Versailles All Access Passport Entry with Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens
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 and fountain shows that place during the summer and fall.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
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.
Today, 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, their beauty highlighted by the musical fountain and garden shows that take place during the summer and fall. Admire the famous Mirror Fountain, Neptune Fountain and Water Theatre Groves as they play every 10-15 minutes from morning until evening. On Musical garden days, more groves are open to the public that usual so you may explore the vast gardens of the Palace.
The Palace itself, 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 arched windows overlooking the gardens.
What to Expect on Your Versailles Passport Experience
Your ticket gives you access to the vibrant and whimsical Musical Fountain and Garden shows. Your ticket also includes 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.
Upon entering the Palace through Gate A, bypassing the long ticket purchase lines at the main ticketing office, and before your visit to the Gardens, 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, namely the gardens and fountains. Though the six major musical fountains play in the morning from 11 AM until noon, and 7 minor musical fountains playing from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM, it is safe to say that the best time to see the gardens and fountains are in the afternoons, when all the 32 fountains are playing, with modern engineering supplying the 4,500 m3/h of water needed to keep all fountains working simultaneously. In dear Louis XIV's day, however, engineers had to run around, systematically turning the fountains on and off as the King made his way through the gardens. Fortunately for us, the fountains are more magnificent now then they were in his day!
- 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
- Priority Access skip-the-line tickets
- Transportation from/to Paris
Know Before You Go
Palace of Versailles Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 5:30 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).
Gallery of Carrosses Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Marie Antoinette's Estate's Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 PM to 5:30 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.
Children above the age of 6 must purchase an adult ticket in order to gain entry into the estate.
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.
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.
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
If you’d like to maximize your time at the palace of Versailles and get a more in depth Castle experience, click here.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
How to Redeem your Tickets
Upon confirmation of your booking, you will receive your mobile voucher in a separate email shortly. 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.
Your Versailles ticket is valid anytime within operating hours, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, on the day of your booking reservation. Last entry will be at 5 PM.
Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France, Versailles
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.
Other experiences similar to Versailles All Access Passport Entry with Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens