Day trips from Paris
Discover enjoyable day trips from Paris and plan a day break or weekend getaway
If city life or your travelling schedule suggests a day trip out of Paris, a surprising number of great breaks can be found just beyond the city's périphérique. There are the grand suburbs of Vincennes and Boulogne to explore, famed for their parks, museums and monuments. Or you could hop on the RER for Disneyland, Parc Astérix, the Château de Versailles or Giverny, site of Monet's former country house.
But for a real escape from the city, you need to get out of town; and thanks to a reliable high-speed train service, this is more than acheivable from Paris. Day trippers and families, adventurers and wine-lovers should all find something to get excited about in our selection of out-of-town destinations below.
Breaks and getaways near Paris
Family days out
Spend a day with Roman-bashers Astérix and Obélix at Parc Astérix theme park. It is the ultimate antidote to Americanised Disneyland with zones split into Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Land of the Vikings, Egypt and the indomitable Gaulish Village. Thrill-seekers can defy gravity on Goudurix, Europe's largest rollercoaster, while younger
Set in the former passenger terminal at Le Bourget airport, the museum's collection begins with the pioneers, including fragile-looking biplanes and the command cabin of a Zeppelin airship. On the runway are Mirage fighters, a US Thunderchief, and Ariane launchers 1 and 5. A hangar houses the prototype Concorde 001 and wartime survivors. A scale
With two parks to explore (Parc Disneyland and the special effects-oriented Parc Walt Disney Studios), as well as the Disney Entertainment Village (restaurants, bars and nightclubs), numerous hotels, and restaurants, the whole adventure can seem daunting. Here, we pick out some of the best bits for kids of all ages, as well as rides, restaurants
As well as a beautiful château, the Parc de Thoiry houses one of Europe's first animal reserves. Follow the long safari park trail, accessible only by car, and see zebras rub their noses over your windscreen and bears amble down tracks. In the adjoining zoo, rarities include Siberian lynx and Tonkean macaques.