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5 best day trips from Paris
1. Day trip to Versailles
Visiting Versailles is considered a must for most travelers on a visit to Paris. Best known for the grand and opulent Palace of Versailles, it is one of the finest places to take in the splendor of the Bourbon kings. On the grounds, make sure to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors, the Trianons, and the immaculate, expansive gardens. Beyond the palace, take in the Royal Stables and the Royal Tennis Court.
How far is Versailles from Paris?
At just under 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Paris, getting to Versailles takes just around 30 minutes. Taking the train is usually the most popular option, as there is a station just a five-minute walk from the palace.
2. Day trip to Giverny
The most striking choice for a quick getaway from the city, a day trip to Giverny from Paris is guaranteed to satisfy any art lover. The charming village is most recognized as the home of impressionist master Claude Monet. You can visit Monet’s home, his famed gardens and water lilies, and the Museum of Impressionism before taking a break at the period-decorated Hôtel Baudy.
How far is Giverny from Paris?
Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Paris, your day trip to Giverny should take just about an hour, whether by train or by car.
3. Day trip to Reims
Taking a day trip to Reims from Paris is a perfect choice for exploring beyond Paris. Dating back to 80 B.C., this historic city has much to see and do in a day. The city’s grand, gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims has been the site of the coronations of most of the kings of France and is one of the city’s top attractions. As part of the Champagne region, travelers may want to take the time to taste some bubbly at Maison Ruinart or Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin.
How far is Reims from Paris?
Located about 144 kilometers (89 miles) from Paris, Reims is an easy day trip however you decide to travel there. The journey takes just about 45 minutes by train, thanks to high-speed rail. By car, the journey should take around 90 minutes.
4. Day trip to the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque destinations in France, and a sublime choice for a day trip from Paris. Known for its stunning chateaus and vineyards, it’s no wonder that the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit grand palaces like the Chateau de Chambord, the Chateau de Chenonceau or Chartres Cathedral.
How far is the Loire Valley from Paris?
Traveling to the Loire Valley from Paris should take about an hour by train. At just over 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, allow a bit more time if you’re making the journey by car. Renting a car for the day is always a smart idea once you’re in the Loire Valley.
5. Day trip to Fontainebleau
To journey into the heart of Royal France, take a day trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau, historically home to the kings of France and the French Court. Travelers can also visit the beautiful Forest of Fontainebleau and experience the royal treatment at the ornate Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte.
How far is Fontainebleau from Paris?
Getting to Fontainebleau from Paris is easy as it’s only 55 kilometers (34 miles) away. The trip takes about 40 minutes by train, while driving takes just about one hour.
Paris day trip FAQ
Which transportation method should I use?
• Paris day trips by train
Greater Paris and France, in general, have an extensive high-speed rail network, often making train travel the most efficient method of travel. Paris has seven main train stations, each serving a different direction and headed to different regions, so which station you use will depend on where you’re going.
• Paris day trips by bus
Public bus transportation in the Paris area is more common in cities and in more rural areas. Many guided day tours from Paris will include bus transportation, often with pickup directly from your hotel.
• Paris day trips by car
Traveling in your own personal vehicle is always popular for day trips. A car allows you to truly customize your own schedule and itinerary, and to travel more quickly in more rural areas where buses or trains may be less frequent.
Should I take a guided tour?
Guided tours are always excellent options for day trips. They save you the stress of planning an itinerary and, in some cases, your transportation, and often include special perks not available to the general public. Whether it’s skipping the line at Versailles or exclusive wine tastings in the Loire Valley, a guided tour for a day trip is always a good idea.
What do I bring on my day trip?
What to pack on your day trip can change depending on many factors. The season, where you’re going, and your method of travel will all affect what to bring. Some guided tours will provide everything you need for the day. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to bring extra spending money and a light coat or shawl for unexpected chilly weather and visiting religious sites, regardless of the season.
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What people are saying about Paris
Brilliant service, met us outside the hotel 10 minutes early and explained everything what was happening on the day. Staff were friendly, professional and totally reliable. Travel to Paris was quick and straight forward. Dropped off at the Eiffel Tower and escorted to the waiting boat for the trip on the river. Explained how our day was planned and offered help and advice for the day in Paris. Would highly recommend to anyone to use this service we had a great hassle free day. Would definitely use again in the future.
Iconic visit to the Palace of Versailles, this place is unbelievable. It took all day to see every corner and every detail of the palace interior and the gardens.
It was a great day trip! Only wish that we had a little more time at Mont Saint Michel. Our guide Imad was a fun and friendly person too!
The Eiffel Tower was an impressive sight! We really enjoyed the tour. It was a dream come true for all of us!
We had a great time on our tour of the museum. The river cruise was amazing!