The enchanting Palace of Versailles is one of the most extraordinary achievements in 17th-century European art. Situated just 30 minutes outside Paris, in the village of Versailles, this elaborate complex once thrived as an epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France. Today, the Palace, also known as Château de Versailles, contains 700 rooms spread across 800 hectares. Each year, it is estimated that approximately 5 million people visit the Palace of Versailles, and between 8 and 10 million people walk through its gardens.
Begin your visit by exploring the ornate King and Queen's State Apartments. Learn about the French monarchy and explore the themed salons and their elaborate ceiling paintings. Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors.
After admiring the inside of the Palace, head outdoors and take in the grandeur of the estate’s impressive architecture. Stroll along the cobblestone grounds, through the beautiful French gardens, and pass by the gorgeous Versailles fountains. At Marie Antoinette’s Estate, discover the Trianons and get a peek into her secret life.
For tips on how to navigate the palace, make the most of your time, and choose the best experience, refer to our Palace of Versailles tours and tickets collection. If you’d like to maximize your time at the palace of Versailles and get a more in-depth Castle experience, check out the Versailles Half Day Guided Tour ticket.
With the Palace of Versailles Priority Access pass, avoid the never-ending queue and make your way directly into the Palace of Versailles. Your VIP ticket gives you access to all the areas included in regular entry tickets, plus entry to Marie Antoinette's Estate and the Musical Gardens and Fountain shows, which happen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Upon arrival, head directly to the entrance of the Castle. Your Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour tickets will allow you to bypass the long entry line, saving you upto 3 hours of queueing. In addition, having pre-booked tickets online, you will also avoid the hassle of having to wait in line at the on-site ticket box office. Keep in mind that all visitors, regardless of ticket type or vendor, are still required to pass through security.
Timings and Availability
Versailles skip-the-line VIP tours with audio guide are available Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM.
It takes approximately 3-4 hours to tour the royal apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Trianons, Park and gardens. However, your ticket grants admission until closing hours on the day of your visit.
Palace of Versailles
Tuesday to Sunday: The Palace opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 6:30 PM. Last entry is at 6:00 PM.
The Trianon Estate and the Carrosses Gallery open in the afternoon, at 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM respectively. Both close at 6:30 PM.
The Gardens open at 8:00 AM and the Park at 7:00 AM; both close at 8:30 PM.
The entire premises of the Palace of Versailles closes each year on May 1st.
Hours are subject to change during severe weather conditions.
Versailles Garden Fountain and Musical Shows
From April 1st to 31st October, the Garden shows take place on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Your ticket includes VIP access to these shows.
Garden shows do not take place from November 1st till 31st March. During this period, entry to the Gardens is free on all days.
Reduced Price Tickets
Children below the age of 6 enter for free. Child tickets (6-17 years) are available at a reduced price of €10. Please select the right profile type for your group during checkout. Also, please ensure that you are carrying a valid ID of the members in your group if you select any reduced price tickets during checkout.
Your visit to the Palace of Versailles begins at the Guidatours office, at 10 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, is located approximately 400 meters outside the Palace of Versailles, just across the street from the train station Versailles Rive Gauche-Chateau de Versailles.
You can find the Google Maps location for the office here.
To reach the Palace of Versailles by train, you have several options:
Audio guides are available in 11 languages: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.
There are two audio guide pick-up counters, both located on the ground floor: one at the entrance to the Apartments of Mesdames, and another at the entrance to the Gallery of Castles, just after crossing the Royal Court.
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
How to Redeem your Tickets
You will receive an email with your Versailles Palace Skip The Line + Passport Entry with Audioguide shortly. You need not take a print out. Please download and display it at the meeting point on the day of the experience.
Guidatours office at 10 Avenue du Général de Gaulle.
How to Get There
The Guidatours office is located at a 10-minute walk from the Palace of Versailles, directly across the street from the train station Versailles Rive Gauche.
A host will hand you your skip-the-line voucher and escort you to the Palace of Versailles entrance B, at the top right of the Cour d'Honneur. Make your way straight into the palace, bypassing the hours-long entry and security lines. Collect your audio guide from one of two pick-up counters and enjoy your experience at the palace of Versailles.
Your Versailles ticket is valid starting at your reserved time slot, until closing time on the day of your visit.