Firstly, we propose you to understand how the public transport works in Paris and next we explain how to get to Versailles from Paris by train.
There are 14 Metro lines and 5 RER train lines. Metros lines are identified on maps by numbers and colours. RER lines are identified by letters. See below the Metro & RER Lines.
Metro lines serve Paris and the RER is a train system which serves Paris and its suburbs. The Palace of Versailles being in the suburbs, about 12 miles away from the center of Paris, to get Versailles you will need to get the RER C. The RER C is a train which will take you directly to the Palace of Versailles : on the transport map it is the yellow line which stretches from East to West of Paris and runs alongside the Seine River.
– Paris Versailles by train – click to zoom in the RER Line C
How far is Versailles from Paris ? Depending on where your hotel is located, it will take you between 60 to 90 minutes to travel from Paris to Versailles by train. Most of the time you reach the train station of Versailles in 1 hour.
Follow this step by step guide below. It is the cheapest way to get from Paris to Versailles.
Step 1: Check the nearest metro or train station from your hotel in Paris
Check the metro station nearest to your hotel on google Map.
Enter the address of your hotel on google Map and check where the closest metro station is. You need to find the closest sign from your hotel in Paris. You’ve found it ? Great! Go back on google Map, put your mouse on the metro station and the name of your nearest metro station will appear. Make a note of the name.
If the name of your nearest metro station is one of those indicated on the map of the RER C line, then you are lucky: no need to take the Metro. In this case, go directly to step 4.
Step 2: Buy tickets to reach Versailles Palace
Reaching Versailles by train is the cheapest option. From Paris, the total cost of a round trip to Versailles is 7,1€ per person all included. The métro and RER have common ticketing. Just go to your nearest métro station, and buy your tickets to Versailles-Château – Rive Gauche. The tickets will be good for the métro and the RER by whatever combination of métro or RER lines is the quickest route. You can use a machine or queue up for a human. All machines work in English. You just need to choose the right destination: « Versailles Château Rive Gauche » station and pay by cash or credit card your trip to Versailles. but if you use a machine be sure you get the correct Versailles station (there are three).
Keep in mind: the machine will print you 2 tickets per person. One ticket by way. So keep the second ticket for your return from Versailles to Paris.
Once you get yours tickets, you can start your trip to the Castle…
Step 3: Check the metro line to reach the REC C train
Now that you know the name of your nearest metro station, you will need to find which metro line will get you from your metro station to the closest RER C station: . Sometimes the line of your nearest metro will take you directly to the RER C train and other times you will need to change Metro lines to get to a RER C station.
Look at this Metro RER Map and find the metro station you just checked on Google map. Then find the RER C : it is the yellow line along the Seine. Now, figure out the metro lines you need to get to the nearest RER C station. Remember : Metro Lines are identified by numbers. At the station, direction of travel will be indicated by both the number and the destination. You have 2 end destinations for each line : one on each side of the line. The end destination indicates which direction you have to follow to get to the station you need.
Step 4: Find the right RER C train to get to Versailles
Once you have arrived at an RER C station, get on the right train which goes to Versailles Château / Rive Gauche:
The RER C train which runs south of the Seine is divided into 3 parts (check the map of the RER Line C to Versailles) : one to the East of Paris (station : RER C Champ de mars, Pont de l’Alma, Invalides, Musee d’Orsay, St-Michel, Paris Austerlitz, Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand), one to the West of Paris (station: RER Porte de clichy, Pereire Levallois, Neuilly Porte Maillot, Avenue Foch, RER C Avenue Henri Martin, Boulainvilliers) and one to Versailles Chateau / Rive Gauche (RER C Javel, Pont du Garigliano, Issy…).
You need to take this last one to get to the Palace of Versailles: Javel, Pont du Garigliano, Issy… direction … Versailles !
You have different options depending on where you catch the RER C train from:
- Case A : If you catch the RER C train at Javel or at Pont du Garigliano or in the East of Paris (station : RER C Champ de mars, RER C Pont de l’Alma, RER C Invalides, RER C Musee d’Orsay, RER C St-Michel, RER C Paris Austerlitz, RER C Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand), then you are lucky, it is the easiest case:
Just take the RER C Direction Versailles rive gauche and stop to Versailles Rive gauche Chateau de Versailles. No need to change of train. It is a good point!
- Case B : if you catch the RER C train in the northwestern part of Paris (station: RER C St Ouen, RER C Porte de clichy, RER C Pereire Levallois, RER C Neuilly Porte Maillot, RER C Avenue Foch, RER C Avenue Henri Martin or RER C Boulainvilliers), in this case, you’ll need to change of train. Pay attention : The RER C line forks out, so make sure to change at the station Champs de Mars/Tour Eiffel to catch the Versailles Rive Gauche line. To Sum up, from your RER C station, catch the train direction Pont de Rungis – Aeroport d’Orly and change at the station Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel. Then catch the RER C train direction to Versailles Rive Gauche / Chateau de Versailles and your stop is the last one on the line.
Step 5: Walk from Versailles train station to the Palace of Versailles
Versailles Train station
Once you have arrived at Versailles Station, the Palace of Versailles is only a short walk away.
The Palace of Versailles is only a 13-minutes walk away from the train station. Pick an exit and follow the signs to the Chateau de Versailles. You can check this Google map itinerary from the station Versailles Rive Gauche to Chateau Versailles to see the short walk from the station to the Chateau.
Now that you are arrived at Chateau de Versailles, you can enjoy the beautiful gardens of Versailles. To prepare your visit, double check the map of the Versailles Palace.
We propose you to have a look at one of our garden tour. For example, our Versailles Gardens Tour. Then, you will have a better understanding of the Gardens of Versailes.