A very interesting attraction and an amusing foil for the cathedral! We visited on a Saturday in late September - it was quite quiet. We took a train from Paris leaving at 11:06am arriving 1hr layer in Chartres. Trains leave from Gare Montparnasse with 2 or 3 services per hour. We did the cathedral first as La Maison Picassiette is closed for lunch until 2:00pm.
You need a miniumum of 30 minutes there but 60 minutes would not be unreasonable. There were professional photographers there when we were there and I was not confident that the public were able to take photos - and staff do keep an eye on you. Do an image search on Google, there are plenty there! There are excellent public toilets on the premises.
You catch a number 4 bus (E1.10 fare), direction "La Madeline" - don't do what we did and jumped on the first No 4 bus we saw which went in the opposite direction! You could walk but is is 2-3 kilometers along a busy road and would not be the most pleasant of experiences... We went back to the station to catch the bus, but there is a bus stop on the main road outside the cathedral which takes you in the right direction - i.e. out of town. Look out for the correct stop, it is called Picassiette - it is announced automatically on the bus and there is an electronic display as well. Cross the road when when you get off the bus - it is in a small suburban street, well signed, You walk up the street for about 100m it's on the right.
We got back to Paris around 5:00pm after a pleasant day trip!
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