Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles or simply Versailles) has always fascinated me. I have, many a times wondered what went on behind the Golden Gates and so, during a visit to France, I made sure I found out more. I couldn’t have chosen a worse month than February of course, for it was cold and rainy…and cold!
Donning a few layers, I headed out of my hotel in Porte de Clichy towards the metro about a hundred meters away. This side of Paris was served by Metro Line 13, which went straight to Gare Montparnasse. once there, I headed to RER (Line C- Yellow) for Versailles.
The C line divides on the west side of Paris so be sure to get on a train that is going to Versailles-Rive Gauche. Those trains have the nameplate VICK.
The grand train to Versailles
I always prefer to sit on the top – the view seems a lot better from the top. As soon as I boarded the train, imagine my surprise when I came to see this (below). I felt as though I had inadvertently walked into a library.
There was more! Excuse my poor photography – you must remember it was cold and I found comfort in just staying on my seat!
Apparently, this train has, in a recent past, got this gorgeous makeover. The insides featured fountains, libraries, flowers and furnishings from the Palace itself.
I learnt that the decorations may not be a permanent feature (I secretly wish it would be), but it is a great teaser to what is to come at the end of the ride.
Once you arrive at the final destination, exit the station and walk towards your right.
- Train (a combination of metro and RER) is the cheapest way to reach Versailles.
- You can be there for Eur 7.1.
- The ticket you buy at the metro, is good for RER (as they have a common ticketing).