Just 25 kilometers from Paris, Louis XIV ordered to rehabilitate an old hunting lodge that, over the years, became what we know today as the Palace of Versailles. Scene of many period films, this place is not the result of fiction, but of centuries and centuries of history in which the figure of Marie Antoinette stands out.
Surely you already have it clear, but do not hesitate to buy your ticket to Versailles. With it you will be entering a world where art, culture and nature go hand in hand. There are many secrets hidden among what were the royal apartments and its immense gardens, but with a well-organized visit nothing will escape you.
Get your entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles without queues
Want to make the most of every moment of your visit to Versailles? With this ticket you can forget about waiting in line, get priority access and have much more time to visit the Palace and the Gardens.
Do you hate waiting in line as much as I do? If you don't want to waste valuable time of your visit to Versailles waiting in a long queue at the entrance, I recommend you to take the priority access ticket. With it, you will enter the Palace without delay, with the only task of admiring the paintings, tapestries, mirrors, fountains, sculptures... In short, all the art that makes Versailles a World Heritage Site.
Is it really necessary? Believe me, when you get to Versailles the last thing you'll want to do is wait in line at the ticket office and then at the general entrance. With this ticket, which you can buy in advance, you save almost two hours of waiting.
Recommended if... You want to avoid long lines and waits to make the most of your visit to Versailles.
How much do tickets to the Palace of Versailles cost?
General and full admission to Versailles costs approximately 27€ for adults. However, if you are under 18, have an EU passport and are under 25, have purchased the Paris Pass or the Paris Museum Pass, or are visiting on the first Sunday of the months between November and March, you are in luck because admission is free.
However, these tickets only include access to the Palace, the Gardens, the Domaine de Trianon (the palace that Louis XIV had built), the Park and the temporary exhibitions.
Don't want to visit all that? There are cheaper ticket options to visit only the Palace (approximately 20€) or the Domaine de Trianon (approximately 12€). Access to the Gardens is always free, unless there is a musical lighting of the fountains of Versailles (Great Musical Waters).
My advice is not to wait to buy tickets at the box office, because you may have to wait for a long time. To avoid this, I recommend you to buy tickets in advance and choose the specific time slot in which you will go, so you will save time.
Versailles is a huge and spectacular place, you don't want to waste time waiting in line!
Can I take a guided tour of Versailles and are they worth it?
The Palace and Gardens of Versailles are so immense that the best way to visit them is with a guided tour. This way you are sure to see the main sights and also understand every piece of art and history that surrounds you.
Although you can visit Versailles on your own, doing it with a guide is an investment in culture and also in your experience. I'm sure you've often come back from a visit not quite knowing what you've seen. Believe me, you won't want to return to Paris with that feeling, but with the certainty of having seen every last corner of Versailles.
In addition, by buying your ticket and booking your tour in advance, you avoid waiting in line at the ticket office and you can enjoy your visit from minute one.
How to buy tickets to the Palace of Versailles at the ticket office
It's very simple! The ticket offices are located to the left of the Cour d'Honneur, which welcomes visitors to Versailles. There you can buy general admission tickets. The wait is about 40 minutes and the price is around 27€. If you want to avoid queues, I recommend you to buy them in advance. So you will not have to wait your turn at the box office and you will save almost an extra hour in line.
If you only want to buy the entrance to the Domaine de Trianon to visit the accommodation that Louis XIV built and then enjoyed so much Marie Antoinette, you should go to the ticket counters of the palace.
Once you buy your ticket at any of the ticket offices, you will have to go to Access A and, there, wait for about an hour, as it is usually very crowded. If you want to save yourself that wait, be sure to book a priority access ticket (through door B), where the queue is always faster (about 20 minutes waiting time).
If I have purchased a Paris sightseeing pass, are the tickets to Versailles included?
That's right, included in the Paris Pass or Paris Museum Pass are tickets to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. These passes are a great option if you want to save queues and secure your entrance to the vast majority of Paris tourist attractions.
Both options are a great idea to not only visit the Palace of Versailles without long waits, but also have the opportunity to enter other museums in the French capital, such as the Louvre.
The Paris Pass is priced from 109 euros (depending on the number of days you want it for) and in addition to the pass to museums and landmarks of Paris, it also includes a transport card for you to move freely around the city.
The Paris Museum Pass, from 48€ approximately, is the perfect card if you are passionate about museums and in your list of things to do in Paris there are a few. In most Parisian museums there is a specific queue, much faster than the general one, for those who have this tourist pass.
How to get to the Palace of Versailles from Paris
Versailles is a must if you travel to the French capital, so there are many connections that allow you to get from Paris easily. The fastest and cheapest option is undoubtedly the regional train (RER), which takes about half an hour and its cost is about 4 € each way, although you have other options, such as private transport or car.
These last two options are more exclusive, since you do not have to be aware of schedules and they leave you directly at the entrance of Versailles, without intermediate stops. Of course, their price is somewhat higher.
Opening hours of the Palace of Versailles
Before arriving at Versailles, it is important that you check the opening hours, as they vary depending on the time of year, and not all areas are open at the same times or every day.
- From April 1 to October 31 the Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and the Gardens every day from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.
- From November 1st to March 31st the Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and the Gardens every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
In addition, I recommend that you note the hours when, during weekends in spring and summer, a beautiful show is held in the fountains of the Gardens, where lights, water and music will mark the rhythm of your visit. You can check the schedule and the days on which the lighting takes place on the official website.
How much time do I need to visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles?
There is never enough time to see Versailles in its entirety, but I recommend that you at least reserve a full day|element=sc-125-2338::::. When planning your excursion to Versailles you should keep in mind that, if you have not pre-purchased your ticket or booked a tour, you will need about 2 hours to queue at the ticket office and access. Once you get in, my advice is to spend the rest of the morning at the Palace and, after lunch, stroll around the Gardens until it's time to return to Paris.
You will also have to account for the time it takes to get there and back, which will be approximately 40 minutes each way. Although it may seem like a long time to dedicate a whole day of your trip to Paris just to Versailles, I assure you that you will not want to return a second time to see everything that remains.
Everything you can't miss during your visit to Versailles
The list of wonders you will find during your trip to Versailles is very long. The luxury, the culture, the nature and the history hidden in the Palace and the Gardens will leave you open-mouthed. What can't you miss during your visit?
Undoubtedly, touring the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles will give you an idea of the luxury and wealth enjoyed by the French court during the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, but you must also visit the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, the document that ended the First World War.
It is clear that the Palace inside is a great museum, but you will see that the art continues when you go outside to stroll through its gardens, not only for the vegetation, but also for its sculptures and fountains.
Visiting the Palace of Versailles with children, is it a good idea?
I'm not going to fool you, the day can be long for the little ones in the family, although both the Palace and the Gardens are suitable for everyone, even if you go to Versailles with children.
If you allow me a recommendation, organize the visit well so that the part of the Palace is not too long, as it can be more boring for children, and enjoy more time in the Gardens, where they can run and play.
Tips for visiting the Palace of Versailles
I'm sure you already have most of your visit planned, but I'd like to give you a few tips for visiting Versailles to make it even better:
- It's best to buy your tickets in advance and choose the "no queues" option, as long lines form both at the ticket office and at the entrance.
- Bring your own food, as there are not many places to eat in Versailles, but if you prefer, here are some recommendations for eating in Versailles that meet with my approval.
- Remember to check the opening hours of the Palace of Versailles and also the opening hours of the shows in the Gardens, as they depend on the day or the time of the year.
- You will be walking a lot, so go with comfortable clothes and shoes; at the end of the day you will appreciate it.
- Versailles is a place with a lot of history, so I recommend you to visit it with a specialized guide to not only see but also learn.
Do you already have your ticket for Versailles? A world of kings, history and art is waiting for you there. Are you going to miss it?