It’s only about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from central Paris to Versailles, so this countryside retreat is very accessible from the French capital. Whether you prefer to travel to Versailles by train or opt for a tour with private transit included, most journeys between the two take under an hour. That said, if you want to escape Paris’ hustle and bustle for a day or two, visiting Versailles is a good excuse for booking a short getaway. The town of Versailles itself is home to numerous accommodation options, ranging from a Waldorf Astoria located on the edge of the palace gardens to budget hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts.
Insider tip: If you plan to spend a night or two in Versailles, it’s worth taking a walking tour of the historic commune. You can explore historical neighborhoods like the Saint-Louis and Antiquarian districts, browse the souvenir shops and markets, and stroll down Paris Avenue, the widest avenue in France.