Located in the Eure department in the region of Normandy, the town of Giverny is easy to reach from Paris. Whether you choose train, bus or car, read on for more details about getting from the City of Lights to the Village of Impressionist Painters. A Paris-Giverny trip is suitable for a day trip for a weekend getaway. By bus, train or car, you will easily access the visits waiting for you in this wonderful site.
Giverny, a lost village deep in Normandy
The village of Giverny is located 50 miles to the northwest of Paris, halfway between Évreux and Gisors, only one hour away from the city of Rouen. By car, allow a travel time of 1.25 hours via the A13 or 1.5 hours if you avoid toll roads. From within Paris city limits, the shortest rout goes through Neuilly-sur-Seine, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Mantes-la-Jolie. The village is on the boundary between Eure and Yvelines departments in an untouched, verdant setting just steps from the city of Vernon. Nestled deep in the natural region of Le Vexin Bossu, the landscape undulates with hills and valleys. The Seine lies a few hundred yards further; in fact, maritime carriers operating between Paris and Le Havre make regular stops here.
Transportation from Paris
There are several transportation options to reach Giverny from Paris: by car, using public transportation or onboard a bus. Go ahead and discover Monet or the Museum of Impressionists, enjoy a peaceful visit of those treasures of France.
By car or by train from Paris
A car will enable you to reach Monet's village in about 1.25 hours. You can also travel via public transportation by taking the Paris-Vernon train, then hopping the Vernon-Giverny-Vernon shuttle (allow 8 euros for the round trip ticket). From Saint Lazare station, the duration of the trip is less than an hour via direct trains “Intercités Loisir”; several trains per hour leave Paris for this peaceful land, you can book your tickets directly on the SNCF website. If the shuttle times don't suit you, you can always call a taxi. Plan on about 15 euros each way. Finally, because the Museum of Impressionisms is one of the most visited sites in Normandy, there's a good chance that you can find a carpool heading to Giverny from Paris.
Bus excursions from Paris
PARIS CITY VISION offers you diverse type of excursions to book to discover the wonders of this town onboard a luxury air-conditioned coach or even by bike. You will be able to choose between several different options according to the type of tour you want. The guided visit, executed by an interpreter and guide, will take you into Monet’s tremendous garden, art and universe. You will discover anecdotes and interesting details about the painter’s private life. You will also be able to ask for more stories to the guide and thus talk with him throughout the whole visit.
Visiting the village and surroundings will also be possible with audio-guides that will comment your visit, while you’ll admire the magnificence of the colorful flowerbeds of the painter. Audio-guides are available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Finally, if you prefer, you will be able to visit the site on your own, freely. An attendant will be there to give all the information required for the visit.
Enjoy tours with lunch included too, suggested by PARIS CITY VISION. Discover the beautiful Giverny and enjoy a delicious meal into one of the popular restaurants of the region we selected. You will be offered a gourmet break around 3:30pm, before leaving for the center of Paris onboard our high-quality coach.
The trip by car takes about 1.5 hours Giverny: An easy escape from Paris
Trip duration is only 1h30 long, thus many Parisians get away on a regular basis to the Village of Painters. The best plan is to leave early in the morning – by 8:00 or 9:00 am – to arrive around 10:00 or 11:00 am, then stay until the early evening. That will give you time to experience all the town has to offer.
Of course, if you can spend the weekend there, it's even better! Choose the Paris-Giverny transportation method that best meets your needs and book a hotel room or bed and breakfast right in the village. This will give you ample time to immerse yourself in the town's timeless ambiance and to visit Giverny and its famous sites, namely Monet's home, the museums, the church, the gardens and a few other monuments.