Want to travel outside of Paris and see more of France? There are a couple options for whether you’re going to Giverny, the Loire Valley, Versailles, or many more.
First, we’ll break down the general options you have to travel outside of Paris.
Then, we’ll tell you the best way to get to common destinations in France.
Transportation Options for Paris Day Trips
1. Coach Bus
You may decide to take a coach bus with around 50 other people. This option is usually the best for your budget. You can find tickets from as cheap of 20 euros depending on your destination. There are many companies that offer budget buses such as MegaBus, Flixbus, Eurolines, and more.
Keep in mind that while the bus is cheaper it usually takes longer!
If your interested in seeing if you can take a bus to your destination from Paris, we recommend that you look at GoEuro‘s website as they compare bus, train, and flight prices.
The train system operated by SNCF is pretty good. For example, it can get you to Nice if you want to visit southern France or most other major cities. You can check out the official website here.
You may also want to check out RailEurope.com, which also sells train tickets. They also have a MAP of the rail network in France.
There are different types of trains in France including the high speed TGV and regional trains.
The cost will depend on the type of train you take, when you are going, and your destination.
3. Touristic Coach Excursions
These buses will take tourists from Paris to common destinations such as the Loire Valley and then drive them back. This option usually comes as package that includes the official guide and sometimes lunch. These will cost you upwards of 150 euros per person per day. This can be a great way to see some of the Loire Valley castles!
4. Private Driver
You can hire a private driver too if you would like. This is a great way to ensure a hassle-free trip to your destination, however it will be slightly more pricey. A private driver will run you around 700 euros per day, but if you are traveling with several other individuals it may be worth it! (A touristic coach excursion for four people is already at least 600 euros).
5. Car Rental
If you feel comfortable you could also rent a car to take around the French countryside. This is a great way to be flexible on your vacation if you want to switch up your plans later.
This is only a good option if you feel comfortable driving out of Paris and on the right side of the road (as opposed to the left in the UK). Also keep in mind that most rental companies do not allow you to cross the borders with their cars.
Common Paris Day Trips – Best Transportation Options
The best way to get to Versailles is to take the train. You can take the fast regional RER C to get there. The round trip cost is 4.10 € per person one way.
To see Monet’s beautiful gardens you have several options:
- You can take a SNCF intercity train and walk a bit
- You could hire a private driver
- Or even a touristic coach excursion.
The train will be the cheapest option for you. You could check prices on Trainline’s website.
Excursions to Giverny are also included in ParisByM packages.
To reach Disneyland Paris you best option is to take the RER A (fast regional train). Take this red line in direction of Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy. Get off at this last station. One way ticket costs 7.60 € per person.
4. Loire Valley
The Loire Valley has some of the best chateaux (castles!) and some great wine tasting. If you want to check out the Loire Valley on a Paris Day Trip we recommend that you either hire a private driver OR you take a touristic coach excursion.
We have some excellent packages already put together for you!
Normandy is great to visit, especially if you’re a history buff! By far the easiest way to get to Normandy for your Paris day trip is to either:
- hire a private driver
- take a touristic coach excursion
- OR rent a car and drive.
6. French Riviera
The French Riviera and the Côte d’Azur can be popular destinations as well. You can reach these fastest by train or flight and that’s probably best if you are spending a few days.
You could also hire a private driver and see more of the countryside and take time to stop in some of the French provincial towns.
If you want to travel to some other capitals of different European countries you should consider train or flights.
Did you know you can reach London from Paris super easily with the EuroStar train?