another great service is a bus tour of Versailles and other places. The company is Paris Bus Service, from 56€ adult and 38€ children, you get transportation,entrance ticket, audioguides,time to stroll the gardens, with an additional 8€ if want to go during eaux musicales fountain shows from april to october 31.
For a bit more you can include a personal guide, and there is a trip whole day for a bit more too.you choose. Even a trip by night, sublime.
take about 3h30 ride, and starts from 34 rue de l'Exposition, 75007 Paris near the tour Eiffel by avenue de la Bourdonnais and rue de Grenelle. which you can reach on metro line 8 école-militaire or buses 42 69 80 87 and 92 from many places n Paris.
agrée by the tourist offices of Paris and Versailles. The local bus TRI from Versailles phebus bus system takes you from all train stations to the castle, trianons area in season, trying to do it al lyear, check it out at www.phebus.com
see photo of colorful bus
My town one of the best bus systems in all of France. They take you all over in 10-15 mins intervals weekdays and 30 mins on weekends. You can do the shopping in Parly II in nearby Le Chesnay or go out to shop at big supermarket like Carrefour.
The system is phebus, I got to know because my boys use it for school and move about and its great and safe. You can buy tickets for 1,90€ or the carnet of 10 for 12,70€ at the agency by ave de l'europe main bus terminal in Versailles. The network in pdf file is here
the main bus office for all info and tickets (you can buy on bus too) is at les Manéges building across from the train rive gauche arriving from Paris RER C. It is 12 avenue du Gen de Gaulle. tel 33 01 39 20 16 20
and ,also, next to the monoprix store just passing ave de paris on 18 ave de l'Europe, tel +33 01 30 21 19 51.
There is ,also, a great system for tourist call the TRI, from April to October they run from all the main train stations in Versailles (Chantiers,rive gauche,rive droite) to the Chateau and the Trianons. You can tell because they have a nice design buses with pictures of the sights and on the front it has TRI.
There is ,also, a night bus No 1 leaving from all the train stations,Chantiers, Rive Gauche, Rive Droite and nearby La Celle Saint Cloud from 21h to 00h55 leaving from Chantiers
best way to travel, and see up close and personal the beauty around you, driving in my old city of Versailles is wonderful. Streets are pretty square made,and from the castle you have 3 axis out towards Paris.
parking best by ave de Paris at Saint Cloud vinci parc underground or by Sceaux after the rive gauche train station open air.
The ones i have used all good are for parking a car
the above parking Saint Cloud at avenue saint cloud close to ave de l'europe intersection right next tot he flower market area. tel + 33 01 30 21 75 00
parking Sceaux, at avenue Sceaux right off ave du Gen de Gaulle, tel +33 01 30 21 25 77
parking Notre Dame, at place du marché Notre Dame just by the market at rue de la paroisse tel +33 01 39 50 22 91 (steep ramps for parking thus)
parking Cathedrale,place saint louis, tel +33 01 39 51 69 19
parking place d'armes ,inf front of chateau tel +33 01 39 53 74 60
parking Europe, right in front of préfecture or reg gov bldg, tel +33 01 30 21 75 00
parking Reine, blvd de la Reine, tel + 33 01 39 51 95 36
parking Poincarré, gare des Chantiers (the other train station to montparnasse), tel +33 01 30 21 25 77
for most visitor to my Versailles,the entry point is the RER trains at Versailles rive gauche station.
I took a glimpse of the bus No 171, another alternative coming to Versailles and inexpensive. You take it in Paris at Pont de Sévres reaching there on Paris metro line 9 ,and drop you off right on ave de Paris in front of the castle!!!
For a reminder on how to get here , in addition to the bus.
RER C from Paris (Station Austerlitz, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Tour Eiffel, .etc..) and Versailles rive gauche. 6,70€ roundtrip the closest to the chateau and most popular for visitors.
There are regular trains from Paris gare Montparnasse to Versailles Chantiers, and Paris Gare Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite.
Taxis from Paris say about 45- 60 Euros ,taken about 50 minutes average.
And of course shuttle companies like yellow van.
official Paris and region transport site,
Well my beloved old city, has really five stations to serve you all. These are Versailles Rive Gauche, Versailles Chantiers, Versailles Rive droite, Porchefontaine(REC C) , Montreuil (SNCF fr Saint Lazare) with the last two outlaying areas and the others pretty much in city center.
The main ones from Paris are the first three above, and the connections are
From Paris centre, line RER C direction Versailles Rive-Gauche. It arrives at Versailles Rive Gauche (5 minutes on foot to castle museum). You need ticket Zone 1-4 for about 3,25€ one way, as you come out of station turn right go to next street corner and turn left the castle is beaming at you
From Paris Montparnasse, trains SNCF go to Versailles Chantiers (25 minutes on foot to castle museum). You come out of station and turn left continue on same street to ave de Paris ,turn left and the castle is beaming at you
From Paris Saint Lazare, train SNCF to Versailles Rive-Droite (15 minutes on foot to castle museum). Yo come out of station and turn left to passing the market or marche notre dame continue to ave Saint Cloud and turn right the castle is at the right angle beaming at you.
As we are outside of Paris, the site for the region of ile de France transports is the Transilien.
You can,also, come from La Defense on SNCF trains to Versailles rive droite.
a nice way to get an overview of any city is the little train, or petit train. Versailles is no exception, nice rides into areas you might not get but showing you old Versailles.
specially for those short on time, it is recommended to take it. another way to see Versailles on wheels
in addition to offical webpage in contact, French
here is in English from the Versailles tourist office
It seems a strange thing - we can travel from Paris to Versailles and when you arrive there are no problems getting through the ticket barriers. However when you want to leave Versailles and return to Paris - you need to buy a new ticket as none of the Paris tickets work.
Good and frequent service.
To travel by the RER C5 to Versailles Rive Gauche (Château de Versailles) you need a "BILLET ILE-DE-FRANCE" which combines Metro inside Paris and the RER trip from the Invalides to Versailles RIVE GAUCHE (do not take the other RER C7 or C8 trains).
You can buy this Billet IDF (3,05 € since 1/07/2010) as well as the return ticket at the metro stations desks or the machines. For details see my tip at Paris Transportation RER.
You have to validate your ticket when you enter your Metro station but also when entering the RER platforms and leaving the station of Versailles. So keep your ticket for the entire trip.
When arriving on the platform of the RER station, for example Invalides or St-Michel NotreDame, look well out to take the right RER C5 to Versailles RIVE GAUCHE. There are trains about every 25 minutes and the trip takes 30 minutes. The RER of 08.26 h at Invalides will bring you at the opening of the Château gates at 9.00 h.
I'm not sure whether this is transportation or Warning or General
I took a bus tour of Versailles one afternoon. This is what I wrote to my mom later:
My seatmate was high as a kite before the tour even started. It started to rain lightly and was slippery as we went out to Versailles. My seatmate and I were directly behind the driver on the bus, so we could see both to the front and to the side, unlike the people in the back who were kind of entombed in their seats.
The driver applied the brakes, and the bus skidded on the cobblestones. It turned 180 degrees and hit the curb on the other side of a four to six lane road. Fortunately the streets were deserted because of everyone being at lunch and because of it being rainy.
I could see what was happening (as could my seatmate, and I was really afraid that she would throw up). The other people felt the spin, but couldn't really see what was happening.
We went on an did the tour (although my seatmate sat in the cafe and did some more drinking instead of the tour).
Card to my Daughter:
Look in the back on the right and you will see Mummy. This is the group picture they took of our guided tour in Versailles. When this was taken I was changing film. The lady on the left with the raincoat and rolled up newspaper was the guide.
As of January 2009, it appears that they've discontinued the Forfait Loisirs, too bad it was very convenient
It's very simple to do a day trip on your own from Paris to the palace at Versailles. We were staying near Invalides so we walked to the Invalides RER station, bought our Forfait Loisirs ticket that included the return trip on the train plus admission to the palace.
We took the RER C line, direction Versailles Rive Gauche (train called VICK) and got off at Versailles Rive Gauche station. For the train we were on, Versailles Rive Gauche was the end of the line and coming back, Invalides was the end of the line. The platform was clearly marked at Invalides and we had no trouble figuring out what train to get on to get us back. The train took about 40 minutes and they run fairly frequently.
There are several other options using the SCNF trains from Saint-Lazare station or Montparnasse station or by bus listed on the website attached.
Once we got off the train, it was only about a 5 minute walk to get to the palace and it was clearly marked which way to go plus we had a herd of people to follow to get there.
Versailles is several kilometers southwest of the city of Paris. To get there, you have several options. First of all a train reaches Versailles in 30 to 40 minutes. Three rail lines will get you to Versailles from Paris. Besides that you can take the number 171 bus from Paris.
The third option is of course by car. I always like the excitement of driving a car in a different (huge) city. I stayed in Paris for the night and left for Versailles in the early morning just after breakfast. I took the Motorway A13 (direction Rouen) and saw the exit Versailles-Château almost immediately after leaving the city centre, and took it to get to Versailles. After that it is just a matter of following the sings. Like I said … I went by car from Paris to Versailles and had no troubles in getting there. The fine thing was that just outside the Palace there is a huge parking lot (Place d'Armes) where I could park my car on a payed parking spot. From that point on it was only a short walk to the Palace. I stayed for 12 hours and was charged €12.-, which is the price for an entire day. Not too bad to be honest!
The little train leaves from the back of the palace and it works like a hop-on, hop-off train. It is an easy way to get around the estate for those who are not so mobile or fit.
It's very simple to do a day trip on your own from Paris to the palace at Versailles. Take the RER C line, direction Versailles Rive Gauche (train called VICK) and get off at Versailles Rive Gauche station, which is at the end of the line . Just make sure you get on the train scheduled for Versailles-Rive Gauche, as there is also a different train on the "C" line stopping at Versailles-Chantier. The train takes about 40 minutes and they run fairly frequently.
Once you get off the train, it is only about a 5 minute walk to get to the palace and it is clearly marked which way to go, else just follow the herd of people to get there
We walked from the main palace to Marie Antoinette's estate, the Grand and Petit Trianon, but there's another way to get there if you're not inclined or able to walk long distances.
Once you leave the main part of the Palace, you can head out into the gardens and find Les Petits Trains du Parc de Versailles, a tram that will take you from the Palace to the Petit Trianon, the Grand Trianon and the Grand Canal. According to the website you can get off at each of the stops or stay on the tram, the whole circuit is supposed to take 50 minutes by tram and it says it covers 5 km or about 3 miles.
The tram looks like it currently costs €6, €4.50 for kids 11-18 and disabled visitors and free for kids under 11. The tram is enclosed but didn't seem to have any air conditioning, in the heat we were in, it looked like the people inside were baking behind the glass windows.
We also saw people in golf carts, the Versailles website says they are only for people with limited mobility so I don't know how you go about arranging for these.
To get to Versaille we took the RER from St Lazarre station. I think it took around 35 mins to get to the station in Versaille. There are other stations you can leave from but this was the most convenient for us. We bought a "passport" ticket that included not only our train fair but also the cost of getting into Versaille and allowed us to use a different entrance with a much shorter queue.
From the station turn left as you exit and its maybe a 10 or 15 minute walk to the entrance to the palace but its fairly easy to find as its signposted.