Many travelers during their time with us book day trips from Paris to the Grand Est or “Champagne” region of France to visit the beautiful city of Reims. Whether you are planning to drive or to take the train, transportation to Reims to taste champagne in Reims will be made easy with this detailed guide. Plan your own champagne tasting tour by reading on!
TRAVEL TO REIMS FROM PARIS
In 1 hour and 45 minutes from the center of Paris you can reach the center of Reims by car. Take the A4 from Paris and exit for “Reims-Centre/Trinquex” (number 22). It is best to leave your car parked at the train station and walk into Reims from there as parking in the city is limited and the roads are narrow!
By purchasing tickets on sncf.com or in the Paris Est train station you will be able to arrive directly in Reims from Paris in only 45 minutes. One way tickets are usually around 20€ each way, and booking in advance is advised as prices do rise nearer to your travel date. Once arriving in Reims at the train station, you can walk or take a bus into Reims in 5-10 minutes. If you need a map of the city or extra information on the city, the Reims tourism office is just outside the train station and is very helpful!
TOURS OF THE CHAMPAGNE REGION
The world-renonwed champagne house Moet & Chandon is located in Epernay, a 35 minute drive or direct train from Reims. Both cities and multiple champagne tours are doable in one day so if you want to visit Moet & Chandon in addition to the famous champagne houses in Reims, you absolutely can!
Be sure to reserve a visit to Moet & Chandon’s cellars on their website
CHAMPAGNE TASTING IN THE CITY OF REIMS
If you are looking for a day full of history at a prestigious estate, visit the Pommery estate in Reims and its neighbor the Villa Demoiselle. After a scenic 20 minute walk from the Reims cathedral you will easily reach the Pommery estate to taste Pommery champagne. Vranken-Pommery Monopole is currently the largest producer of rosé in the world and the second largest producer of champagne in the world. The Villa Demoiselle nearby is a mansion that has been converted into a museum and is a lovely beginning or ending to a champagne tasting where you can discover the story behind this historic residence and champagne estate.
Tours can be booked for either or both destinations on their booking site
Pommery estate: Open everyday, 10am-6pm through March and 9:30am-7pm starting in April
5 place Général Gouraud 51100 Reims
G.H. Martel offers small-scale champagne tasting in the center of Reims. It is a family-run champagne house that has been producing champagne nearby Reims, in cellars that date back to the 4th and 15th centuries, for over four generations. Average tours allow you to taste three different champagnes produced by G.H Martel.
Book in advance via email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open everyday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm
17 Rue des Créneaux, 51100 Reims
The iconic yellow label champagne house Veuve Clicquot is located via a 20 minute bus ride or 35 minute walk through the center of the city from the Reims train station. Tours and tastings are available upon booking and begin at 25€ per person.
Reserve a tour in advance on their website as they do not accept walk-ins
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm
1 Place des Droits de l’Homme, 51100 Reims
Reims as a city itself is full of history, stunning architecture and regional restaurants. From the Reims Cathedral’s stained glass windows to the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Reims, even if you are not interested in champagne tasting there are enough activities for the whole family to partake in. INSIDR’s favorite restaurant in Reims is L’Alambic because it serves authentic regional dishes.
Find the restaurant on: 63 bis Rue de Chativesle, 51100 Reims