Best One Day Trips from Paris: Overnight Trips from Paris (France)

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Aside from being known as the city of love, Paris is known to be the home of famous artworks and everything extravagant. No wonder tourists from all over the world travel to this beautiful but intimidating city. With popular attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame and Arc De Triomphe, you might think that Paris is enough for you. You’re quite wrong about that because there are a lot of beautiful places outside Paris that are worth exploring.

These day trips are usually traveled via train, coaches or car, and some may take an hour travel but visiting these places will be worth it. Below are top day trips from Paris, France that will truly satisfy your traveling adventure and know that there’s more to Europe than just the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Best One Day Trips from Paris: Overnight Trips from Paris (France)

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Chartres

Known as the city of the most beautiful gothic cathedral, Chartres has solidified its position as one of the best train day trips from Paris. Chartres Cathedral had attracted pilgrims worldwide because of its magical stained glass windows and collection of relics such as Sainte Voile or the Holy Veil, which is believed to be worn by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus Christ. Walk along the old lanes of the town and banks of River Eure for a complete visiting experience.

What to expect:

Their tourist office is located just in front of the cathedral, and they will provide you with a map of the city, plus they can also offer you a hotel reservation there. There are also available tours in the cathedral, the most recommended is the Malcolm Miller’s tours which provide tours at noon and 2:45 daily (except on a Sunday). The city have also plenty of restaurants and cafes, and there are many signages around the area, therefore strolling around the city won’t be much of a difficulty.

How to get there:

Take a train from Montparnasse Station, and travel time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Chantilly

Just 40 kilometers north of Paris, this city is always included in the best day trips from Paris because of its fairy-tale chateaus and extensive stables. Some of the best places to visit are the Petit Chateau, Chateau Neuf, and the Grand Stables.

What to expect:

Chantilly Tourism Office gives a leaflet of routes to follow for tourists, and the office is located at 73 rue du Connectable. For your shopping expedition, their regular markets are every Wednesday and Saturday, which are held in the morning.

How to get there:

Take a train from Paris Gare De Nord to the Chantilly Gouvieux train station. From there, you can catch a bus that will take you to La Chateau.

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Giverny

This city almost attracts half a million visitors each year due to the magical gardens of the famous painter Monet, whose works includes the water lily series or Les Nympheas. No wonder this city is always included in lists of “best day trips from Paris.” Attractions to visit are Monet’s house, Musée des Impressionnismes and the Japanese inspired Water Garden.

What to expect:

Best time to visit is during May-June to see the beauty of Monet’s Garden in full bloom. Monet’s Garden is open from March 28th to November 1st from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Adult tickets cost €9.50, and you can also combine this ticket with other museums in the area such as the Museum of Impressionism Giverny. You can also buy your tickets in advance online for the entrance in Monet’s house and garden to avoid a long line of tourists in the area.

How to get there:

Take a train from Sainte Lazare station to Vernon then from there, ride on a bus that will take you to Giverny.

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Parc De-Saint Cloud

Home to the most beautiful gardens in Europe, Parc De-Saint Cloud is truly worth visiting. Popular attractions include the two gardens designed by none other than Marie Antoinette, Andre Le Notre gardens and the panoramic view of Paris. There are also a number of wonderful structures and waterfalls in the chateau, making this park as one of the top day trips from Paris.

What to expect:

Entrance to the park is free if you are traveling on foot, however, standard charges may apply if you will enter the park with a vehicle.

How to get there:

Take the metro number 10 line to Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud, then take the Avenue du Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny. Take the Pont de Saint-Cloud Bridge across the Seine, then take the Avenue du Palais up the hill. This will take you to the park’s North West entrance.

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Dreux

This small town is used to be associated with the ancient druids, according to a legend. Just a 45-minute away from Paris, this might be one of the best weekend trips from Paris because of its great outdoor restaurants such as Place Melazeau, which has the view of the Saint Pierre church, another popular attraction in the town. Other places to visit are the Chapelle Royal and the Belfry.

What to expect:

They have their tourism office if you want more information and guidance on your travel there. They also have events and festivals, such as the Festival of the Game of Spirit, Les Flambarts carnival parade and free shows on Fridays and Saturdays.

How to get there:

Take a train from Montparnasse Station then exit through the front of the station (to Rond-Point de la Gare) and take Boulevard Louis Terrier to get into the town proper.

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Senlis

Visiting the town of Senlis is like stepping into the past. With its medieval structures, century-old pathways and remains, Senils is one of the best day trips from Paris. Attractions to visit are Cathedral Notre Dame de l’Assomption de Senlis, Hotel De Ville, Castle Royal and Saint Vincent Abbey.

What to expect:

The tourist office, which is situated opposite the Cathedral can inform you when the buses leave Senlis for your return journey and show you where from. They also recommend walking trails around the area if you want it to include in your itinerary.

How to get there:

It’s quite challenging to get to Senils because it is not accessible by train. Take a train from Paris Gare du Nord train station to Chantilly train station, and then at Chantilly, you can catch a bus there that will take you to Senils.

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Blois

If you are looking for an Instagram-worthy town, then you have found the perfect place here at Blois. One of the top day trips from Paris, Blois has medieval themed streets and chateaus that gives a magical, old world charm. Some of the most visited spots here are the Chateau Royal, The Houdini Magic Museum, and Saint Nicholas church.

What to expect:

You can get route maps and brochures at their tourism office for a detailed guide to the town. If you have a car with you, all-day parking costs €5 in green parking zones. For free parking, head to the train station area, Quai du Foix or quai St-Jean.

How to get there:

Take a train to Paris Austerlitz station to Blois. Travel time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Provins

Just like the town of Senlis, entering Provins is like getting a glimpse of the past. With its fortress wall and ancient structures, Provins surely belong to the best day train trips from Paris that you should visit. Places to see are the Ceasar’s Tower, Tithe Barn, and Museum of Provins.

What to expect:

Provins has their tourism office, and they have a great map that will help you tour the area. They also held a lot of events and old shows throughout the year, including parades that involve people wearing old costumes.

How to get there:

You can take a direct train from Gare D’ Est station. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Versailles

Perhaps one of the most famous cities in France, Versailles also belongs to the top day trips from Paris. Visiting this place will make you feel like royalty, with its beautiful palaces and gardens, Versailles will make you feel like a king/queen in your kingdom. Be sure to visit The Palace of Versailles, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and The Gardens of Versailles, which is an 800-hectares of land with rare flowers, green fields, and extravagant fountains. Other attractions include the Grand Trianon, Hall of Mirrors and Versailles Cathedral.

What to expect:

The Versailles Palace is open daily from 9:00 AM onwards except on Mondays, and the estate of Trianon and the Coach Gallery only opens in the afternoon. Entrance to the garden is free except on days that they held a Musical Fountain Show. Children below six years old have free access to the gardens every day.

How to get there:

Three train lines will take you to Versailles; however, the most popular and easiest way is on the RER C. Tickets costs €7.10 and be sure to choose Versailles-Château – Rive Gauche as your destination when purchasing tickets. Travel time is only 30 minutes.

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Brussels

One of the reasons why the capital of Belgium is always on the top day trips from Paris is because the city has a lot of fascinating attractions. Stare in awe of the beautiful Grand Palace, travel through time while visiting the Old England Building and giggle at the statue of the “little man pee” in Manneken Pis. Other attractions of the city include Notre Dame Du Sablon, costume museum, and Le Botanique.

What to expect:

Compared to the expensive treats in Paris, Brussels offers a lot of cheap and delicious street foods, so food tripping is a must while traveling here. It is also worth taking note that 3 out of 5 people living here are from foreign countries, the majority comes from Morroco, Turkey, and Romania.

How to get there:

You can take a train from Gare du Nord station to get to Brussels in just an hour and 20 minutes.

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