, France. Photo: J. Chung

Fontainebleau, France.

Fontainebleau, France. Photo: J. Chung

From the Gare de Lyon (main line), take the train for either Montargis Sens, Montereau or Laroche-Migennes, descending at Fontainebleau-Avon station, then take the ‘Ligne 1’ bus destined for Les Lilas, descending at the ‘Château’ stop.

3. Chartres

Chartres, France.

Chartres, France. Photo: J. Chung

Located 96 km southwest of Paris, this city is well known for its famous cathedral and stained glass windows.

4. Chateau de Chantilly

Chantilly, France.

Chantilly, France. Photo: J. Chung

James Bond movie was filmed here

5. Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte

Vaux-le-Vicomte private collection Day trips

Vaux-le-Vicomte private collection

Vaux-le-Vicomte private collection Day trips

Vaux-le-Vicomte private collection

This magnificent estate was envisioned by Nicholas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finances under King Louis XIV in the 17th Century. The chateau and gardens were created by Le Notre and Le Vau.

6. Giverny

Monet’s house and gardens

7. Malmaison

Malmaison, France.

Malmaison, France. Photo: J. Chung

-home of Napoleon’s wife, Empress Josephine de Beauharnais



  • Reply
    Alexandre de Vogüé
    March 26, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Dear Jan,
    thank you so much to Feature Vaux le Vicomte in your blog. Thank you also for your last post on your NO fear to travel to Paris. It’s so important for the tourism “industry” !
    I’d like to let you know that the transportation to Vaux has changed this year : we have an every day (corresponding to all trains arrivals) shuttle from the train station of Verneuil l’Etang. Much easier, comfortable and straight forward than before. All info on our website
    Last but not least, I have plenty of recent beautiful pictures of the estate to share with you.
    Best wishes
    Alexandre de Vogüé
    [email protected]

    • Reply
      March 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Many thanks for your comment. I will contact you about more recent pictures.

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