From Paris to Giverny
You don't really have to pay for an arm and a leg while if you want to go a tour to Giverny. All you need to do is to make your way to Gare Saint Lazare in Paris and take the Paris / Rouen / Le Havre line to Vernon Station. The journey takes about 40 min or so.
When you reach Vernon, rent a bike from one of the cafes and take a scenic ride down the Albufera street and cross the bridge over the Seine. At the roundabout ignore the signs for Giverny which are meant for cars. Go straight on, and take the first street to your right, then the first street to your left. A large pathway for bikes and pedestrians opens a few metres away on your right. It follows the tracks of the ancient railroad. It enables you to ride or walk to Giverny away from the traffic. (5 km)
Take a hike!
Of all the means of getting to and from Giverny/Vernon, the last one I ever expected to take was walking. We were ready to return and it was a long time until the next bus. We could have called a taxi, but we decided to walk. It was great - there is a footpath all the way and it takes you by fields, nice houses and gardens and finally across a bridge over the Seine. It took the better part of 2 hours as we made several stops to admire this and that. It is 7 km. If you are daunted by this, I will tell you that the four of us had no trouble and our ages are 68-72!
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Hail a cab
When you arrive at Vernon train station you can get the bus or a taxi (you can also rent bicycles). When we were there last, it was cheaper for 4 of us to take a taxi - less than 15 euros for the group. On an earlier trip with my 91 year old mother-in-law, it was a must. The card in the photo is from that trip and the man gave us his card, asked if we wanted him to pick us up, agreed to the time and was there waiting when we were ready to go.
Train to Giverny via Vernon
From Paris, the train leaves for Vernon several times in the morning. The information desk has a hand out where the train and bus schedules coincide Cost is about 22 euro RT for the train. The bus from Vernon to Giverny is another 2.75 euro RT. Taxi is 11 euro one way, but usually there are other travelers you can split the cost of the trip with. Or you can do what we did and bicycle to Giverny. This was a blast and allowed us the freedom to explore Vernon.
Check out Monet's painting of Gare St. Lazare as if he wanted to lay out the road map for us.
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Check the train schedules
There are several trains a day from Gare St. Lazare in Paris to Vernon, but there are some gaps in the return schedule in the afternoon so check the schedules. Also, there are fast trains that make the trip in about 45 minutes and slower ones that take twice as long. Round trip fare is about 22 euros. From the Vernon train station you can take a bus or taxi, rent a bike or hike the 7 km.
Getting from Paris to Giverny by train
It takes a little over an hour to get to Giverny from Paris if you take a direct train from Paris to Vernon. The trains leave from the Gare Saint-Lazare and the journey time is about 45 minutes. From Vernon, there’s a bus directly to Giverny. The bus leaves from the train station and is coordinated with the train arrivals. It costs €2 for the bus, and the journey takes about ten minutes. From the bus stop it’s about a five-minute walk to Monet’s house.
There are extensive transportation details, and links, on the website for Monet's house.
Getting to Giverny by train
A train trip to Giverny from Paris is fairly easy, though the train station is not right in Giverny. You actually take the train from Paris - Gare Saint Lazare and get off at Vernon, where you can take a bus, taxi or even rent a bike.
The trip from Paris to Vernon takes about 45 minutes in total and costs around 12 €.
Getting to Giverny ...
We chose to take a bus tour from Paris.
You can take the train to Vernon, then a local bus or taxi to Giverny -- what you gain in flexibility you lose in simplicity!.
If you choose the tour route there are many small van tours in addition to Paris Vision and Cityrama. Your Paris hotel should have information.
Fat Tire Bike Tours brought me here!
This tour started in Paris, where we took a train to Vernon and then we grabbed a bike to make it all the way down here. We rode along the French countryside using a path especially designed for this, and the views were just beautiful. The distance between Vernon and Giverny is about 5 KM. We also saw a bit of the town (the church next to which Monet is buried) during our bike ride. More info about these tours on the website provided below.
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Getting to Monet's house from Paris
To get to Giverny from Paris, one must first take the train from Gare de Lyon to a town called Vernon. In Vernon, adjacent to the train station there are cafes that rent bicycles for the more energetic but also there is a much cheaper bus that runs on a schedule. If you have the time and the extra money (10-12 Euros), biking is a great option as it's only about 7km to Giverny. We had neither time nor extra money, as we had to get a train back to Paris that evening.
Once you're dropped off at the bus stop, it's a walk to get anywhere of interest, but not that far of a walk. Be sure to pick up a map at the tourist office across from the bus stop. There's no shortage of things to do in Giverny, even things not related to Monet's house.
Here are some helpful websites for traveling to Giverny:
http://giverny.org/tour/ (if the bus from Paris is more your style)
http://giverny.org/transpor/ (if you want to weigh your options)
http://giverny.org/transpor/map01.htm (if you wish to drive yourself)
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TRAIN TO VERNON
From Paris you need to take a train from St Lazarre train station to the town of Vernon. The trains aren't as frequent as we thought they might be so make sure you check up on the times. We ended up wandering around for an hour or so before we could get a train. Ask for a leaflet that gives you a note of the return trains and also the connecting buses to take you to and from Giverny. These leave from just in front of the Vernon train station and take about 15 mins.
I was really impressed with the french trains! Very nice clean, comfortable and double decker!
Giverny from Paris
Here's a suggestion for a day trip from Paris: http://giverny.org/tour/
And here's how you get to Giverny on your own by train:
You take a direct train from Paris St. Lazare to Vernon (note: the direct train takes about 45 minutes, taking another makes the journey considerably longer from 2-3 hours!).
From Vernon to Giverny, see http://giverny.org/transpor/
There are buses, or you can walk (5 kms) or rent a bike. In spring and summer there are special coaches.
Address: Fondation Claude Monet, rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny.
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Taking the bus
We took the bus from the train station in Vernon to Giverny itself. These leave regularly from a bus stop just outside the station and only takes about 15 mins. Alternatively you could hire a bike and cycle, take a taxi or even walk if you are feeling energetic!
Book a package tour by Motor coach
Another way to visit Monet's house and gardens is to book a package through a tour company. We enjoyed a comfortable motor coach ride to and from Giverny with a knowledgable tour guide who provided us with information about the house and gardens and also told us stories about Monet and his paintings on the way there.
The tour was a half day tour, so we were not rushed and had plenty of time for pictures and sight-seeing.
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