Palace of Versailles All Access Passport Entry with Audioguide
Enjoy access to all areas of the royal estate with your Versailles Passport. While a basic entry ticket only includes access to the Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors and the gardens - a Passport also gives you entry to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, as well as the stunning Musical Garden shows.
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 on Your Versailles Passport Experience
Your ticket gives you access to the most famous places within the royal estate including: the Royal Palace, the Park, Gardens, Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and entry to any exhibitions on show at the time of your visit. If you plan to visit on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it’s worth paying the extra €8 for an upgraded Passport ticket, which includes access to the Musical Fountain and Garden shows.
Upon entering the Palace, 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. 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. Next, stop by the Estate of Marie Antoinette and discover the life and antics of the Queen at the Petit Trianon. Walk around the Village of the Queen and English gardens, then see where Marie Antoinette built her own house, a Mill, a Preparation Dairy, a Cave, a Belvedere and the magnificent Temple of Love where lovers get engage. At the Carrosses Gallery, travel back in time as you explore carriages, coaches, sculptures and other artifacts left behind by the French Monarch.
For tips on how to navigate the palace, make the most of your time, and choose the best experience, refer to our Palace of Versailles tours and tickets collection.
- Ticket to the Palace of Versailles
- Access to the Castle (Royal Apartments + Hall of Mirrors) Gardens, Park, Carrosses Gallery
- Access to Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
- Entrance to the Gardens on Fountain Show and Musical Show days (upgraded ticket)
- Priority Access skip-the-line tickets
- Transportation from/to Paris
Know Before You Go
Please note that you will have to choose Passport entry with or without the Musical Gardens/Musical Fountain Show in the next step of the booking. On the dates when there are Musical Fountain Shows, you will only be able to purchase the Passport which includes access to the shows. On days without the shows, you will only be able to purchase the Passport without access to the Musical Gardens/Musical Fountain Show.
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 till June 2020.
Palace of Versailles Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Mondays,
Gardens of Versailles Hours
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).
For "Passport Ticket", admission is free for the following:
- Individuals below the age of 18
- EU citizens below the age of 26.
- Teachers from a French establishment with a Pass education
- Differently-abled individuals with person accompanying them
- Job seekers in France and recipients of minimum social benefits
- Ecole d’Art students
If you qualify for free admission, go directly to entrance A in the Dufour Pavilion when you arrive at the Palace, with proof of your right to free entry and proof of identity.
For the Park and Gardens The Park and Gardens are open every day. The access is free except during Musical Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens. However, free admission is granted to children below 5 years of age.
Gallery of Carrosses Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Estate of Trianon Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 PM to 6:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Musical Fountains Show Dates
Occur every Saturday and Sunday from 31 March to 28 October 2018, on Tuesdays from 22 May to 26 June 2018 as well as on some additional dates (Friday 30 March, Tuesday 8 May, Thursday 10 May, Wednesday 15 August).
Musical Gardens Dates
Occur on Tuesdays from 27 March to 15 May (except Tuesday 1 May and Tuesday 8 May) and from 3 July to 30 October 2018, as well as Fridays from 6 April to 26 October 2018.
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.
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. Tuesdays and weekends generally see the most traffic, especially on days of water fountain shows.
It takes approximately 3-4 hours to tour the royal apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Park, Trianons and gardens. However, your ticket grants admission until closing hours 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.
Upgrade to Versailles Guided Tour
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Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be cancelled, amended or refunded.
Most wonder what the big deal of paying the extra 8 pounds is and I’ll tell you exactly what it is: you get to see the Maria Antoinette’s estate that not only includes her house but all other artefacts related to her. I was always a sucker for 17th century history, and the last queen of France after all is a HUGE deal. Being able to witness (and sort of live through) what it would’ve felt like to live in that time, was a grand experience. Definitely recommend.
Can we just take a minute to talk about the “temple of love” what a great place with lover-ly vibes. Went with my girlfriend and I can’t tell you how beautiful the place is. Even though I found a lot of it boring and sort of excruciating, the vast history linked to it speaks heaps. It is a must-see and don’t forget to catch the fountain shows at the end.
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 at Entrance A of the Palace, the Dufour Pavilion, located on the top left side of the Cour d'Honneur courtyard.
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.