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Paris public transportation

We are going to Paris early May, want to know how to get to Giverny and Versaille using public transportation.
I know there are tour companies, but would like to try and get their on our own. We are staying close to Notre Dame.

Posted by
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To get to Giverny,you make your way to Gare St Lazare and take the train to Vernon and you can walk, rent and ride bicycle or take a shuttle bus to Giverny. Without your address in Paris or a specific metro stop, I can't give you precise directions to Gare St Lazare. You can use www.ratp.fr/en to get familiar with the Parisian mass transit system and to get directions. Here are the train instructions from Giverny's website: http://giverny.org/transpor/. Versailles is also easy to get to using commuter line RER C: http://parisbytrain.com/paris-to-chateau-versailles-by-train/. The Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame stop is near Notre Dame and is a stop on the RER C line.

Posted by
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Assuming that the Saint-Michel Metro station and the Saint-Michel Notre-Dame RER station are the closest stations to your hotel, here are the routes I would recommend.

  1. Take Metro line 4 from Saint-Michel to Chatelet and Metro line 14 from there to Saint-Lazare.

  2. Take the RER C from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame to Versailles-Rive Gauche. Be aware that the RER C line divides on the west side of Paris. Be sure to get on a train that is going to Versailles-Rive Gauche. Those trains all have the nameplate VICK.

Posted by
8293 posts

Te website parisbytrain.com might be useful to you.

Posted by
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thank you for info! Does anyone know how long it will take to get there using the public transport?

Posted by
11450 posts

It will vary abit by where you board.. since you can board anywhere on the line, but from central Paris ( lets say St Michel for the rer to Versailles) it takes about 40-45 minutes.

I have only been to Giverny ( train is to Vernon) once but recall it being no more then 45 -50 minutes..