Are you ready to add a touch of magic to your Disneyland Paris vacation? Exploring the enchanting city of Paris is easier than you think! Disneyland Paris, nestled just thirty kilometres east of the heart of Paris, offers a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history and iconic landmarks of the French capital. In this guide, we’ll show you how to plan an unforgettable day trip to Paris from Disneyland.

Getting to Paris from Disneyland Paris

When it comes to travelling between Disneyland Paris and the city centre, the RER commuter train is your best friend. Marne-la-Vallée station, situated right next to the theme parks and Disney Village, serves as the gateway to your Parisian adventure. It’s the last stop on the RER Line A, ensuring a hassle-free journey from Disney’s doorstep to Paris’s heart.

RER A map - train to Disneyland Paris - image courtesy of
RER A map – train to Disneyland Paris – image courtesy of

Must-visit places near Disneyland Paris

Here, we’ve curated a list of Parisian gems that are not to be missed during your day trip. Whether you’re starting from the Disneyland theme parks or your Disney hotel, we’ve got you covered with easy-to-follow directions.

1. Eiffel Tower adventure

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The iconic Eiffel Tower is the quintessential symbol of Paris and a must-visit attraction. Travelling from Disneyland Paris to the Eiffel Tower can be done by various modes of transportation, and the choice depends on your preferences and schedule. Here are a few options:

  • The train from Disneyland Paris to the Eiffel Tower:
    • Take the RER A directly from Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station (this is the only option at this station).
    • Disembark at Nation and transfer to Metro Line 6 towards Bir Hakeim.
    • Your journey will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Shuttle Services:
    • Some shuttle services and tour companies offer direct transportation from Disneyland Paris to the Eiffel Tower. These services can provide a more comfortable and direct journey, but they may come at a higher cost.
  • Taxi or Ride-Sharing:
    • Taxis and ride-sharing services are available in the area. You can use apps like Uber or local taxi services to get a ride directly to the Eiffel Tower.
  • Bus:
    • There are also bus services that operate between Disneyland Paris and central Paris. You can check the schedules and routes to find a bus that suits your needs.

2. Stroll along the Champs Élysées

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris

The Champs Élysées, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful avenues, stretches majestically from the iconic Arc de Triomphe to the elegant Place de la Concorde. This tree-lined boulevard is home to luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci.

To reach the Champs Élysées from Disneyland:

  • Take the RER A towards Paris and head to Charles de Gaulle – Étoile Station. This is a direct service, and trains run every 12 minutes.
  • The journey takes just 50 minutes.

3. Explore Montmartre’s charm

Streets of Montmartre in Paris

Montmartre, nestled in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, offers a picturesque escape with its cobblestone streets, the stunning Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, cosy bistros, and a vibrant art scene.

To venture from Disneyland Paris to Montmartre:

  • Hop on the RER A at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station.
  • Disembark at Nation and proceed to the Metro station Porte Dauphine (Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny).
  • Take Line 2 (blue) towards Anvers.

4. Discover the Louvre Museum

Home to thousands of priceless works of art, the Louvre Museum is a cultural treasure trove.

To visit the Louvre from Disneyland Paris:

  • Take the RER A from Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy to Châtelet – Les Halles.
  • From there, it’s a short walk to the museum.

5. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral (under reconstruction)

This Gothic masterpiece, Notre Dame Cathedral, while tragically damaged by a fire in April 2019, remains a symbol of Paris’s rich history and resilience. Extensive efforts are underway to meticulously reconstruct and restore this iconic historical landmark to its former glory. While access to the interior might be limited during the reconstruction, the exterior still offers a remarkable view.

To reach Notre Dame from Disneyland Paris:

  • Take the RER A from Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy to Châtelet – Les Halles.
  • A leisurely stroll along the Seine River will bring you to the cathedral.

Please check the latest updates on access and visiting conditions before planning your trip to Notre Dame Cathedral.

6. Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the epitome of French grandeur. Once the royal residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV, it boasts opulent architecture, magnificent gardens, and the Hall of Mirrors, where historic treaties were signed.

To visit this opulent palace from Disneyland Paris:

  • Take the RER A from Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy to Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame.
  • Transfer to the RER C line towards Versailles Rive Gauche.
  • The journey will take you to the enchanting Palace of Versailles.

7. Seine River Cruise

Embark on a picturesque Seine River cruise to see Paris from a unique perspective. You can join a cruise from various points along the Seine, including near the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

8. Museums of Paris

Paris is a treasure trove of art and culture, with world-class museums to explore. The Musée d’Orsay, housed in a stunning Beaux-Arts railway station, is renowned for its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas. Meanwhile, the Centre Pompidou showcases contemporary and modern art in a strikingly avant-garde building.

These cultural treasures are easily accessible from Disneyland Paris via the RER train network and via the TGV INOUI network.

9. Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens, or Jardin du Luxembourg, is a serene oasis in the heart of Paris. Designed in the French formal garden style, it features meticulously manicured lawns, tree-lined promenades, and elegant fountains. You can relax by the large pond, watch children sail model boats, or explore the palace, which now houses the French Senate.

  • Take the RER A to Luxembourg station for easy access.

10. Panthéon

Panthéon is a neoclassical masterpiece that houses the remains of notable French figures, including Voltaire, Rousseau, and Marie Curie. Its stunning dome and interior are architectural marvels. Climb to the top of the dome for panoramic views of Paris. The Panthéon also frequently hosts exhibitions and events related to French history and culture.

To reach the Panthéon from Disneyland Paris:

  • Take the RER A from Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy to Luxembourg station.
  • A short walk will lead you to this historic monument.

These attractions offer a diverse range of experiences, from indulging in royal history at Versailles to admiring contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou or simply relaxing in the tranquil Luxembourg Gardens. Plan your day trip wisely to make the most of your time exploring these remarkable facets of Paris’s culture and history from Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris and Paris packages

If you prefer a hassle-free excursion from Disneyland Paris to the city, consider Disneyland Paris’s guided tours of the most popular Parisian attractions. These tours include transport and expert guides, allowing you to savour the City of Light at your own pace.

Please note that these tours are not included in your hotel booking or park entrance ticket and can be booked directly on the Disneyland Paris website.

For more information about train prices and tickets, visit the RATP website.

Start planning your magical journey from Disneyland Paris to the heart of Paris today, and create memories that will last a lifetime!

*Train price and information: RATP – Ticket information