Train tickets to Giverny

Do we need to purchase tickets for the train to Giverny ahead of time or can we get them from any Metro station? Also do we have to purchase tickets ahead for Monets home or can we get those once there?

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8700 posts

Vernon (the closest train station to Giverny) is not served by the Metro or the RER. Regional trains to Vernon depart from Gare Saint-Lazare, but you can buy tickets at any SNCF station. There is no need to purchase tickets in advance. There is open seating on regional trains and your ticket will be good on any train. If you wish, you can buy an e-ticket for Monet's garden here.

Posted by Paula
Berkeley, CA, USA
28 posts

You don't need to buy train tickets ahead of time, just at the station when you are going. Also, you don't need to buy tickets to the home ahead of time. You can just come and wait in line (keep in mind the line might be very long! but it moves fast). However, I do not know if getting an e-ticket means that you can skip over the whole line or not - that may be an advantage.

Posted by Holly
Durham, NC, USA
294 posts

Follow Tim's advice, with one caveat. Catch the 8 am train from St. Lazare and make sure the ticket shows that the trip takes about 45 mins. There are what I call "milk run trains" which stop at every little town and take 1 1/2 hrs (did that by mistake once!). And while you're there, stay for lunch at the hotel behind Monet's home. Hotel La Musardiere has a lovely shaded patio and wonderful crepes (esp. the Salted Caramel Apple one!). Miam - French for Yum!