Gare Chantiers, Versailles of course!

Ok this time will venture into something new ,ohh yes even Versailles has places not been too much or nothing at all. This one is in another land, the district of Chantiers and it even has a train station! I will tell you a bit more on the Gare Chantiers of Versailles.

The only thing that brings me here is that my sons took it to go to Montparnasse area for video games competitions and one of their girlfriends came in and out by here to their high school where they met. I just sometimes will bring them over by car that is all. However, it is a major train station of Versailles and worthty of its mention. Especially if you are in the Montparnasse area of Paris, take the train there to Chantiers and then the TRI phebus bus to the Castle between April and October. Or just walk is not far either.

The Gare de Versailles-Chantiers is on the line of Paris-Montparnasse to Brest and of the line of the Grande Ceinture or grand belt of Paris, located in Versailles, district of Chantiers, in the Department of Yvelines no 78 , in the Île-de-France region.

Versailles

picking up boys at Chantiers

It is in the center of a seven-branched railway star layout connecting it: towards Paris: At the Gare Montparnasse (Transilien N and Direct Line Montparnasse-Chartres), at the Gare d’ Austerlitz by Pont du Garigliano in the north-south direction and by Massy-Palaiseau in the south-north direction on line RER C, at the station of Gare Saint-Lazare via la Défense (line Transilien U), by the connection of Viroflay which joins the line of Saint-Lazare at Versailles-Rive-Droite; towards the southwest, in Rambouillet, Chartres, and beyond to the west of France; To the West: in Granville (line of Saint-Cyr to Surdon) and Mantes-la-Jolie by the line of Plaisirs-Grignon in Épône-Mézières; and towards the east, in Massy-Palaiseau and Valenton of the Grande Ceinture.

Versailles

passing by Chantiers

A bit of history I like

The history of the gare Chantiers of Versailles has already begun when the opening of the station of Versailles-Chantiers was done on 12 July 1849. Its name of “Chantiers” work construction area ,comes from the fact that during the construction of the Castle in the 17C, the district in which it is located was composed essentially of constructions dedicated to the size of the stones.

This new station is characterized by a convex façade, which is part of the classical architectural tradition with curved bays, pilasters and cornices. A few touches of modernity are read in the low wings that flank the central building body symmetrically. The buildings located at the back are treated in the style of the 1930’s.   A bridge crosses the tracks to reach the observation post. It contains the stairs that serve the quays.   At the inauguration of the buildings, in 1932, the press bursts with enthusiasm, journalists wrote: It is the most modern and daring of all the major stations of France by its conception.

It is a train station which has a passenger building with counters adapted for disabled people, automatons Transilien, automatons, the information system on the traffic of real-time trains, elevators, Device for controlling expanded notes and magnetic loops for hearing impaired persons. A free Wi-Fi network is available since 2016.   It is equipped with four central platforms framing eight lanes. A passenger hall overlooking the tracks transversely allows access to the various quays. The train station is served by the bus lines ARC, B, BAK, G, H, H Express, I-LFA, K, L, P, R, T Express, TRI, W, X, Z, 22 and 24 of the Phebus bus network of Versailles, as well as bus lines 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 39.12 and 39.37 H of the SAVAC transport Company and , at night, by the lines N-1 and N-3 of the Phebus bus network, and N145 of the Noctilien network. Parking for vehicles and bicycles is available.

A new footbridge with a length of 65 meters for a width of 10 meters was inaugurated on April 5, 2016 to a hundred meters to the west of the existing bridge, this gateway is accessible by a new hall, connected itself to the existing hall by a large gallery on the front of the current station. The designers chose to maintain an architectural style of the 1930’s in harmony with the existing building and to use the natural light for the lighting in a maximum way, with large windows and a rectangular dome above the New Hall.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here and ride the trains by here are

Official SNCF train info on the Chantiers station

Official Ile de France region Transilien transport webpage on Chantiers

Official grand Versailles transport changes to come at Chantiers

It is a station still in constant renovation but the trains continue to come. It is as said easly reach from Paris with good link up transportation to the Castle and the city. However, the best is to walk it. From the Chantiers station in front of Place Raymond Poincaré you come into Rue des Etats Généraux and turn left.  Continue straight into Avenue de Paris and turn left. Continue straight into the Chateau de Versailles. I never measured it of course but google tells me is about 1 km or 13 minutes walking.

Hope you enjoy it, and really come out to see Versailles. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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