Orsay tourism and travel guide

Photo of Orsay in Essonne

Photo is of Versailles Palace at 13 km from Orsay

Visit Orsay: highlights and tourist information

To Visit Attractions Book hotels, car hire, flights

Orsay is situated in the Essonne department and Paris region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Orsay in Paris.

Popular places to visit nearby include Versailles Palace at 13 km and Catacombs at 18 km.

Orsay, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Castle at 13 km (direction north-north-west), in the Yvelines department

A short distance outside central Paris, the Palais de Versailles is an enormous and...

See Versailles Palace guide


at 18 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

For a different side of Paris, explore the ancient catacombs in tunnels underneath the...

See Catacombs guide
Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

at 19 km (direction north-north-east), in the Paris department

Built in the late 19th century as a temporary monument, it is extraordinary that...

See Eiffel Tower guide
Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Garden at 20 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most extensive and most popular public...

See Jardin du Luxembourg guide


National Monument at 20 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The 18th century Pantheon was originally to be a church based on the pantheon...

See Pantheon guide
Musee de l\'Orangerie

Musee de l'Orangerie

Museum at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris is best known for its eight paintings of...

See Musee de l'Orangerie guide
Notre Dame cathedral

Notre Dame cathedral

Cathedral at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, on an island in the Seine River, is one of...

See Notre Dame cathedral guide


Church at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

Sainte-Chapelle, on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, is an important gothic chapel...

See Sainte-Chapelle guide


National Monument at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

La Conciergerie at Paris is one of the oldest and most important gothic palaces...

See Conciergerie guide


at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Champs-Elsées, often called the most beautiful avenue in the world, is in the...

See Champs-Elysees guide
Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

National Monument at 21 km (direction north-north-east), in the Paris department

The Arc de Triomphe is the second largest triumphal arch in the world and...

See Arc de Triomphe guide
Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Garden at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Jardin des Tuileries is a large park and garden near the Louvre in...

See Jardin des Tuileries guide
The Louvre

The Louvre

Museum at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre contains countless numbers of...

See The Louvre guide


at 21 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The city of Paris continues to be the most popular destination with visitors to...

See Paris guide

Arrange a visit to Orsay

Book hotels, car hire and flights

Organise your visit using the options shown...

Hotels in Orsay

Booking.com: best prices

See Orsay hotels

Reserve excursions

Map of places to visit near Orsay


Markets in and near Orsay

Market days in Orsay: weekly market: Sunday & Friday;

  • Orsay: market Sunday & Friday (0km)
  • Gif-sur-Yvette: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (4km)
  • Palaiseau: market Thursday & Sunday (5km)
  • Igny: market Thursday & Sunday (5km)
  • Bievres: market Wednesday (6km)
  • Massy: market Tuesday & Friday (7km)
  • Longjumeau: market Wednesday & Saturday (8km)
  • Montlhery: market Monday (9km)
  • Chilly-Mazarin: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday (9km)
  • Antony: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday (10km)

More information about Orsay, Paris

Tourist attractions near Orsay, France

What to do at Orsay? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Orsay.


  • Cinéaqua (20km)
  • Centre de la mer et des eaux (20km)
  • Aquarium du palais de la Porte Dor (22km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Other tourist attractions

  • Catacombs (18km)
  • Eiffel Tower (19km)
  • Rodin Museum (20km)
  • Hotel des Invalides (20km)
  • Jardin des Plantes (20km)
  • Palais Bourbon (20km)
  • Orsay Museum (21km)
  • Grand Palais (21km)
  • Petit Palais (21km)
  • Pont-Neuf (21km)
  • Champs-Elysees (21km)
  • Place de la Concorde (21km)
  • Jardin des Tuileries (21km)
  • The Louvre (21km)
  • Hotel de Ville (town hall) (21km)
  • Palais Royal (21km)
  • Place Vendome (21km)
  • Eglise de la Madeleine (21km)
  • Saint-Eustache (22km)
  • Place de la Bastille (22km)
  • Place des Vosges (22km)
  • Parc Monceau (22km)
  • Paris Opera (22km)
  • Montmartre (24km)
  • Montmartre district (24km)
  • Basilica de Sacre Coeur (24km)
  • Parc de la Villette (26km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Notre Dame de Port Royal des Champs (Magny-les-Hameaux) (8km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame des Vaulx de Cernay (Cernay-la-Ville) (19km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Bougival) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin et Saint Blaise (Louveciennes) (19km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris) (20km)
  • Sainte Chapelle (Paris) (21km)
  • Cathédrale de Notre Dame (Paris) (21km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Chatou) (21km)
  • Maison d'Ourscamp (Paris) (21km)
  • Eglise de Saint Etienne (Mareil-Marly) (22km)
  • Eglises de Saint Eustache (Paris) (23km)
  • Eglise de Sainte Geneviève (Feucherolles) (25km)
  • Collégiale Notre-Dame (Poissy) (28km)
  • Basilique de Saint Denis (Saint-Denis) (29km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Orgeval) (29km)
  • Eglise de Saint Basile (Etampes) (29km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Etampes) (29km)
  • Collegiale de Saint Martin (Etampes) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maclou (Conflans-Sainte-Honorine) (33km)
  • Abbaye du Lys (Dammarie-les-Lys) (39km)
  • Abbaye de Maubuisson (Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint Denis (Mery-sur-Oise) (41km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Auvers-sur-Oise) (41km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Val (Meriel) (42km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château de Beauregard (5km)
  • Maison de Chateaubriand (10km)
  • Parc du domaine de Sceaux (11km)
  • Parc de Courson (11km)
  • Parc du château de Breteuil (12km)
  • Potager du roi, Versailles (13km)
  • Parc de Versailles (13km)
  • Domaine national de Saint-Cloud (15km)
  • Domaine de la Malmaison (19km)
  • Parc de Chamarande (21km)
  • Jardin du Palais-Royal (21km)
  • Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (23km)
  • Domaine national de Rambouillet (28km)
  • Parc du château de Groussay (28km)
  • Parc du château de Thoiry (34km)
  • Domaine national de Champs-sur-Marne (35km)
  • Parc du château de Courances (35km)
  • Parc du château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (41km)
  • Domaine national de Fontainebleau (50km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Vallée de Chevreuse (11km)
  • Vaux de Cernay (19km)
  • Forêt de Rambouillet (22km)
  • Murs à pêches (27km)
  • Château de Sauvage (35km)

Amusement park / theme park

Towns of Art and history

  • Rambouillet (27km)
  • Etampes (29km)
  • Noisiel (37km)
  • Pontoise (40km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Velizy-Villacoublay (10km)
  • Le Plessis-Robinson (10km)
  • Meudon (13km)
  • Rueil-Malmaison (20km)
  • Maisons-Alfort (21km)
  • Le Vesinet (22km)
  • Courbevoie (22km)
  • Creteil (23km)
  • Levallois-Perret (23km)
  • Gagny (33km)
  • Soisy-sous-Montmorency (33km)
  • Aulnay-sous-Bois (34km)
  • Livry-Gargan (35km)
  • Le Mee-sur-Seine (38km)
  • Melun (39km)
  • Moutiers (54km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes (21km)
  • Jardin d'acclimatation (Paris) (21km)
  • Parc zoologique de Vincennes (22km)
  • Parc zoologique de Thoiry (34km)

Geography and distances

Orsay is in the Paris region of France at 20 kilometres from Evry, the department capital (general information: Orsay is 21 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Orsay

Canton: Orsay

Arrondissement: Palaiseau

Department: Essonne

Region: Paris

Postcode: 91400

Distance to Orsay

from Evry (prefecture): 20 km

from Paris: 21 km

from Calais: 251 km

from Nice: 679 km

from Bordeaux: 478 km

from Strasbourg: 409 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Orsay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 20 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bures-sur-Yvette, Gif-sur-Yvette, Gometz-la-Ville, Gometz-le-Chatel, Igny, Janvry, La Ville-du-Bois, Les Ulis, Nozay, Palaiseau, Saclay, Saint-Aubin, Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, Saulx-les-Chartreux, Toussus-le-Noble, Vauhallan, Verrieres-le-Buisson, Villebon-sur-Yvette, Villejust and Villiers-le-Bacle.

This page in French: Visiter Orsay