This article is the answer to the question “Where to go from Paris for 1 day?”. From the article you will know about the most interesting and popular tourist destinations, which you can reach on your own or book an excursion with a professional guide.
From Paris for 1 day they most often go to such places:
- Loire castles;
Car rental in Paris
You can explore the Paris surroundings in detail by renting a car. To do this, you will need a driver’s license, a passport, an international bank card. Alternatively, you can arrange the procedure in place. Find a rental company and negotiate a rental. I prefer the “electronic” choice. I have already used the sites autoeurope.com and rentalcars.com several times . Firstly, it’s more convenient. You can choose your favorite car without even going outside. Secondly, cheaper. The service starts from € 74 for 3 days. Read my review of car rental in Provence here .
Read more about car rental on a trip here .
I won’t dwell on how to get to these attractions by car: Google maps, a navigator or maps.me will help you better. I will tell you about each direction separately: how to get there by public transport or where to book a tour.
Where to go to the suburbs of Paris
From Paris to Versailles
Versailles is the most popular suburban route. It is really worth seeing the palace of the great king Louis XIV with your own eyes. A very bright large-scale architectural project was built about 10 years. For several decades he improved and rebuilt. Today the architectural monument is thematically divided into 6 zones. A beautiful mirror gallery with a total area of 803 m²: many crystal chandeliers, candelabra, pilasters. Be sure to look into the royal chapel (from the main entrance to the right), you will see an impressive throne in it.
So how long does it take to get from Paris to Versailles? About 17 kilometers. Agree, this is a bit. Two types of public transport will come to your aid:
No. 1. The train. Your line C. The route includes 7 stops. Exit – Versailles Rive Gauche. Ticket price – € 7.6.
Number 2. Bus number 171. It leaves from a stop near the Pont de Sevres station (western part of Paris). Between flights takes 15-20 minutes. Ticket – € 3.
If you want to enter the castle, you will have to pay from € 20 (+ audio guide in English).
Read also “TOP 50 sights of Paris”
From Paris to Disneyland
Disneyland in France is located in Marne-la-Valais. Before him from Paris – 32 km. The entertainment complex was opened in 1992. In size it is a good suburban European city. Disneyland (Paris) includes two theme parks, 50 cafes, dozens of hotels, night clubs, hundreds of shops. All this covers an area of 2 thousand hectares.
You can get from Paris to Disneyland by public transport:
- bus “Magic shuttle”. It leaves from several points: 1st arrondissement, stop opposite the Louvre Museum, Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris-Orly. Tickets cost € 18 for an adult and € 15 for children. It takes about 50 minutes to get there.
- commuter train RER. You need direction Marne-la-Vallée / Chessy. This is line A. Exit at the final stop. For one ticket, prepare € 7.6.
The cost of visiting: € 87 adults and € 80 children when buying on the current day ( buy a ticket ); € 74 and € 68 when purchased in advance on the Disneyland website. Children under 3 years are free.
The Loire Castles are a 2-hour drive from the French capital. On the green picturesque hills with an area of 800 km² stands a magnificent architectural ensemble, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In total there are 78 castles open to the public. Construction lasted from the X to the XVI century. The castles of the Loire served as a defensive fortress, a hospital, and a royal residence. In a word, they had many appointments. The most beautiful palaces are Blois and Chenonceau.
Of course, inspecting at least a few castles for one day is unrealistic. Choose one palace, for example, from those that I named, and plan an independent trip. Blois can be reached by train. Departure from station Austerlitz. It will take 2 hours on the road. Ticket – about € 30. If you start buying tickets in advance, you can buy tickets for the OUIBUS morning flight (direct) for € 25. Look at omio.ru .
From Paris to Normandy with a guide and on your own
Another popular tourist destination is the Normandy region in the northwest. Claude Monet lived here, often Flaubert and Maupassant. You can visit the city of Jeanne D’Arc – Rouen or Giverny – the place of luxurious gardens and manors. In one of them lived Claude Monet.
You can get to Rouen by bus number 17. Landing at a stop near the Paris Saint-Lazare station. Ticket – € 3. On the road – 90 minutes. Other options: ouibus, flixbus or isiline from € 5 ( buy an electronic ticket at omio.ru )
A direct train leaves from Saint-Lazare station daily. Spend about an hour on the way. Ticket price – € 10.
From Paris to Bruges
Another answer to the question “Where to go near Paris” is the Belgian city of Bruges. The distance between them is 298 km. In Bruges, there is the Church of Our Lady, the ancient mills of Sint-Janshuis, the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Of course, the city, first of all, is famous for its beautiful churches and museums. I advise you to definitely allocate time for the chocolate museum. Having been in it, you will learn about the stages of turning beans into a sweet favorite for everyone, get acquainted with the best recipes for cooking delicacies, and inspect the original exhibits. The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. Save € 9.5 on the ticket.
From Paris to Bruges can be reached by train TGV. Ticket – from € 57 (with change). On the road – 2 hours 30 minutes. Depart daily from Paris Nord station.
Another option is to get from Paris to Bruges by bus. Departure from the promenade of Bersi, arrival – Brugge station. On the road – 4 hours 45 minutes. Ticket price – from € 12.99 (look on the main site flixbus.com or on omio.ru ).
For those who want to get acquainted with the Belgian city under the “supervision” of professionals – a full-day excursion in Bruges from Paris . This is a group review program conducted in English. Its duration is more than 12 hours, the cost is € 170 per person.
Undoubtedly, the French capital itself is a vibrant showplace. But being in Paris, you can set aside 1 day and go to explore the surroundings. Believe me, there is also something to see!