If you’re short on time in Paris but still want to get outside the city, a day trip by train is one of the most efficient ways to do so. Here are a few options that allow you to experience more of France—or even a different country—from Paris in less than 24 hours.
Giverny — 1 hour from Paris
Claude Monet’s home and gardens in the small French village of Giverny is one of the top day trip destinations from Paris. Guided tours typically take place via coach, but it is possible to get there by SNCF train from Gare St. Lazare to the Vernon–Giverny station, which is 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) from Monet’s house. Taxis and a shuttle bus (from spring to fall) are available from the station to the house, where you can explore the gardens, Japanese bridge, and water lily pond that inspired much of Monet’s work.
London — 2.5 hours from Paris
Just across the English Channel, the historical sights of London are waiting to be explored on a day trip via the Eurostar, which departs from Gare du Nord. This high-speed train delivers you to London’s St. Pancras station, from where you can head to the attractions that interest you, such as Westminster Abbey, the Victoria and Albert Museum, or Hyde Park, just to name a few. Some tours include a River Thames cruise or a hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass.
Provence — 3 hours from Paris
Traveling by France’s high-speed TGV train, you can get to and from Provence in a day. From Paris’ Gare du Nord, travel south to Avignon, a town known for its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Avignon Cathedral and the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes). If you want to see more than just Avignon, opt for a tour that includes transportation to additional villages such as St Rémy de Provence and Les Baux de Provence.