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22 Fabulous Day Trips from Paris by Train

If your trip to Paris is too short, you may not have much time to explore the French countryside or cities beyond Paris.

But sometimes you can manage to spare just one day, and deciding where to go then becomes the challenge.

The best way to get away for a day is by train. The Paris stations are all in town, so you gain precious travel time, and because some of these trips are long ones, you get to rest on the way there and back. Here's more information and tips on train travel in France.

You can get away for a day by car (compare rental prices here) but I wouldn't recommend it. Driving often takes longer than the train, parking can be difficult in cities, and the train is quite... simpler.

Where to board your train in Paris

Paris has six main train stations, each leading to different geographical points of the country. Make sure you get yourself to the right one! Your train ticket will tell you which station your train leaves from.

clock sculpture outside Saint-Lazare train station in ParisThe clock sculpture outside Saint-Lazare train station (1985, Arman) is called L'Heure de Tous - Everyone's Time. Each time is different, representing the idea of time flying by quickly.
  • Gare Saint-Lazare: A hugely busy but mostly suburban station that carries passengers to Normandy and Brittany.
  • Gare du Nord: This is one of the busiest stations in the world (it is also a hub for the Paris urban trains) and opens up towards the north – towards northern cities like Lille and Calais but also further afield to London and the Benelux countries.
  • Gare de l'Est: This translates into Eastern Station and rightly so, since this is where trains leave from to travel East towards Metz, Nancy, Alsace and further East to Germany.
  • Gare de Lyon: One of the busiest stations in France, trains from the Gare de Lyon head south to Lyon, Provence and the Riviera, and east to Switzerland and Italy.
  • Gare d'Austerlitz: This used to be the main station for Bordeaux and the southwest, until they moved these routes to Montparnasse. Today, it services shorter distances, usually but only in the Loire Valley.
  • Paris Montparnasse 1 and 2: this is mostly used for the TGV Atlantique, which covers destinations in the southwest of France (Toulouse, Bordeaux, Biarritz) all the way to the Spanish border and beyond.

These are the main train stations from which you catch a train leaving Paris, although there are other ways to leave the city by train, for example from TGV (high-speed train) stations located in the city's periphery.

But these will cover your travels for day trips from Paris by train.

How to book a train in Paris

The one thing you cannot do in France is simply jump on a train to get to your destination. You will have to buy your ticket ahead of time.

There are several ways to do this:

  • You can also download the SNCF-Connect app and order your ticket to your smartphone
  • You can buy tickets at the train station in person from the ticket counter or from one of the ticket machines

Best day trips from Paris

The various suggestions below for day trips by train from Paris each contain the following information:

  • Top things you can see in one day
  • Information on train transportation
  • Number of daily trains
  • Arrival and departure train stations
  • Minimum length of journey (I've listed the fastest train rides only, but please note that there are slower trains which will take longer, especially when there is a connection)

The day trips I've described below are mostly trips I've taken myself (90%) although a very few are to cities I have yet to visit, so the information comes from others who have been there or from online sources. 

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Amiens

This city in northern France is the capital of Picardy, and site of the famous raid on its prison by the British Air Force in February 1944; the raid, Operation Jericho, was designed to free hundreds of French Resistance fighters held there – it succeeded.

It is a pleasant city to walk around, but the cathedral is its main calling card, as are some of the picturesque neighbourhoods which have remained relatively untouched in modern times. The city is cut by the Somme River and like many cities with riversides, a lively culture has developed along its shores.

interior of Amiens CathedralInterior of the spectacular cathedral at Amiens

Things to do in Amiens

  • Visit Amiens Cathedral, a High Gothic structure protected on UNESCO's World Heritage List
  • View the artworks at the Picardy Museum of Fine Arts
  • Enjoy the charming medieval district of Saint-Leu, its many outdoor eateries and cafés, its half-timbered houses and cobblestoned streets
  • Visit the house of Jules Verne, where the author of "Around the World in 80 Days" wrote some of his most famous novels
  • Take a boat ride along the channels of the hortillonages, the maze of medieval floating gardens where fresh produce is still grown today

Amiens train information

  • Number of trains a day: 18
  • Length of journey: 1h21
  • Departure station: Gare du Nord
  • Arrival station: Amiens

Check the schedules and buy your Amiens train ticket here

Avignon

Avignon is a difficult day trip (the shortest trip is over 3 hours) so I hesitated putting it on this list. But if you learned the song "Sur le pont d'Avignon" when you were a child, you may find it difficult to resist visiting the bridge of your childhood stories.

Pope's palace in AvignonThe Papal Palace and ramparts of the city of Avignon

Things to do in Avignon

  • Visit the Papal Palace, a key UNESCO site
  • Go dance on the bridge, of course (sadly, the bridge has been much diminished by flooding)
  • Explore the Basilique Saint-Pierre d’Avignon, both the gothic exterior and the artistic interior
  • Amble along the Rue des Teinturiers, where silk was once spun and dyed and where waterwheels are all that are left to remind us of this past
  • Grab a picnic at Les Halles (the one with the living wall) and jump on the free ferry to the pedestrian Ile de la Barthelasse

Avignon train information

  • Number of trains a day: 16
  • Length of journey: 3h01
  • Departure station: Gare de Lyon
  • Arrival station: Avignon Centre (although you could arrive at Avignon TGV if you're leaving from Paris Roissy-CDG 2 Airport)

Check the schedules and buy your Avignon train ticket here

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Beaune

In the heart of Burgundy, not too far from the capital Dijon, the small medieval town of Beaune has plenty to keep you busy for a day, especially if you're into food and wine, and history.

Hospices de Beaune, the former hospitalThe Hospices de Beaune, or Hotel-Dieu, was once a hospital for the poor and is now a museum - and the site of a world-famous wine auction

Things to do in Beaune

Beaune train information

  • Number of trains a day: 18
  • Length of journey: 2h08
  • Departure station: Gare de Lyon
  • Arrival station: Beaune

Check the schedules and buy your Beaune train ticket here

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Blois

This lovely town on the shores of the Loire River is a great base from which to explore the surroundings, even for a few hours. The masterpiece of Blois is undoubtedly the castle of the same name, an extraordinary structure with centuries of history behind it.

Louis XII on horseback statue, Chateau de BloisKing Louis XII on horseback, on the façade of the Blois royal castle

Things to do in Blois

  • Visit the Château de Blois, built over several reigns and filled with fascinating history (get your skip-the-line ticket here)
  • Marvel at the Maison de la Magie, the House of Magic, for a museum with shows and workshops
  • Visit one of the other famous Loire châteaux – there are various shuttle, train and taxi options from Blois to Chambord or Cheverny but you might consider jumping on a tour (like this one) to save time
  • If you're up to cycling for an hour, follow the Loire River to Chaumont, one of the loveliest Loire châteaux

Blois train information

  • Number of trains a day: 17
  • Length of journey: 1h25
  • Departure station: Gare d'Austerlitz or Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Blois-Chambord

Check the schedules and buy your Blois train ticket here

Bordeaux

A few short decades ago, Bordeaux was a gritty city many tourists would avoid. Come a spruce-up and the city has a shiny new waterfront, spectacular promenades, and pristine architecture that has emerged from years of grime.

It is one of the top cities in France to visit and while it makes for a long day trip, the city is worth the time it will take to get there.

View from the Marché des Capucins in Bordeaux
Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, one of the best day trips from Paris by trainTop: view of La Flèche of St. Michel Basilica in the distance as seen from the Capucins Market in Bordeaux; below, the Place de la Bourse

Things to do in Bordeaux

  • Head for the water mirror, the Miroir d'Eau, for some mist and an evening reflection of the Place de la Bourse
  • Visit the brand new Cité du Vin, the City of Wine, for all things related to wine (we are in the heart of Bordeaux, after all)
  • If you don't drink, here are plenty of non-wine related things to do in Bordeaux
  • Simply walk around – Bordeaux is perfect for the pedestrian, from the Jardin Public to the covered market to the various medieval entranceways to the city – you can absorb much the city's history this way 
  • Take a guided tour of some of the most famous vineyards in the world

Bordeaux train information

  • Number of trains a day: 18
  • Length of journey: 2h30
  • Departure station: Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Bordeaux St Jean

Check the schedules and buy your Bordeaux train ticket here

Bourges

A lovely town if you'd like a wander among half-timbered houses – more than 400 of them – and a stunning gothic cathedral protected by UNESCO. It's a lovely town that breathes history, filled with history. A lovely place.

Bourges Cathedral seen from aboveSt Stephen Cathedral in Bourges

Things to do in Bourges

  • Visit the magnificent cathedral, of course, and its tower and crypt
  • Visit the sumptuous 15th-century Palais Jacques Coeur
  • Wander around the Old Town and enjoy the history and architecture
  • Take a boat ride through the city marshes
  • If you happen to visit in April, the Printemps de Bourges – the Bourges Spring –

Bourges train information

  • Number of trains a day: 9
  • Length of journey: 1h59
  • Departure station: Gare d'Austerlitz
  • Arrival station: Bourges

Check the schedules and buy your Bourges train ticket here

Chartres

When we think of Chartres, we probably think of its UNESCO-protected cathedral, but there is so much more to this town, especially in its older sections along the riverbank.

Stained glass windows in Chartres Cathedral, one of the easier trips from Paris by trainStained glass windows of the Cathedral of Chartres

Things to do in Chartres

  • Explore the 12th-century gothic cathedral, one of the best examples of this architecture in the world. See not only the building itself but climb the bell tower, observe the flying buttresses and sculptures, and admire the stained glass windows. Next door, visit the International Center for Stained Glass
  • See the Maison Picassiette, built out of porcelain and glass mosaics, the life work of a single man
  • Stroll around the various medieval sectors, both in the upper town near the cathedral and in the lower town near the river

Chartres train information

  • Number of trains a day: 16
  • Length of journey: 0h59
  • Departure station: Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Chartres

Check the schedules and buy your Chartres train ticket here

Colmar

You've inevitably seen photos of Colmar, with its colourful half-timbered houses,  cobblestoned streets and glistening canal, near the German border along the Alsace Wine Route. It isn't exactly close to Paris but it can be done in a day, definitely worth it if you've never been to Alsace and would like to enjoy something a little different.

Colourful houses in Little Venice, ColmarThe canals of Colmar are often referred to as Little Venice

Things to do in Colmar

  • Take a flat-bottomed boat ride along the canal and get to see Colmar from the water
  • Walk around the pedestrian town and admire the beautifully coloured half-timbered houses
  • Visit the Bertholdi Museum − the famous sculptor, who created the Statue of Liberty, was born in Colmar and this was his family's home
  • This is the place to taste the light and fruity Alsace wines
  • Rent a bike at Colmar station and head for the fairy-tale village of Eguisheim, half an hour away

Colmar train information

  • Number of trains a day: 16
  • Length of journey: 2h22
  • Departure station: Paris Est or Gare de Lyon
  • Arrival station: Colmar

Check the schedules and buy your Paris to Colmar train ticket here

Dijon

Dijon is the heart of Burgundy and historically, its capital. It has a perfectly preserved old town packed with "hotels particuliers", or classic urban mansions, and plenty of extraordinary architecture.

It is also know for its gastronomy, from mustard to the nearby vineyards of Burgundy and the new Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin.

A day trip to Dijon will be long enough to explore the heart of the Old Town, a museum or two, and at least one good meal.

Old Dijon and its half-timbered houses, an easy day trip from Paris by trainOld town and half-timbered houses of Dijon, in Burgundy

Things to do in Dijon

  • Visit Les Halles, the covered market, to pick up some local delicacies
  • Climb the Tour Philippe Le Bon for a panoramic 360° view of the city
  • Follow the Owl's Trail path throughout the Old Town
  • Visit the Museum of Burgundian Life for a glimpse of the past
  • Explore the Museum of Fine Arts (and the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy) inside the Ducal Palace
  • Visit the new international gastronomy and wine center (for now the website is only in French, but...)

Dijon train information

  • Number of trains a day: 19
  • Length of journey: 1h34
  • Departure station: Gare de Lyon
  • Arrival station: Dijon Ville

Check the schedules and buy your Paris to Dijon train ticket here

Disneyland Paris

If you're a diehard Disney fan or if you're traveling with children, a day at Disney Paris may be fun. It's certainly easy enough to get to! The park is smaller than its US counterparts, and less sophisticated, but it's still a fun way to spend a day when you've seen enough museums and eaten in enough good restaurants. Beware long lines during high season, however, especially on weekends.

Disneyland Paris - to Paris by train

Disneyland train information

  • Number of trains a day: continuous
  • Length of journey: 0h37
  • Departure station: RER A from Gare de Lyon
  • Arrival station: Marne la Vallée Chessy

Buy your Disneyland train ticket here

Giverny

Giverny is best known as Monet's village, because the Impressionist painter lived and worked here from 1883 until the end of his life in 1926. Both in Giverny and in nearby Vernon, you'll find – as is the case with Van Gogh in Provence – plenty of local sights painted by Monet.

House and garden of Monet in Giverny, filled with greenery and colourDay trips from Paris to Giverny are hugely popular - everyone wants to see Monet's house and garden

Things to do in Giverny

  • Claude Monet Foundation
  • Museum of Impressionism
  • Saint-Radegonde Church and Monet's tomb
  • The town of Vernon, with scenes also painted by Monet

Giverny day trips from Paris by train 

  • Number of trains a day: 14
  • Length of journey: 1h08
  • Departure station: St Lazare
  • Arrival station: Vernon-Giverny, then a shuttle bus

Check the schedules and buy your Vernon-Giverny train ticket here

Given the transportation challenges (you have to connect from the train to a shuttle bus or take a taxi), this is one case in which you might consider taking a tour from Paris. If you have very little time, you could even combine Giverny with a quick tour of Versailles. Some of these may involve travel by coach rather than by train, given the short distances.

Lille

The city of Lille, one of France's 10 largest cities, is close to the Belgian border so you'll notice the mix of French and Flemish architecture. It is a large city but a dynamic one, easy to get around on public transportation, and crammed with art and museums.

View of the city of Lille, France

Things to do in Lille

  • Visit the Beaux-Arts museum, with an art collection second only to that of the Louvre
  • The Lille Cathedral, unlike many in France, is neither gothic nor Renaissance but was started in the 19th century and finished just a few decades ago
  • For a taste of the 13th century, head for the Hospice Comtesse museum to admire its Flemish collection
  • LaM, the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art
  • The Vieille Bourse and its second-hand book exchange
  • Try a local beer − you are right next to Belgium, after all

Lille train information

  • Number of trains a day: 18
  • Length of journey: 1h02
  • Departure station: Paris Nord
  • Arrival station: Lille Flandres or Lille Europe

Check the schedules and buy your Lille train ticket here

Lyon

If there's one city you should visit outside Paris, that city is Lyon. With history dating back to Gallo-Roman times, this eclectic and handsome city is easy to get around and while a day is short, you'll still be able to soak up some of its culture and history − and famous culinary specialties.

Streets of Old Lyon before the crowds arrive
One of Lyon's many outdoor murals - decpicts a restaurant facade, called Le Pot Beaujolais, and a chef standing outsideTop: a street in Old Lyon; bottom: one of the city's spectacular outdoor murals

Things to do in Lyon

  • If you're a foodie, visit the Halles Paul Bocuse
  • Walk around the Old Town
  • Take the funicular up to the Fourvière Basilica
  • Explore the city's giant outdoor murals
  • Find out about Lyon's silk-weaving heritage in the Croix-Rousse quarter
  • Have lunch in a typical Lyon bouchon, a traditional eatery

Lyon train information

  • Number of trains a day: 19
  • Length of journey: 1h56
  • Departure station: Gare de Lyon
  • Arrival station: Lyon Pardieu or Lyon Perrache

Check the schedules and buy your Lyon train ticket here

Metz

Metz, not far from Nancy, is a pleasant city with several outstanding sights, especially for history buffs and art afficionados. Sitting astride two rivers, the Moselle and the Seille, its shores have the charm of many riverside cities. Several intriguing architectural styles marry here, not surprising given that it was annexed by Germany after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871.

Gateway into Metz, France - Porte des AllemandsOne of the old gateways into the city of Metz

Things to do in Metz

  • Visit the soaring Metz Cathedral, of course: it has more stained glass than any other cathedral in the world
  • The Centre Pompidou-Mets, an offshoot of the famous Paris museum, with some excellent exhibitions
  • Musée de la Cour d'Or is an eclectic historical collection that traces the earliest Gallo-Roman culture of Metz into the Middle Ages and beyond
  • The Porte des Allemands, the Germans' Gate, is France's only remaining castle bridge
  • The 1870 War Museum, dedicated to the Franco-Prussian War, which France lost; the museum's location is where there was some of the heaviest fighting

Metz train information

  • Number of trains a day: 7
  • Length of journey: 1h24
  • Departure station: Paris Est
  • Arrival station: Metz Ville

Check the schedules and buy your Metz train ticket here

Nancy

Nancy is a paradise for lovers of Art Nouveau and is an ideal day trip from Paris by train. As the birthplace of the Ecole de Nancy, the Belle Epoque saw the emergence of a series of architects, furniture designers and artists who dedicated themselves to this new art style. Prepare to be enthralled if this is a style you love.

Art nouveau dining room decor in the Villa Majorelle
Arc Héré, just off the Place Stanislas in NancyTop: inside the magnificent Art Nouveau Villa Majorelle; bottom: the Arc Héré, just off the Place Stanislas in Nancy

Things to do in Nancy

  • Delve into Art Nouveau at the Villa Majorelle
  • Investigate this style further at the Museum of the Ecole de Nancy
  • Marvel at the Daum glass collection in the basement of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Explore the Place Stanislas, a French favourite, with plenty of history and things to see. It is one of the three sites protected by UNESCO − the others are the Place d'Alliance and Place de la Carrière
  • Visit the Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine

Nancy train information

  • Number of trains a day: 12
  • Length of journey: 1h31
  • Departure station: Paris Est
  • Arrival station: Nancy

Check the schedules and buy your Nancy train ticket here

Nantes

Nantes occupies an unusual place: it was once a stronghold of Brittany, but now sits administratively outside the Brittany region. Historically it was the epicenter of France's slave trade, a past it has faced head on and which is worth pursuing here.

Mechanical elephant being ridden by visitors in Nancy, FranceOne of the several extraordinary mechanical animals of the Machines de l'Ile in Nantes

Things to do in Nantes

  • Visit the château of the Dukes of Brittany and the Slavery Museum it houses
  • Enjoy the extraordinary mechanical constructions of the Machines de l'Ile, especially the giant elephant
  • Walk along the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery
  • Visit the colourful houses and artistic vibe of Trentemoult, a former fishing village a few minutes away by ferry
  • Have a meal at La Cigale, a sumptuous Belle Epoque brasserie with an exuberant decor

Nantes train information

  • Number of trains a day: 16
  • Length of journey: 1h56
  • Departure station: Gare d'Austerlitz or Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Nantes

Check the schedules and buy your Nantes train ticket here

Orleans

Orleans is a handsome city with plenty of French classical architecture and a delightful old town, but above all it is a town with a deep history. Remember, it was freed from the English by Joan of Arc and while that may have been back in the 15th century, Orleans has never forgotten, and is riddled with monuments to the valiant soldier.

Old town of Orleans

Things to do in Orleans

  • Follow in Joan of Arc's footsteps and explore the old town as she might have seen it
  • Enjoy reenactments of Joan of Arc's liberation of Orleans the first week of May every year, with the Fêtes Joanniques (these are also held in Reims, by the way)
  • Cycle along the Loire River, a favourite pastime in this region
  • The Ste-Croix Cathedral, of course, which took six centuries to complete (with stained glass windows that tell Joan of Arc's story of course)
  • The remarkable Parc floral de la Source gardens, where the Loiret River begins – but the city itself is on the Loire River (if you're confused about your Loires and Loirets, read this!)

Orleans train information

  • Number of trains a day: 17
  • Length of journey: 1h06
  • Departure station: Gare d'Austerlitz or Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Nantes

Check the schedules and buy your Orleans train ticket here

Reims

Reims is famous for a number of things but two stand out. First, it is the self-proclaimed capital of Champagne and it is filled with Champagne houses whose names you will undoubtedly recognize. And second, the Reims Cathedral is where French kings were crowned for nearly 1000 years.

Reims CathedralReims Cathedral (photo vivali, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Things to do in Reims

  • Visit the Porte de Mars, the largest Roman arch in the world
  • The Automobile Museum, which traces the history of French cars
  • The Art Deco Carnegie Library, built after the city was damaged during World War I
  • The Reims Cathedral, whose stained glass windows were designed by Marc Chagall
  • Enjoy the Champagne houses, of course, like this Taittinger morning tasting

Reims train information

  • Number of trains a day: 7
  • Length of journey: 0h45
  • Departure station: Paris Est
  • Arrival station: Reims Centre

Check the schedules and buy your Reims train ticket here

Rennes

Now the capital of Brittany, one of the six Celtic nations, Rennes is a beautiful city that dates back to Gall-Roman times. It is famous for its colourful half-timbered buildings and is magnificent cathedral.

Colourful half-timbered houses in Rennes, France

Things to do in Rennes

  • Visit the historic Musée des Beaux-Arts and its works, from da Vinci to Picasso
  • Explore the city's nearly 300 medieval half-timbered houses
  • Rennes Cathedral, an important part of Rennes' cultural heritage
  • Enjoy the 10ha Parc du Thabor and its French and English gardens, its rose garden, botanic garden, greenhouses and much more
  • Take a guided tour of the magnificent Parliament of Brittany, now the Court of Appeal
  • Marvel at what's left of the medieval Duchesne Tower

Rennes train information

  • Number of trains a day: 14
  • Length of journey: 1h27
  • Departure station: Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Rennes

Check the schedules and buy your Rennes train ticket here

Rouen

Rouen is the capital of Normandy and is known for its half-timbered houses which once belonged to traders, and cobblestone streets, not to mention its Gothic churches – and Notre Dame Cathedral, which Monet loved to paint. And let's not forget this is where Joan of Arc spent her final days. All this makes Rouen one of the best day trips to Normandy from Paris.

Gros Horloge clock in RouenThe famous Gros Horloge in Rouen

Things to do in Rouen

  • Admire Rouen Cathedral, resting place of Richard the Lionheart, and its extraordinary stained glass windows
  • Visit one of the city's major medieval landmarks, the Gros Horloge astronomical clock 
  • The old medieval town of Vieux-Rouen, photogenic beyond belief
  • The Historial Jeanne d'Arc, an immersive experience tracing her life and final days
  • Explore the Ceramics Museum and its celebrated local pottery

Rouen train information

  • Number of trains a day: 28
  • Length of journey: 1h40
  • Departure station: St Lazare
  • Arrival station: Rouen Rive Droite

Check the schedules and buy your Rouen train ticket here

Strasbourg

A Paris to Strasbourg day trip will reveal a city that rivals Paris as an international center – it is home to the European Parliament as well as a number of other international institutions. It is a city at the crossroads, of countries, cultures and religions, next to Germany, and in the heart of Alsace, a city of incredible beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Canals along La Petite France in Strasbourg, FranceCanals of La Petite France, as this is neighbourhood in Strasbourg is known

Things to do in Strasbourg

  • Marvel at the beauty of Strasbourg Cathedral
  • Enjoy a boat trip along the canals of La Petite France
  • Learn about Alsace's history in the Musée Alsacien
  • Visit the European Parliament and its museum
  • Snap a photograph from the Vauban Dam
  • Come in winter and discover France's oldest Christmas market

Strasbourg train information

  • Number of trains a day: 12
  • Length of journey: 1h46
  • Departure station: Paris Est
  • Arrival station: Strasbourg

Check the schedules and buy your Strasbourg train ticket here

Tours

Tours is a great jumping off point for the chateaux of the Loire and is perfect for Loire Valley day trips from Paris. Some chateaux, like the delightful Chenonceau, are easy to reach by train. It also happens to be a delightful town, where everything is walkable and with a lovely medieval vibe.

Place Plumereau in Tous, FranceNightfall on the Place Plumereau in Tours, France, THE place to sit and people-watch in the city

Things to do in Tours

  • Tours Cathedral, of course
  • Old Tours, or the Vieux Tours, the medieval part of the city (make sure you sit for a drink at the famous Place Plumereau)
  • Possibly my favourite place in Tours is the Musée du Compagnonage, showcasing workmanship from a medieval guild that is still active today
  • Some of the nearby chateaux – can't miss those!

Tours train information

  • Number of trains a day: 15
  • Length of journey: 1h08
  • Departure station: Gare d'Austerlitz or Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Tours

Check the schedules and buy your Paris Tours train ticket here

Versailles

This is your chance to visit Versailles in a day – and it will take you a day to see it properly.

But you'll have to get organized.

Definitely consider getting at least a skip-the-line ticket, but given the amount there is to see, consider a guided tour, several of which include transportation to Versailles.

Hall of Mirrors in Versailles

Versailles train information

  • Number of trains a day: 18
  • Length of journey: 0h12
  • Departure station: Paris Montparnasse 1 & 2
  • Arrival station: Versailles Chantiers

Check the schedules and buy your Versailles train ticket here

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