On May 19, 2021, Palace of Versailles will have officially reopened to the public. To ensure maximum safety and security, several safety measures and guidelines have been made mandatory. If you plan to visit the Palace, ensure that you’re up-to-date with the new guidelines in place. Sections of the Palace now open to the public include:
To ensure safety and limit visitor numbers, the Palace has administered several measures and guidelines.
One of the finest examples of 17th-century French art and architecture, the Versailles Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see French landmark. Located just 40 minutes outside of Paris in the city of Versailles, the Grand Palace was once the epicenter of French royal power and home to the French Monarchy. Today, it serves as a museum of the history of France.
With your Versailles tickets, explore 2300 intricately decorated rooms, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, the War Room and the King and Queen’s grand apartments. Witness the remarkable works of art that are housed in the castle, and stroll through the stunning Gardens of Versailles.
There are several different Versailles ticket options for you to choose from.
Explore the Palace of Versailles with the standard admission ticket. This ticket gives you access to the Castle, Carrosses Gallery, Park & Gardens (except on show days - Tue and Fri-Sun). Entry with the standard admission ticket is via Gate A. More information on the gates can be found below in the Plan Your Visit section.
Upgrade to Passport Ticket
With the Passport Ticket, you will get access to the gardens even on show days as well as additional entry to Marie-Antoinette’s Estate and the Estate de Trianon.
With the skip the line ticket, you will enter the palace via a dedicated entrance, Gate B, thus saving you anywhere between 30-60 minutes. Yes, the palace is that popular. This ticket gives you access to the Castle, Carrosses Gallery, Park & Gardens (even on show days.
Upgrade to Passport Skip The Line Ticket
With the Passport STL Ticket, you will get additional access to Marie-Antoinette’s Estate and the Estate de Trianon.
Explore the Palace of Versailles in the company of a guide who will not only take you through the many halls and rooms of this grand palace; but also serve as a historian, a story-teller and secret-keeper of the Palace of Versailles.
This 1 hour 15 minute tour is the best way to discover the palace.
Choose your tour language
This guided tour of the Palace of Versailles is available in multiple languages - English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Looking at your options to travel from Paris to Versailles? How about taking an all inclusive tour of the palace that includes pick-up and drop from the city center? These round trip tours will pick you up from Paris city center, help you explore the palace in the company of a guide before dropping you back in the city.
Travel options from Paris
Take a guided tour from Paris in an AC coach or a train.
- Castle (Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)
- Carrosses Gallery
- Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
- Castle (Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)
- Carrosses Gallery
- Versailles Gardens
- Priority access
- Tour guide
- Transportation to/from Paris
- Entrance to the gardens on Fountain and Musical show days
- Transportation to/from Paris.
- Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
These tickets cannot be canceled
These tickets cannot be canceled
Travellers on a budget
Travellers looking for a guided tour of Versailles
You can opt for the basic Palace of Versailles ticket that costs €18. This ticket gives you access to all the main areas and comes with an audio guide in a choice of 11 languages. However, it could also come with very long waiting times in the queues at the entrance.
If you’re short on time or would prefer to skip the long entry lines, a Versailles skip-the-line entry ticket will allow you to save anywhere from 1-3 hours of waiting. Use these priority access tickets and make the most of your time in Versailles.
Choose between the range of Versailles ticket options that offer multilingual audio-guides with varying options of between 5 to 11 different languages.
While all tickets come with an audio guide, having an expert guide by your side will make your visit to the Versailles Palace all the more meaningful. Opt for a guided tour and navigate the vast royal estate with a local historian as your guide as you learn stories and lesser-known facts about the palace.
For a hassle-free tour experience, you can choose between ticket options that include return train transfers or comfortable air-conditioned coaches to get you from Paris to the Versailles Place and back.
Use Entrance A (to the left of the Honor Courtyard) if you have purchased individual Versailles Palace tickets online. If you do not have tickets when you arrive, you will have to line up at the ticket counter which could take anything between 30-60 minutes and then go through Entrance A for security check.
If you have booked a guided tour or if you hold a skip-the-line ticket, your host will escort you through Entrance B of the palace (to the right of the Honor Courtyard). This is the quickest way to access the Palace. Your Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour tickets will allow you to skip the long entry line and be escorted through a dedicated entrance, saving you up to 3 hours of waiting.
Entrance H of the Palace is reserved for disabled access. You can present your proof of disability documents for free parking in the honor courtyard, and then use the access ramp to enter the palace.
Visitors can get free admission to all areas of the estate on the first Sunday of every month between November and March.
The Versailles Palace is closed every Monday, 25 December and 1 January.
The Palace attracts large crowds every day, so it is recommended that you visit the Palace early in the morning right when it opens, to beat the crowds. It is likely that the ticket queues will already be long, however, with skip-the-line Versailles Palace tickets, you can enter immediately and enjoy your tour before the crowds pour in. In addition, your priority access tickets will ensure you’re among the first to go through the security line - another long wait if you arrive during busy hours.
Between May 22-October 31, 2021, the fountain shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Between 1 July-31 Aug 2021, the garden shows will be held Tuesday-Friday, and 2 September-29 October 2021, it will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. To access the gardens and attend these shows, you will need a Versailles Passport ticket or a Versailles Guided Tour with Priority Access + Passport ticket.
The Château de Versailles is located approximately 12 miles (40 minutes) West of Paris. You could choose to travel from Paris to Versailles by train, bus, car or opt for a convenient guided tour that includes round trip transportation.
For a hassle-free experience, opt for a guided tour that includes round trip transportation from Paris to Versailles. You can choose between tour options that offer train transfers or transfers via private coaches from centrally located pick up and drop off points. This is a very popular option among visitors due to the convenience it offers, and the added benefit of an expert local guide to show you around the estate.
There are three train stations in Versailles. The closest and most convenient stop is the Versailles Château Rive Gauche. Purchase a train pass from any ticket office at the metro stations and take the RER C line to get to the Versailles Château-Rive Gauche stop.
You can return to Paris by train that also departs from the same stop. The last train from Versailles Rive Gauche railway station departs at 11:55 PM.
Pro Tip: Buy a return train ticket at the beginning of the day to avoid the long lines at the station in the evening. Round trip tickets cost 7.00€ per person.
If you choose to travel by bus, you can take bus no. 171 from the Pont de Sèvres stop (located at the end of the metro line 9) and get dropped off at the Château de Versailles.
If you are driving to the Palace, the best route to take is to get on the Peripherique (the Paris beltway) and exit on the A13. However, It can get crowded, especially on summer weekends. Plan for a minimum travel time of 45 minutes. You can park your car at the metered public parking lot in front of the chateau for the duration of your visit.
Due to the large numbers of visitors at the Palace of Versailles every day, there can be upto a 60 minute wait in ticket queues, with a wait time of upto 2 hours during the peak season.
You can skip past long ticket queues with the skip-the-line Palace of Versailles tickets or with a guided tour pass. Your host will exchange your mobile voucher for a physical ticket and then escort you through Entrance B of the Versailles Palace.
While purchasing Versailles tickets on-site requires you to queue in two lines, the ticket box office and the entry lines, your skip the line tickets allows you to bypass both.
The Palace of Versailles provides you with many free services such as two free wifi areas, free and secure mobile charging stations, audio guides to help you find your way around, toilets and baby changing tables.
There are left luggage areas where you can store large items on your visit to the Versailles Palace
There are two audio guide pick-up counters, both located on the ground floor: one at the entrance to the apartments of Mesdames, and another at the entrance to the Gallery of Castles, just after crossing the Royal Court.
There are several good restaurants at your disposal around the Palace grounds. If you would rather pack a picnic, you could find yourself a spot in the Park, situated beyond the Versailles Gardens and enjoy your meal there. Be sure to carry water with you as it can get quite hot, especially during the summer months.
Download our Palace of Versailles guide to uncover the secrets of the most famous of all French palaces. In this guide, we will help you discover the finer intricacies of the royal palace and how to enjoy all that it has to offer without getting overwhelmed by the wealth of its many attractions.
The Château de Versailles is one amongst the world’s most prestigious monuments, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and “Monument Historique”. With over 700 rooms, the Palace of Versailles offers a sneak peek into the lives of the French monarchy during their most influential years. From the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the stunning portraits that sweep the ceilings of the State Apartments, the Palace takes you back in time. Displaying over 60,000 artwork collections, Versailles is an ode to five centuries of French History.
All ticket options to the Palace of Versailles gives you access to the Chateau.
The Versailles Gardens were created out of the marshes that covered the hunting grounds of Versailles. André Le Nôtre, a famous French gardener, designed and conceived a series of gardens, groves, and parks for the palace by taming and leveling the surrounding woods. A testimony of French design and detailing, the gardens are marked by ornate fountains, exquisite sculptures, parterres and groves with a canal in the forefront, offering a spectacular sight. All these elements of these incredible gardens come alive during the musical shows, to the rhythm of French Baroque music and dramatic lighting effects.
You may access the gardens for free only on days that the Fountains and Musical Gardens shows do not happen. On days that shows do take place, you will need to have a valid ticket to enter.
Standard admission tickets do not include access to the gardens and fountains. You will need to purchase the Passport ticket, with which you will be able to visit the entire estate, including the palace, the gardens and the fountain shows.
The Musical Fountains Shows are one of the major attractions at the Palace of Versailles gardens. A 350-year tradition, watch scores of historical fountain masterpieces come alive to the tunes of Baroque music.
22 May 2021 - 31 Oct 2021: Every Saturday and Sunday
Special show: July 14 2021 (Wednesday)
The vast gardens at the Palace of Versailles present an extraordinary experience when set against the scores of some of the greatest French Baroque composers including Lully, Leclair, Campra, Charpentier, and Rameau. Discover the groves and other preserved areas amidst a truly Royal French setting and ambience.
1 July 2021 - 31 Aug 2021: Every Tuesday-Friday, except 14 July 2021 (Wednesday)
2 Sep 2021 - 29 Oct 2021: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Special date: May 24 2021
The Fountains Night Show combines the magic of illumination, music and splendid visuals at night. With spectacular fireworks and staged effects, this show leaves an indelible mark on the viewers.
Every Saturday from June 12th to September 18th, 2021.
Water displays From 8:30 PM to 10:40 PM and fireworks from 10:50 PM to 11:05 PM
Special Date: 14 July 2021 (Wednesday)
You will need a Versailles Passport ticket or a Versailles Guided Tour ticket with Priority Access.
Away from all the ceremony of the Palace, the Estate of Trianon lies adjacent to the Petit Park and is home to the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon palaces, the Queen’s Hamlet and a variety of ornamental gardens. It is most closely associated with Queen Marie-Antoinette, as she often sought refuge here and commissioned the large and marvelous landscaped gardens centered around a hamlet of rustic cottages.
Tuesday - Sunday from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM
The last entry is at 6:00 PM
General admission tickets do not include access to these parts of the estate. You will need to purchase the passport ticket, with which you will be able to visit the entire estate, including Marie Antoinette’s Estate, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet
Step back in time as you browse through the works showcased at the Carrosses Gallery. Created by Louis-Philippe, the gallery houses a valuable collection of carriages, sleds, cars and harnesses.
Tuesday - Sunday | 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Last entry is at 6:00 PM
Entry to the Carrosses Gallery is free and does not require an admission ticket.
The Versailles Park is located beyond the Gardens and is situated around the Grand Canal. The Park covers approximately 800 hectares, marked with straight paths going in and out of wooded areas and farmed lands and offers incredible views of the Gardens and Palace. Picnic on the lawn or ride around on a Segway tour as you take in the grandeur of the Royal Estate.
Tuesday - Sunday | 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Last entry is at 6:00 PM
All ticket options to the Palace of Versailles gives you access to the Park.
Q. Is it safe to visit the Palace of Versailles post-COVID-19?
A. To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Palace of Versailles now accepts only online reservations. Several measures and guidelines have also been put in place to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety measures and guidelines in place at the Palace of Versailles?
A. In light of COVID-19, multiple health and safety measures have been enforced. The Palace of Versailles now accepts only online reservations. Markers have been placed on the ground every 1 meter to ensure social distancing. It is mandatory that visitors wear masks that cover their nose and face throughout their entire visit; sanitizer dispensers have also been placed at various entrances.
Q. Are online Versailles Palace tickets available now?
A. Yes. You can book your Palace of Versailles tickets online as they now accept only digital reservations.
Q. What is the cancelation policy for Versailles Palace tickets?
A. It depends on the Palace of Versailles ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.
Q. What are Palace of Versailles hours post-COVID-19?
A. Versailles Palace hours remain the same post-COVID-19. Other than Mondays, it is open every day of the week. Between 1 April to 31 October, it is open between 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM (last entry at 05:30 PM); between 1 November and 31 March, it is open between 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM (last entry at 05:00 PM).
Q. What parts of the Palace of Versailles are open to the public post-COVID-19?
A. Essential parts of the Versailles Palace open post-COVID-19 are The King’s State Apartments, The Queen’s State Apartments, The Hall of Mirrors, The Gallery of Battles, and The Trianon Estate.
Q. Where can I enter the Palace of Versailles post-COVID-19?
A. Visitors can enter the Palace from the Main Courtyard.
Q. What are my ticket options for visiting the Palace of Versailles?
A. Ticket options available for visiting the Palace of Versailles are standard admission tickets with multilingual audioguides, skip the line tickets to the palace and gardens, guided tours as well as the Versailles Passport ticket that allows you access to all parts of the Versailles Palace.
Q. Can I skip the long lines with these tickets?
A. Yes, you can skip the long ticket lines with these Palace of Versailles tickets. The ticket purchase line at the Versailles can be anywhere between 45-90 minutes long. We recommend you purchase your tickets in advance so that you can skip these lines and head straight to the security at the time of your visit.
Q. Are there skip the line guided tours available for visiting the Palace of Versailles?
A. Yes, there are multiple guided tours that provide skip the line access to the palace as well as the gardens and fountains.
Q. What is the Versailles Passport ticket?
A. The Versailles Passport ticket is a ticket variant that gives you access to all of the estate. With the Versailles Passport, you will be able to visit the Palace with audioguide, the estate of Trianon, temporary exhibitions, the Gardens and the Park, the Musical Fountains Shows or the Musical Gardens and the Coach Gallery.
Q. Do I need separate tickets for visiting the gardens and fountains of Versailles?
A. Yes, tickets for the Palace and the Gardens are separate. Standard admission tickets do not include access to the gardens and fountains. However, with the Passport ticket, you will be able to visit the entire estate, including the palace, the gardens and the fountain shows.
Q. How long in advance can I purchase my tickets?
A. You can purchase tickets to the Palace of Versailles up to 3 months in advance.
Q. What languages are the audioguides available in?
A. Audioguides at the Palace of Versailles are available in 11 languages: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.