Transportation by RER Train or Car to the Château, Estate, & Park
Getting to Versailles with its palace (chateau) and formal gardens is easy from Paris by bus tour, cheap RER train C5, or by car for a great day trip to a top sight in France.
Getting to Palace of Versailles from downtown Paris is easy by tour bus, train, or car making Versailles the most popular day-trip destination from Paris. RER train C5 provides the easiest and cheapest transportation to Versailles and allows for seamless connections to the rest of the Paris metro system. An organized tour may also be a good idea to skip the lines and get into the Palace of Versailles fast. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.
Public Transportation to Versailles or a Bus Tour?
Getting to Versailles from Paris by train is very easy even for inexperienced travelers. However, taking an organized tour by bus or shuttle from Paris to Versailles can be sensible even for experienced travelers during busy periods (and during transportation strikes!) Advance purchase tickets for the chateau including the Paris Museum Pass allow visitors to skip the ticket line at the chateau but not the queue for entering the palace itself. On busy days, an organized tour is an easy way to get into the palace without queuing.
Tour bus excursions and day trips by shuttle bus from Paris to Versailles are offered by many companies and are easy to book, e.g. Get Your Guide. Do compare prices though as the offers vary widely. It may even be sensible to book an excursion to get into the palace easily and then if desired break away from the group to spend more time at Versailles and simply return by RER train to Paris – the train ticket will be just around €4.
Getting to the Palace of Versailles by Train from Paris