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How to get from Paris to Versailles

At least once in your life you must have heard for sure about the Palace of Versailles, ancient seat of political power in France, where most of the French history was made. And guess what? It’s only 12 miles from Paris! Discover here how to get from Paris to Versailles.

This Castle is located in the suburban city of Versailles, in Place d’Armes. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6.30 pm. You can reach it by train, RER, bus, shuttle, car or taxi. You only have to choose which is the best solution for you to get from Paris to Versailles.

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RER

Taking this suburban transit system you will have to purchase a special metro ticket (either at the vending machines or at the information points), since Versailles is located in zone 4, therefore a simple Ticket+ is not valid. If you have a day or week pass valid for zones 1 to 4, you can use it without problem.
So here we go: you can take the yellow line of the RER C5 and stop at Versailles-Rive Gauche/Versailles-Château, which is 5-10 minutes’ walk to the Palace, or you can take the RER C7 and stop at Gare de Versailles-Chantiers, which is instead about 0.6 miles from the Château. Within Paris, you can take the RER from the following stations: Javel, Pont du Garigliano, Champ de Mars, Pont de l’Alma, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, St-Michel, Paris Austerlitz, Bibliothèque François Mitterand. Make sure you choose the right directions!

 

Bus

If you want to take the bus, in order to stop closer to the Palace, you can take the bus 171, which leaves from the metro stop Pont de Sèvres, on line 9, and get off at the bus stop Versailles-Place d’Armes. If you want to know in detail the timetable and the stops on this line, you can check on RATP website .

 

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The Chateau de Versailles station – Credit: Wikipedia

Train

If you want to get there by train, you will have to leave from the SNCF (the French national railway company) station in Montparnasse or Saint Lazare. From Paris Montparnasse you will have to get off the train in Versailles Chantiers train station, which is about 0.6 miles from the Castle, while from Paris Saint Lazare you have to stop at Versailles Rive Droit and walk to the Chateau for half a mile.

 

Shuttle

If you prefer travelling by coach, check our package Versailles Day Tour: it provides round-trip transportation from Paris to Versailles, entrance to both the gardens and the palace, fast-track tickets and audioguides. Click here to book.

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If you travel by car from Paris, you will have to take the A13 road, with direction E5 Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles. Take the exit Versailles Château and follow the directions to the castle. There are several paid parkings close to the entrance and even inside the park! Some categories of visitors, for instance disabled people, will not have to pay. Click here to have further information about fares and reductions, and to have a complete map of all the available parkings.

 

Uber

You don’t want to drive, but you don’t want to take the public transports either? You can call Uber from your phone app, and it will take you to the Castle in about 45 minutes for 30 up to 45 euros.

 

Now you know all the ways to get from Paris to Versailles. What are you waiting for? Book now your trip!

 

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Top 10 French Castles

Fond of the Middle Ages, their mysteries and monuments full of history? Also keen on kings and the way they left their mark on their time? Here is a top 10 French castles which will fulfil your curiosity about the most stunning French architectural creations.

 

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In order to avoid any rebellion against his reign, King Louis XIV built a magnificent castle in Versailles for his court and himself. They settled there from 1682, and the palace still is an important sign of the greatness of France. With its renowned Hall of Mirrors, King’s apartments, but also Palace of the Grand Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s Estate and its sumptuous gardens, it is without a doubt an outstanding castle nobody should miss.

 

french castles2. Vaux le Vicomte Castle

Located in the south-east of Paris, this 17th century castle was designed by Nicolas Fouquet, in charge of Finance under the reign of Louis XIV. It was actually used as a model for the construction of the Château de Versailles, which already implies how beautiful this castle is. Don’t miss its French gardens designed by Le Nôtre, which will leave you as relaxed as admiring.

 

3. Fontainebleau Castle

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Here is a castle which has known many different ages. Its construction probably began in the 12th century and it housed French Kings such as François Ier. With its classical, Renaissance, medieval but also Italian styles, it is a must-see near Paris, particularly because it is surrounded by a beautiful parc and the very popular Fontainebleau Forest.

 

4. Chantilly Castle

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Originally a medieval fortress, then damaged during the French Revolution, this castle knew a great revival in the 1880’s thanks to the descendant of the last French King Louis-Philippe, the Duc d’Aumale. Full of its personal collections, it was left by the duc himself in 1885 to the Institute of France. It has now become the “Condé Museum” and is also surrounded by gorgeous French gardens designed by Le Nôtre.

 

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5. Chambord Castle

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Our top 10 French Castles continues with the biggest castle of the Loire Valley: Chambord. It was built in the 16th century by King François Ier, who used to spend a lot of time there. The magnificence of its surroundings but also of its architecture, which is said to originate partly from De Vinci’s imagination, caused its registration at the UNESCO World Heritage in 1981.

 

6. Chenonceau Castle

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This Renaissance castle, nicknamed the “Ladies’ castle”, housed many duchesses and queens such as Diane de Poitiers or Catherine de Medicis, who both have dedicated gardens there. Particularly known for its galleries on the Cher river, it is the second most visited castle just after Versailles, and its splendour tells us why.

 

7. Cheverny Castle

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A heritage transmited through ages within the same family, this classical castle from the 17th century was the first to be opened to the public in 1922. It is a huge estate with a botanical garden, parks, doghouses and even a 3D museum about the “Moulinsart castle” used by Hergé in his Tintin cartoons.

 

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Also known as the “Sleeping Beauty Castle” because Charles Perrault took inspiration from it for his tale, its medieval and Renaissance style make it a very unique castle. Although private, it is open to public visits and its Le Nôtre gardens are as worth a visit as the stunning castle.

 

9. Villandry Castle

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Registered in the UNESCO World Heritage, the great renown of this castle is mainly due to its gardens divided into 4 terraces : the sun garden, the water garden, the decoration garden and the vegetable garden. The last Renaissance castle built along the river Loire, the harmony of its estate makes it a must-see.

 

10. Blois Castle

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Domicile of many French Kings it is also called the “Royal Castle.” This castle is an extraordinary exhibition of how the French architecture changed through the years. You can distinguish 4 styles from the “cour d’honneur”: medieval with the 13th century fortress, gothic with Louis 12’s wing, Renaissance with François Ier’s wing, and classic with Gaston d’Orleans’ wing. And don’t miss the monumental double helix staircase!

 

So if you liked this top 10 French Castles, what are you waiting for? Go satisfy your curiosity!

 

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The Gallery of Coaches

The Gallery of Coaches consists of two galleries which house a huge collection of rare and impressive pieces.

versailles, gallery of coachesSituated in the heart of the Great Stables,  this great royal construction used to house majestic coaches and carriages, along with sedan chairs sleds and travelling thrones, for a unique and magnificent collection which highlights once again the splendour of the court life.

Built by Mansart, it was really important during the Ancien Régime: the 1000 m2-gallery housed all the grand ceremonial coaches of the royal family.

Thanks to these pieces, you can look at the history of France through the vehicles that important people such as the King or Napoleon used during marriages, coronations, baptisms or funerals.

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The Grand Trianon

The Grand Trianon is the perfect summer gateway, the King’s private residence away from the main place.

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The Grand Trianon – Credit: ParisByM

It is a small palace that the King built to hide his love affairs with his mistresses. Made in marble and porphyry and inspired by Italian architecture, it was designed by Mansart and includes some beautiful gardens.

The balustrade, the flat roof and the orderly gardens, along with its flowerbeds and terraces, will give you the thrill of classical beauty.

It also contains a Mirror Room, a bedchamber, an open-air colonnade called Peristyle and the Malachite Room, that used to be Napoleon’s living room.

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The Petit Trianon

The Petit Trianon is the place where the King could spend some relaxing time close to his French Gardens.

versailles, petit trianonIt is a neoclassical château in the middle of the gardens with Greek-style columns and windows. Very closed to the gardens, from there the King could easily reach the grounds and develop his interest for botany.

Like the other two buildings of the Estate of the Trianon, it was built in an attempt to gain brief respite from the royal court etiquette.

Recently restored, there you can find the way the King used to deal with his two passions: on the one hand, botany; in the other hand, his mistresses.

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Marie Antoinette’s Estate

Within her domain, the Queen could spend some time with friends listening to music or playing parlour games.

It was the private domain of the Queen, where she used to go in order to escape the opulence of the court: there, she used to give parties and dinners.

It contains the Queeversailles, queens' hamletn’s Theatre, where private performances were held, and the Queen’s Hamlet, a complex of twelve thatched-roof buildings influenced by the rural architecture of Normandy, where the Queen used to host guests.

The complex also included a mill, a dairy and domestic animals, with English gardens, cottages and agricultural structures which will bring you back to ancient times and will let you experience the rural atmosphere that the Queen loved so much.

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The Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles represents the royalty and the majesty of French Kings: it is maybe the most important palace of French history. The French King Louis XIV installed the royal court in Versailles to be protected from civil movements and continued to embellish the palace up until the Revolution.

Paris in 2 days, versailles 1/2 day with transportation, palace of versaillesThe State and the Private Apartments of the Palace of Versailles contain over 2,300 rooms: here you can find the famous Hall of Mirrors, a 250-feet long room with a great number of luxury mirrors reflecting the light of the sun from the 17 windows letting in the breathtaking view of the gardens; the War Room, where Louis XIV’s victories are depicted as political propaganda; the Peace Room, with cupids who play with discarded cannons and violins. The King’s Apartments, which consist of seven rooms and contain Italian-style decorations: from there, anyone could see the royal family on their way to the chapel.

The king’s private domain contains the important bedchamber, the symbolic room where the ‘getting up’ and the ‘going to bed’ ceremonies used to be held. Symmetrical to the king’s apartments, the Queen’s Apartments were built to house the queen’s bedchamber, where she used to spend most of her time.

The Royal Chapel is another important room, designed with a vaulted ceiling and dedicated to Saint Louis: Louis XIV used to go there every morning at 10:00 with is family. The Palace also contains a Royal Opera House, built during the reign of Louis XV, and the Museum of History of France, inaugurated in the 19th century.

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The Versailles Gardens

Outside the palace, you can find the Gardens, a range of elaborately planned and decorated grounds which show how the King used to ‘control’ everything, even nature.

Versailles Gardens, versailles, the versailles gardensThe Greco-Roman themes display the power of the King and the symmetry of the structure gives a sensation of incomparable beauty.

There are several elements which make these gardens unique: in the Orangery, Louis XIV used to grow orange trees to amaze his visitors; trees from all over the world; the Grand Canal, which divides the gardens into two parts. Then, you can also find beautiful fountains, such as the Latona Basin, a round fountain which tells the story of the birth of Apollo, and the Apollo Basin, where the sun god starts his journey, in his chariot, across the sky.

In spring and summertime, during the fountains shows called Les Jardins Musicaux and Les Grandes Eaux Musicales, you can have a relaxing walk while listening to some music and enjoying the fountain activity (for any additional information click here).

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The Musical Gardens and the Fountains Show

During spring and summer, you can enjoy some musical shows in the gardens, called Les Grandes Eaux Musicales and Les Jardins Musicaux.

versailles, the musical gardens and the fountains showThe musical show called “The Musical Waters” or “Grandes Eaux Musicales”, is a unique experience where you can wander at the sound of classical music while enjoying the fountains activity. Besides, the “Jardins Musicaux” offer the same kind of walk, with Baroque music, but without the fountains.

There, you will have the opportunity to feel the magnificent atmosphere of royal entertainment and, above all, you will enjoy yourself while relaxing. You can also enjoy the woods of Versailles, usually closed, which are open only for this occasion!

Opening times:

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales: on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1st April to 29th October; on Tuesdays, from 23rd May to 27th June / Special Dates: Friday, 14th April; Thursday, 25th May; Friday, 14th July and Tuesday, 15th August.

Les Jardins Musicaux: on Tuesdays from 4th April to 16th May, then on Tuesdays from 4th July to 31st October and on Fridays from 31st Mars to 27th October (except for the 14th July).

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Versailles Castle

The  elaborate decoration of the palace of Versailles represents the royalty and majesty of the past French Kings. Today, the Versailles Palace is one of the most important palaces of the French history. Located just outside of Paris, the palace is a must-see attraction for every tourist coming to Paris for more than 2 days.

WHAT TO SEE?

Paris in 2 days, versailles 1/2 day with transportationThere are many areas to visit in the palace of Versailles. Inside the palace itself, you can visit the various living rooms of the King and the rest of the royalty members. The most impressive and unmissable place to see is the famous Hall of Mirrors. This massive corridor, which served as a ball room, displays not less than 357 mirrors reflecting the light of the sun entering from the huge 17 windows.

Outside of the palace, you can access three additional attractions: the gardens with its fountains, the palace of the Grand Trianon, and Queen Marie-Antoinette‘s estate.

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The Versailles Palace is located outside of Paris. That means that you will need to use transportation from Paris to suburbs. The fast train is the easiest way to get there.

Take an audio guided tour and learn so much about the history of this famous castle. An audio guide really helps explain the use and purpose of each room historically.

In summer, there is a musical fountain show each Tuesday and on weekends. Access to this show requires that you pay an additional fee.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: 9am-5:30pm everyday, except for Mondays
  • Price: 15€ for entrance (addtional cost for transportation, additional cost for fountain show)
  • Access: RER C stop at Versailles Rive Gauche station, then walk 15 minutes to the Palace

 

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Palace of Versailles, castle and gardens

The  elaborate decoration of the palace of Versailles represents the royalty and majesty of French Kings. Today, the Versailles Palace is one of the most important Palace of the French History. Located just outside of Paris, the palace and its extraordinary domain are now a must-see attraction for every tourist coming to Paris for more than 2 days.

Palace of Versailles history

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The King Louis XIV – Credit: Wikipedia

In 1682, the French King Louis XIV decided to transfer the royal court and the French government from Paris to the city of Versailles (located in the southwest of Paris). The aims of this settlement were to host the French royalty, to be protected from any civil movement by keeping the powerful men of the court right under his nose, and to give an impressive visual representation of the power of the French monarchy to the whole world. Louis XIV decided to use a former hunting lodge of his father, the French King Louis XIII, to turn it into a magnificent palace.

 

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And thus the palace of Versailles became a symbol of the majesty of French Kings. After the death of Louis XIV, all French Kings lived there. The out-broke of the French Revolution in 1789 forced the government to go back to Paris. In the 19th Century, it was turned into a museum of the History of France and many spaces in the palace became museum areas.

 

The domain of Versailles: the Palace, gardens and other places

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Galerie des glaces (Hall of mirros) – Credit: ParisByM

 

There are many areas to visit in the palace of Versailles. Inside the palace itself, you can visit the various living rooms of the King and the rest of the royalty members. The most impressive and unmissable place to see is the famous Hall of Mirrors. This massive corridor, which served as a ball room, displays not less than 357 mirrors reflecting the light of the sun entering from the huge 17 windows.

 

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Coach in the coach gallery – Credit: Official website of the Palace

 

It covers various spaces like the coach gallery that has reopened after 10 years of renovation. Outside of the palace, you can access three additional attractions: the gardens with its fountains, the palace of the Grand Trianon, and Queen Marie-Antoinette‘s estate.

 

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The Petit Trianon – Credit: ParisByM

 

The Estate of Marie Antoinette, also called “Petit Trianon”, was the private domain of Queen Marie-Antoinette, where she used to escape the gravity of the court by holding small parties and dinners and by playing at living a simple farmer’s life. She owned indeed a few sheep and other animals in this place.

 

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The Grand Trianon – Credit: Wikipedia

 

The Grand Trianon is a small side palace that Louis XIV had built to hide his love affairs with his mistresses. Built in marble and porphyry, it’s an exquisite example of the architect Mansard‘s talent.

 

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Gardens – Credit: ParisByM

Last but not least, the gardens are a wonderful place to wander. During spring and summer, they offer exceptional fountain and musical shows, “the musical waters” or “Grandes eaux musicales” on Tuesdays and weekends, when you can stroll from grove to bush at the sound of classical music while enjoying the numerous water fountains activity.  The “Musical Gardens” or “Jardins Musicaux”  offer the same nice walk at the sound of music but without the fountains. Moreover, the gardens are an excellent place if you want to have a nice walk and admire the architecture of the castle from the outside.

You can enjoy a group or private guided tour of the palace, the gardens and Marie-Antoinette’s estate as well.

How to get there by yourself

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The Chateau de Versailles station – Credit: Wikipedia

The Versailles Palace is located outside of Paris. That means that you will need to use transportation from Paris to suburbs if you want to get there by yourself. Several transports are available if you want to get there. If you are not going on a group or private trip organized from Paris, we recommend you use the fast train or a bus shuttle.

If you plan to take the fast train (called RER) use the line C and stop at the Versailles Rive Gauche station. The travel between this station and the Palace lasts 12 minutes.

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If you want to take the bus shuttle, there is a special bus that will take you from the Eiffel Tower to the palace of Versailles. Called the Versailles Express, it runs twice a day at 8am and 2pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Other trains (not fast trains) can also take you to Versailles. We recommand this option if you are only near to the stations (Montparnasse & Saint Lazare).

 

  • From the station Paris Montparnasse stop at the station Versailles Chantiers.
  • From the station Paris Saint Lazare stop at the station Versailles Rive Droite.

 

Tips

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  • 1: at least 1 full day is necessary to visit the entire domain.
  • 2: If you do not have enough time to visit the entire domain, just go for the castle and the gardens, which you can see in approximately half a day.
  • 3: We advise you to go before 9 A.M (it opens at 10 A.M) because you will have less people in the castle. It is the same if you go after 4 P.M.

-> Do not try going on Tuesday or during the weekend, the attendance is very high!

  • 4: the gardens are open for free when the musical gardens or the musical waters are not on display.
  • 5: it is better to buy your tickets in advance. Even if you will have to do the security line, it will save you time as you will skip the first line.
  • 6: The Versailles passport will give you access to the entire domain with just one ticket, including the gardens on the days of the musical gardens and waters.

 

Plan your visit to the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles closes on Monday.

There are several options to plan your visit to the Palace of Versailles. Below are the few we recommend.

Passport (Versailles Pass) – from €10

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Buy the one day passport from €10 with / without show to get access to entire Versailles estate including the Palace & the gardens. There is an additional €15 when there is the musical fountain show and a €8 one when the show is not playing. It is definitely worth it if you visit Versailles the right day. Note that the access to gardens is not available when the musical shows are on. Do not forget adding this option when insert the passport into your cart.
You need your own transportation to Versailles (see how to get there) if you book the entrance only.

Shuttle & ticket – €53

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Reach Versailles from central Paris with this shuttle that will allow you a half day visit of the Palace of Versailles and the gardens. The entrance tickets are included in the price. This solution is the easiest one to get a quick overview of Versailles. It does not include a guide tour.

Train & ticket – €69

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Reach Versailles by train and feel free to spend as much time as you want. The train tickets will be provided at your hotel. You will be on your own and not part of a big group. This is how we recommend you to visit Versailles.

 Complete tour – €99

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This tour is the most comprehensive one. You will access a tour of the entire Palace of Versailles. You can choose to do the tour on the morning or the afternoon. You will be picked up from your hotel to Versailles (if your hotel is located in the center of Paris). Note that it is available for a group of eight person.

Other options

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Find other options to visit the Palace of Versailles from Paris, that include private tours and visit, private transport, helicopter trips and much more.

Additional information

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For further information go on the Official website of the Palace of Versailles

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