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Day trips outside of Paris on your Navigo card

Getting the most out of your Navigo Pass

Discover the enchanting day trips awaiting you just beyond the bustling streets of Paris with your Pass Navigo card. With this convenient travel pass, you can embark on a variety of adventures to 19 different destinations scattered across the Île-de-France region. From historic châteaux and charming medieval towns to tranquil forests and scenic riversides, the options are as diverse as they are enticing.

Explore these captivating locales effortlessly, all included in the fare of your Navigo card (must have zones 1 to 5). Additionally, for those seeking even more exploration, there are other day trips available which require a separate transportation ticket but promise equally unforgettable experiences. Unleash the possibilities and let your Navigo card be the key to unlocking the wonders of the French countryside!

Day Trips outside of Paris


An unparalleled glimpse into the opulent history of France and its monarchy. Step into the majestic Palace of Versailles, where you are transported back to the grandeur of the 17th and 18th centuries, where extravagance and elegance reigned supreme. The palace’s stunning architecture, lavish gardens, and sumptuous interiors, including the iconic Hall of Mirrors, provide a captivating insight into the lives of French royalty.

Beyond the palace walls, the expansive gardens, adorned with meticulously manicured lawns, ornate fountains, and picturesque pathways, offer a serene escape from the bustling city. Versailles is not just a historical landmark; it’s a testament to the artistic and cultural legacy of France, making it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the splendor of bygone eras.

The Palace is open every day except Mondays from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. 
The Trianon is open every day except Mondays from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. 
The Gardens and the Park are open every day from 8 AM to 6 PM. 

Getting to the Palace:
If you take the RER C, it is just a 10 minute walk from the station Versailles Château – Rive Gauche. 
If you take an SNCF train from Gare de Montparnasse, it is a 18 minute walk from Versailles Chantiers station. 
If you take an SNCF train from Gare Saint-Lazare, it is a 17 minute walk form the Versailles Rive Droite station. 

You will need to purchase two tickets (two-way trip) from your point of departure to the Versailles train station, or use a pass (Navigo, Mobilis or Paris Visite) covering zones 1 to 4, if you come from Paris. NOTE: T+ tickets cannot be used for this journey. You can go here to see which route best suites you. 

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Visiting Vaux-le-Vicomte offers a captivating journey into French Baroque art, architecture, and history. This masterpiece, located just outside Paris, was the inspiration behind the Palace of Versailles and is often considered the epitome of 17th-century French elegance. Designed by architect Louis Le Vau, landscaped by André Le Nôtre, and decorated by painter Charles Le Brun, Vaux-le-Vicomte is a harmonious blend of architectural splendor and landscaped beauty.

Its opulent interiors, meticulously manicured gardens, and enchanting water features provide visitors with a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of Nicolas Fouquet, the influential finance minister who commissioned its creation. Beyond its historical significance, Vaux-le-Vicomte offers a tranquil escape from the city, inviting visitors to wander through its lush gardens, admire its ornate fountains, and immerse themselves in the timeless allure of French art and culture.

Getting to the Château:
You’ll take the RER R train to Melun from Gare de Lyon (30-minute direct train). You can purchase tickets at the station or online. When you arrive in Melun take a 10-minute taxi or Uber* to the chateau. The Chateaubus shuttle runs from Melun every day starting from March 30th. The Chateabus is located in front of the Café de la Gare, 15 Av. Gallieni, 77000 Melun

*If you take a taxi from Melun Station to Vaux le Vicomte, here are the approximative fares ( they use the taxi meter) :

  • Melun Station to vaux during the day : 18-20€
  • Vaux- Melun station during the day : 20-25€
  • Add 5 € one way during night hours
  • You may have to add another 5€ if the taxi has to go around the long plane tree road leading to the château , when it is closed.


Visiting Auvers-sur-Oise is akin to stepping into a living canvas that once inspired some of the greatest works of art in history. This quaint village, nestled along the picturesque banks of the Oise River, holds a special place in the annals of art as the final resting place of Vincent van Gogh and the subject of many of his iconic paintings. Walking through Auvers-sur-Oise, visitors can trace the footsteps of the legendary artist, exploring the landscapes that inspired his masterpieces. From the iconic wheat fields to the charming village streets, every corner of Auvers-sur-Oise resonates with artistic allure. Beyond its connection to van Gogh, the village boasts a rich cultural heritage, with charming cafes, historic buildings, and scenic vistas awaiting exploration. 

Getting to Auvers-sur-Oise:
By train – takes approx. 1 hour from the Saint-Lazare or Gare du Nord train station.There is a direct train departing from the Gare du Nord train station between April to end of October. It leaves at 9:38 AM and arrives in Auvers at 10:22 AM and then leaves to go back to Paris at 18:32 PM and arrives back at Gare du Nord at 19:05 PM. Leaving from Saint-Lazare, expect an hour and 30 minutes on transportation. You’ll take the J train direction Pontoise and change to the H at the Pontoise train station, direction Creil.


Fontainebleau is a rich tapestry of history, art, and natural beauty. Home to the magnificent Château de Fontainebleau, this UNESCO World Heritage Site invites exploration of centuries of royal legacy, from medieval times to the reign of Napoleon III. The château’s opulent interiors, including the stunning François I Gallery and the sumptuous Napoleon Apartments, showcase exquisite craftsmanship and design. Beyond its regal splendor, Fontainebleau is renowned for its sprawling forest, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts offering endless opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding amidst ancient oaks and picturesque landscapes. 

Getting to Fontainebleau:

By Train – You will be leaving from the Gare de Lyon station on the R train (direction Montargis Sens or Montereau) and you will get off at the station Fontainebleau-Avon. This trip takes about 40 minutes. Once you are at the train station at Fontainebleau-Avon, you will want to take the Line 1 bus and get off at the Fontainebleau downtown stop. 


Rambouillet offers a tranquil retreat steeped in history and natural beauty, making it a delightful destination for travelers seeking relaxation and exploration. Nestled amidst a lush forest and picturesque countryside, Rambouillet is home to the splendid Château de Rambouillet, a former royal residence known for its elegant architecture and expansive gardens. You can wander through the château’s opulent rooms, stroll along its manicured lawns, and admire the serene beauty of its surrounding parkland.

Beyond the château, Rambouillet boasts charming streets lined with quaint shops and cafes, inviting visitors to savor the laid-back ambiance of this idyllic town. With its blend of historical charm and natural allure, Rambouillet offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it a perfect destination for a leisurely day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway.

Getting to Rambouillet:

The best way to get to Rambouillet is on the Line N, which leaves from the Paris Montparnasse train station. The average trip for Paris Montparnasse to the Rambouillet train statin takes about 35 minutes. The first train is scheduled to leave Paris at 5:35 AM. The Château is a 15 minute walk from the train station. 


Saint Cloud beckons visitors with its scenic beauty, rich history, and cultural offerings. Nestled along the banks of the Seine River just outside of Paris, this charming suburb boasts the enchanting Parc de Saint-Cloud, a sprawling green oasis with magnificent gardens, grand alleys, and stunning views of the city skyline. History enthusiasts will find delight in exploring the remnants of the Château de Saint-Cloud, once a royal residence that witnessed significant moments in French history. 

Getting to the Parc –

There are several different options on getting to the Parc de Saint Cloud. 

By Metro: Line 10 terminus Boulogne-Pont de St-Cloud, exit Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny on the left, then cross the Pont de St-Cloud (this is about a 10 minute walk to the Grille de Clemenceau). 

By Train: Catch the Line L or U from La Défénse in direction to Versailles rive-droite or Saint-Nom La Bretèche. Get off at the station Saint-Cloud. The best entrance to the Parc from the train station at Saint Cloud is the Grille des Écoles, this takes about 8 minutes walking. 

By Tram: Take the T2 from La Défénse in direction Porte de Versailles. Get off at the station Parc de Saint-Cloud and walk up to the Grille des Écoles (it is a steep hill, take your time). 


Saint-Germain-en-Laye invites visitors with its unique blend of history, culture, and charm. Steeped in royal heritage, this picturesque town boasts the magnificent Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, once a favored residence of French monarchs. History enthusiasts can explore its regal interiors and lush gardens, while art lovers will appreciate the collection housed within the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, located within the château grounds.

Beyond its historical significance, Saint-Germain-en-Laye offers quaint streets lined with boutiques, cafes, and art galleries, creating a vibrant atmosphere for leisurely exploration. The town’s proximity to the expansive Forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking and picnicking amidst scenic landscapes. With its rich history, cultural attractions, and natural beauty, Saint-Germain-en-Laye promises a memorable experience for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the essence of French heritage and ambiance.

Getting to Saint-Germain-en-Laye:

The best way to get to Saint-Germain-en-Laye is by the RER A. You’ll want to get the RER A with the terminus being Saint-Germain-en-Laye. You can pick up the A at several different locations in Paris (Nation, Gare de Lyon, Châtelet, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, La Défénse). Take the exit 3 for the Château, which will put you right out of the entrance. 


Provins beckons visitors with its enchanting medieval charm and rich historical heritage. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, located just outside of Paris, transports visitors back in time with its remarkably preserved medieval architecture, fortified walls, and winding cobblestone streets. The town’s iconic landmarks, including the imposing Tour César and the stunning Saint-Quiriace Collegiate Church, offer glimpses into its illustrious past as a bustling center of trade and culture during the Middle Ages.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the medieval atmosphere by attending the acclaimed Provins Medieval Festival, where jousting tournaments, colorful parades, and traditional performances bring the town’s history to life. With its captivating ambiance, fascinating history, and vibrant festivals, Provins is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking to experience the magic of medieval France.

Getting to Provins:

Take the train line P, leaving from Gare de l’Est. This is not a direct transit, so plan on an hour and 20 minutes. You’ll want to take the navette from the train station to the city in front of the tourist office. Here you can buy tickets to different events or pick them up if you bought them online. 


Sceaux captivates visitors with its blend of historical elegance, natural beauty, and cultural attractions. Nestled in the suburbs of Paris, this charming town is renowned for its magnificent Château de Sceaux, surrounded by expansive formal gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. History enthusiasts can explore the château’s opulent interiors and learn about its fascinating past, while nature lovers can enjoy leisurely strolls amidst the meticulously landscaped gardens, featuring ornate fountains, statues, and scenic vistas.

Getting to Sceaux:

The best way to get to Sceaux is on the RER B line which you can pick up at any of the following stations in Paris: Paris-Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les Halles, Saint-Michel Notre-Dame, Luxembourg, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, and Cité Université.  There are 3 different stations that you can choose to get off at to access the park: Sceaux, Parc de Sceaux and La Croix de Berny. you’ll want to check which branch of the RER B you are on for which station it serves. 


Maison Lafitte entices visitors with its elegant blend of architectural splendor, historical significance, and tranquil surroundings. Nestled along the banks of the Seine River just outside Paris, this enchanting estate showcases a masterpiece of classical French architecture, the Château de Maison. Dating back to the 17th century, the château boasts breathtaking interiors adorned with intricate details, exquisite furnishings, and stunning artwork, offering a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of its former residents.

Surrounding the château lies the sprawling Parc de Maison, a verdant oasis featuring lush gardens, serene lakes, and picturesque pathways, providing a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether one seeks to admire architectural beauty, immerse themselves in history, or simply relax amidst natural splendor, Maison Lafitte offers a captivating retreat for visitors to savor and explore.

Getting to Maisons-Laffitte:

The easiest is on the RER A, direction Poissy/ Cergy-Le Haut. You can get the RER A at any of the following stations: Vincennes, Nation, Gare de Lyon, Châtelet-Les Halles, Auber, Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, and La Défense. The château and garden are about a 15 minute walk from the train station. The park is about 20 minutes, on the same path as the château from the train station. 

Île de la Jatte

Ile de la Jatte beckons visitors with its serene ambiance, scenic beauty, and artistic legacy. Nestled along the Seine River in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just a stone’s throw away from Paris on the west end of the city, this charming island is celebrated for inspiring renowned artists such as Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh with its picturesque landscapes. Visitors can wander along the island’s tranquil pathways, admiring the idyllic scenery of tree-lined promenades, quaint bridges, and waterfront views. Whether one seeks a leisurely stroll, a peaceful picnic, or a moment of artistic inspiration, Ile de la Jatte offers a serene escape from the urban hustle, inviting visitors to unwind and immerse themselves in its timeless allure.

Getting to Île de la Jatte:

The best route to the Island is taking the Line 1 and getting off at Pont de Neuilly station, there you will connect with the bus 93 in direction Invalides and get off at the stop, Pont de la Grande Jatte (3rd stop on the bus route from Pont de Neuilly). If you are using your Ticket T+, you’ll be able to transfer on the same ticket (as long as it is within 90 minutes of getting off the metro) from the metro to the bus. 


Moret-sur-Loing captivates visitors with its enchanting blend of medieval charm, artistic heritage, and scenic beauty. Nestled along the banks of the Loing River, this picturesque town boasts cobbled streets, historic buildings, and quaint bridges that evoke a sense of timeless beauty. The town’s medieval walls and towers stand as a testament to its rich history, while its vibrant artistic community pays homage to renowned painters such as Alfred Sisley, who found inspiration in Moret’s idyllic landscapes. Be sure to check out the Musée du Sucre d’Orge (France’s oldest candy) and the Maison du Sucre d’Orge as well as the Musée Rosa Bonheur . 

Visitors can wander through the town’s charming streets, explore its art galleries and studios, or simply relax by the riverside, taking in the serene beauty of the surroundings. With its captivating ambiance and rich cultural heritage, Moret-sur-Loing offers a delightful retreat for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the essence of French history and artistic inspiration.

Getting to Moret-sur-Loing:

The R train that leaves from the station Paris Gare de Lyon every 30 minutes and the average trip is about 45 minutes. The station that puts you in the center of town is Moret Veneux-sur-Loing (direction Montereau/Laroche Migennes and Montargis). This trip takes roughly 50 minutes and there are a total of 5 stops from Gare de Lyon. 


Rueil-Malmaison beckons visitors with its unique blend of historical charm, scenic beauty, and cultural offerings. Steeped in history, this charming town boasts the illustrious Château de Malmaison, once the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Joséphine. History enthusiasts can explore the château’s elegant interiors, stroll through its picturesque gardens, and learn about the fascinating lives of its former occupants. Beyond its regal heritage, Rueil-Malmaison offers a tranquil escape from the urban bustle, with its leafy parks, serene riverbanks, and charming streets lined with boutiques and cafes.

With its rich history, natural splendor, and cultural attractions, Rueil-Malmaison invites visitors to immerse themselves in its timeless ambiance and discover the allure of this hidden gem just outside of Paris.

Getting to Rueil-Malmaison:

The RER A, direction Saint-Germain-en-Laye will be the best option getting to the city. The train station is to the north-west of the city and there’s a bus station outside of the train station where you can catch a bus that can take you to your destination. Be sure to check the timetables for the buses. 


Saint-Remy-lès-Chevreuse entices visitors with its captivating blend of natural beauty, historical charm, and outdoor adventures. Nestled in the heart of the Chevreuse Valley Regional Natural Park, this picturesque town offers breathtaking scenery, with lush forests, meandering rivers, and rolling hills inviting exploration. History enthusiasts will delight in the town’s rich heritage, from its ancient churches to its medieval bridges and quaint streets. The town is home to the enchanting Château de la Madeleine, a medieval fortress offering panoramic views of the valley below.

Getting to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse:

The best route is on the RER B, direction and terminus Saint-Rémy-lès-Cheveruse. You can leave from any of the following station in the center of Paris : Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame, Port Royal, Denfert-Rochereau, or Cité Univeritaire. Depending on where you leave from will depend on the time of your trip. For example, if you are leaving from the Châtelet-Les Halles station, the trip will take you roughly 55 minutes. 

l'Isle d'Adam

L’Isle-Adam beckons visitors with its enchanting blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical charm. Tucked along the banks of the Oise River, this picturesque town offers a serene escape from the bustle of city life. Visitors can wander through its charming streets, lined with historic buildings, boutiques, and cafes, or explore the lush greenery of the nearby Parc de l’Isle-Adam, perfect for picnics, leisurely strolls, and outdoor activities. History enthusiasts will appreciate the town’s rich heritage, including the majestic Château de l’Isle-Adam, which dates back to the 16th century and offers insight into the region’s aristocratic past. Additionally, the town hosts various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, adding to its vibrant atmosphere. 

Getting to l’Isle d’Adam: 

You’ll want to leave on the J train from Paris Saint-Lazare towards Ermont-Eaubonne. There, you will change for the H train towards Persan – Beaumont where you will get off at the L’Isle-Adam-Parmain Train station. It is then a 12 minute walk, across the river into the city. This trip will take you a little over an hour (about 1 hour and 15 minutes) . 

Abbaye de Royaumont

The Abbaye de Royaumont invites visitors to experience a tranquil oasis of history, spirituality, and cultural richness. Nestled amidst lush greenery in the idyllic countryside north of Paris, this medieval Cistercian abbey exudes an aura of timeless beauty and serenity. Visitors can explore its magnificent Gothic architecture, including the majestic church and cloisters, and wander through the peaceful gardens, where fragrant herbs and flowers bloom. The abbey also hosts a vibrant cultural program, featuring concerts, exhibitions, and workshops that celebrate music, art, and heritage. Whether one seeks contemplation in the abbey’s peaceful surroundings, exploration of its rich history, or inspiration through cultural immersion, a visit to the Abbaye de Royaumont promises a memorable journey into the heart of French heritage and spirituality.

Getting to the Abbaye de Royaumont:

You will take the H train that leaves from the Gare du Nord station, the trip is about 50 minutes and you will get off at the station Luzarches. From there you can take a free shuttle bus (on weekends and holidays) from the station to the Abbaye. You can book your slot here before-hand, which is highly recommended. 


Pontoise beckons visitors with its charming blend of historical intrigue, artistic heritage, and scenic beauty. This picturesque town, nestled along the banks of the Oise River, boasts a rich history dating back to Roman times, evident in its winding streets, medieval buildings, and picturesque bridges. Art enthusiasts will appreciate Pontoise’s association with renowned painters such as Camille Pissarro, who captured the town’s tranquil landscapes in their works. Visitors can explore the historic old town, dotted with quaint cafes, boutiques, and galleries, or wander along the scenic riverbanks, offering peaceful vistas and opportunities for relaxation. 

Getting to Pontoise:

You have several different options on getting to the Pontoise train station, the RER C, train line H or J. If you take the RER C, you will pick up the C at the Porte de Clichy and the trop should take you about 40 minutes to the Gare de Pontoise. 

The train line H leaves from Paris Gare du Nord, direction Creil, where you will get off at the Pontoise station. The train line J leaves from Paris Saint-Lazare and direction is Pontoise – Gisors. 


Meaux invites visitors with its rich history, cultural heritage, and culinary delights. Steeped in history dating back to Roman times, this charming town boasts an array of architectural treasures, including the majestic Meaux Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture renowned for its stunning stained glass windows and intricate sculptures. History enthusiasts can explore the Musée Bossuet, housed in a former episcopal palace, which showcases artifacts spanning from antiquity to the present day. Additionally, Meaux is famous for its delectable Brie cheese, offering visitors the chance to indulge in tastings and learn about the cheese-making process. 

Getting to Meaux:

Leaving from Paris Gare de l’Est, you’ll take the train line P, direction Château Thierry, for a quick trip of 25 minutes. From there you wan easily explore the city and all it has to offer. 

Not on the pass, but worth the visit


Giverny beckons visitors with its enchanting beauty and artistic legacy, offering a serene escape into the world of Impressionism. This picturesque village, nestled in the idyllic countryside of Normandy, was home to the renowned painter Claude Monet and served as the inspiration for many of his masterpieces. Visitors can stroll through the colorful gardens of Monet’s former residence, admiring the vibrant blooms and tranquil water lilies that inspired his iconic paintings. The charming village streets, lined with quaint cafes and galleries, invite exploration, while the nearby Musée des Impressionnismes showcases works by Monet and other Impressionist artists. 

Getting to Giverny:

Leaving from Paris Saint-Lazare, you’ll take the train line Paris/Rouen/Le Havre where you’ll you depart from the Grandes Lignes side of the station (to the right). The trip takes about 45 minutes and once you are at the Vernon-Giverny station you’ll want to take the shuttle bus to the Monet Foundation. You can pick up the shuttle from train station. 


Chartres beckons visitors with its majestic cathedral, rich history, and charming medieval streets. The iconic Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, renowned for its stunning stained glass windows, towering spires, and intricate sculptures. Beyond the cathedral, the town’s medieval quarter boasts picturesque half-timbered houses, quaint shops, and cobblestone lanes that transport visitors back in time. History enthusiasts can explore the town’s rich heritage, from its Gallo-Roman roots to its medieval glory, while art lovers can admire the works of renowned painters at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. 

Getting to Chartres:

Departing from the Paris-Montparnasse train station, you’ll take a TER that will put you in Chartres about an hour and 15 minutes later. A round trip ticket will cost you around 39,20€ 


Orléans invites visitors with its rich tapestry of history, vibrant culture, and scenic beauty. Steeped in legend and lore, this charming city is renowned for its pivotal role in French history, particularly during the Hundred Years’ War and the legendary exploits of Joan of Arc. The city’s historic center boasts elegant architecture, picturesque squares, and charming streets lined with cafes and boutiques. Visitors can explore the majestic Orléans Cathedral, stroll along the scenic banks of the Loire River, or delve into the city’s fascinating past at the Hôtel Groslot, once the residence of French kings. 

Getting to Orléans:

You’ll leave from the Gare d’Austerlitz on a TER fir 38€ round-trip. The train is a direct train to Orléans and there is no assigned seating. Be sure to get to the station before your train leaves so you’ll have time to get to the platform. 


Chantilly entices visitors with its exquisite château, breathtaking gardens, and rich cultural heritage. Home to the opulent Château de Chantilly, this picturesque town offers a glimpse into France’s aristocratic past, boasting an impressive collection of art, furniture, and manuscripts. The château’s stunning gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre, provide a serene retreat, featuring ornate fountains, lush greenery, and picturesque vistas. Additionally, visitors can explore the nearby Musée Condé, which houses one of the most significant collections of historic paintings and artifacts outside of Paris. With its blend of architectural splendor, natural beauty, and artistic treasures, Chantilly offers a captivating escape into the grandeur of French history and culture.

Getting to the Château:

You have the option of taking a TER train or the RER D.  You can book a TER ticket as well as a day ticket to the Château (most likely your best bet). You will need to leave from the Paris Gare du Nord station and get off at the Chantilly – Gouvieux station. Once there, you can catch a shuttle that’ll take you to the front gates of the Château. 

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