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Discover the Park and Grand Canal by bicycle, boat, Segways, little train of electric vehicle

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Discover the Park and the Grand Canal by bicycle, boat, segways, little train, electric car

To best enjoy the Park of Versailles’ Palace, you can walk and run, have a bicycle or Segway® tour around the Grand Canal. You can also discover the Palace of Versailles from differents viewpoints by sailing on the Grand Canal. Confortably sitting, you can joint the Palace to Trianons by little train or with an electric car.

Bicycle

Bicycle in Palace of Versailles
Bicycle in Palace of Versailles

Rental points in Palace of Versailles: Petite Venise (all week long), Saint-Antoine’s grid (Grille de Saint-Antoine) on boulevard Saint-Antoine, Queen’s grid (Grille de la Reine) on Boulevard de la Reine (only weekends and holiday days).
Deposit: identification papers

Rental duration Bike Prices
30 min €5,50
1h €7,50
4 hours €17
1 day €19

Opening time:
February & March : 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April to October: 10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
November: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
December & January: Closed.

Phebus (Versailles-Chantiers Station)

To reserve a bike: 01 39 20 16 60 / phebusvelo@orange.fr
www.velo-versailles.fr
Location : Place Raymond Poincaré in Versailles
in front of Versailles-Chantiers Station

Opening time:
Monday to Friday from 7am to 10am and from 4pm to 8pm.
In July and August, it’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 6pm.

Rental duration Bike Prices Electronic bike Prices
1h €2 €4
1 day €12 €20
1 week €17 €25

Boat

Boats on Grand Canal of Versailles
Boats on Grand Canal of Versailles

Sitting in your boat, you do the same thing as the court of Louis XIV. Under the Old Regime, nobility sailed here calmly. To impress foreign ambassadors, the minister Colbert created a real war fleet in miniature.

4 people maximum per boat (or 5 including children).
Minimum time: 30 minutes.
Adult presence required and identification papers deposit.
30 minutes: €12 / 1 hour: €16. To full enjoy it, I advice you to hire the boat for 1 hour.

Boat rental on the Grand Canal
Boat rental on the Grand Canal

Opening time:
* March: from Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
* April: from Monday to Friday from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays for 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
* May & June : from Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Weekends and holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
* July & August: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
* September: from Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
* October: from Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
* November: from Monday to Friday from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Closed annually in December, January and February.

Segways®

Segways in Gardens of Versailles
Segways in Gardens of Versailles

On Segways®, you can have an historical and sporting guided tours (french, english and spanish speaking) around the Grand Canal (5,5 km).
(+33) 1 78 52 71 16 or reservation@versaillesevents.fr
€35 for 1 hour, €45 for 1h30 or €55 for 2 h [student rate: 10€].

Segways in Palace of Versailles
Segways in Palace of Versailles

The Segway® allows you to move about 15km/h. It’s perfect to visit easily the Gardens of Versailles. Training will be provided upon arrival.
Riders must have to be over 134 cm tall and over 45kg. Participants should not be pregnant.
By group of 8 people, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Departure at rue de la Paroisse, near the Neptune Fountain.

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Little train

Little Train in Gardens of Versailles
Little Train in Gardens of Versailles

Little train to go from North Terrace to Estate of Marie-Antoinette (Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon) and Grand Canal (Little Venise), and return.
(+33) 1 39 54 22 00.

Totally tour : 5 km / about 50 min.
* Trianon Tour : from Palace of Versailles (North Terrace) to Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon (Marie-Antoinette’s Estate) for 15 min to go.
* “Promenade” Tour : from Palace of Versailles (North Terrace) to Love’s Temple (Temple de l’Amour), Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon (Marie-Antoinette’s Estate), Grand Canal for 40 min.
Visitors can get off the little train at every stop and board one of the next trains with the same ticket.

€7,50 adult / €5,80 young (11-18 years old) / Free for kids under 11 years old.
Optional historical commentary by audioguide in 8 languages: €1,50.

Opening time:
January: 11h30 a.m. to 5h00 p.m. (no train on Monday).
February & March: 11 a.m. to 5h00 p.m. (Feb.)/5h30 p.m. (March)/ 5h00 p.m. (Monday).
From April to September: 10 a.m. (10h30 on Monday) to 6h15 PM/5h00 p.m. (Monday).
October: 10h30 a.m. (10h40 on Monday) to 6h00 PM/ 5h00 p.m. (Monday).
November & December: 11 a.m. (11h45 on Monday) to 5h00 p.m. (Nov.)/4h30 p.m.(Dec.)
Caution: days of Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Nocturnes), the little train service stop earlier.

Kids tips: To have an enjoying pause and continue to visit in the same time, you can take the mini-train for a tour of huge Domain of Versailles (800 hectares). By rainy weather, you can safety go to Estate of Marie-Antoinette (Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon), 1,5 km for from Palace of Versailles.

Electric car

Electric car in Domain of Versailles
Electric car in Domain of Versailles

Electric car to follow 5 itineraries: discover the Gardes, Queens’Hamlet and the Trianon, tour of the Grand Canal (5,5 km), tour of the entire Estate.
24 years old for minimum age of driver and you have to deposit driver’s license to rent.
(+33) 1 39 66 97 66.
€32 for 1 hour, then €8,50 per additional quarter hour.

Opening time:
January: Closed
February / March : from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April to September: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
October: from 10:00 pam. to 6:45 p.m.
November / December: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Domain of Versailles’ Facilities

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Domain of Versailles’ Facilities

This page provides information about many services in Domain of Versailles.

Special tips

Wear good shoes: Domain of Versailles is huge, you will have to walk al lot during the Palace of Versailles, to joint Marie-Antoinnette’s estate (Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon) 1,5 km far from the Castle.

In Summer, don’t forget a cap, solar cream and little bottle of water (50 cl maximum to be allowed during the Palace of Versailles’ visit).

In wet weather, don’t forget a folding umbrella. Becareful : Umbrella that doesn’t bend are forbidden inside the Palace of Versailles.

At the entrance of Palace of Versailles :

  • Free left-luggage office for your stroller, backpacks, suitcases and umbrellas : Prefer bring with you a baby sling or a baby-carrier without metal frames for children under a year old.
  • Public toilets free of charge, basement level (Gabriel Pavilion)
  • Free distribution of audio-guide in 11 languages : French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Polish.

Bicycle and row boat hire, Segways, mini-train and electric vehicle to rent

The garden’s designer, André Le Nôtre transformed this wet section of the park into a huge reservoir: The Grand Canal of Versailles. This east-west view from the Versailles’ garden is a source of changing light, perfect to visit in each season. It offers many differents specials views of the palace.

Tour the Grand Canal of Versailles is 5.5 km long. Walking takes about 1h/1h15, rollerblading 35/40 minutes and by bicycle 25 to 30 minutes. This quite flat path is accessible to stroller  and wheelchair occupants.

The Grand Canal of Versailles is the best place in the park to have a glance all the place. Its 23 hectares of water, 60 meters wide, it forms a cross of nearly 1700 meters in the east-west and 1000 in north-south direction. To full enjoy it, it’s better to hire a boat for an hour.

The park is daily open.
General schedules:
April to September: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM (for vehicles) and 8:30 PM for pedestrians.
October to  March: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM.

There are several gates to enter through  the park: from  Boulevard de la Reine, the entrance to the palace or the Saint Cyr road.
Admission to the palace park is free, unless you enter through the gardens (the section close to the palace where the various groves are located) on Musical Fountain days during high-season.
The price to enter by car is €5 per vehicle. There is car park beside the Grand Canal, at Little Venice.

Drink in Domain of Versailles

From April to October, you can find  Fresh-pressed orange juice  in the alleys of Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Saint-Antoine’s Gate.

Have an ice cream in Domain of Versailles

From April to October, you can have an ice cream (fruits sorbets) Grille de la Ménagerie, at the beginning of the Grand Canal when arriving from the Palace of Versailles.

1 cornet : €2,50 / 2 cornets : €4.

Eat in Domain of Versailles

In Domain of Versailles, you have few possibilities to eat, for every budget :

  1. Picnic
  2. Restaurants in Palace of Versailles
  3. Restaurants in Park and Gardens of Domain of Versailles
  4. Restaurant in Petit Trianon
  5. Restaurants in Versailles near Château de Versailles