Let us guide your exploration of the Estate of Versailles so that you get the most from your visit and your time in Versailles.
Individual, Families, People with disabilities A day at Versailles For tickets with an entry slot between 9.00 and 10.30 am
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:
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, 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.
After visiting these two areas, enjoy lunch at one of the Estate’s many dining facilities, such as La Flotille or La Petite Venise, for example.
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.
Don’t forget to make it back to the gardens in time (by taking the little train, for example) to enjoy the magnificent finale of the water display at the Neptune Fountain, from 5.20 to 5.30 pm.
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
Every Saturday evening from June 10 to September 23, 2023, and Friday, July 14, from 8:30 pm to 11:05 pm, enjoy the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes in the Gardens, and two exceptional evenings, Tuesday, August 15 (Nocturnes de Feu) and Saturday, September 23 (Nocturnes Electro), end your day in style and take part in the Royal Serenade to discover a French ball in the Hall of Mirrors then attend the Night Fountains Show in the Gardens.
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.
Guided tour - The King's Private Apartments
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.
Meeting point at the North Ministers Wing.
NB: this visit includes narrow passages not exceeding 80 cm.
Durée : 1½ hours
Free admission10 € Book
Caution, this price is in addition to the admission price
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To get back to Paris, go to Versailles Rive Droite train station (to return to St Lazare), Versailles Chantiers (to return to Montparnasse) or Versailles Rive Gauche (to return to Javel).
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 from June 10 to September 16, as well as Friday, July 14 and Tuesday, August 15, 2023.
- The Royal serenade: 5 sessions (40 minutes each) are offered at 18:30, 18:50, 19:10, 19:30 and 20:00.
- Grandes Eaux Nocturnes: from 20:30 to 23:05.
Further information on Estate opening times can be found on this page.