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Answers to your questions

Here's where you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about a trip to Versailles.

CROWDED DAYS, OPENING HOURS AND DAYS

When is the best time to visit?
Is there an ideal order for visiting?
How can I avoid queuing at the ticket desks?
What are the opening times?
On which public holidays is Versailles open to the public?

TICKETS, PRICES AND FREE ADMISSION

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

CROWDED DAYS, OPENING HOURS AND DAYS

 

When is the best time to visit Versailles ?

 Here's a presentation of the provisional attendance for every day of 2014. Select a month. If you can, avoid the days of high attendance.

In August, because of the crowd, especially on week-ends and Tuesdays, we advise you to visit the Grand Apartments either at 9am or after 16:30pm 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 at noon to discover a more rustic and intimate aspect of Versailles.

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 Is there an ideal order for visiting Versailles ?


It is advisable to spend a whole day at Versailles 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:
Gardens and park: 9am to noon
Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet: noon to 4:30pm
The interior of the Palace: either at 9am or after 4:30pm

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How can I avoid queues at the ticket desks ?


Buy your tickets in advance

Online :   At our partners' sites :
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How to get there

Les accès en détails
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.

All the entrances

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What are the opening times for the Palace of Versailles, the Trianon palaces, Marie-Antoinette's hamlet and the park?


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.

  • The Palace of Versailles is open from 9am to 5:30pm (6:30pm in high season).
  • The Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet are open from noon to 5:30pm (6:30pm in high season).
  • The French 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). 

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On which bank holidays is Versailles open to the public?


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.

Times and areas open to the public

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Le Petit Trianon © Ch. Milet

TICKETS, PRICES AND FREE ADMISSION

 

How much is a ticket for the Palace of Versailles? Where can I buy one?


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.

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How much is a ticket for the Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's hamlet? Where can I buy one?


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.

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What are the conditions for free admission (young people, teachers, unemployed, disabled people, etc.)?


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.

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Can I buy one ticket for the whole domain? If so, where?


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.

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Does it cost anything to get into the gardens ?


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).

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When are Sundays free ?


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.

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The Hall of Mirrors © Ch. Milet

HOW TO GET THERE AND SERVICES ON SITE

 

Which rail stations serve the Palace of Versailles?

  • Versailles Rive Gauche (RER C from the Saint-Michel and Champ de Mars stations if coming from Paris)
  • Versailles Rive Droite (Transilien from Saint-Lazare and La Défense stations if coming from Paris)
  • Versailles Chantiers (Transilien from Montparnasse station if coming from Paris)

How to get there

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What are the rules of access for small children (pushchairs, baby carriers) in the Palace?

  • Pushchairs and baby-carriers with metal frames are not allowed in the rooms.
  • It is advisable to bring a baby sling or a baby-carrier without metal frames for children under a year old.

Tips for visiting with the family (French)

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How do I get around? Where can I have a bite to eat or buy a souvenir at Versailles?


Moving around

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).

Food and boutiques

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.

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Some important rules


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.

Download the rules
- Rules for visiting the Versailles and Trianon Museum
- Rules for visiting the National Estate of Versailles and Trianon
- Rules for visiting the national estate of Marly-le-Roi

Download the maps
- Map of the Versailles Estate
- Map of the Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet
- Map of the State apartments

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Ideas for weekends and outings in Paris and the Ile-de-France


Read all the news about the destination at http://www.new-paris-ile-de-france.co.uk/.
Discover a selection of museums, monuments, cafés, restaurants, offbeat places and events in Paris and Ile-de-France.

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The Gardens will close at 5:30pm before Fountains Night Show

Early closing on Saturdays 5/12/19/26 July, 2/9/16/23/30 August and 6/13 September

CURRENTLY SHOWING

Grandes Eaux musicales

TIPS FOR ALL VISITORS