We visited Versailles on Sunday and It was soooo crowded (maybe Sunday was a bad choice). I felt sick already when we saw the mass amount of people when we approached the gate. We arrived in Versailles at 9.40am and there were already 4 layers of queueing. We were lucky it was not a hot day so inside the chateaux was still bearable even though it was still crowded.
What annoyed me was that they only had a toilet at the entrance point to the chateaux and the next one outside after after we exit the chateaux. Luckily I found one toilet inside Angelina (The restaurant), but there wasn’t actually a clear sign.
We ended up spending the whole day in Versailles and only return to Paris at 6pm as we had to queue the whole day. You need to allocate one full day for Versailles because of the crowd and the long queue. The crowd is different with Eiffel tower and Louvre. In Louvre we have options of several wings and sections to visit. And the queue in Eiffel is pretty fast moving.
In Versailles everybody follow the same path: Chateaux, Garden, Grand Trianon, Petite Trianon and Grand Canal. There is a train that can take you to Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon which we took right away. we couldn’t bear walking after being in a queue for so long lol.
- The Palace and the estate of Trianon are open every day except on Mondays. The Palace opens at 9:00 am, the estate of Trianon opens at noon.
- The Park and Gardens are open every day. Access to the Gardens is free except on days of fountains shows.
- There are three train stations in Versailles, the closest one of the Palace is Versailles Château Rive Gauche.
- Accessibility measures have been put in place to facilitate the visit of visitors with disabilities.
- High season: April to October and Low Season: November to March
Getting to the Palace
RER line C arrives at Versailles Château – Rive Gauche train station, just 10 minutes’ walk to the Palace.
SNCF trains from Gare Montparnasse arrive at Versailles Chantiers train station, which is 18 minutes on foot to the Palace
SNCF trains from Gare Saint Lazare arrive at Versailles Rive Droite train station, 17 minutes on foot to the Palace.
Purchase two ticket (two-way trip) from your point of departure to the Versailles train station, or use a pass (Navigo, Mobilis or Paris Visite) covering zones 1 to 4, if you come from Paris. T+ tickets cannot be used for this journey.
RER C and SNCF train times are available on www.transilien.com
The RATP bus line 171 runs between Pont de Sèvres (terminus of the Paris metro line 9) and the Palace of Versailles in 30 minutes without traffic.
T+ tickets can be used for this journey.
Journey times and routes available on the RATP website
Ticket prices varies depending on what areas you want to see and there is also addition for train, boat, musical show etc: Ticket and Prices
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 Versailles. “It 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.”
Located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Paris, the palace is beside the settlement of Versailles. The town was little more than a hamlet before becoming the seat of royal power. By the time of the French Revolution, it had a population of more than 60,000 people, making it one of the largest urban centers in France.
Grand trianon and Petite trianon