A few key rules
Children’s pushchairs and baby carriers with metal frames are not allowed in the rooms of the Palace. Animals are not permitted. Please turn off mobile phones in the rooms and no flash photography is allowed.
Download the rules
- Rules for visiting the museums of Versailles and Trianon
- Rules for visiting the National Estate of Versailles and Trianon
- Rules for visiting the National Estate of Marly
Download the maps
- Map of the Estate of Versailles
- Map of the Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
- Map of the State Apartments
Which train stations can I get off at for the Palace of Versailles?
- Versailles Château Rive Gauche (RER C mainly from Saint-Michel and Champ de Mars stations); 10 min on foot from the Palace
- Versailles Rive Droite (Transilien mainly from Saint-Lazare and La Défense stations); 17 minutes on foot from the Palace
- Versailles Chantiers (Transilien mainly from Montparnasse station); 18 minutes on foot from the Palace
Buy two train tickets (outward and return) from your departure station to the station in Versailles, or a pass (Navigo, Mobilis or Paris Visite) including zones 1 to 4 if you are travelling from Paris.
NB: the T+ ticket is not valid for this journey.
View the map showing all the stations for getting to the Estate of Versailles
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.
On which French national holidays is Versailles open to the public?
The Palace of Versailles is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. It is open on all other national holidays except on Mondays, the weekly closing day.
More information for preparing your visit
What are the opening times for the Palace of Versailles, the Estate of Trianon and the Park?
The Palace and Estate of Trianon are closed on Mondays
Opening times vary depending on the location and time of year. The Palace and the Estate of Trianon are closed on Mondays.
- The Palace of Versailles is open from 9am to 5.30pm (6.30pm in high season).
- The Estate of Trianon is open from 12 noon to 5.30pm (6.30pm in high season).
- The Gardens are open from 8am to 6pm (8.30pm in high season).
- The Park is open from 8am to 6pm (7am to 8.30pm in high season).
What is the ideal route for visiting Versailles?
To make the most of your visit of the Palace and Estate, you should spend the whole day at Versailles. Take a look at our tips to plan your visit.
The Passport ticket grants easy access to all these areas.
The ideal route for a day-long visit, especially on crowded days:
- The Palace: as soon as it opens at 9am
- Gardens and Park: 10am to noon
- The palaces of Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate: noon to 4.30pm
When is the best time to visit Versailles?
See the predicted visitor rates on the Palace of Versailles calendar.
During the high season and on the most crowded days, especially Tuesdays and weekends, we recommend visiting the Palace as soon as it opens at 9am.
How do I get to the Estate of Trianon?
The Estate of Trianon (the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate) is open from 12.00pm.
From the city via the Park :
On foot, by bike or car, go through the Saint Anthony gate (pedestrians and bikes, vehicles are only allowed between 9am and 5.50pm on week-ends during high season) or through the Queen’s Gate (vehicles are only allowed between 9am and 4.50pm or 5.50pm depending on the season).
From the Palace via the Gardens and Park :
On foot (30 minutes), on the little train or in an electric vehicle (20 minutes). Go through the Prince’s Courtyard to enter the gardens.
NB: the admission to the Gardens is charged on Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens days (included in the Passport ticket).
In high season (April to October), the TRI bus of the Versailles Phébus network runs between Versailles Chantiers train station, Versailles Château Rive Gauche train station, the Palace of Versailles, Versailles Rive Droite train station and the Palaces of Trianon (terminus “Les Trianons”).
Journey times and routes available at www.phebus.tm.fr
Disabled access :
It is advisable to go to the Estate of Trianon by car or bus from the city, or in an electric vehicle from the Palace.
Enter via the Queen’s Gate; parking is and dedicated spaces are available upon presentation of proof of disability (proof of disability card or European disabled parking permit).
There are access ramps at the entrances to the Trianon Palaces.
Manual wheelchairs are available for free for visiting the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon.
Guide dogs and trainers are allowed upon presentation of proof.
Please note that the first floor of the Petit Trianon is not accessible to people with a motor disability, but a multimedia room on the ground floor provides a presentation of the first floor and the attic.
Is there a map to help prepare my visit and locate all the services?
Before and during your visit, the "Welcome" website will help you find your way to the different sites and services on the Estate (toilets, restaurants, transport, shops, audioguides, etc.). Using an interactive map, the website answers 150 of the most frequently asked questions.
With over 500 points of interest, the “Welcome” site lets you explore the Estate and find out more about Versailles.
The website is compatible with tablets and smartphones and can be accessed anywhere, at any time with 3G connection.
Available in French, English and Spanish.
Where are the entrances to the gardens?
From the Palace:
You can enter the gardens through the Princes' Courtyard, next to Entrance A of the Palace.
From the Park:
You can access the gardens via two entrances:
- Use the Queen's Gate to reach the Park, then go through the Neptune Gate at the northern end of the gardens, next to the Neptune Fountain.
- Use the Petite Venise Gate and the Ménagerie Gate on the west side of the gardens, next to the Grand Canal.
NB: admission to the Gardens is charged on Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens days. Find out more
Where are the entrances to the Park?
The Park surrounding the Grand Canal is free and open daily (except in extreme weather conditions: snow, strong winds, etc.) and can be accessed via the gardens or the city. You may visit the park on foot, horseback, by boat, Segway®, with an electric vehicle or on the little train. Vehicles must pay a fee to enter the Park (€3 for motorcycles, €6 for cars, €30 for coaches) except for disabled people upon presentation of proof of disability. Parking spaces are available at the Grand Canal, at the entrance to the Petit Trianon, the Grand Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet.
From the city, three entrances provide direct access to the park, depending on what you want to see:
- The Queen's Gate (north-east): located on the Boulevard de la Reine, near the gardens.
On foot or by bike from 7am or 8am to 6pm or 8:30pm depending on the season, or by car from 9am to 4:50pm or 5:50pm.
- Saint Anthony Gate (north): located on D186 when arriving from Chesnay, near Marie-Antoinette’s Estate.
On foot or bike from 9:30am to 6pm or 7pm depending on the season. Vehicles are only allowed on weekends in high season (access is charged, last entrance is at 6:50pm).
- Sailors' Gate (south): located on Route de Saint-Cyr (D10).
On foot or by bike from 9:30am to 6pm or 7pm depending on the season.
You can reach the Park from the Palace by crossing the gardens on foot and going through the Petite Venise Gate.
NB: admission to the gardens is charged on Musical Fountain Show and Musical Gardens days. You cannot cross the gardens on these dates without paying the entrance fee.
What services and assistance is available to help disabled people during their visit?
- We facilitate access for disabled people to the different areas of the Estate upon presentation of proof of disability. See the Practical Information page to find out more.
- Discounted rates for certain services at the Estate (electric vehicles, little train etc.) are available upon presentation of proof of disability. Click here for more information.
- Manual wheelchairs are available for free for visitors to the Palace, the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon.
- Audioguides compatible with induction loops and “behind the ear” hearing aids are available at the audioguide desk.
- A visual guide in French sign language and with French subtitles is also available for visiting the King’s State Apartments.
- An audioguide with audio description is available in addition to the touch surfaces in the first room introducing the History of the Palace.
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33(0)1 30 83 75 05.
Are all parts of the Estate accessible for disabled people?
- All the areas open for unaccompanied visits of the Palace and the Grand Trianon are accessible for disabled people.
- The first floor of the Petit Trianon is not accessible to people with a motor disability. However, a multimedia room on the ground floor provides a presentation of the first floor and the attic.
- If you are visiting as an individual, take a look at the guided tours page. If you are visiting as a group, please see the proposed tours on the dedicated page.
For more information, please contact email@example.com or call us on +33(0)1 30 83 75 05.
Are there bag deposits available for me to leave my things?
The Palace provides free bag deposits at the different entrances where you may leave personal possessions:
- For individual visitors: Use the bag deposit at Entrance A
- For groups: Use the bag deposit at Entrance B
How can I travel round the estate? Where can I find refreshments? Where can I buy souvenirs?
A little train provides a shuttle service between the Palace and the Estate of Trianon, and stops at both the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon (full price: €6.90; concessions: €5.30; train-versailles.com).
Electric vehicles are available and accessible for people with reduced mobility, allowing you to travel independently and including five suggested routes from the South Terrace (discover the gardens, Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet, tour of the Grand Canal, explore the Estate: €30 per hour).
There are many options for buying refreshments and souvenirs throughout the gardens and Trianon palaces.
You can also buy gifts and extend your Versailles experience on our online shop. Choose from a selection of books, jewellery and other items inspired by the Palace’s collections and exhibitions.
Where can I have a picnic?
Picnics are not allowed in the Versailles gardens. Picnics are only allowed in the Park, near the Grand Canal where there are several dining areas available. You can also picnic at the Lake of the Swiss Guard (located outside the estate and accessible on foot from the Palace - opposite the Orangery).
Where can I get my audioguide from?
The audioguides are included in the Palace ticket or Passport tickets and are available in 11 languages. There are two audioguide desks located on the garden level: one at the entrance to the Gallery of the History of the Palace (every day except Mondays) and one at the entrance to the Mesdames' Apartments (on Tuesdays and weekends from 10am to 2pm).
Avoid queues at the audioguide desk by downloading the free Palace of Versailles mobile app. Download the application →
Are the groves always open? How can I visit them?
The groves are closed in low season. They are open in high season for the Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens, allowing you to stroll through the gardens listening to Baroque music as you discover the 15 groves open just for the occasion.
You can also discover the groves with a guide when you take the "Jardins et bosquets" guided tour (in French only) .
Are animals allowed at Versailles?
- Animals are not allowed in the Palace, gardens or the Estate of Trianon, but they are allowed in the Park. Guide dogs are allowed throughout the entire Estate upon presentation of proof.