Illustrating over five centuries of French history, the Palace of Versailles houses remarkable works of art and has plenty to explore! One of the most popular attractions in France, the Palace and Royal Gardens see nearly 10 million visitors every year. Given the number of tourists, the waiting times in queues at the ticket offices easily extend past 60 minutes, with at least 2 hours of wait time during the peak season.

However, you don't need to settle for this as there are multiple easy ways to skip the Versailles queue.

1. Book your tickets in advance to skip the line

The line at both the ticket queue and the security check at the Versailles are known for being notoriously long. Buying your tickets on-site will lead to having to queue up twice, once at the ticket counter and again at the security check. This can easily take up to 3 hours of your time during the peak season. The best way to avoid the long wait times is to book your tickets online in advance. 

2. Go on a guided tour to skip the line

Opting for a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles is also a great way to skip past the long queues. With a dedicated guided tour entrance, quickly make your way into the Palace and begin exploring. Guided tours also have the added benefit of an expert guide who will help you make the most of your time in the palace, showing you all the major highlights and helping you navigate through the palace's royal corridors.

3. Choosing the right time to visit

The palace is open to tourists Tuesday-Sunday every week, with the most crowded days being the weekends. As most tourists travel to the Palace from Paris, it is most crowded between 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. In order to beat the crowds, try to visit immediately after it opens or just before it closes to explore the royal grounds at your own pace.

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Skip The Line Guided Tour of Versailles Palace
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Priority Access

Yes

Priority Access

Yes

Priority Access

Yes

Areas of Access

Castle (Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)
Park

Carrosses Gallery
Gardens
Musical Fountain Show
Musical Gardens

Areas of Access

Castle (Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)

Park
Carrosses Gallery
Gardens
Musical Fountain Show
Musical Gardens
Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
Estate de Trianon

Areas of Access

Castle (Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)
Park
Carrosses Gallery
Versailles Gardens




Exclusions

Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
Estate de Trianon
Versailles Palace tour guide
Transport to/from Paris

Exclusions

Versailles Palace tour guide
Transport to/from Paris

Exclusions

Entrance to the gardens on Fountain and Musical show days
Transportation to/from Paris.
Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

Audioguide

Yes

Audioguide

Yes

Audioguide

No

Tour Guide

No

Tour Guide

No

Tour Guide

Yes

Transport

No

Transport

No

Transport

No

Entry Gate

Gate B

Entry Gate

Gate B

Entry Gate

Gate B

Cancellation

Yes. Upto 24 hours in advance for a full refund

Cancellation

Yes. Upto 24 hours in advance for full refund

Cancellation

No

Mobile Tickets

Yes

Mobile Tickets

Yes

Mobile Tickets

Yes

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Visitor Tips & Hacks

  • 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.
  • Visitors are requested not to touch any vases or statues, not to walk on the lawns or to have picnics.
  • Animals must be kept on a lead. They are not allowed in Marie-Antoinette's Estate or inside the gardens and groves.
  • Use of camera flashes and mobile phones is prohibited inside the Museum.
  • In the interest of everyone, proper dress is required.
  • Use of extendable monopod stick poles for smartphones is strictly prohibited in the rooms of the Museum.
  • The Park and Gardens are open every day. The access is free except during Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens.
  • There are three train stations in Versailles, the closest one of the Palace is Versailles Château Rive Gauche.
  • The following items must be left at the bag deposit: walking sticks, umbrellas, pointed, sharp or blunt objects, suitcases, briefcases, rucksacks, shopping and other bags, pushchairs, children's cars, push scooters, helmets, camera tripods, reproductions and casts.
  • You are allowed to bring your own picnic or lunch to Versailles, but you can of course only eat outside the castle (in the gardens).
  • Every first sunday from November to March sees free entry to the Palace of Versailles for all.

Palace Of Versailles Tickets

Palace of Versailles Entry Ticket with Audio Guide
Versailles & Gardens Skip the Line Ticket with Audio Guide
Palace of Versailles All Access Passport Entry with Audio Guide
Versailles Palace Skip The Line + Passport Entry with Audio Guide
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Versailles Palace - 75 Minutes Classic