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Getting to the Sir John Monash Centre from Paris

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Posted on July 18 2017

The Sir John Monash Centre sits near the village of Villers-Bretonneux, just over 140 kilometres north-east of Paris. An easy day trip, the drive takes about 90 minutes each way from Paris.

Options for getting to the Sir John Monash Centre from Paris include:

Hire a car

See the French countryside at your own pace behind the wheel of a hire car. There are a variety of car hire agencies in Paris where you can pick up a car of your choice. The drive itself takes just over an hour and a half without any stops – but with so much to see and the freedom of your own schedule, why not stop along the way? Find out more about the hire cars available in Paris here.

Where to stop along the way?

If you’ve got time, there’s plenty to see between Paris and Villers-Bretonneux.

Auvers-sur-Oise, on your way out of Paris, is where Van Gough chose to spend the last years of his life. Fervent Van Gough fans will recognise a number of spots from his paintings while travelling through town.

Further out of Paris is the town of Beauvais, where you can see the tallest gothic vault in the world at the Beauvais Cathedral. The Cathedral is unfinished, but what remains is a testament to the monumental task taken on by its builders in 1225 when construction commenced.

Another option is to stop in Froissy for a ride on a railway built in 1916 to supply the trenches for the Battle of the Somme. The return journey from Froissy to Dompierre takes half an hour, and is a great way to experience some First World War history firsthand.

Catch a train

Trains from Gare Du Nord in Paris to Amiens depart regularly throughout the day. You can take a direct route, or a slightly slower route that stops in Creil, just 7km from the historic town of Chantilly and the historic Château de Chantilly.

Once you arrive in Amiens, direct trains to Villers-Bretonneux take roughly 11 minutes. Either way, your journey won’t take you much longer than 2 hours each way. With plenty of opportunities to see the French countryside – be sure to book a window seat.

You can view timetables and book your tickets here.

Book a tour

If joining a guided tour sounds more like you, there are some fantastic day trips from Paris.

There are coach, walking and cycling tours offered in the region for individuals, couples or groups. Visit the French Travel Bureau for a selection of unique tours designed especially for your French travel experience.

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