Technically located in Normandy, Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny is situated about 55 kilometers east of Paris. An easy day-trip from Paris, there are a few different transportation options for getting from Paris to Monet’s famous gardens.
Getting from Paris to Giverny by Train
By far the easiest way to get from Paris to Giverny is by taking the train. Take the Rouen bound train from Paris’ Gare Saint Lazare (which doesn’t look a whole lot different now than when Monet painted it back in the day). Get off at Vernon.
The train costs about €22-€25 round-trip, takes about 45 minutes one-way.
There are 6 trains per day, with more in the morning hours and with a lull in the middle of the day. There are more frequent trains on Saturdays.
From the Vernon train station to Giverny
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From the Vernon train station to Monet’s garden (4 miles one-way), you have 4 options—bus, taxi, bike, or on foot.
The Vernon–Giverny bus meets every train for the 15-minute run to Giverny (no buses on Mon) and takes you back to every return train to Paris. If you miss the bus, find others to share a taxi (allow €12 for up to 3 people, €13 for 4, taxis wait in front of the train station).
You can also rent a bike at Café du Chemin de Fer opposite the train station (€13), and follow a paved bike path (piste cyclable) that runs from near Vernon along an abandoned railroad right-of-way (figure about 30 min to Giverny). On a lovely spring, summer or fall day, I personally think renting a bike is the best way to go. The country-side is beautiful and the ride leisurely and flat.
Finally, you can walk to Giverny, following the bike path, and take a bus or taxi back.
Driving from Paris to Monet’s Gardens
While I do not recommend driving from Paris to Giverny (the train is easier and faster), if you renting a car in France and taking off the explore the Brittany or Normandy countryside from Giverny, here is how to get there by car:
From Paris, take the A13 towards Rouen. Use Exit 14 to Vernon. Follow signs for Centre Ville and then follow signs for Giverny.
Taking a Bus Tour to Giverny
Of course another option can be taking an organized bus tour from Paris to Giverny. These bus tours will pull up right to Monet’s house and Gardens. There are several big tour companies that do a Giverny day-trip from Paris for about €60.
Photo: Poppies at Giverny, moonlightbulb flickr