Oh, how I love Versailles. I love the history behind it; Marie Antoinette and King Louis are fascinating and the palace and gardens are a gorgeous wonderland.
Helpful tips for visiting:
When to go:
First, know opening times and days and make your plans in Paris with this information in mind. Versailles is open every day EXCEPT Monday from 9:00-18:30 (check the official website). Also, according to books I’ve read it is most crowded on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday.
How to get there:
We arrived by RER C, a train system that is ran by the Paris Metro. It is easy to follow, about 30 minutes away, and cheap. Youth (under 30) day passes during the weekend were 8,95 per person which worked better for us so that we could travel where ever that evening as well. Otherwise it is 4,50 each way. Check out their website for more information.
What it costs:
We had our Paris Museum Pass, which paid for the palace and trianon, but not for the gardens on the weekends. We had to pay for a Musical Fountains Show ticket because it wasn’t a weekday. 9,50 for me and 8 for my husband with his international student ID card (ISIC). Without the Paris Pass it costs 18 to 30 euro depending on day and season
Planning your time:
When we got to the palace the lines were terrible. We went inside to talk to someone to see if our Paris Pass would let us skip the line, but unfortanately it did not. We ended spending our day in the gardens which is easy to do and then at 16:00 we went inside and were pleasantly surprised. There wasn’t a line and the palace wasn’t crowded at all! We had two and a half hours to visit the gorgeous palace.
I would also suggest a guide, guidebook, or audio guide to enrich this experience. Seeing sights is so much better, in my opinion, when you know they why behind everything. I used the Rick Steves audio app, it is free and he has many walking tours for Paris as well.
What to wear:
I would also suggest bringing your rain jacket and COMFORTABLE shoes for those gardens. A lot of walking if you want to visit Marie’s Chateau.
What to eat:
Versailles is great for a picnic! We didn’t try anything at the palace, but nothing looked impressive.
Visiting Versailles was one of my favorite things we experienced in Paris! If you are in Paris for more than one day, I definitely recommend going.