Paris Travel Planner   Trains Paris - Versailles, France
A half-hour RER train ride takes you to within a 10-minute walk of the stupendous Château de Versailles, 23 km (14 miles) southwest of Paris.




There are two good ways to travel by train between central Paris and Versailles: by RER Line C trains from stops in central Paris, or by SNCF Transilien trains from Gare Saint-Lazare.

if you have easy access to an RER Line C-5 station (see below), that is probably most convenient.

Versailles's 3 Train Stations

Versailles-Rive Gauche - Château de Versailles, also called Versailles Château Rive Gauche, Château RG, RG Château, etc., in the town center, is for RER Line C-5 trains from central Paris. This is Versailles's most central train station, just down the street from the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), a 10-minute walk from the gates of the Château de Versailles.

Versailles-Rive Droite, the northernmost station on Rue de Maréchal Foch north of Boulevard de la Reine, is for SNCF Transilien trains from Paris's Gare St-Lazare, a 30-minute walk from the Château, but you can ride a local bus there if you wish.

Versailles-Chantiers, 20 minutes' walk southeast of the Château, is for trains on the RER Line C-8, and for some SNCF and TGV trains.

RER Line C-5

The RER Line C-5 suburban train runs from central Paris directly to the Versailles-Rive Gauche Château de Versailles station (also called Versailles-Château Rive Gauche or simply Versailles-Château RG), from which it's a 10-minute walk, or a shorter shuttle bus ride, to the Château de Versailles (map), passing the Office de Tourisme along the way.

Make sure you're on a train going to "Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche." The RER makes it easy for you: all RER trains have a four-letter code, and all trains going to Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche start with the letter "V," so if you see a train designated VICK, for example, that's the one you want. More...

Trains run about every 15 minutes, and the trip takes about 30 minutes. Catch the RER Line C-5 train at one of these central Paris RER stations:


Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel

—Pont de l'Alma


Musée d'Orsay

St-Michel - Notre Dame

Gare d'Austerlitz

Remember to keep your RER ticket until you are outside your arrival station—you must have your ticket to exit the station!

Here are tips for riding the RER.

SNCF Transilien
Gare Saint-Lazare

You can also take an SNCF Transilien train from the Gare St-Lazare to the Versailles-Rive Droite station (see above) at a similar cost, and with a similar travel time, but this station is a longer walk (30 minutes) from the Château.

Versailles City Buses

Within the town of Versailles, local buses are operated by Phébus, a Keolis company. They connect the train stations and town center with the Château and other important locations. Here is a map of the bus network. Your Navigo transit pass works for local buses, or you can buy a ticket (2) from the conductor right on the bus. More...

Transport within the Château

The Gardens of Versailles cover 800 hectares (8 square km/2000 acres/3 square miles)—it can take an hour just to walk from one end to the other. Here's how to get around within the vast confines of the huge Château de Versailles gardens. More...

Versailles Train Oddity

When planning train trips to and from Versailles, you may encounter a schedule mystery: trains that leave one Versailles station (Versailles Rive Gauche - Château de Versailles, perhaps) and go to another Versailles station... (Versailles Chantiers), take several hours to do so, and stop at 36 stations along the way!

This is because this train route virtually circles the city of Paris, ending up only a few hundred meters from where it began.

You would not use this route to go from one place in Versailles to another, but this route can be useful for other destinations. For example, to travel from Versailles to Orly Airport, you would depart the Versailles - Chantiers station on an RER Line C-8 train going in the direction of Versailles - Rive Gauche - Chateau de Versailles, but you would get out at Massy Palaiseau station and change to an RER Line C-2 train going in the direction of Pontoise, then get out at Pont de Rungis - Aéroport d’ Orly station and take a shuttle bus to the airport.

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