The Château de Versailles is located approximately 12 miles (30 minutes) West of Paris, in the town of the same name.
If you’re driving there by car, you’ll want to get on the Peripherique (the Paris beltway) and exit, direction, Rouen on the A13. With no traffic, you can make it to Versailles in about 20 minutes. However, that’s usually not the case. Especially on summer weekends, plan on a minimum of 45 minutes. There is metered public parking lot in front of the chateau. You pay when you exit, using either a credit card or cash.
To reach by train, you have several options: - Take RER line C to Versailles Rive Gauche. From the station, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Palace. - From Paris Montparnasse train station, SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Chantiers station, an 18-minute walk to the Chateau. - From Paris Saint Lazare train station, SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Rive Droite station, a 17-minute walk to the Château. - You can find RER and SNCF trains schedule at www.transilien.com.
Everyday, except Mondays, the Palace opens at 9AM and closes at 6:30PM. Last entry is at 6PM. The Trianon Estate and the Carrosses Gallery open in the afternoon, at 12PM and 12:30PM respectively. Both close at 6:30PM. The Gardens open at 8AM and the Park at 7AM; both close at 8:30PM. (Hours are subject to change during severe weather conditions.) The entire premise of the Palace of Versailles closes each year on May 1st.
During high season, from April through October, it is recommended to visit the Palace early in the morning, right when it opens. It is likely the entry line will already be long; however, with skip-the-line 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. Tuesdays and weekends generally see the most traffic, especially on days of water fountain shows.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Smart-casual attire is suggested.
There are several restaurants at your disposal around the Palace grounds You may picnic at the Park, but not in the gardens. Be sure to carry water with you throughout your tour. It can get quite hot during the summer and you will be walking a lot.