Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of one of the largest palaces in the world. See the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, the Hall of Mirrors, and…
Enjoy 1 or 2 days full access to Versailles' whole domain, including the palace, Trianon, Marie Antoinette's Estate and gardens. Benefit from an…
Discover the center of political power in France before the French Revolution. See the palace, discover the décor of the “Sun King” in the Hall of…
Enjoy a self-guided tour of Versailles Palace with an audio guide. Marvel at the ornate State Apartments of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, and the…
Skip the long lines at Versailles and enjoy a self-guided tour of the main Palace, with the aid of an audio pen and interactive map. Marvel at the…
Travel by air-conditioned bus from Paris, skip the long lines and enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the palace. After, explore the beautiful gardens…
Skip the long lines to visit Versailles and get fast-track entry for a guided tour inside the main palace. See exquisite rooms and galleries,…
Enjoy an escorted train ride from Paris to Versailles and get priority entrance to the palace. Choose between an audio or live guide. Stroll through…
Discover another side of the Palace of Versailles: listen to baroque music and watch a water display with special effects. Explore the famous French…
Top sights in Paris
It's hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it's one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring, but if time is tight, here are the highlights.
This is the palace's most resplendent room. Each of its 17 arched windows is decorated with 21 mirrors, resulting in a stunning spectacle as light is reflected off 357 mirrors!
Though it's just one of five chapels in the palace, this opulent architectural wonder is by far the most breathtaking. Marie Antoinette's wedding took place here.
Lavishly decorated from top to bottom, the king's apartments are absolutely ravishing -- you'll deem them to be "fit for a king."
This room's 250-year-old clock is a technical marvel. Not only does it show the time, date, and even the phases of the moon, but it also features a working model of the solar system!
With its impeccable lawns, geometric flower beds, rows of statues, and ornamental lakes, the splendor of the palace's gardens rivals even the most ornate interiors.
When planning your visit to the Palace of Versailles, keep in mind that the palace is closed on Mondays. On every other day, the visiting hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and from April until October, they're extended to 6:30pm.
You'll be amazed by the size of the Palace of Versailles and the sheer amount there is to see. Even if you just stick to the above highlights, you'll want to give yourself ample time. On the other hand, if you intend to see everything, you may even consider spreading your visit over more than one day trip.
The Palace of Versailles' musical fountain shows are quite simply awe-inspiring. They're held from April until October, on every weekend and public holiday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. It's absolutely worth scheduling your visit for the fountain shows.
- When should I visit?
Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
Holiday hours may vary
- Is it expensive?
- Tickets for guided tours start from €32, depending on the type you would like.
- Will I need a guide?
- No, but there are audio tours available.
- How to get there
- Versailles is one hour outside the city. Get there by the Versailles Express coach, leaving twice a day from the Eiffel Tower, or taking an SNCF train from either the Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare station.
- Additional information
- Make sure you are informed about ticket validity and train schedules ahead of your visit.
- Flash photography is not permitted inside the palace.
What people are saying about Palace of Versailles
Enjoyed the trip and certainly queues for us were reasonably short, even though it was a busy Sunday The gardens were a disappointment as there were no sign posts, no stewards to ask and no seating. The map we were issued with did not seem to relate to what we could see and didn't indicate where we were. We only came across the train after it was too late to join the queue to take it. We were let down badly on the return journey as the coach did not return us to our starting point as promised in your e-mail of 13th May. They finished at the Opera and refused to carry on. We walked a good distance to find a taxi with no luck and back at the Opera Metro the entrance to the line we wanted was closed and we had to walk some distance to the other entrance. it was very hot and we are both in our 80s and were extremely tired. Our tickets cost 7.50 Euro. Most of the above not your fault except for the let down at the end
Julian our tour guide is quite comical and was light when we went about the tour. He was punctual and arrived at the pick up point on time. We were quite early and reached the garden very early which was ideal to enjoy it without the packed crowd. The well manicured garden was picturesque. We were glad that he showed us that first. The only downside was we had to wait for the other group to join us for the Versailles tour. The tour was very informative as we learned the history of the palace of Versailles.
The beginning of the tour was very disorganized. The station we all arrived at was closed which meant having to walk in the rain to a different station. I don’t know if they knew about the closure ahead of time or if it was a last minute change. Due to this we almost didn’t make it onto the train and literally had a minute to spare. Once we got off the train, the guide really did his best to talk with everyone and the walk from the train to the palace was much better. Also, skip the line tickets are a must!
Our guide was Anthony, an arts history graduate from the Sorbonne, with excellent English. With 5 yrs experience he guided us around the palace in a small group of 15 which was lovely. We paid for a group less than 20. Much nicer than the bigger groups. He answered every question the group asked of him.
A really excellent and interesting tour, lots of info on Versailles and French history, art and architecture. Really easy to find the meeting point and so nice to then be led past all the queues without having to read all the signage and then be at the front.