Let us guide your exploration of the Estate of Versailles so that you get the most from your visit and your time in Versailles.
The day of your visit to the Estate of Versailles has arrived ! There are various ways to get here from Paris by public transport: you can take a suburban train (“Transilien”) from either Gare St. Lazare station to Versailles Rive Droite or from Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers, or an RER regional express train from Javel station to Versailles Rive Gauche. Allow at least half an hour for your journey.
Other time slots
If your entrance ticket to the Palace is for a different time slot, please visit the relevant page:
- Access to the Palace between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm
- Access to the Palace between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm
- Access to the Palace after 3.00 pm
On Musical Fountains and Musical Gardens Show days, we advise you to get a Passport ticket, which gives access to the whole Estate (Palace, gardens, Estate of Trianon, Gallery of Coaches and the park):
Don’t forget to download the free mobile app to enjoy the interactive map and all the necessary audio paths for your visit.
If your Passport ticket shows a timed entry slot of between 9.00 and 10.30 am for the Palace, then start your visit at this iconic place by arriving at Entrance A at the time indicated on your ticket. You’ll need around an hour and a half for your visit.
After visiting the Palace, move outside to explore the gardens, where, on Musical Fountain Show days, the water features are in operation from 11.00 am to 12.00 and then again from 3.30 to 5.00 pm. This is also a good time to discover the magnificent groves, which are opened specially and feature musical displays between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm. Some of the groves are also open and feature music on Musical Gardens days. On these occasions, only the water features of the Mirror Pool, Neptune Fountain and the Water Theatre Grove are in operation.
Estate of Trianon
© EPV / Dider Saulnier
Next, head for the Estate of Trianon, which opens at 12.00 and can be reached by the little train – the nearest stop to hop on is the Grand Canal or the Water Parterre (see the map for other stops). You can explore the Estate at your own pace or join a guided tour (can be booked online). Afterwards, you’ll have earned a break on the terrace of Angelina, located at the exit from the Petit Trianon.
Small electric vehicles are also available to rent on the north terrace of the Water Parterre. These can be used to travel around the gardens, the park and the Estate of Trianon (see the map for rental points).
The Royal Serenade and Night Fountains Show.
© EPV / Thomas Garnier
On Saturday evenings in June, July, August and up to September 19, bring a perfect end to your day by taking part in the Royal Serenade – a French-style ball held in the Hall of Mirrors – and then attending the Night Fountains Show in the gardens. Combined tickets can be bought online for these colourful spectaculars.
Discover the gardens at night during an enchanting two-and-a-half-hour wander around the groves and fountains, all set in motion and beautifully lit for the occasion, then marvel at the fireworks display, organised by Groupe F, which brings things to a close at 10.50 pm. Find the guide to visiting the Night Fountains Show here.
On all other days during the summer, the gardens are open until 8.30 pm and the groves until 7.00 pm.
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Get more from your visit
To get even more from your visit and gain access to other areas of the Estate with a tour guide, join a guided tour and discover iconic locations such as the King’s Private Apartments.
The private apartments of the Kings
Behind the walls and royal life of the Grand Apartments lie the private apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Accompanied by a qualified guide, this tour gives you a look into the intimate atmosphere and the refined decoration of these living areas.
Duration: approximately 1½ hours
Summary of the itinerary
- Between 9.00 am and midday: tour of the Palace of Versailles
- 11.00 am to midday: tour of the gardens during the Musical Fountains display
- Midday to 1.30 pm: lunch in the park at La Flotille or La Petite Venise
- 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm: tour of the Estate of Trianon
Every Saturday evening, up to 19 September:
Further information on Estate opening times can be found on this page.
Life of the estate
More than forty years after its last major restoration, the Royal Chapel is requiring an urgent intervention on the roof timbers, the roof and decorative lead work, the statues and the window frames and stained glass. Follow the live of the restoration of this architectural masterpiece.
Make an online donation
Take part in the history of the palace of Versailles by supporting a project that suits you: adopt a linden tree, contribute to the missions of the Palace or participate in the refurnishing of the royal apartments.I support Versailles