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Our most recommended Paris Day Trips

From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

1. From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line...

Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

2. Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

Travel through Normandy on the way to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a day trip from Paris aboard an...

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

3. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of...

From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

4. From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

Tour starts at your hotel (if located in Paris) or at the central Paris meeting...

From Paris: Full-Day Guided Mont Saint Michel Tour

5. From Paris: Full-Day Guided Mont Saint Michel Tour

Visit Mont Saint-Michel on a guided day trip from Paris. Discover the highlights with your...

Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

6. Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism....

From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

7. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

Explore the Champagne region on a guided day tour from Paris. Visit the cellars of...

From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

8. From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and enter into the Garden of France. Stroll the...

Electric Bike Tour of Paris’ Hidden Gems

9. Electric Bike Tour of Paris’ Hidden Gems

There’s a lot more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. This one-of-a-kind guided...

From Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Bus with Wine Tasting

10. From Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Bus with Wine Tasting

Discover iconic castles on this bus day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley....

Frequently asked questions about Paris Day Trips

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5 best day trips from Paris

Day trip to Versailles

1. Day trip to Versailles

Visiting Versailles is considered a must for most travelers on a visit to Paris. Best known for the grand and opulent Palace of Versailles, it is one of the finest places to take in the splendor of the Bourbon kings. On the grounds, make sure to visit the historic Hall of Mirrors, the Trianons, and the immaculate, expansive gardens. Beyond the palace, take in the Royal Stables and the Royal Tennis Court.

How far is Versailles from Paris?

At just under 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Paris, getting to Versailles takes just around 30 minutes. Taking the train is usually the most popular option, as there is a station just a five-minute walk from the palace.

Day trip to Giverny

2. Day trip to Giverny

The most striking choice for a quick getaway from the city, a day trip to Giverny from Paris is guaranteed to satisfy any art lover. The charming village is most recognized as the home of impressionist master Claude Monet. You can visit Monet’s home, his famed gardens and water lilies, and the Museum of Impressionism before taking a break at the period-decorated Hôtel Baudy.

How far is Giverny from Paris?

Only 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Paris, your day trip to Giverny should take just about an hour, whether by train or by car.

Day trip to Reims

3. Day trip to Reims

Taking a day trip to Reims from Paris is a perfect choice for exploring beyond Paris. Dating back to 80 B.C., this historic city has much to see and do in a day. The city’s grand, gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims has been the site of the coronations of most of the kings of France and is one of the city’s top attractions. As part of the Champagne region, travelers may want to take the time to taste some bubbly at Maison Ruinart or Veuve Cliquot-Ponsardin.

How far is Reims from Paris?

Located about 144 kilometers (89 miles) from Paris, Reims is an easy day trip however you decide to travel there. The journey takes just about 45 minutes by train, thanks to high-speed rail. By car, the journey should take around 90 minutes.

Day trip to the Loire Valley

4. Day trip to the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque destinations in France, and a sublime choice for a day trip from Paris. Known for its stunning chateaus and vineyards, it’s no wonder that the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit grand palaces like the Chateau de Chambord, the Chateau de Chenonceau or Chartres Cathedral.

How far is the Loire Valley from Paris?

Traveling to the Loire Valley from Paris should take about an hour by train. At just over 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, allow a bit more time if you’re making the journey by car. Renting a car for the day is always a smart idea once you’re in the Loire Valley.

Day trip to Fontainebleau

5. Day trip to Fontainebleau

To journey into the heart of Royal France, take a day trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau, historically home to the kings of France and the French Court. Travelers can also visit the beautiful Forest of Fontainebleau and experience the royal treatment at the ornate Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte.

How far is Fontainebleau from Paris?

Getting to Fontainebleau from Paris is easy as it’s only 55 kilometers (34 miles) away. The trip takes about 40 minutes by train, while driving takes just about one hour.

Paris day trip FAQ

Which transportation method should I use?

There are so many choices when it comes to how to take Paris day trips. Whether you’re trying to get to Versailles or the Loire Valley, there’s a good option for everyone.
  • • Paris day trips by train

    Greater Paris and France, in general, have an extensive high-speed rail network, often making train travel the most efficient method of travel. Paris has seven main train stations, each serving a different direction and headed to different regions, so which station you use will depend on where you’re going.

  • • Paris day trips by bus

    Public bus transportation in the Paris area is more common in cities and in more rural areas. Many guided day tours from Paris will include bus transportation, often with pickup directly from your hotel.

  • • Paris day trips by car

    Traveling in your own personal vehicle is always popular for day trips. A car allows you to truly customize your own schedule and itinerary, and to travel more quickly in more rural areas where buses or trains may be less frequent.


Should I take a guided tour?

Guided tours are always excellent options for day trips. They save you the stress of planning an itinerary and, in some cases, your transportation, and often include special perks not available to the general public. Whether it’s skipping the line at Versailles or exclusive wine tastings in the Loire Valley, a guided tour for a day trip is always a good idea.


What do I bring on my day trip?

What to pack on your day trip can change depending on many factors. The season, where you’re going, and your method of travel will all affect what to bring. Some guided tours will provide everything you need for the day. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to bring extra spending money and a light coat or shawl for unexpected chilly weather and visiting religious sites, regardless of the season.


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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,813 reviews

Pick up was on time. Communication with team was excellent. Super surprised when my driver was an American living in Paris. Preston was so engaging and very knowledgeable about every aspect of our journey and the regions we were visiting. We arrived early to our first tasting but Preston gave us details on what we were going to see. The Lunch spot was amazing. Even my picky teenager enjoyed some of the bites. This was just simply an amazing tour. So nice to get out of the cigarette filled city of Paris, into the beautiful countryside.

I don't know if there is an option not to go with a guide, but I'd 100% agree to going with a guide. Ours was very knowledgeable and added so much to our visit. It was also lovely not to have to worry about getting ourselves out to Versailles. We showed up and let someone else navigate

This was absolutely amazing from beginning to end . I have no words to describe Clara , she was amazing ! We loved every minute of this tour , and highly recommend it .

Nick was excellent!! Very friendly and knowledgeable. He made the walking tour enjoyable, pleasant, and gave us a lasting impression. Highly recommend!

Great trip, helpful guides, smooth and easy ride in a nice motor coach and easy access to all of Mont-St-Michel