Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top Tips To Know Before Visiting the Palace of Versailles

Well, A trip to Paris is never complete without a visit to Palace of Versailles. Versailles was the lavish residence of French monarchs until the French Revolution in 1789. A total of three French kings had lived there and added improvements to make it the Versailles Palace we see today. 
fountain, Versailles

Getting there from Paris

       We started our journey first thing in the morning, boarding a suburban “RER C” (Yellow line) train towards Versailles-Rive Gauche (terminal station). 
       Not every metro station have an RER C line, you’ll have to change if you are not starting at St. Michel-Notre Dame, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, and Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel. Only these station have RER C train. To reach the train platform, you have to exit the Metro station and pass through another turnstile to go inside the RER station (all within the same building). 
       In 45 minutes, the train will reach the last station (Versailles-Rive Gauche). Follow the “Sortie” (exit) sign. Once you exit the station, cross the street and take a left. Then turn right onto a pedestrian street lined with tall trees and follow the brown street sign pointing to Palace of Versailles. In about 5 minutes time without stopping, You’ll see the Palace of Versailles.   


1. Note that Versailles is in zone 4, so if you are traveling on a metro day pass, make sure your ticket cover zone 4. 
2. If you don’t have a pass, a single ticket cost 3.55€. (You should buy return tickets (7.10€) to save time). You can buy the tickets from the ticket booth or the green ticket machines. 
3. Not all RER trains that arrive at the platform go to Chateau Versailles, be sure to check the train schedule screen on the platform. Don’t confuse your destination with “Versailles-Chantier” or “Versailles-Rive Droit”. 
4. “Chateau Versailles” is pronounced “Shah-Tow Ver-Sigh”, just in case you need to ask for direction. 
5. You’ll need to press the big green/gray button to open the Metro/Train door (it’s not automatic). 
6. Beware of pickpockets on the train. 
7. Do not throw away your used ticket, you’ll need them to exit the station at Versailles. 

gate, Palace of Versailles

Purchasing the Tickets and Entering the Palace Compound

       As we reached Versailles on the first train of the day, the crowd wasn’t too crazy yet and we managed to purchase tickets right away (there was no lines, such a miracle!) While we were lucky, I recommend readers to book tickets online/ buy a Paris Museum Pass to avoid long queue. 

       I was pretty bummed that I was not entitled to the Europe youth residents freebie using my Russian Residence card, because well it is debatable whether Russia and Turkey are considered as a part of Europe. Since the musical fountain was supposed to be in full operation that day, we need to pay to enter the garden (only to find out that only 1 musical fountain was working! We felt cheated ). 

       After we had our tickets, we join the queue at the left for the security check. Note that they don’t allow tripods in the palace (we didn’t realize that beforehand). 


1. Palace of Versailles is closed on Monday
2. Passport tickets are available (18€ or 25€ including the Hamlet and other attractions)
2. Kids under 18 go in for free. 
3. Touring the garden is free when there is no musical fountain show going on.
4. Free Entry is granted to Palace visitors on the first Sunday of each month (November to March).
5. Alternatively, you can book a skip-the-line tour

Palace of Versailles

Visiting the Palace of Versailles

       I personally enjoyed the Grand Apartment rooms, King's Bedchamber and apartments of the Dauphin more. 

Halls of mirrors, Palace of Versailles
couldn't retake photo. This is the only 1-second-opportunity
that the hall was temporary cleared. 
       Halls of Mirrors? More like house of Asians! I almost thought I’d teleported myself to China. It’s weird to suddenly be able to understand everything people talks about, if you know what I mean. I took a video of me walking down the hall, not to show my mum how beautiful it is, but to show her how chaotic it was. Visiting the Hall of Mirrors was a frustrating experience for me, I can’t say that I hated it, but at that point I regretted not paying more to join an early entrance tour. 

       The garden was H.U.G.E…. so, allow at least 4 hours if you want to see every corner of it (including time to take photos). Half way through our visit, a sudden shower and strong wind caught us off guard and destroyed my umbrella, so bring a raincoat instead for a rainy day.  


1. Get the audio guide! It's free.  
2. Visit the Petite+Grand Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and the other French garden as well if time allows. 
3. There is a garden night tour in Summer. 
4. You can rent a bike and bring it into the park, you can spend some time rowing a boat as well.  
5. Sundays and Tuesdays are the most crowded time to visit the Palace of Versailles (Other museums in Paris e.g. Louvre, are closed. )
6. Come prepared. In your bag, there should be at least a bottle of water, a sandwich and a tube of sunscreen!

Palace of Versailles
Versailles garden

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