Palace of Versailles tickets – prices, discounts, train trips, bus tours from Paris

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The Palace of Versailles, just outside of Paris, is one of the best Royal residences in the World.

More than 10 million tourists visit the Palace of Versailles every year.

That’s more than 35,000 tourists visiting Versailles every day.

In this article, we explain everything you need to know before you visit the Palace of Versailles.

1. What to expect
2. Best time to visit
3. Tour duration
4. Free entry
5. Versailles ticket prices
6. Skip the Line vs Regular tickets
7. Palace of Versailles tickets
8. Guided tour of Versailles
9. Audio Guide
10. Opening hours
11. Palace of Versailles map
12. Versailles Gardens
13. Photography at Versailles

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Palace of Versailles, Trianon Estate, Versailles Gardens, the Gallery of Coaches and Park are now open for visitors.

As a safety precaution (to avoid crowding in the ticket counter lines) visitors are advised to purchase their tickets online.

To ensure social distancing, only a limited number of visitors are allowed per day, so it is better to book your tickets in advance.

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Masks are compulsory for everybody over the age of 11. Visitors must bring their own masks because they won’t be sold or distributed at the site.

What to expect at Palace of Versailles

The Versailles Estate has three distinct parts – the Palace of Versailles, the Versailles Gardens Queen and Marie Antoinette’s domain.

The Palace of Versailles has 2,300 rooms spread over 63,154 square meters (that’s more than 12 football fields) and is one part of the Versailles Estate.

Versailles Palace’s history is more than 300 years oldand lots has been built up over the years.

Best time to visit the Palace of Versailles

The best time to visit the Palace of Versailles is after 2.30 pm when the crowd has left.

You can reach Versailles Estate by 10 am, explore the Versailles Palace Gardens and other attractions, and then enter the Palace of Versailles between 2.30 to 3 pm.

We explain this in detail below –

Best time to visit Versailles to avoid the crowd

Most Versailles guides and travel websites recommend that tourists reach the Palace at 9 am for the best experience.

Thus, everybody lands up at the Versailles Estate in the morning itself.

100s of buses full of tourists leave Paris before 10 am and reach Versailles.

Once they are in Versailles, first, they wait in line to buy tickets.

Next, they wait in the queue for the security check.

Depending on the time and season, the total waiting time (in both the lines put together) can be as high as 3 hours.

As the day progresses, these lines trickle away.

That’s why you must wait until 2.30 pm to get into the Palace of Versailles.

That doesn’t mean you must reach Versailles Estate at 2.30 pm.

Here is the Versailles itinerary we suggest:

1. Buy the cheapest Versailles Palace tickets online, so you don’t have to wait in the ticketing line.

Or if budget is not a concern, you can get the tickets which give you access to more areas:

*Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens are scheduled only on certain days, and that’s why ‘all access tickets’ are bought depending on the day of your visit.

2. Reach Versailles by 10 am

3. See the Versailles Palace Gardens, enjoy the numerous fountains and the Coach Gallery.

All these are free to enter (on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, there is a ticket to enter the Gardens, but you would have bought them online, anyway).

4. Have a picnic at Versailles. Or find a restaurant within the Estate (there are many!) and have your lunch.

5. At 2.30 pm, go to Entrance ‘A’ in the Dufour Pavilion to get inside the Palace of Versailles. The waiting time will be less than 15 minutes.

Note: Tuesday is a bad day to go to the Palace of Versailles because the Louvre Museum is not open, and a lot of the tourists end up in Versailles.

Best season to visit Palace of Versailles

Even though the Palace attracts a massive crowd during summer, it is still the best season to visit Versailles.

A good part of the Versailles experience is what’s outdoors – the gardens, the fountains, the groves, etc. During winter, they aren’t in their best form.

France has harsh winters, and during the colder months, the average day’s lowest temperature hovers around 3 degrees Celsius (37.4 Fahrenheit).

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How long does the Palace of Versailles take

To explore the Palace of Versailles, visitors need at least two to three hours, and to explore the whole Estate, including the Versailles Gardens and the Trianon Palaces, they need five to six hours.

Since you will be traveling from Paris, you must also factor in one hour of travel time each way.


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Palace of Versailles free entry

On the first Sunday of every month, admission to the Estate of Versailles is free between November to March.

You also qualify for free entry into Versailles if you are less than 18 years old or are a European Union resident under 26 years of age.

If you qualify for free admission, there is no need to buy tickets.

Go directly to Entrance A in the Dufour Pavilion, with proof of your right to free entry and proof of identity.


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Palace of Versailles ticket prices

The cheapest Palace of Versailles ticket costs 18 Euros for an adult (18+ years).

This ticket is cheap because it doesn’t get you access to specific sections of the Palace.

The most popular Palace of Versailles ticket costs 22 Euros and gets you access to everything in the Versailles Estate, but it is available only Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The all access ticket which includes Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens is priced at 29 Euros but is available only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

The Guided Versailles tour ticket, which helps you skip all the long lines, under the guidance of a local guide, costs 45 Euros per person.

The Versailles visit + transport from Paris combo ticket costs just 59 Euros for every adult.


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Regular tickets vs Skip the Line tickets

There are two queues at the Palace of Versailles.

Line 1: Queue at the ticketing counter to buy tickets (at Entrance B)

Line 2: The line at the security check (at Entrance A)

When you buy regular tickets online, you can avoid waiting in the first line because you will already have your tickets in the email.

Depending on the day of the week and season, avoiding this line helps you save 60 to 90 minutes of waiting time.

But you must still stand in the line for the security check.

When you buy the Palace of Versailles Skip the Line tickets, you avoid standing in both Line 1 and Line 2.

When you have ‘Skip the Line’ Versailles tickets, security staff at the Palace of Versailles will merge you at the beginning of the security check line.

Depending on the time and day, a ‘Skip The Line’ ticket can help you save anywhere from 2 to 3 hours of waiting time.

There are two kinds of Skip the Line tickets –

Here are two photographs to give you an idea of the long queues to expect at the Palace of Versailles.

During the peak holiday season – the summer months – these lines are the longest. Image: Community.ricksteves.com
Since this wait is all outdoors, it can get tiring – especially if you are travelling with kids or elderly. It is best to buy Versailles tickets online, and save your energy to explore Versailles Palace. Image: Waitamoment.co.uk

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Palace of Versailles tickets

If you are planning to visit Versailles Palace, the number of ticket options available can be baffling.

We will take you through the various Palace of Versailles tickets and propose our recommendation – you can buy the ticket that suits you best.

The first three are regular tickets, and the last two are ‘Skip the Line’ tickets.

Must know

– Some of these tickets are seasonal, and you can’t book them during winter.

– The audio guide comes free with all these tickets.

– These are smartphone tickets, and you don’t need to take printouts. On the day of your visit, show the voucher on your mobile and walk-in.

1. Palace of Versailles tickets – Access all areas

This regular ticket gives you full access to the Palace of Versailles and hence is the most popular with visitors.

You can access all the below-listed attractions.
– The Palace (with the audio guide)
– The Trianon Palace
– Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
– The Versailles Gardens and the Park
– The Coach Gallery
– The ongoing temporary exhibitions

However, this ticket is available only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (18+ years): 22.50 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 17 years): Free entry
EU Citizen ticket (0 to 25 years): Free entry
Disabled ticket: Free entry

2. Palace of Versailles tickets – Palace entrance

This ticket is the cheapest Versailles entry tickets you can buy.

Visitors with only 3 to 4 hours opt for this admission ticket, making it the second most popular Versailles ticket.

With this regular Palace of Versailles ticket, you can enter:

– The Versailles Palace*
– The Versailles Gardens**
– The Coach Gallery
– The ongoing temporary exhibitions

*You get access to the most important rooms of the Palace of Versailles – Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments, King’s Chamber, Queen’s Chamber, Apartments of Mesdames, etc.

**On Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays – when Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens are on – you must pay a small fee at the Gardens entrance to enter.

This ticket doesn’t get you access to The Trianon Palace and Queen Marie-Antoinette’s Estate.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (18+ years): 18 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 17 years): Free entry
EU Citizen ticket (0 to 25 years): Free entry
Disabled ticket: Free entry

Note: The above ticket is also available in the Skip The Line version. If you don’t want to wait in the long lines, and money is not an issue, check out the Palace of Versailles Skip The Line tickets.

3. Tickets for Palace of Versailles + Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens

Besides the Versailles Palace, this regular ticket also provides you access to the Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens.

During Parisian summer – usually from early April to the end of October – Musical Fountains Show and the Musical Gardens become additional attractions at the Palace of Versailles.

Since these shows are planned only on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you can only book this ticket only for these days.

What is Fountains Show at Versailles?

During the Fountains show at Versailles, the fountains in the Gardens spout water to the music’s rhythm.

That’s why it is also called the musical fountain show.

These musical displays start at 10 am and last until 7 pm.

As part of the Fountains show, you can also see what is known as ‘Water Displays.’

These happen at the three major fountains at Versailles – Mirror Fountain, Water Theatre Grove, and the Neptune fountain.

These ‘Water Displays’ also start at 10 am and go on until 7 pm.

They last for 10-15 minutes and keep getting repeated for the tourists.

What is Musical Gardens show at Versailles?

At Versailles, the Musical Garden show is when you explore the French-style formal gardens designed by André Le Nôtre while listening to music.

Musical displays start at 10 am and go on until 7 pm.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (7+ years): 28 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 6 years): Free entry

Note: You can’t book this ticket during winter

4. Skip the Line, Guided tour of Palace of Versailles

This ticket provides three critical things you need to make your visit to Versailles Palace memorable:

– Skip the Line access, so you don’t waste your time waiting in the line
– Access to the whole Versailles Palace
– A human guide to give you inside stories

The guide takes you on a 90 minute guided tour of the Palace of Versailles, after which you are free to roam around on your own.

This ticket doesn’t include transport from Paris.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (18+ years): 45 Euros
Youth ticket (6 to 17 years): 25 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 5 years): Free entry

5. Versailles Palace tickets with transport from Paris

Since the Palace of Versailles is 20 Kms (12 Miles) from Paris, many visitors prefer to book Versailles Palace entry tickets, which also include transport.

You can choose either transfer by bus or train.

Some of these Versailles tours from Paris also include human guides.

Versailles Palace ticket + Train transport

This ticket gets you an escorted train ride from Paris to Versailles and priority entrance to the Palace.

Once the Palace visit is done, you get to stroll through the mesmerizing Versailles Gardens and explore the Estate of Marie Antoinette.

The meeting point is Parisoftours by Guidatours at 62 avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris. Google Map

LaMotte-Picquet Grenelle, serviced by Metro line 6, 8 and 10, is the nearest Metro station to the meeting spot.

Ticket Prices (without local guide)

Adult ticket (18+ years): 52 Euros
Youth ticket (7 to 17 years): 25 Euros
Child ticket (0 to 5 years): Free entry

Tip: For a memorable visit, on the ticket booking page opt for the ‘English Guide’ option.

Versailles Palace ticket + Coach transport

With this ticket, you board an air-conditioned bus from Paris, skip the long lines and enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the Palace.

Later, you also explore the beautiful Versailles Gardens with the Grand and Petit Trianon and the Estate of Marie Antoinette.

You can opt for a half-day or a full-day tour, and the meeting point depends on your choice.

Ticket Prices

Adult ticket (18+ years): 59 Euros
Youth ticket (4 to 17 years): 39 Euros
Child ticket (0-3 years): Free entry


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Versailles Palace audio guide

All visitors above eight years qualify for the free Palace of Versailles audioguide.

Visitors can pick up these audio guides from two desks on the ground floor of the Palace.

The first desk is in the lobby of Dufour Pavillion (Entrance A), and issues audio guides every day from 9 am till 5.30 pm.

The second desk is in the lobby of the Gabriel pavilion and follows the same timing.

The Versailles audioguide is available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, and Polish.

If you don’t want to pick up the audio guide, you can try the Palace of Versailles’ mobile application for Android or iPhones

It is a good substitute for the audio guide.

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Palace of Versailles hours

The Palace of Versailles is open from 9 am to 6.30 pm every day except Mondays.

The ticket office closes at 5.50 pm, and the last admission inside is at 6 pm.

The Versailles Palace is closed on 1 May every year.

However, besides the Palace of Versailles, the Versailles Estate has many other attractions.

Each of these attractions has different opening hours, separate last entry, etc.

Opening times of the Estate of Trianon

Estate of Trianon is the place the Kings of Versailles built for themselves to escape the busy court life once in a while.

Situated close to the main Palace, the Estate of Trianon includes the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon Palaces and the Queen’s Hamlet.

Estate of Trianon is also open every day except on Mondays.

Opening times: 12 pm – 6.30pm
Last admission: 6 pm
Ticket office closure: 5.50 pm

Coach Gallery hours

If you want to truly enjoy the splendor of court life during the Ancient Régime, a visit to the Coach Gallery at the Palace of Versailles is necessary.

It is the collection of Majestic coaches, small carriages for the Royal kids, sedan chairs, and sleds used by the Palace’s inhabitants.

The Coach Gallery at the Palace of Versailles is open every day except on Mondays.

Opening times: 12.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Last admission: 5.45 pm

The Versailles Garden’s opening hours

One can’t visit the Palace of Versailles without taking a stroll at the Versailles Gardens.

Since the Gardens open at 8 am every day, some tourists prefer coming in early for a stroll.

The staff stops the tourists from entering the Gardens at 7 pm, and the Gardens close by 8.30 pm.

During the open hours, pedestrians can access the Gardens via four gates – the Main entrance, the Neptune gate, the Menagerie gate, and the Little Venice gate.

The fifth gate – the Dragon gate – allows visitors in from noon to 6.30 pm.

The Versailles Park’s hours

Beyond the gardens lie the Versailles Park – greenery as far as the eyes can see.

Versailles Park is open every day from 7.00 am to 8.30 pm. And the entry is free.


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Palace of Versailles map

Versailles Palace is the World’s largest royal domain, and exploring it requires a lot of walking.

While trying to get the most out of the Versailles Estate, it is easy to quickly lose track of time and way (and in the process, miss the exhibits).

That’s why we recommend a guided tour, where a local expert shows you the way.

The next best option is to save the below-given Palace of Versailles maps for ready reference during your visit. Download Print Version

Ground floor map of the Palace of Versailles. Map Courtesy: Chateauversailles.fr
First floor map of the Palace of Versailles. Map Courtesy: Chateauversailles.fr
Key to the first floor and ground floor map of Versailles Palace.

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Palace of Versailles gardens

The Palace of Versailles gardens is one of the most extensive gardens ever created.

These French-style formal gardens cover 800 hectares (1976 acres), including 300 hectares (741 acres) of forest and two ‘French’ gardens called ‘Petit Parc’ and the ‘Trianon.’

The Palace of Versailles Gardens took 40 years to build. 

When the Versailles Gardens were complete, they included 372 statues, 55 water features, 600 fountains, and over 32 KMs (20 Miles) of canals.

Over the years, the Gardens of Versailles have become a favorite haunt for the locals, people from Paris, and visiting tourists.


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Photography at Versailles Palace

The whole of the Versailles Estate is a photographers’ dream.

However, taking good photos of the interiors of the Palace of Versailles is quite a challenge.

Primarily because of the crowd and the number of mobiles and iPads, the tourists hold over their heads as they take photographs.

Even if you enter the Palace after 5 pm, you will still find people in your frame.

So, there is hardly a good time for photographs inside the Palace of Versailles.

You can still take some good photographs.

1. There is a lot of artwork on the ceilings of the Palace rooms. Don’t miss them.

2. Some parts of the Versailles Palace are cordoned off. For instance, Marie Antoinette’s bedroom. Such areas allow you to take photos without other tourists in the frame.

3. Step out into the Gardens, and there are lots of fantastic opportunities for both professional and amateur photographers.

Note: Since flash is not allowed inside the Palace, in the darker rooms, use a high ISO setting on your camera.

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Jamshed V Rajan: He is a two-faced traveler, who enjoys both the hustle-bustle of an urban holiday and the serenity of a break from the rest of the World. During some of his vacations, he is a resort hopper, and on others, he barely spends time in his hotel. He loves to try mouth-watering local cuisines, especially non-vegetarian dishes. Favourite Cities: Amsterdam, Las Vegas, Dublin, Prague, Vienna

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