Gare Château-Rive Gauche of Versailles !!

I will update this older post telling you about the train station closest to the Château de Versailles! I have written posts in general on transportation in and around Versailles but this one needs a separate entry me think. Hope you find it useful.

The Gare de Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche (formerly called Versailles-Rive-gauche), but still commonly called simply Rive Gauche , is one of the terminus of the line RER C . The word “Château” comes from its proximity to the Château de Versailles; The terms “rive gauche” are explained by the fact that it is located on an established line, departing from Paris, on the left bank of the Seine river. This station has three platforms (two central wharves and one outside wharf) for five dead-ends (plus a service lane).


A bit of history I like

The opening of the station of Versailles-Rive-Gauche, in the district of Saint-Louis, takes place on September 10, 1840 at the inauguration of the line of Paris – Versailles by the left bank of the Seine river. It is the closest station to the Château de Versailles (about 500 meters to the entrance gate of the castle, by the Avenue de Sceaux, which folks usually go a longer way by the Avenue de Paris). In order to facilitate the access of the site to its many visitors, the old name of the station nevertheless included the mention Château de Versailles. Its new name now includes the historical mention Rive-gauche as well. It is accessible from the center of Paris on the line C5 with stations such as Bibliothèque François Mitterrand ,Gare d’Austerlitz, Notre-Dame St Michel, Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l’Alma, Champ de Mars and Tour Eiffel, etc. This station gets very busy, so I suggest that you buy a return ticket so you won’t have to waste time queuing to buy your ticket back to Paris.


This  Transilien train station, has a passenger building with open counters every day. It is equipped with  automation machines and Grandes lignes (big lines and even to Europe). facilities, equipment and services are available for people with reduced mobility. A press magazine snacks Relay is present, as well as distributors of fresh and hot beverages and snacks, an automatic photograph booth, and a photocopier are also available.


The Château-Rive Gauche train station is served by the bus lines 1 , 2 ,3 ,10, 13 ,22, and 103 of the Phebus bus network of Versailles , The RER C train station is on Avenue du Général de Gaulle ,closer with corner with Avenue de Sceaux, so coming out turn left and get on Sceaux you will get to the palace quicker on foot, Right across there is the bus depot with many lines as above, This is place Lyautey with starbuck coffee, and around the corner a Buffalo Grill resto and Brasserie le Lyautey, Plenty of shops souvenirs etc.



The line RER C into Versailles many times is decorated with sumptous wagons and I caught one for the memories here.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip are :

The official Transilien trains RER C Versailles :

The official Château de Versailles on transports château-rive gauche :!panel-80

The city of Versailles tourist office on public transports :

Now the RER C is a lot more than this station for reference the French site RER facile or RER easy with all RER C stations:

There you have it folks, in a nutshell if still need more, ask me. We did took several times for the thrill of public transport with the boys as they came in front of it all the time from their school and they use the same buses as all.  The Gare Château-Rive Gauche is tops, and Versailles is sublime ; do walk it and see more than the palace/museum. Hope you enjoy the post and thanks for reading me since November 2010,

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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