Day trip to Chateau de Versailles

Palace of Versailles in Paris is a beautiful structural dedication to royal influence. It is one of the most highly sought- after attractions in Paris. Boasting the enchanting architecture of the 18th century, 250 acres of landscape, and stunning artwork, Versailles Palace is a stellar example of the lives French royalty once lived.

The Palace of Versailles was reinvented as a chateau by Louis XIII. The surrounding land was purchased at that time so the king could create impressive gardens around his chateau. The first big construction project started in 1661 and the overall project took 20 years to complete except the gardens which took another two decades to be completely finished.

Things to know before your visit

All Visitors must book a time slot to access the Palace

Admission to the Palace within half an hour of the booked time slot can only be guaranteed for tickets purchased online, here. Ticket starts from €21.5. Access to the Palace and the estate of Trianon is free for visitors under 18 (or under 26 residing in the EU). If you are eligible for free admission, choose your ticket, date of visit, time slot and then select “FREE ADMISSION”. Entrance to the gardens during the Musical Fountains show, the Musical Gardens or the Night Fountains show is free for children under 5 years of age.

The Palace is huge and there are different areas to visit

The Versailles Palace actually consists of The Gardens, The Main Palace, Trianon Estate (Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon), and The Queen’s Hamlet. All areas have some spectacular things to see and experience. Most people spend the majority of the time in The Main Palace. It boasts more than 2,300 rooms and Hall of Mirrors and the King’s Bedchamber are the two areas not to be missed. There is a petite train that can take you to Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon if you are tired with all the walking. You will spend half a day at the minimum, so prepare to spend full day here.

Get to the Palace as early as possible

We visited Versailles on Sunday morning and as we get off the train at Rive Gauche station, there is already a crowd making their way to the Palace. We immediately thought we have made a mistake by coming on Sunday. When we get to the gate, there were already a massive queue of people. We arrived in Versailles at 9.40am and there were already 4 layers of queueing. We were lucky to come in spring so the weather was cool and bearable inside the chateaux despite of the crowd. I cannot imagine what summer would feel like with the same crowd.

The palace is open every day of the week except for Mondays, and they open at 9 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m while the Trianon Estate is open at noon. Tour buses arrive shortly after 9am , so beat them there and arrive before 9am. It will be your best bet for avoiding long lines. The gardens and park are opened at 8 a.m. every day of the week.

High season runs from April to October and Low Season from November to March.

Toilet Facility

  • There are toilets and changing tables before the ticket checks in the South Ministers’ Wing and after the ticket checks in the basement of the Dufour Pavilion (Entrance A). Other toilets are located in the basement of the Gabriel Pavilion (Entrance B) and at the end of the History Gallery.
  • On the State Apartments: there are no toilets on the first floor and you have to go to the Dufour Pavilion.
  • In the gardens: there are toilets next to the Dauphin’s Grove, next to the Girandole Grove and in the Park at Little Venice.
  • At the Trianon Estate: there are toilets outside the Grand Trianon in the Park and at the Petit Trianon before the ticket checks, as well as in the Queen’s Hamlet.

Getting to the Palace from Paris

You can take the train from Paris to Palace of Versailles. There are 3 ways to do it depending on your location

  • Take RER line C which arrives at Versailles Château – Rive Gauche train station, 950 meter walk to the Palace. You can find RER line C anywhere along the bank of the Seine River but the popular RER C line stations in central Paris are St-Michel (near Notre Dame), Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, Pont de l’Alma, and Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel. The train normally comes every 15minutes.
  • If you stay in the south of Paris, take the train TER N from Paris Montparnasse to Versailles Rive Gauche chantier station, 1.7km to the Palace
  • If you stay around Montmartre or close to the department stores of the Galeries Lafayettes or Printemps take Train line L from Gare Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite train station, 1.5km to the Palace.

Purchase two ticket (two-way trip) from your point of departure to the Versailles train station, or use a Paris Visite covering zones 1 to 4. T+ tickets cannot be used for this journey, you have to buy a separate ticket.

The main palace

The Palace of Versailles is an opulent complex and former royal residence outside of Paris. It has held sway in the public imagination for years because of its architectural grandeur and political history. 

“To the public imagination, Versailles is the epitome of opulence,” said Louise Boisen Schmidt, a Denmark-based writer at This Is VersaillesIt represents an age in French history of both France’s rise as a fashion and power center as well as the dramatic — and bloody — decline of the monarchy.”

The garden

Grand trianon and Petite trianon

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