Here's where you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about a trip to Versailles.
How much is a ticket for the Palace of Versailles? Where can I buy one?
How much is a ticket for the Trianon palaces? Where can I buy one?
What are the conditions for free admission?
Can I buy one ticket for the whole domain? If so, where?
Is there an admission charge for the gardens?
When are Sundays free?
HOW TO GET THERE AND SERVICES ON SITE
Which rail stations serve the Palace of Versailles?
What are the rules of access for small children in the Palace?
How do I get around? Where can I have a bite to eat or buy a souvenir at Versailles?
Some important rules
Ideas for weekends and outings in Ile-de-France
The Palace seen from the Orangerie © Ch. Milet
Here's a presentation of the provisional attendance for every day of 2016 month by month. Select a month. If you can, avoid the days of high attendance.
On crowdy days, especially on week-ends and Tuesdays, we advise you to visit the Grand Apartments at 9am in order to get more enjoyment out of visiting the Hall of Mirrors and the State Apartments.
Think about going to the Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet after noon to discover a more rustic and intimate aspect of Versailles.
It is advisable to spend a whole day at Versailles to take full advantage of everything there is to see and do there. You can marvel at all its wonders, from the Royal Apartments to the Trianon palaces, Marie-Antoinette's hamlet, the park and the legendary groves at your leisure.
The Passeport ticket is valid for admission to all these places.
The ideal route on busy days:
The interior of the Palace: at 9am
Gardens and park: 10am to noon
Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet: noon to 4:30pm
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How to get there
Access in detail If you already have your tickets or are entitled to free, admission, skip the cash desks and head straight for entrance A (with your ticket or proof that you are entitled to free admission)
If you just want to visit the Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet, buy your tickets at the entrance to the Grand Trianon or Marie-Antoinette's hamlet.
The Opening times depend on the space and the time of year. Overall, they are open longer in high season (April to October) than in low season (November to March). In any case, the Palace, Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet are always closed on Monday.
Unless they fall on a Monday, the weekly closing day, the domain of Versailles is open on all bank holidays except 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
There are several admission tickets for the Palace of Versailles. Choose yours depending on how much time you have and the places you would like to see.
Except for the reduced-price Palace ticket, you can buy these tickets on-line. You can buy all the tickets on-site at the Palace ticket desks located around the Main Courtyard.
Several tickets are valid for admission to the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet. Make your choice depending on how much time you have and the places you would like to see.
You can buy these tickets on-line except for the reduced-price Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet ticket. All of them are also available on-site, at the ticket desks located in the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.
Some visitors are entitled to free admission to the Palace's permanent collections (the Grand Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, etc.), the Trianon palaces, Marie-Antoinette's hamlet, temporary exhibitions and audioguides.
Visitors under 18, European Union residents under 26, schoolchildren, teachers in French schools (upon presentation of their education Pass), disabled people and the person accompanying them, French job-seekers (upon presentation of proof dated less than six months), etc.
Click here to see if you are entitled to free admission
If you are, go straight to the main entrance with your proof when you arrive at the Palace.
The Passeport ticket gives you admission anywhere at Versailles. It costs €18, or €25 on the days of the Musical Fountains and Gardens shows.
Careful, this ticket is not valid for admission to the shows and the Fountains Night Show.
You can buy this ticket on-line or on-site at the Palace, Grand Trianon or Petit Trianon.
Admission to the park of Versailles is free for pedestrians but there is a fee for vehicles: 3€ for a motorcycle, 6€ for a car and 30€ for a bus (from 12 seats).
Admission to the French gardens is free except on the days of the Grandes Eaux musicales et Jardins musicaux shows.
From November to March admission to the gardens is free every day.
From April to October there is an admission charge for the gardens on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and on some other days (including bank holidays).
The domain of Versailles is free on the first Sunday of every month from November to March first Sunday of every month from November to March.
Tips for visiting with the family (French)
A little train shuttles back and forth between the Palace and Trianon: it is useful for getting to Marie-Antoinette's hamlet and the Grand Trianon (full fare €6.90, reduced fare €5.30; train-versailles.com).
People with reduced mobility can use electric vehicles to visit places without any assistance. There are five routes, all starting at the South Terrace (discovery of the gardens, Trianon and the Queen's hamlet, tour of the Grand Canal, complete visit of the Domain; €30 an hour).
You can get a bite to eat or buy souvenirs at many points of sale in the Palace, gardens and Trianon palaces.
If you want to buy a gift or stretch out your visit, check out the on-line shop, which sells books, objects and jewellery based on the Palace's collections and exhibitions.
Children's pushchairs and baby-carriers with metal frames are not allowed in the rooms. Pets are not allowed. In the rooms, switch off mobile phones and do not use flash to take pictures.
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