Train Travel

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Train Travel

Many sights can be reached by SNCF (08–91–36–20–20 [€0.23 per min] www.transilien.com) trains from Paris. The handiest of Versailles's three train stations is the one reached by the RER-C line. The main Paris stations for this train are at Austerlitz, St-Michel, Invalides, and Champ-de-Mars; the trip takes 30–40 minutes.

Both regional and main-line (Le Mans-bound) trains leave Gare Montparnasse for Chartres (50-70 mins). The former also stops at Versailles and Rambouillet.

Gare Montparnasse is also the terminal for the suburban trains that stop at Montfort-L'Amaury, a helpful train station for the northwest regions of the Ile-de-France.

Most main-line trains from Gare St-Lazare stop at Vernon (50 mins), for Monet's House at Giverny, on their way to Rouen and Le Havre.

Chantilly is on the main northbound line from Gare du Nord (the trip takes 25-40 mins).

The lovely medieval town of Senlis can be reached by bus from Chantilly. Fontainebleau—or, rather, neighboring Avon, 2 km (1½ miles) away (there is a frequent bus service)—is 45 minutes from Gare de Lyon. To reach Vaux-le-Vicomte, head first for Melun, then take a taxi or local bus (in summer there's a shuttle service). To reach Giverny, rail it to Vernon, then use the taxi or local bus. The RER-A also accesses the station for Disneyland Paris (called Marne-la-Vallée–Chessy). This leaves visitors within 100 yards of the entrance to both the theme park and Disney Village. Journey time is around 40 minutes, and trains operate every 10–30 minutes, depending on the time of day. A main-line TGV (Trains à Grande Vitesse www.tgv.com) station also links Disneyland to Lille, Lyon, Brussels, and London (via Lille and the Channel Tunnel).

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