Less than 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Paris, Versailles is easy to visit whether you travel independently or on a tour. Here are your options to reach the town and its famous attraction, the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On a Tour
The benefit of booking a tour to Versailles is that the transportation logistics are taken care of for you. Depending on your preferences, you can choose an excursion with hotel pickup, skip-the-line entry, a guided tour of the palace, a bike ride in town or on the palace grounds, an included lunch, and other features.
The RER C line runs to the Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche station, which is a 10-minute walk from the palace. SNCF trains from Paris’ Montparnasse and St. Lazare stations run to Versailles’ other train stations—Chantiers and Rive Droite, which are each a 20-minute walk from the palace.
Versailles Express is a daily transfer service that departs from the Eiffel Tower on double-decker coach buses. It’s recommended that you purchase your ticket at least 24 hours in advance.
If you prefer to rent a car and drive yourself to Versailles, you can park in a paid lot in front of the palace—the Place d’Armes. It’s about a 40-minute drive from central Paris.