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5 best day trips from Paris

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.

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.

Day trip to Reims

Taking a day trip to 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.

Day trip to the Loire Valley

The Chateau de Chambord, the Fontainebleau. The town is best known for the incredible 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?

There are so many choices when it comes to how to take Paris day trips. Whether you’re trying to get to Versailles or the Loire Valley, there’s a good option for everyone.

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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Great Day Trip on the Burgandy Wine Tour

Our driver and travel guide was Hanna, and she was excellent. She was very attentive to the group and very knowledgeable about the wines and the region overall. The cellars and caves are very cold, so I recommend you take a warm jacket. It was a rainy day when we went and perfect for the wine tastings. We stopped for lunch at the village of Noyers where there is a couple of food options including a full service restaurant which we tried and loved!!! This village was quite a site to see because it is as time stopped here. We saw almost no locals only tourist stopping by. The wines we tasted were mostly white and quite good. Overall a great day trip to the wine country in France.

Burgundy: Winery Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/26/2019

Friendly guide but we had to wait for the other group

Julian our tour guide is quite comical and was light when we went about the tour. He was punctual and arrived at the pick up point on time. We were quite early and reached the garden very early which was ideal to enjoy it without the packed crowd. The well manicured garden was picturesque. We were glad that he showed us that first. The only downside was we had to wait for the other group to join us for the Versailles tour. The tour was very informative as we learned the history of the palace of Versailles.

Disorganized but the guide did his best.

The beginning of the tour was very disorganized. The station we all arrived at was closed which meant having to walk in the rain to a different station. I don’t know if they knew about the closure ahead of time or if it was a last minute change. Due to this we almost didn’t make it onto the train and literally had a minute to spare. Once we got off the train, the guide really did his best to talk with everyone and the walk from the train to the palace was much better. Also, skip the line tickets are a must!

Good excursion but long trip to get there.

Absolutely a must see. But most of the excursion will be you sitting for hours. If I’m not mistaken, the drive is more than 4 hours one way and the tour of St Michel is only 3 hours. The guides are good. But speak up if the bus gets warm. Also they don’t announce it but there’s a bathroom in the bus. As all excursion with lunches, lower your expectations but the lunch in this one wasn’t bad.

From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/16/2019

Incredible, fantastic, unforgettable....

Giuseppe , the best, over all details, taking care of everyone all the time, from the meeting point to the train, from the train to Versalles, in Versalles, simplemente the best Tourguide of the all Tours we booked.....Cheers x him....