Take the train to Fontainebleau
We arrived in Paris armed with two books giving detailed instructions to get to Fontainebleau. Guess what? They were out of date. Good idea to check transportation online rather than rely on a book that may have been researched several years ago.
There are several ways to get to Fontainebleau and all are listed on their web site. We have driven there in the past and didn't see the chateau because there was no parking available that day. This time we took the train and I highly recommend it.
Currently, in Paris you go to Gare de Lyon to the Metro ticket window (not the SNCF window) and ask for return tickets (round trip) to Fontainbleau. They will probably sell you a multi-zone Mobilis Pass which is great. You use the pass to get on the train, then use it on the bus in Fontainebleau, use it again on the bus in Fontainebleau to return to the train station and again on the train. The neat part is that when you return to Paris, you can use the pass on the Metro for the rest of the day in Paris so it's a day pass that covers everything.
You will get off at Fontainebleau-Avon station. Walk through the station to the bus stops opposite and take the Ligne A bus to Les Lilas. You get off at the Château stop and so will nearly everyone else. Just follow them. It's a short walk to the chateau.
When you are finished, the bus stop is right outside the chateau on your right on the same side of the street as the chateau. All the buses go back to the station (called the Gare) so the first bus that arrives with Gare on the heading, is your bus. Check the board at the train station to see when the next train leaves and plan accordingly (unless you've done it before). We only had to wait a few minutes.
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How to get here in and out
well again I come here often by car, but train is available .
the most use site folks use is www.viamichelin.com with the car ,but I would advice to compare with a paper map of the region
easy from Paris is to take the A6 A or B from the peripherique road at Porte de gentilly ; it then becomes the autoroute de soleil as the A6 get off exit St germain sur école on the D607 straight into Fontainbleau rue de France. You can have free parking by the Parking de la Faisanderie ,open air at Route de l'Ermitage. Or paying at my favorite near castle and open 24:24 7:7 Parking Boufflers at Rue Ferrare
from Paris Gare de Lyon direction Montargis Sens, go out at Gare de Fontainebleau-Avon. takes about 40 minutes, from 6h19 to 0h49 and back from 5h30 to 00h.
There are buses line AB to take you into citycenter coming out right in front of the train station for 1,70€ carnet of 10 can buy in tourist office. A tip, you can call the train station here direct at +33 (0) 1 64 22 38 57 ,and see the schedules at the ile de France transport site
the site for buses in the city and surrounding areas is at
local lines are Mon to Sat most of them, sometimes fridays on line 3 sundays too
Line 1 / Avon : les Bouleaux - Gare / Fontainebleau : château - Les Lilas
Line 2 / Avon : Gare - Gambetta / Fontainebleau : le Bréau - Crevat Jaurès
Lige 3 / Avon : Gare - Centre ville / Fontainebleau : le Bréau - Crevat Jaurès
Line 4 / Vulaines - Héricy - Samoreau - Avon gare - Laffemas - Les Pleus - La Plaine - Stade Insead
Line 5 / Héricy - Vulaines Le Bas - Avon Gare
Line 6 / Samoreau - Vulaines le Haut - Avon Gare
local bus map routes
a nice shuttle to take you from any of Paris airports to Fontainebleau and al.
You have local bus services on the line Seine-et-Marne express n°34 from « Egreville / Château-Landon - Melun » serving Fontainebleau
where you can buy bus tickets in town are at
- Office de tourisme - Arrêt Château - 4, rue Royale
- Tabac du Carroussel - Arrêt la Poste - 25, rue Napoléon Bonaparte
- Tabac des Halles - Arrêt Eglise St-Louis - 19, place de la République
- Tabac du Château – Arrêt Château – 3 Place du général de Gaulle
- Tabac le Lorraine - Arrêt Lorraine - 35, bd du Général Leclerc
- *Tabac de la Mairie - Arrêt Hôtel de ville - 28, rue Grande
- *Tabac la Tabatière - Arrêt Eglise St Louis - 9, rue de la Paroisse
- *Tabac de l’Etape - Arrêt Etape - 101, rue Grande
- *Kiosque à Journaux - Arrêt la Poste - Place Napoléon
Free Parkings at
- Parking Lagorsse (above ground)
- Parking de la Faisanderie (above ground)
Route de l’Ermitage
Parkings with fees at
- Parking central (above ground first floor)
44, rue du Château , open 7/7 from 6h to 01h
- Parking château (underground)
Place Napoléon Bonaparte ,open 7/7 24/24
- Parking marché (underground)
Place de la République , open 7/7 24/24H
- Parking place d’Armes (above ground)
Place d’Armes ,open 7j/7, 24 h/24
- Parking Damesme (above ground)
Place Georges Clemenceau ,open 7j/7, 24 h/24
- Parking République (above ground)
Place de la République ,open 7j/7, 24 h/24
- Parking Boufflers (above ground)
Rue Ferrare ,open 7j/7, 24 h/24
parking fees and information here in pdf
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Daytrip from Paris
We didn't try this as a daytrip but according to the Chateau's website you can reach Fontainebleau via public transportby taking a train and a bus.
"From the Gare de Lyon (main line), take the train for either Montargis Sens or Montereau, alighting at Fontainebleau-Avon station, then take the ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, alighting at the ‘Château’ stop."
The train looks to take about 35-40 minutes, according to Frommer's the rail station is 3km from the chateau so you'd probably want to take the bus which leaves at 15 minute intervals Monday-Saturday, every 30 minutes on Sunday.
Paris by Train has very detailed instructions on how to get to Fontainebleau that appear to be a couple of years old so check and make sure the schedules are still valid.
Presumably you've driven to Fontainebleau to see the marvelous chateau, like Versailles the chateau is no longer located in the country but rather smack dab in the middle of a city with no free parking in sight. We did see some "payant" spots near where the tour buses sit and the best we could understand there was a day rate of 5€ but as we weren't quite sure we doubled back and parked in the garage just outside the chateau. Our whole visit was 6€, slightly more than the day rate but with peace of mind that we wouldn't get a ticket for misreading a parking meter sign.
Fontainebleau by Tour
There are many tours from Paris that take in Fontainebleau. Some by motorcoach, others such as the one I took, by minivan. It is easy and convenient. Check the schedules and prices. Alternately, you may also go by public transportation. The Rer serves Fountainebleau. Check the map for exact route. The trip takes about 50 minutes.
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