Let us guide your exploration of the Estate of Versailles so that you get the most from your visit and your time in Versailles.
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:
Don’t forget to download the free mobile app to enjoy the interactive map and all the necessary audio paths for your visit.
© EPV / Thomas Garnier
If your Passport ticket shows a timed entry slot after 3.00 pm for the Palace, then start your visit by the gardens, which you can access through the Cour des Princes. 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.
For lunch you can either :
- First head to the estate of Trianon by taking the little train (locate stops on the maps) or by renting a small electric vehicles. Once you've arrived, lunch at the Trianon's Angelina.
- You can eat on the go by taking away your lunch at la Flotille or the Ore Kiosque and picnic by the Grand Canal. Head toward the estate of Trianon afterwards.
The estate of Trianon
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
Summary of the itinerary
- 11.00 am - 12.00 am: tour of the gardens during the Musical Fountains display
- 12.00 am - 1.00 pm: lunch at the Trianon's Angelina
- 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm: tour of the Estate of Trianon
- After 3.00 pm: tour of the Palace of Versailles
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.