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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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Christmas and New Year Day in Paris

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Christmas and New Year Day In Paris

If you visit Palace of Versailles in Winter, you can also enjoy get a trip in Paris.

This page provides information about Christmas fun and entertainment family in Paris. There are lots of special events at Christmas time for kids and adults that make this an extra magical time of year with lots of fun and special moments together.

Christmas Lights (illuminations) in Paris

Paris' Christmas lights
Paris’ Christmas lights

The spectacular Christmas Lights in Paris are an awaited event for Parisians and tourists .

Luminous arches, incandescent flames, sparkling projections of light and Paris’s finest monuments illuminated at nightfall transform the avenues of the French capital. Paris become the ‘City of Light’ for 2 months.

From November to the beginning of January, the Christmas illuminations on the avenue des Champs-Élysées, on avenue Montaigne, in Place Vendôme, the Montmartre district, Bercy Village and in many other places across the city make Paris more magical than ever.

Paris : Champs Elysée's lights
Paris : Champs Elysée’s lights
  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées
    From Thursday 20 November 2014 to Thursday 8 January 2015
    Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile / RER: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile
  • Avenue Montaigne
    From Thursday 27 November 2014 to Sunday 21 December 2014
    Metro: Alma – Marceau / RER: Pont de l’Alma
  • Place Vendôme
    From Thursday 20 November 2014 to Monday 05 January 2015
  • Faubourg-Saint-Honoré
    From Tuesday 18 November 2014 to Wednesday 14 January 2015
  • Forum des Halles
    from Tuesday 25 November 2014 to Sunday 04 January 2015
    Metro: Les Halles / RER: Châtelet – Les Halles

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Outdoor activities at ice-rinks

  • Ice Rink in front of Paris City Hall
    Ice Rink in front of Paris City Hall

    Ice Rink in front of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall)
    from Friday 19 December 2014 to Sunday 1st March 2015
    Paris City Hall’s square
    Metro: Hôtel de Ville / RER: Châtelet – Les Halles

  • Ice skating at the Grand Palais (Le Grand Palais des Glaces)
    from Saturday 13 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill , Paris 75008
    Metro: Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau / RER: Invalides
  • Charléty on snow : skating, skiing, sledding, zip lines, trampolines and climbing walls for 3-16 years old
    from Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Saturday 3 January 2015
    Stade Charléty, 99 boulevard Kellermann, Paris 75013
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire

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Carousels and The Big Wheel in the districts (arrondissements) of Paris

  • Big Wheel in Paris
    Big Wheel in Paris

    The Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde
    from Friday 14 November 2014 to Sunday 15 February 2015
    Place de la Concorde, Paris 75008
    Metro: Concorde / RER: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile

  • Carousel (Manège) Square Bonsergent
    from Sunday 21 December 2014 to Monday 5 January 2015
    Square Bonsergent, place Bonsergent, Paris 75010
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Square Willette
    from Sunday 21 December 2014 to Monday 5 January 2015
    Square Willette, Paris 75013
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Rue Belgrand
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 04 January 2015
    rue Belgrand, Paris 75020
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Place du Bourg Tibourg
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    place du Bourg Tibourg, Paris 75004
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) square Saint-Médard
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Square Saint-Médard, rue Censier, Paris 75005
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Place Joffre
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place Joffre, Paris 75007
    Metro: Porte d’Italie /RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Place Lino Ventura
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place Lino Ventura, Paris 75009
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Square du Père Chaillet
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Square du Père Chaillet, place du Père Chaillet, Paris 75011
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Place d’Italie
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place d’Italie, Paris 75013
    Metro: Porte d’Italie / RER: Cité Universitaire
  • Carousel (Manège) Place du Trocadéro
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Trocadéro square, Paris 75016
    Metro: Trocadéro / RER: Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
  • Carousel (Manège) Place Armand-Carrel
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place Armand Carrel, Paris 75019
    Metro: Laumière
  • Carousel in Paris
    Carousel in Paris

    Carousel (Manège) Square du Temple
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Square du Temple, Rue de Bretagne, Paris 75003
    Metro: Temple

  • Carousel (Manège) Esplanade de la Gare Montparnasse
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Gare TGV de Paris-Montparnasse, boulevard de Vaugirard, Paris 75014
    Metro: Temple
  • Carousel (Manège) Place du Docteur Félix-Lobligeois
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place du Docteur Félix-Lobligeois, Paris 75017
    Metro: Temple
  • Carousel (Manège) Place de la Mairie du 12e arrondissement
    from Sunday 21 December 2014 to Monday 5 January 2015
    Mairie du 12e arrondissement, avenue Daumesnil, Paris 75012
    Metro: Temple
  • Carousel (Manège) Place de l’Odéon
    from Sunday 21 December 2014 to Monday 5 January 2015
    Place de l’Odéon, Paris 75006
    Metro: Odéon / RER: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • Carousel (Manège) Place Saint-Sulpice
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 75006
    Metro: Saint-Sulpice / RER: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • Carousel (Manège) Place de la Madeleine
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place de la Madeleine, Paris 75008
    Metro: Madeleine
  • Carousel (Manège) corner of rue Didot and rue d’Alésia
    from Saturday 20 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Rue d’Alésia, Paris 75014
    Metro: Madeleine

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Christmas tree and Windows displays

  • Inverted christmas tree in Galeries Lafayette
    Inverted christmas tree in Galerie Lafayette
    Inverted christmas tree in Galerie Lafayette

    from Wednesday 05 November 2014 to Wednesday 07 January 2015
    40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 75009
    Metro: Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette / RER: Auber

  • Windows displays at the big department stores
    According to the tradition, the facades of Parisian department stores (Printemps Haussmann, Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Le Bon Marché) are adorned with festive decorations. Just walk along the windows displays to see these scenes layout with toys.

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Christmas markets in Paris

Christmas Market in Paris
Christmas Market in Paris

Traditional and popular Christmas markets (marchés de Noël) are a major shopping event since November.

Originating in Alsace and Germany , Christmas markets have spread throughout Europe since the 1990s. You can find them all over the capital. Let’s have a hot spicy wine (vin chaud) for adults and hot chocolate for kids while walking in this magical Christmassy atmosphere.

It’s the perfect place to pick up Christmas decorations, festive objects, regional produce and arts & crafts … You will certainly find some original ideas for Christmas presents and ingredients to prepare a delicious Christmas meals.

  • Gourmet Christmas Fair
    from Friday 19 December 2014 to Monday 22 December 2014
    Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse – Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, Paris 75002
    Metro: Bourse, Grands Boulevards
  • Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées
    from Friday 14 November 2014 to Sunday 04 January 2015
    Avenue des Champs-Élysées , Paris 75008
    Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile / RER: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile
  • Marché de Noël de la Place Saint Sulpice
    from Monday 01 December 2014 to Wednesday 24 December 2014
    Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 75006
    Metro: Saint-Sulpice / RER: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • Christmas Market at Saint-Germain-des-Prés
    from Saturday 6 December 2014 to Friday 2nd January 2015
    Saint-Germain-des-Prés square, Paris 75006
    Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Christmas Market at Montparnasse
    from Thursday 4 December 2014 to Wednesday 31 December 2014
    Gare de Paris Montparnasse, place Raoul-Dautry, Paris 75015
    Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Christmas Market at Versailles
    from Friday 5 December 2014 to Friday 26 December 2014
    Town Center Versailles, avenue de Paris, Versailles 78000
  • Christmas Market at Boulogne-Billancourt
    from Wednesday 3 December 2014 to Saturday 24 January 2015
    Grand place, Boulogne-Billancourt 92100
    Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Christmas Market at  Abbesses
    from Friday 28 November 2014 to Wednesday 31 December 2014
    Place des Abbesses, Paris 75018
    Metro: Abbesses
  • Christmas’ Village at Vincennes
    from Friday 5 December 2014 to Saturday 20 December 2014
    Place Pierre Semard, Vincennes 94300
    Metro: Abbesses
  • Solidarity know-how Fair (Foire des savoir-faire solidaires)
    from Friday 19 December 2014 to Sunday 21 December 2014
    Parvis de la Basilique royale de Saint-Denis, rue de la Légion-d’Honneur, Saint-Denis 93200
    Metro: Abbesses
  • The Féeries d’Auteuil
    from Saturday 6 December 2014 to Sunday 14 December 2014
    Apprentis d’Auteuil, 40 rue Jean de La Fontaine, Paris 75016
    Metro: Jasmin
  • Christmas Market at Montmartre
    from Friday 5 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015
    Place du Tertre, Paris 75018
    Metro : Abbesses, Lamarck – Caulaincourt
  • Christmas Market at La Défense
    from Thursday 20 November 2014 to Sunday 28 December 2014
    Parvis de La Défense, Courbevoie – La Défense 92400
    Metro : Abbesses, Lamarck – Caulaincourt
  • Alsacien Christmas Market at Est Station (Gare de l’Est)
    from Thursday 4 December 2014 to Friday 19 December 2014
    Parvis de la Gare de l’Est, place du 11-Novembre 1918, Paris 75010
    Metro : Abbesses, Lamarck – Caulaincourt

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Christmas Nativity Scenes (crèches de Noël)

Nativity scenes are installed in Parisian churches. Figures range from small to life-size and these figurative and poetic scenes may be animated, inspired by local life are even be given a new look by contemporary artists.

Every year, Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the Madeleine church, and Basilique Sacré-Coeur welcome new Nativity scenes. Whether they be traditional, baroque or modern, these veritable works of art welcome a large number of visitors.

The Fééries d’Auteuil invite visitors to see not just one but several Nativity scenes, which are all part of original exhibitions.

  • Christmas Nativity Scenes
    Christmas Nativity Scenes

    Christmas Nativity Scenes in Saint-Joseph-Artisan
    from Saturday 29 November 2014 to Sunday 11 January 2015
    Paroisse Saint Joseph-Artisan, 214 rue La Fayette, Paris 75010
    Metro: Louis Blanc / RER: Gare du Nord – Magenta

  • Christmas Nativity Scenes in basilique du Sacré-Cœur
    from Monday 1st December 2014 to Saturday 10 January 2015
    La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre, 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris 75018
    Metro: Anvers
  • Christmas Nativity Scenes in la Madeleine church
    from Thursday 11 December 2014 to Sunday 1st February 2015
    Eglise de la Madeleine, Place de la Madeleine, Paris 75008
    Metro: Madeleine / RER: Auber
  • Christmas Nativity Scenes in Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
    from Monday 1st December 2014 to Monday 02 February 2015
    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 place du Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris 75004
    Metro: Cité / RER: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • The Féeries d’Auteuil
    from Saturday 6 December 2014 to Sunday 14 December 2014
    Apprentis d’Auteuil, 40 rue Jean de La Fontaine, Paris 75016
    Metro: Jasmin

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Special tips to Visit Palace of Versailles with kids

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Visit Palace of Versailles with kids

This page provides information and advice on everything you have to know before visiting Palace of Versailles with kids.

Palace of Versailles is a great monument visited by a lot of tourists, so you have to be organize before coming.

What to you want to see?

You have few possibilities which depends on what you want to see with your kids.

  • If you only want to visit the Versailles’ Palace, you should come in the morning (at 9:00 AM) or at 4:30 PM to avoid the crowd.
  • If you only want to visit the Versailles’ Palace and Gardens in 1 day, you should visit the Palace in the morning (at 9:00 AM) or at 4:30 PM to avoid the crowd, and walk in the Gardens and the Park the rest af the time.

I prefer going to the Palace in the morning, so that kids can run in the park after being so kind and quiet during the visit; it’s like a reward.

  • If you want to both visit Versailles’ Palace, the gardens and Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in 1 day, you can organize your day that way : See the interior of the Palace at 9:00 AM, than gardens and park, and after Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet (open until 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM in high season).

I advice this plan, because kids can romp in the park before moving on with a new tour.

Reserve your ticket

When you choose what you want to visit, buy your tickets through Internet to avoid a long queue on site.

You have to reserve for adults, but it’s free for kids until 18 years old and for European Union residents under 26 (student card). To benefit, don’t forget your proof to show it at the main entrance.

The price of your ticket depends on what you want to visit.

For information, even if you have a ticket entrance for the Palace of Versailles, you will queue to the Palace main entrance (named A) to pass the control.

How many time do I need to visit?

Palace of Versailles
For visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids, you need at least one hour and half.

After two hours, my kids want to run out to the Park. 😉

At the entrance, you can have audioguides with explanations specially adapted for kids, but only in french. The audioguide is free, it’s included in the price of the ticket. The adults’ audioguide exists in 11 languages. Officially, the audioguide is available for kid from 8 years old, but kids really appreciate to have one even if they don’t fully understand.

You can also visit with a Guided tour. It costs 7€ for adult in addition to the admission price. Admission is free for children under 10 years old.

Gardens and Park
For Gardens and the Park, it depends on your legs and your kids!
You can stay as long as you want until the closing 6:00 PM (8:30 PM in the summer).

Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet
For  Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet, you need one hour and a half.

Special advice when visit with babies and Toddlers

Be careful ! Pushchairs and baby-carriers with metal frames are not allowed in the rooms of the Palace. You should bring a baby sling or a baby-carrier without metal frames for children under a year old.

Palace of Versailles : Cost and Booking

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Shall I book ?

You can go to Palace of Versailles without a reservation, but you will wait for a very long time (few hours), and with kids it could be awful.

My best advice : reserve before coming !

For information, even if you have a ticket entrance for the Palace of Versailles, you will queue to the Palace main entrance (named A) to pass the control.

Where book or buy a ticket in Versailles ?

  • Ticketing’s Palace of Versailles. You could also buy it in Palace of Versailles but you will queue more than 1 hour.
  • By Internet Palace of Versailles’ partners : Digitick (€15 + €1,45 to book), FNAC (€16.80 + €0,50 for delivery) and Ticketmaster (€16,80).
  • Guidatours : this tourist agency located on the way between Versailles Rive Gauche Station and Palace of Versailles sells ticket. If you book by Internet or buy in law season (November to March) the ticket price is sold at the same price as in Palace of Versailles. You just have to remove locally with your email confirmation. In high season (April to October) : Ticket for Palace of Versailles’ visit + €2.
    10 avenue du Général de Gaulle, tel. 01 39 02 05 18
  • Tourist office (Office de tourisme) : Ticket for Palace of Versailles’ visit + €1,5€ / Passport + €2.
  • Town center of Versailles, in coffee shop and restaurants (You don’t have to consume) sign by a posters outside. The ticket is sold at the same price as in Palace of Versailles, it’s valid for 2 years. Be careful, they could be out of tickets or do not sell in low season (November to March).
    * Le Café Bleu Roi, 7 rue Colbert, (+33) 1 39 50 05 79
    * La Brasserie du Musée, 2 place Gambetta, (+33) 1 39 50 18 08
    * Le Café Place d’Armes, 1 avenue de Saint-Cloud, (+33) 1 39 50 03 60
    * Le Saint Claire, 2 rue de Satory, (+33) 1 39 50 11 42

How much will it cost ?

Good news : it’s free for kids until 18 years old and for European Union residents under 26 (student card). Be careful, don’t forget your proof to show it at the main entrance. And Guided tour is free for children under 10 years old.

The domain of Versailles is free on the first Sunday of every month from November to March. I avoid this specially day : it’s free but there are too many people. Queue is very long and it may take several hours before visiting, after that time kids are very upset.

The price depends on your visit :

  • Palace ticket allows you to visit the Palace of Versailles. The price is €15 for adult / free : 18-25 years old (student card proof) and 0-18 years old.
  • Passeport ticket lets you access anywhere at Versailles. It costs €18. Be careful : on the days of the Musical Fountains and Gardens shows (week-end from 1st April to 31th October), it costs €25.
  • 2-days Passeport ticket allows you to access anywhere at Versailles over 2 consecutive days. It costs €25, or €30 on the days of the Musical Fountains and Gardens shows.
  • Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet ticket entitles you to admission to those places only. The price is €10.
  • Musical Gardens (Jardins musicaux) : €8 for adult [free for kids under 5 years old].
  • Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Nocturnes) : €24 for adult / €20 for kid.
  • Serenade Ticket : €18.
  • Combate Ticket Serenade + Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Nocturnes) : €36.
  • Admission to the Park and Gardens of Versailles is free for pedestrians but there is a fee for vehicles: €3 for a motorcycle, €6 for a car and €30 for a bus (from 12 seats).
  • Guided tour cost €7 for adult in addition to the admission price. Admission is free for children under 10 years old.

Special Summer events in Domain of Versailles

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Special events in Domain of Versailles

During the Summer (from April to October), the Domain of Versailles organizes events that may interest you and make your visit more special and memorable.

Domain of Versailles invites artists to reinvent the spirit of the Grand Siècle of Louis XIV. Discover the Musical garden, Musical Fountains Show, Fountains Night Show and the Serenade.

  • The Musical Garden (Jardins musicaux)

Garden of Versailles
Garden of Versailles

You can stroll through the Palace of Versailles’s gardens designed by André Le Nôtre with music that comes from green spaces (groves). It’s a quiet and pleasant moment with the sound of Baroque music.

Be careful : tickets are not returned neither exchanged or refunded even in bad weather on the day. Music in the Gardens takes place whatever the weather.

It happens each Tuesday, from April to October. From 10: a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

It costs €8 and it’s free for kids under 5 years old.

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  • The Musical Fountains Show (Grandes Eaux musicales)

Apollo’s Basin
Apollo’s Basin

In green spaces (groves), water flows in the basins against the backdrop of Baroque music.

The Musical Fountains Show takes place every Saturdays and Sundays from April to October.

  • Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Nocturnes)

Fountain Night Show
Fountain Night Show

It’s a magical walk through the gardens and fountains highlighted and music, ended with a fireworks display on the Great Canal.

 Watch this video that will give you an idea of this magnificent spectacle :

According to me, it’s a wonderful spectacle that will please the whole family. A show you should not miss !

Each Saturdays evening, from mid-June to mid-September. From 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (2 hours and half).
It costs €24 for adults and €20 for kids.

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  • Royal serenade in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles (Sérénade)

Senerade in Hall of Mirrors
Senerade in Hall of Mirrors

Just before Fountains Night Show, musicians and dancers show you in the Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) for a French ball.
Each Saturdays from mid june to end August.
Two performances of 50 minutes at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
It costs €18.
It costs €36 for a combate ticket Serenade + Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Nocturnes).

How many days at Palace of Versailles?

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How many days at Palace of Versailles?

This page provides tips to get out how many days at Palace of Versailles you need to cover all you want and hints to help you to plan your holidays.

Is a half day enough or 2 days are necessary?

To answer this question, you must ask yourself:

1. When do I go there?

  • Do I want to visit Palace of Versailles at the lowest months and days?
Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

If yes, I come from November to February and I prefer Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Do I want to visit free Palace of Versailles?

I come the first Sunday of the month, from November to March, because it’s free. I don’t forget that I will queue for more than one hour!

  • Do I want to see Musical Gardens or Fountains Night Show?
  • For Musical Gardens, I come Tuesday from April to October.
  • For Musical Fountains Show, I come Saturday or Sunday from April to October.
  • For Fountains Night Show and Serenade, I come Saturday evening from mid-June to mid-September.

For these special events, don’t forget to book before!

  • Do I want to walk free in the Gardens?
Topiary in Garden of Versailles
Topiary in Garden of Versailles

I come November to March.

I come Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 1st April to 31th October. Be careful you will have to pay every Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on these months.

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2. What do I want to see ?

  • For Palace of Versailles or gardens : an half day is enough
  • For Palace of Versailles + gardens: 1 day is necessary
  • For Palace of Versailles + gardens + Trianon palaces + Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet: in 1 day it’s possible, but 2 days is better.

3. How to organize my day?

  • If I want to see Palace of Versailles or the Gardens?

I visit the Palace in the morning (at 9:00 a.m.) or at 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd.
I walk in the Gardens and the Park when I want.

  • If I want to see both Palace of Versailles and the Gardens in 1 day?

I visit the Palace in the morning (at 9:00 a.m.) and after I walk in the park, so that kids can run after being so kind and quiet in the palace.
If I do the opposite, I see the Palace from 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd.

  • If I want to see both Palace of Versailles, the Gardens and Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in 1 day?

In that case, I organize my day this way:

First choice: I see the interior of the Palace at 9:00 a.m., than Gardens and Park, and after Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet (open until 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. in high season).

It’s my preferred choice, because kids can romp in the park before moving on with a new tour.

Second choice : I begin by gardens and park until 12:00, than Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet and I finish by the interior of the Palace after 4:30 p.m.

I well know my kids and I imagine if they will want to visit all or only the palace. I have to decide before buying tickets, because the price won’t be the same and I don’t want to queue!

Have a look at the Palace of Versailles Opening Times to choose your best moment to visit.

  • If I want to see both Palace of Versailles, the Gardens and Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in 2 days?
Marie-Antoinette’s Domain
Marie-Antoinette’s Domain

The first day, I see the interior of the Palace at 9:00 a.m., than Gardens and Park. If I do the opposite, I see the Palace from 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd.
The second day, I begin by Gardens and Park, and I visit Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet from 12:00.

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4. How busy is Palace of Versailles?

Have a look at the Palace of Versailles attendance Page to choose your best day to visit.

For information, even if you have a ticket entrance for the Palace of Versailles, you will queue to the Palace main entrance (named A) to pass the control.

5. Do I want to see some Paris attractions like Disneyland Paris or the Eiffel Tower?

If yes, I could spend some more nights in Versailles hotel or move in another hotel. Have a look at all the possibilities around Paris and not so far from Versailles.

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Your personal visit to Palace of Versailles with kids

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Your personal visit to
Palace of Versailles with kids

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

You decide to travel to France and visit Versailles’ Palace (château de Versailles) with your kids.

You have some questions about your project. I hope I can help you :

You have any other questions or remarks. Don’t hesite to contact me.

If you are interested in any other place to visit, let me know.
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Delphine