Easy Day Trips Outside of Paris, France with a Navigo Pass

When I first started exploring cities and villages outside of Paris, I was willing to take TGV trains anywhere for an unreasonably short period of time.

After more careful planning, it became obvious didn’t make sense to take a 2+ hour train one-way to a destination in France for one day.

If you’re visiting Paris either for the first time or for a short period of time, I would advise investing your time exploring the city and spending an afternoon at Versailles.

However, if you’ve already visited Paris multiple times, or if you’re slow-traveling through France or if you’re living in Paris on a budget, you already have access to visiting different regions of Île de France with a Navigo pass.

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What is a Navigo pass?

A Navigo pass is the public transit pass that can be used for the metro, RER, Transilien, and bus. You can purchase a Navigo pass to use for one day, one week, one month or one year. I would recommend buying a Navigo pass if you’re staying in Paris for one week or more.

Keep in mind that a one-way ticket to Charles de Gaulle airport is 10 euros, so the cost of a weekly Navigo pass for all zones pays for itself.

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Versailles and the Palace Gardens

  • Station: Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Train: RER C (leaves every 15 minutes)
  • Travel Time from Paris: > 1 hour

It’s worth taking the time to revisit the Versailles gardens in warm weather. I visited the grounds of the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s sanctuary from royal court life at the palace. Read the full post…

Petit Trianon and Domaine Marie-Antoinette Pinterest


  • Station: Gare de Lyon
  • Train: Transilien R (leaves every 30 minutes)
  • Travel Time from Paris: approximately 1 hour

Another French royal palace not to be missed! The interiors and ground of Fontainebleau are incredibly opulent. The city of Fontainebleau has a more vibrant downtown. well worth grabbing lunch and enjoying the afternoon at this sought-after getaway from Paris.

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  • Station: Gare de Lyon
  • Train: Transilien R (leaves every 30 minutes)
  • Travel Time from Paris: approximately 1 hour

I saw an impressive exhibit of Impressionist Alfred Sisley’s work and noticed that many of his works towards the end of his life were painted in Moret-sur-Loing. When I realized that the village was easily accessible from Paris, I jumped at the chance to give myself an art history tour of Sisley. I loved wandering through the streets and finding pieces of about Sisley and other European figures that once lived in More-sur-Loing. I might be hyping up Moret-sur-Loing too much, but I truly loved visiting this quiet village. Read the full post…

If you don’t want to spend too much time in Moret-sur-Loing, Fontainebleau is on the same Transilien R line.

What to Do in Moret-sur-Loing, France

Île de la Jatte

  • Metro: Line 1, Pont de Neuilly

Île de la Jatte is a hidden treasure of the Paris suburbs. The island is located in Neuilly-sur-Seine and Levallois-Perret, only about 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Étoile – Arc de Triomphe. It’s such a beautiful place to take a walk or have a summertime apéro along the Seine without the touristy crowd. Read the full post… 

Exploring Île de la Jatte in Île-de-France


  • Station: Gare de l’Est
  • Train: Transilien P (leaves every hour)
  • Travel Time from Paris: > 1.5 hours

Provins is a UNESCO heritage site for its well-preserved medieval aesthetic. It’s an easily walkable city, but it is larger than you would anticipate—I would recommend wearing sneakers for a more comfortable walk along the old cobblestone roads. Read the full post…

Day-Trip Photo Diary of Provins, France

If you’re looking for more day trips outside of Paris I’ve found these links helpful:

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Easy Day Trips Outside of Paris France with a Navigo Pass

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12 thoughts on “Easy Day Trips Outside of Paris, France with a Navigo Pass

  1. I hope to travel to France one day. I never thought about public transportation there before, so it’s nice to know what they offer and that this could be an option when we go there.


    1. That’s one of the great things about traveling around France and in Europe in general. I hope you plan a wonderful trip to France soon, thank you for stopping by 🙂


  2. I love all of these photos and had never heard of the Navigo pass before. It’s been 18 years since I was last in France — feels like a lifetime ago! My parents were both French professors, and my sister and I both have advanced degrees in French. We are definitely due another trip in the next few years — I’m really glad to know about the pass, and a couple of these day trips are new to me. Thank you for the info!


    1. Wow, that’s amazing that you have an entire family of professional Francophiles, I love it! Thank you so much for your comment, I hope you find yourself back in Paris sooner rather than later 🙂


  3. My boyfriend and I are planning on moving to Europe in a few months so I’ve been obsessed with European travel blogs! I’m definitely saving this one to reference later if we end up around Paris!


    1. That’s so exciting! Keep doing as much research as you can—if you need help coming to France, let me know 🙂 theglitteringunknown.com is also super helpful, Emily shares a lot of how-tos for dealing with French bureaucracy


  4. Thank you for this. I have been planning on visiting Paris, specifically, The Louvre. I’ve read stories of how rich it is with art. You have made travelling across Paris look so easy and interesting. Great post.


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