Only want to go for a day trip and want a relatively fast but cost effective route. Thanks!
I assume you want to get to the Palace of Versailles? If so RER C (Metro trains are limited to Paris itself while RER trains goes out to the suburbs) will take you there in 1 hour from the center of Paris. Get off at Versailles Rive Gauche.
Palace of Versailles is one of my absolute favorte places in the whole world. Best way to get there is definitely the RER-C. The RER is basically an expanded subway system for the Paris area - think commuter line. So depending on where you're staying, find your way to the closest subway stop that connects to the RER-C and buy a roundtrip Versailles ticket at one of the automated machines (or ask someone!). It takes about 30 minutes. As you exit the train station, turn right and walk a couple blocks to the main boulevard. Look left, and you'll see it! Plus, everyone else will be heading there too!
Pro-tip: if it's not too cold, stop at a market in Paris for some picnic foods, there's nothing great on the grounds and it's expensive. If it's really not too cold, I highly recommend renting a bike to see the gardens.
Have a great time!
You can get to the Palace of Versailles directly from Paris using the RER (Line C5). It's a kind of subway going outisde of Paris downtown. You can go directly to Versailles if you take any of thoses following metro/RER stations in Paris : Saint-Michel, Musée d'Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l'Alma or Champ de Mars.
Have a nice stay in Paris !
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The cheapest way to get to Versailles from Paris is by our local "RER" which may be considered as suburb train, it takes around half and hour to one hour depending on where exactly you are in Paris.
good luck :-)
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I second that - the RER is easy, cheap, accessible and trains go often.
Whatever method you choose, do not shortchange yourself by leaving too little time for your visit. There is SO MUCH to see at the Palace of Versailles we think you need to plan to spend an entire day. We had to wait in line for about 45 minutes just to get in, so be prepared with comfortable shoes!
The metro line goes straight to Versailles. It's an easy, fast trip. The train stops right in the middle of the city and the palace is straight ahead, only a few blocks ahead. There are restaurants and stores, including McDonald's. I would recommend just purchasing the palace tower without the gardens since the grounds will be hibernating. Make sure to wear a warm jacket, gloves and scarce since it does get very chilly. You will definitely enjoy not having the big crowds!
Another vote for the RER! It's the easiest, most cost effective way to get there! Try to go early in the morning if possible, the afternoon trains (and the palace) are packed.