As much a work of art in itself as the treausres it holds, the Palace of Versailles is visited by approximately 5 million people every year. Even larger is the number of people who visit its royal garden. With the sheer given numbers of tourists visiting the palace, ticket queues an easily extend past 60 minutes, with lines at least 2 hours long during the peak season.
However, you don't need to settle for this as there are multiple easy ways to skip the Versailles queue.
The line at both the ticket queue and the security check at th Versailles are known for being uncomfortably long. If you buy your tickets on site, then you will have to queue up twice, once at the ticket counter and the other at the security check. This can easily take 3 hours during the peak season. The best way to shave off at least 75% of your wait time is to purchase your tickets online beforehand.
Guided tours of the Palace of Versailles also help you skip the ticket queue. If you purchase your gudied tour tickets online, the only queue you will be waiting in will be the security check. 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.
With the palace open to tourists on all days of the week throughout the year (except Mondays), it's a given that weekends at Versailles have the highest footfall. You should ideally plan to visit the palace on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Also keep in mind that since most tourists are travelling from Paris, the palace is extremely crowded from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Try to visit immediately after it opens or just before closing to explore the royal grounds in peace.