Palace of Versailles Entry Ticket with Audioguide
With your basic entry ticket to the Palace of Versailles, tour the magnificent Grand Apartments, visit the stunning Hall of Mirrors and roam around the gardens as your audio guide demystifies some of the Palace’s most enticing secrets.
- Tour the magnificent Grand Apartments as your audio guide demystifies some of the Palace’s most enticing secrets.
- Visit the stunning Hall of Mirrors - a corridor filled with 357 mirrors that majestically reflect the gardens through arched windows.
- Roam around the gardens and explore 250 acres of gorgeously landscaped lawns and fountains.
- From King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, get a glimpse into the lives of the French monarchy’s most influential figures.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
The exquisite Palace of Versailles is one of the most extraordinary achievements in 17th century European art. Situated just 30 minutes outside Paris, in the village of Versailles, this elaborate complex once thrived as an epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France.
Today, the Palace, also known as Château de Versailles, contains 700 rooms spread across 800 hectares. Illustrating more than five centuries of French history, the Palace not only houses remarkable works of art - it stands as a work of art itself. One of the most ornately designed rooms of all, the Hall of Mirrors features 357 mirrors, including seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows overlooking the gardens. The Versailles Palace Gardens span an impressive 250 acres, and continue to thrive as a beautifully manicured plot with 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains.
Each year, it is estimated that approximately 5 million people visit the Palace of Versailles, and between 8 and 10 million people walks its gardens. A place of immense beauty, Versailles stands as a symbol of France’s monarchy and its glorious history.
What to Expect with Your Versailles Entry Ticket
Upon entering the Palace through Gate A, bypassing the long ticket purchase lines at the main ticketing office, collect your complimentary audio guide from one of the two pick-up counters located on the ground floor, one at the entrance to the Apartment Ladies and the other at the entrance to the Gallery of Castles. Your ticket gives you access to the most famous places within the royal estate, including the Castle, Park and gardens, plus entry to any exhibitions on show at the time of your visit. Begin your visit by exploring the ornate King and Queen's State Apartments. Learn about the French monarchy and peek into the private lives of the infamous King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Designed to protect the ornate walls and ceilings from smoke, the hall’s 357 mirrors were strategically placed to reflect the light of candles. With just a few flames, the reflection from so many mirrors was enough to light up the whole hall!
After admiring the inside of the Palace, head outdoors and take in the grandeur of the estate’s impressive architecture. Stroll along the cobblestone grounds, through the beautiful French gardens, and pass by the gorgeous Versailles fountains. At the Carrosses Gallery, travel back in time as you explore carriages, coaches, sculptures and other artifacts left behind by the French Monarch.
The basic entry tickets are exceptional to view the Palace, Gardens and Fountains. Should you wish to enhance your Versailles experience, and wish to gain access to the Gardens on Fountain Show and Musical Show days, as well as the Trianon, Marie Antoinette's estate, please click here.
Since these are basic entry tickets, we recommend that you arrive at the Palace 15 minutes before opening time in order to avoid the crowds!
- Ticket to the Palace of Versailles
- The Castle (Royal Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)
- The Gardens (Only Wed and Thu)
- The Park
- The Carrosses Gallery (from 12:30 PM).
- Priority Access
- Entrance to the Gardens on Fountain Show and Musical Show days (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
- Access to Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
- Transportation to/from Paris
Know Before Your Go
With these tickets, you will be able to skip the ticket office and head straight to the entrance at Gate A. However, please know that depending on the day of your visit, there may be a security wait of anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you’re short on time and would prefer to skip the long lines, a Versailles skip-the-line entry ticket will allow you to save your time.
These tickets are valid until June 2020.
Palace of Versailles Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1 January.
Gardens of Versailles Hours
Please note that the below are operational hours for the Gardens, however, your ticket only covers entry to the Gardens on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Open daily from 8 am to 8:30 pm during high season (April - October) and from 8 am to 6 pm in low season (November to March). On the days of Grandes Eaux and Musical Gardens (from April to October), a Versailles Passport ticket is required to visit the gardens. Access to the gardens on such dates can be purchased on site as well.
Gallery of Carrosses Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Closed on Mondays and 25 December and 1 January.
Admission is free for children below the age of 18 and for EU citizens below the age of 26.
The Palace of Versailles is located only 30 minutes from central Paris. The main entrance to the Palace of Versailles is by the Cour d'Honneur. 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.
What to wear
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Where to eat
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.
Upgrade to Priority Access tickets
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.
Upgrade to Passport Entry tickets
If you happen to visit the Palace on a Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday, consider opting for a a Versailles Passport ticket and catch one of the famous water fountain and musical shows.
When to Visit
During high season, from April through October, it is recommended to visit the Palace early in the morning, right when it opens. The entry line grows quite long throughout the day, especially on weekends.
It takes approximately 2-3 hours to tour the Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Park and Gardens. However, your ticket grants admission until closing, on the day of your visit.
Audio guides are available in 11 languages: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese and Russian. 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.
Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
The Versailles palace is breath-takingly gorgeous and is a must visit
There's something about taking a peek into the French monarchy's posh lifestyle that will get your juices flowing
I would recommend that you upgrade your ticket to the one where you have access to the musical fountain show and Marie Antoinette's estate
How to Redeem your Tickets
Upon confirmation of your booking, you will receive your mobile voucher in a separate email instantly. On the day of your Versailles experience, display your voucher via mobile phone at Entrance A of the Palace, the Dufour Pavilion, located on the top left side of the Cour d'Honneur courtyard. Please note that, though your tickets allow you to skip the ticketing line, you must still wait in the security line before gaining entry.
These tickets are valid till June 2020. Should you miss your scheduled visit, you can come back later and visit the palace anytime before June 2020.
Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France, Versailles
- The access is free except during Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens.
- The Gardens close exceptionally at 5.30pm on 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 21, and 28 July, 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18 and 25 August.
- The Gardens close exceptionally at 6pm on 30 October.
- The Gardens close exceptionally at 6.30pm on 8 and 9 July.