So Confused - RER or Metro to Versailles

I know there have been answers to this question but I am so confused. To get to Versailles from Paris- do we take the Metro or the RER?
Thanks

Posted by Thomas
Snyder, Texas
503 posts

If you google "RER to Versailles" and choose the parisbytrain.com option, it will take you to the page you need. It is RER line C (yellow). Be sure you get off at the Versailles-Rive Gauche station. When you exit the station, head out to your right. A block or so down, you turn left. The chateau will be on down a few blocks. There are signs, and most of the people will be heading there too. If you buy a Versailles ticket at the RER station, you can get a combination RER and chateau entrance ticket. Be sure to hang on to the RER ticket. You have to have it to exit the station. Then you use the same ticket to go back. It takes about 30 minutes from the Eifel Tower area to get to Versailles. Have fun!

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8639 posts

It's my understanding that the "package" that combined transportation and admission was phased out some time ago. A ticket from anywhere in central Paris to Versailles-Rive Gauche on the Metro + RER C costs €3.35 each way. 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 have the nameplate VICK.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7820 posts

The deal on rer and admission to Versailles was called Forfait Loisirs and Tim is correct, long gone, haven't had it for at least last 4 years or so. It may sound confusing Diane but its easy. Perhaps some confusion may arise from the fact that you may have to take the metro to connect to the RER station, where are you staying, we can make it pretty darn simple for you. I strongly strongly suggest you find and read the "parisbytrain " website , its going to really make your trip easier if you read it and get a basic understanding. Remember, French school kids use the system to get around on their own by 10-11 so we are grown ups can figure it out too..

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1335 posts

hi, i think of them this way. It may not be correct, but it works for me. the METRO is for the city, and the RER is to get outside of the city. Its not to say that the RER cant be used in the city since it also travels thru Paris. Happy trails.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7820 posts

Exactly the RER is actually a suburban rail system, but it does go in and out of Paris and you are allowed to use it with a regular metro ticket as long as you are only using it within zones one and two ( central paris) but if you are using it to outside Paris, to say Versailles or Disneyland then you have to buy a RER ticket for the actual destination , prices will vary. 3.5 euros to Versailles but 7 something to Disney.

Posted by Diane
New York, NY, USA
60 posts

Thanks- I think I am confused because I see people saying to get a Metro ticket for areas1-4. I;ll go to that website.
And I am a little embarrassed because as a New Yorker I use the subway and the LIRR all the time !

Posted by Tim
Minneapolis, MN, USA
8639 posts

As I said in my first post, a single ticket from anywhere in central Paris to Versailles-Rive Gauche (or anywhere else in zone 4) costs €3.35. It provides unlimited transfers between Metro and RER until you exit the system. So it doesn't matter how many Metro lines and/or RER lines you have to ride to get from your hotel to a station on the RER C line.

Posted by DH
San Antonio, TX, USA
67 posts

We are metro nuts. To Versailles we took the city bus and loved it.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1335 posts

@ DH How long did the bus take? thanks for the info. happy trials

Posted by Thomas
Snyder, Texas
503 posts

Sorry about the wrong information about the combo ticket. Guess it's longer than it seems since I did that.