Taking the RER out of Paris to Versailles is fairly simple. You want to take the "C" line to Versailles-Rive Gauche. It's the end of the line, so it's not hard to get lost. 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 RER train station is only about 5-10 minutes away from the palace.
Also - the RER is different from the metro. It's a little bit more difficult to navigate, but don't be afraid to ask a ticket agent for help. Even if they barely speak english or your language, they will be able to point you in the right direction.
We took the RER suburban train to Versailles and it took about 35 minutes from the centre of Paris. Easy to get to, easy to buy a ticket and when you arrive at Versailles it is about 10 minutes walk to the chateau.
The town of Versailles is located to the south west of Paris. To get there from Paris take the RER line C to Versialles Rive-Gauche. If memory serves me correctly the journey takes about 20 minutes and it costs about 3 Euros for a ticket. Versailles train station is about 10 minutes walk from the palace.
28 euros per hour is the price to rent a golf cart ,plus you have a special route you can only use ,otherwise the vehicule stops. It is equipped with sound system that guides you and tells you info on the major sites. Plus it's great fun to bounce with speed through the holes on the road and scream :)))
As the cart's route doesn't pass by the Queen's Hamlet , make sure to not miss is - it's my best memory from Versailles.
Be sure to be at the kiosk early enough as they are closing around 17h - We were lucky to catch the last vehicule ,but there were NOT SO LUCKY group of americans that were left without their cart.
Versailles is located about 21 km SW of Paris and 71 km NE of Chartres.
By Air: Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris Orly Airport are the closest airports to Versailles.
By Train : Arrive at Versailles-Chantiers Station or the Versailles-Rive-Gauche Station RER: Versailles-Rive-Gauche Station is on line C.
By Bus : You can take No. 71 to Versailles-Place d'Armes.
By Car : Take the A13 towards Rouen, then the first exit signposted Versailles-Château.
Getting to Versailles on your own is easy. If you use a daily or weekly metro pass, make sure that your pass allows you to travel to the suburbs, out of the city centre as you have to take the RER train to Versailles. I bought my train ticket from the Opera metro station and I think it cost about 5-6 euros for a round trip. The journey takes about 45 minutes and I got down at Rive Gauche, Versailles.
If you're not sure where to head after that, just follow the crowd as most of them will likely to go to Versailles.
The gardens in Versailles are so huge (800ha) that , depending on your interests and number of attending visitors, local transport is recommanded but relative rather expensive . But a must when you intend to visit the grand and little Trianons (by foot appr. half an hour one direction)
The "Promenades en Caleches"- BTW driven by belgian cultivated horses - is the most expensive
- La grande perspective ( always 1 up to 7 persons) - euro 45 ( 15/20 minutes ride)
- Petit parc - euro 80 (30/35 minutes) - euro 80
- La grande promenade (90 minutes) - euro 200
- The tram : i think euro 5 per person - the best way to get to the Trianon castles
- The individual taxi - driven by yourself - no idea, but please tell me
This place is only 35kms from Paris, and having been a former royal capital, it's signposted all the way through.
Once you get there, because it's such a huge, yet inconspicuously positioned estate, finding parking space is no problem at all!!
From Paris by train :
RER ligne C - direction Versailles-rive-gauche-Chateau
from Gare Montparnasse: train SNCF direction Versailles-Chantiers
from Gare Saint-Lazare: train SNCF direction Versailles-rive-droite
The easiest way is by using the tram, called RER - take line C!
You can go by bus (line 171) from Pont de Severes to Versailles-Place dÀrmes
Or train (SNCF) from Paris-Montparnasse to Versailles-Chantiers
or from Paris-Saint Lazare to Versailles-Rives-Droite
We took the train to Chateau Versailles in Invalides train station.
We bought the combined return journey and entrance pass.
It cost 17.90 euros aprox, and with this pass gives you priority acces to the chateau, the grand and pettit trianon, the gardens and groves, the musical fountain display and the coach museum.
Versailles is just outside of Paris. Here is how you can get to Versailles from Paris :
Take the Motorway A13 (direction Rouen), exit Versailles-Château to get to Versailles.
I went by car from Paris to Versailles and had no troubles in getting there. Just outside the Palace there is a huge parking lot (place d'Armes) where you can park your car (payed parking) and walk to the Palace.
By train :
RER ligne C direction Versailles-rive-gauche-château
from Montparnasse station train SNCF direction Versailles-Chantiers
from Saint-Lazare station train SNCF direction Versailles-rive-droite
By bus :
from Pont de Sèvres ligne 171 de la RATP direction Versailles-place d'Armes
If you want to go to Versailles from the city centre of Paris, don´t do difficult by taking the car, the train or what so ever. Take the RER, the regional metro. With this train you´ll reach Versailles in 40 minutes from the centre of Paris.
Take the line C5: pay attention to the end destination. This has to be Versailles - Rive Gauche.
If given the choice between driving myself, taking the train, or going on a guided tour bus, I am going to choose the train. They run frequently from nearby Paris. Also, by taking the train, you are giving yourself greater flexibility on how long you can stay here. I wish I could have stayed longer, however a tour group always runs on limited time. You really are going to want to see this on your own time at your own pace. Take the train out to the the Versailles station early so that you can beat the majority of the crowds. This will be a highlight of your visit to this area, so you will want to make the most of the experience.
Since the Versailles is a huge place, you can't possibly cover the entire Chateau and the Gardens by foot unless you're a superhero. Well, mortals like us have 2 choices . The first option is to pay €5 to sit on a slow mo train with grannies and really young kids to see the Chateau, the Grand Canal and the Trianon Gardens.
Read on to see the 2nd option if you think this option is a pain in the ***.