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How to Get from Paris to Versailles

The Versailles Palace is one of the most popular attractions in all of Paris. It is a giant Palace and gardens complex, covering over 1000 hectares of land. It was developed over the years, from beginnings as a hunting lodge, into a Chateau and then into the majestic Palace of today in the late 17th century. The area is surrounded by water features, gardens, forest and outbuildings. The Palace is located in the region of Île-de-France, 20km southwest of the centre of Paris. Versailles day trip from Paris is one of the most popular day trips in France. 

 

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Versailles Palace

 

There are six ways to travel from Paris to Versailles and these include a Welcome Pickups transfer, a coach tour, the RER regional train, a local bus service, a local taxi or your own hired car.

Comparison of the options

OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY ADVANDANGES
Welcome Pickups €185 (both ways) 40 Min 24/7 Private & Customisable with a Local English Speaking driver
Coach €150 (per person) 9 Hr 1 per day Organised
Train €7.30 40 Min All Day Cheapest Option
Bus €3.80 40 Min All Day Cheap
Taxi €140+ 40 Min 24/7 Private & Comfortable
Car Hire €66+ 40 Min 24/7 Private & Comfortable

Welcome Pickups Private Two- way Transfer from Paris to Versailles

Enjoy a hassle-free round trip to Versailles in your own private, luxury vehicle with Welcome Pickups. You can avoid public transport and be picked up from your own location of choosing at your own time. You will be picked up by your own English-speaking, local driver who, after a quick introduction, will take you to the Palace. Along the way, your driver-guide will give you their personal insights into the local culture and history, providing background and context to your day trip. You can also set your own time to be picked up, returning to whichever location you choose.

How Much Does It Cost?

This exclusive roundtrip to Versailles from Paris, begins at €185 for a vehicle able to accommodate 1-4 passengers, such as a Sedan. A larger vehicle able to accommodate groups of 5-7 people is also available for €240. These prices do not include entrance fees to the Palace.

Where Do I Get It from?

You will be picked up from the location that you choose to at the time that you nominate. When you book your round trip, let us know when and where you would like to begin your trip to the Palace of Versailles. This might be from your accommodation, from a café, restaurant or a central point of interest. It is the same for your return, you may be dropped out at whichever central location you choose after your tour to Versailles is over. 

Convenience

A Welcome Pickups transfer is tailored in every way to be as convenient as possible. You are picked up from your location of choice at the time that you decide and will be transported right to the entrance by your local, English-speaking driver. Your vehicle is luxurious and equipped with all your needs for the trip on board, as well as being big enough to accommodate your whole group. When you are finished with your Versailles tour and the Palace, your driver will be there to take you back to your location of choice in the centre of Paris.

Editor’s Note

Welcome Pickups drivers are hand-picked to be true ambassadors of their city. You can find out about some special places to visit and insider tips from your friendly driver and see some excellent sights along the way.

Organised Coach Visit from Paris to Versailles

A popular way of taking day trips and excursions from Paris to other areas of the country is via an organised coach tour. This is also a way to visit the Palace of Versailles from the centre of Paris. The coach is usually a modern vehicle that will accompany a large group of around 50 people to the Palace. The package typically also includes entrance tickets and a tour guide for the visit. These tours of Versailles from Paris, are available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Tours come as either half day tours of 5 hours including transfer, or full days of approximately 9 hours.

How Much does it Cost?

There are a variety of tour specifications that influences the cost, such as duration, the presence of an audio guide or personal tour guide, if lunch is included, how large the group is and more. The starting price for a half day guided tour is €75 per person and €150 per person for a full day tour.

How Often Do the Buses Run?

Tours to Versailles from Paris run throughout the year and they generally run once per day, except Mondays.

Convenience

Organised coach tours offer an easy and straightforward transfer from a central location to the Palace. They also have tickets for you and often will include a guide, giving you extra depth on your visit. Although, there aren’t any private or hotel pickups generally offered. These tours also usually involve large groups, which may limit your access to a single guide.

Editor’s Note

Ticket prices for tours are subject to change if there are very few seats left, particularly if they are running in high season. Therefore, you may wish to book early in advance to fit your whole group together.

RER Regional Train from Paris to Versailles

A low-cost and straightforward way to get to the Palace of Versailles is to take the RER Regional Train. The train leaves from central locations of Paris like the St-Michel Notre-Dame, Pont de l’Alma or the Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel. These are integrated to the metro network and very easily accessible from any location. The RER line C goes towards Versailles Château-Rive Gauche. It is important to alight at this station as the other Versailles stations are located a longer walk away from the Palace. The train ride is dependent on the station you join, but it takes approximately 40 minutes. It is a 10-minute walk from the station to the Palace entrance.

How Much Does It Cost?

A single, one-way ticket on the RER to Versailles Château Rive Gauche is €3.65. Each person will have to take one ticket for the way there and the return. There are some discounts available for children, students and senior citizens. You will also need to pay for entrance fees. You may also wish to join a guided tour.

Convenience

Trains are easy to catch as there are metro stations throughout the city and you can change from one to the RER line C towards the Palace of Versailles. They also come frequently. Yet, these trains are usually crowded and not so pleasant. It is also a 10-minute walk from the train station to the entrance of the Palace.

Editor’s Note

If you are travelling through a crowded metro and on the train, it is best to be aware of your possessions. This option is also probably unsuitable for those travelling with small children.

Public Bus from Paris to Versailles

There is a public bus line 171 which runs from Pont de Sevres to the Versailles Palace. The bus is also a very low-cost option and very accessible. It takes 30 minutes fro.  from Paris to Versailles Palace end to end if there is no traffic. The typical time it takes is about 40 minutes overall. Buses run throughout the day from early morning until the night. The final stop of the bus is closer to the Palace than the train station, about a 5-minute walk from the entrance.

 

 

How Much Does It Cost?

Regular metro tickets can be used to travel on the public bus, costing €1.90 each way. You can also buy bus tickets on board, although they may charge you a bit more. Please note that you cannot use the same metro ticket on the bus if you already used to get to the Pont de Sevres stop.

How Often Does It Run?

The bus runs throughout the day, from the early morning until the night. It is particularly frequent between the hours of 9:30 and 16:30, where it runs once every 8-10 minutes.

Convenience

The bus is the cheapest option and there are many of them running throughout the day, and the journey time between the bus and the Palace are low. But, the bus is also likely to be quite crowded and a bit uncomfortable. It will probably also require taking a metro journey from your location to the Pont de Sevres, which is quite far southwest of the city centre.

Editor’s Note

The bus has a limited number of seats, so you may just want to wait for another one if you need to take a seat and there isn’t one left. Also make sure you bring plenty of water, particularly if travelling in the heat of summer.

Local Taxi from Paris to Versailles

There are many outlets across Paris with opportunities to hire your own private car. The big names like Hertz, Sixt, Rent a Car, Europcar, etc. all operate around the city. Paris is much like any other large, European capital, with well organised roads and traffic routes. Having your own car can be an excellent way to go to Disneyland Paris on your own schedule, going when you choose and returning when it is best for you. The drive takes about 35 minutes from the centre of Paris, although this may be affected by traffic. If you wish to hire a car, you must be over 21 years old, have a relevant driving licence and have had it for at least 2 years.

How Much Does it cost?

The initial fare on a meter is €2.60 and the journey to Versailles from the city centre is approximately 20km. This will result in a cost of €55 each way, although this is presuming normal traffic levels. If you travel at a busy time of day, this may cost closer to €70. Your return journey will probably need to be either pre-booked or radio phoned, which may incur extra cost.

Convenience

Taxis are very easy to get hold of wherever you are in Paris, which means you can, therefore, travel from whichever location you are at, directly to the Palace of Versailles. The transfer will be private and therefore has a degree of comfort and ease. The downside of this option is that it can often be quite expensive, particularly if there is a lot of traffic. It is also a potentially impersonal way of taking a transfer, as you cannot be sure of the engagement of the taxi driver. This option also only includes the transfer and doesn’t include any extras regarding the Palace.

Editor’s Note

The cost of taking a local taxi is a relatively expensive option and will likely regard extra pre-organisation, at least for the return. If you must take a local taxi, you should try and avoid rush hour (particularly if it is raining) which will have lots of extra traffic.

Private Car Hire from Paris to Versailles

There are many outlets across Paris with opportunities to hire your own private car. The big names like Hertz, Sixt, Rent a Car, Europcar, etc. all operate around the city. Paris is much like any other large, European capital, with well organised roads and traffic routes. Having your own car can be an excellent way to get a day trip to Versailles from Paris, on your own schedule, going when you choose and returning when it is best. The drive takes about half an hour from the centre of Paris, although this may be affected by traffic. If you wish to hire a car, you must be over 21 years old, have a relevant driving licence and have had it for at least 2 years.

How Much Does It Cost?

Hiring a car rental can be very low-cost, although it is dependent on the vehicle that you choose, how far in advance you rent it, where from, etc. That being said, the price can be as low as €30 per day. You will also need to pay fuel charges which may amount to another €30 or more. You will also need to pay for entrance to the Palace and parking which is €6 for the car. You might also want to hire a tour guide to complete the day trip.

Convenience

Having your own privately hired car can be a fairly cost-effective way to travel to the Palace, particularly if you have a family all together. It also gives you the comfort of your own vehicle and the flexibility to travel when you choose. However, it may be a bit confusing to get there if you aren’t used to Paris’ streets, which could affect the convenience. There is also no guide included in this option.

Editor’s Note

Make sure you have an appropriate licence and passport with you when you go to pick up your car. It is also a good idea to check for all relevant security details before you set off, in case of a difficulty.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get to Versailles from Paris?

There are a number of options to go from Paris to Versailles, including: a Welcome Pickups private transfer, an organised coach trip, the RER regional train, the local 171 bus, a taxi or your own hire car.

How long is the train ride from Paris to Versailles?

The train from a central location to Versailles will take around 40 minutes and the nearest station is located a 10-minute walk away from the Palace.

Which train station in Paris goes to Versailles?

There are a number of stations on the regional RER train route C to Versailles. These include St-Michel Notre-Dame, Pont de l’Alma or the Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel.

What is the best day to visit Versailles?

The Palace at Versailles has some splendid gardens and a lovely natural park surrounding it, so choosing a day during the week that has good weather would be good. Weekends are more likely to be busy.

Does the Paris metro go to Versailles?

The metro doesn’t go to Versailles specifically, but the regional RER train line C goes to Versailles. This line connects to the metro at a number of central stops.

Are Versailles tickets timed?

There are tickets which are available throughout the day and tickets which are timed available. The advantage of timed tickets means you will be able to visit at the time you have pre-selected, avoiding too much queueing.

How much is a taxi ride from Paris to Versailles?

A taxi would cost approximately €60 from Paris to Disneyland and you can hail one from any point in the centre of Paris.

How much is a taxi ride from Paris to Versailles?

The cost of a taxi ride from Paris to Versailles will depend on where in Paris you begin, as well as traffic, however it will cost between €55-€70 each way.

Can I buy RER tickets in advance?

Yes, RER tickets can be purchased online in advance. However, it is also very easy to get tickets at the metro stations and there is no price benefit buying in advance.

How much is the entrance feed to Versailles Palace?

The entrance fee to the Palace is €18 and it is €20 for the entire Estate. There are some discounts available for young people and children.

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