Just under an hour Northwest from Paris in the small town of Giverny is the home of one of the greatest artists of all time, Claude Monet. I’ve been a fan of his for as long as I can remember. My parents hung prints of his work in my nursery and I’ve made a point to see his work in every country I visit. After seeing everything I wanted to see in Paris, I escaped the city for a day to discover more about the father of impressionism.
How to get to Giverny from Paris
Getting to Giverny from Paris is very easy. Trains run from the Paris Saint-Lazare train station almost hourly heading towards Rouen. The train stops in Vernon, a small town close to Giverny, not Giverny itself. Tickets both ways cost around 11 euro, depending on what time you go. More popular trains are a bit more expensive, but not by much. The train ride takes around 50 minutes with only two stops before you arrive in Vernon.
To get to Giverny you can walk for about an hour and a half along the river, or you can take the shuttle. The shuttle is right outside the train station. To find it, simply follow the footprints decorated with waterlilies. A roundtrip ticket on the shuttle costs 10 euro. It leaves about every two hours and lines up perfectly with the train schedule.
Once you arrive at the shuttle stop, it’s about a 10 minute walk through Giverny to get to the gardens. There are plenty of cute cafes and small boutiques along the way. It’s a small, quaint town, but a little bit expensive. If you’re traveling on a budget, try to pack snacks to eat along the way.
Tickets to the property are 7.5 euro and get you access to the house and the gardens. The gardens are closed during the winter and open at the end of March. I went just two days after it opened so unfortunately the waterlilies weren’t in bloom. This is the case if you go towards the beginning or end of the season. Summer is the prime time for the waterlilies, but also prime time for tourists. While I didn’t get to see the waterlilies, there were times when it seemed like I could be completely alone in the gardens. It was a peaceful experience and magical experience.
The trip ends up being a little bit expensive at almost 40 euro, but it’s worth it for any art lover, or anyone looking to get out of the city and closer to nature.