How do you buy a RER for Versailles

Old Aug 16th, 2004, 03:12 PM
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How do you buy a RER for Versailles

Sorry to ask such a silly question, but
can the RER ticket fo Versailles be bought at the booth, is there something like a round trip.? Does any one knows how much does it cost?
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Old Aug 16th, 2004, 03:31 PM
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The RER line to Versailles Rive Gauche leaves from several stations along the left bank. Stations are at Invalides, Musee Dorsey, and Champs de Mars and other places. If you look at a map, you will see Line C5 line originating at Gare Austerlitz and hugging the left bank for quite a ways. Trains to Versailles Rive Gauche have names like Vick and Vora.

I rode the Metro to Invalides and walked to the RER platform and got on the RER there.

The walk from the station to the entrance of Versailles is fairly short.


You can buy a ticket at a booth with ease. In fact, that is the most usual way I think.

I have not ridden the RER out there in a few years, but a guess at the price is 6€. I am sure someone will know the exact price.
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Old Aug 16th, 2004, 05:52 PM
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Thank you .....I understand that you are guessing but we are talking of aprox. 12 euros round trip.>?
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Old Aug 16th, 2004, 06:21 PM
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I believe the estimate is 5-6Euro for 'return', meaning 'round trip'.
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Old Aug 16th, 2004, 06:37 PM
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A couple of years ago the price was 5E round trip.

Save your ticket to exit the station in Versailles!
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Old Aug 16th, 2004, 06:40 PM
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I haven't bought one of those in years, but I bought it the same way I buy any RER ticket outside zone 2 (since I only get passes for zones 1-2) -- I go up to a ticket clerk in the booth and say I want a round-trip ticket to wherever. Then they sell you one.
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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 05:13 AM
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Thank you all, I wanted to be sure of the price because now I know that this tripit is not worth it to buy a Carte Orange 1-4 but simply get a RER round trip,
aller et retour, to Versailles for 5 to 6 euros. You all have been very patiente with me. Merci....
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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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Hi, Graziella.. I'm wondering about a Mobilis ticket for Zone 1 to 4. It's only one day, and only about 3.50 Euros more to make it a Zone 1 to 4 instead of a Zone 1-2. If you were to arrive on a Saturday and couldn't use your Carte Orange until Monday, that would make sense, as you'd have to have some transportation anyway on Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, just buying an RER ticket makes more sense.

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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 04:08 PM
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Hi Sandy, since we are threading thin
let me tell you our plan,we are arriving on a Wednesday,
leaving Sunday morning.
We are going to buy the Carte Orange anyway because it is so convenient to get in and off from buses for us. We love to walk and catch a bus in between or coming back. If we have the C.O. we jump
easily on buses. Not to worry about zones or anything.
We are quiet familiar with Paris and love some buses like the 80 .
So I feel I am going to buy the C>O use it from day 1 to get from the Air France Bus to the hotel, and on the last day to get us to the Air France Bus too.When going to Versailles we will buy a RER ticket. How does this sounds to you?
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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 07:45 PM
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Use your Z1-2 Carte Orange to get to Issy on RER C. The round-trip fare to Versailles should be a couple Euros (it's a 16-minute ride). Be sure you get on the train to Rive Gauche.

Bon voyage!
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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 09:06 PM
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That is neat Robespierre, no wonder you have chosen that name. Merci.
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Old Aug 17th, 2004, 09:12 PM
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you can opt for mobilis day pass zone1-4 (around 8Euros). you can use it when you return to paris too. take RER C at Javel (there are works on RER C).

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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 10:01 AM
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Hi, Graziella... I agree. Buying an individual RER ticket does seem like the easiest way to go to Versailles.

Best,
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 10:28 AM
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You can also reach Versailles by rail from St.Lazare station by commuter train if you are domiciled in that area. This line goes to the Rive Droit station in Versailles, a short walk from the palace. A third way to reach Versailles is to take a mainline train from Montparnasse to Versailles-Chantiers, the main station in town, but this is about a mile from the palace. Railpasses valid in France are valid on all three lines, including the RER. To use with a railpass you must first go to the ticket window and get a "contremarque de passage," a free ticket to trip the turnstiles going in and out of the system. Opposite the RER station in Versailles is the Versailles Tourist Office, which dispenses walking tours of the old town by the castle - a part of town most people miss but which has many monumental buildings and squares extant from Versailles royal heyday. This part of town is right by the RER station.
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There is a special ticket "Forfait Loisirs - Chateau de Versailles" which includes the return train trip + entrance to the Chateau, Grand & Petit Trianon, Hameau de la Reine & Ecurie. This is great value at 20 euros for adults, children under 18 14,50 euros.

You can only buy this ticket at the RER station Saint Michel - Notre Dame at the ticket office in front of the entrance of line C5 (take the Quai Saint Michel entrance, on the quayside near the river).

This saved my family both time and money, as we could walk right into the Chateau once we arrived.
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 12:25 PM
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Hi Rumseydog, great information. It is amazing all one can learn.
First I thought you meant a train ticket (snfc) but then I realized it is a
RER ? right?
I thank you all for the information I got through this posting, in return let list the new prices:
l ticket Metro-Bus 1.40
1 carnet 10.50
Carte Orange 1-2 , one week, 15.40
Carte Orange 1-4, one week, 25.20
1-2 Mobilis 5.30
1-4 Mobilis 8.80

Museum Pass -1 day 5.30
3 days 36.00

Merci all.
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