Claude Monet Garden Giverny
Adam and Eve’s garden in France
In my recent trip to Paris, I branched out a bit further out the outer skirts of Paris and decided to visit Claude Monet Garden in Giverny. I’ve been meaning to visit for quite some time now but it seemed like a long distance on the map. In reality, it wasn’t that far at all.
There are two ways that you can get to Claude Monet Garden in Giverny. You can go by public transportation from Paris – St. Lazare station and then take a shuttle (not free!). Alternatively, if you’re traveling with a few people it would be worthwhile to take an Uber instead as it is more cost effective and convenient.
I advise that if you’re going to go via public transport to plan ahead and note the timetables as they don’t run frequently.
First, take the SNCF train from St. Lazare station to Gare de Vernon – Giverny. The fastest train and perhaps the only convenient train takes approximately 45 mins. You can look at the time schedule and purchase tickets in advance at the Trainline site. Note that the fastest train runs probably every 1.5 to 2 hours.
Approx cost: 22 EUR (round trip)
Then, you can hop on the Vernon – Giverny shuttle located nearby Gare de Vernon. Click HERE for the PDF on the 2017 time schedule for the shuttle. If you arrived at Vernon shortly after a bus has departed, you’ll most likely have to wait a while for the next one. You can take a taxi instead to the Garden, it will cost you relatively the same assuming you’re visiting with one more person.
Approx cost: 10 EUR (round trip)
Taking a trip to visit Claude Monet Garden in Giverny has its significant cost by train. A much easier way to travel would be by Uber. You won’t have to worry about timetables or missing the last train/bus or walking a long distance and getting lost finding the shuttle bus. Plus it is more cost effective if it is more than 4 people traveling.
Approx cost: 180 EUR round trip you can get 15 EUR off your next trip on Uber by downloading the app and using the code GUUZQ
Make sure you eat well before traveling! Claude Monet Garden is in Giverny, not Paris. It is really hard to find open restaurants and decent cafes during the day time as most places to eat are closed during the daytime this is a common practice in certain small towns in Europe. I had to learn this the hard way and it wasn’t fun.
If you’re going to travel with public transportation remember to notice your surroundings so that you can get back once you’re done touring the garden.
Bring allergy medications if you’re prone to allergies or take them before arriving. Claude Monet Garden is a very green place especially in the summer it has a lot of pregnant flowers meaning loads of pollen. Therefore, if you’re allergic to trees, pollen or anything of that sort make sure you’re taken care of so that you can enjoy the garden to its maximum potential.