What are the dates of the free Sundays?
The Versailles Estate is open and free of charge to visitors on the first Sunday of the month from November to March.
Is there a charge for admission to the Gardens and the Park?
In high season (from April to late October), admission to the gardens is charged on Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens days, i.e. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as on a few additional days (certain French national holidays). There are two options for visiting them:
- Purchase a 1- or 2-day Passport ticket or a Passport ticket with timed entry, which grant admission to the whole Estate of Versailles
- Purchase a Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens ticket to visit the gardens only. They are available for sale online or on site at the entrance to the gardens: via the Princes' Courtyard from the Palace or via the Queen's Gate from the Park.
On Musical Fountains Show and Muscial Gardens days, admission is only free for children under 6 years old.
If you are entitled to free admission to the Palace and Estate of Trianon, you can purchase a concessions Passport ticket with timed entry (€10 - presentation of proof of entitlement required) granting priority admission to the Palace (according to the booked time). This ticket includes admission to the Musical Fountains Show and the Musical Gardens.
In low season (from November to late March), admission to the gardens is free for all visitors every day.
Admission to the Park of Versailles is free for pedestrians and bikes, there is a fee for vehicles: €3 for motorbikes, €6 for cars and €30 for buses (12 or more seats).
Vehicles displaying a European disabled parking permit are granted free admission upon presentation of proof of disability.
What are the conditions for free admission (young people, teachers, jobseekers, disabled people etc.)?
- Young people under 18 years old
- European Union residents under 26 years old
- School pupils
- Teachers appointed to a French school with their Education Pass
- Disabled people and an accompanying adult
- French jobseekers on presentation of documentary proof dated within the last 6 months
Etc... To check whether you are entitled to free admission, click here.
If you are entitled to free admission, go directly to the main entrance with your documentary proof when you arrive at the Palace.
NB: you may still have a long wait at the entrance check points.
How can I avoid the queues at the ticket desks?
- To reduce the waiting time at the entrance to the Palace, it is advisable to buy a Passport ticket with timed entry. This ticket grants admission to the whole Estate and guarantees access to the Palace within half an hour following the chosen time.
- For all other tickets, we recommend purchasing them online to avoid queues at the Palace ticket offices. You can present tickets purchased online in a printed version or a digital format on your phone. If you are entitled to free admission, go directly to the entrance of the place you want to visit (Entrance A of the Palace, entrance of the Grand Trianon etc.) with your proof of entitlement and ID.
Nevertheless, you may still have to wait to enter the Palace on crowded days.
NB tickets purchased online do not include priority admission.
What are the different types of visits for groups?
For an overview of the different types of visits for groups, consult our comparative table.
Do I need to print the tickets I purchased online?
You can present tickets purchased online in a printed version or a digital format on your phone.
You can also have your own personal guide on your phone by downloading our mobile app which includes an audioguide here.
Which places are free for everyone?
- The Gallery of Coaches, located in the Great Stables of the Palace of Versailles, is open from 12.30pm to 5.30pm (in Low Season) or from 12.30pm to 6.30pm (in High Season). Admission is free and no ticket is required.
- The gardens are also free, except on Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens days.
In High Season, admission to the gardens is charged on Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens days (Tuesdays, Fridays, weekends and national holidays, from 31 March to 31 October 2018), except for children under 6 years of age. On these days, 15 groves are exceptionally open to the public. (Admission included in the Passport and 2-day Passport tickets)
- The Park is open every day all year round and admission is free.