Anyone who’s taken French in their lifetime likely had a language book that included at least a bit about the Palace of Versailles.

I can still remember sitting in French class daydreaming about when I’d finally be old enough to go to France.

In my daydream I’d be able to speak amazing French, I’d be in Paris with my hot boyfriend or fiance, and we’d be indulging in all the macarons, champagne, foie gras, romance, while of course, enjoying the history of Paris—-including a dreamy day trip to Versailles where we’d marvel at the architecture and history, before having a romantic picnic in the gardens.

Unfortunately, high school Ally’s day dreams didn’t quite come true, but that’s okay, because frankly things have turned out better than I ever could have dreamed.

I have yet to find that dreamy boyfriend, but I have been fortunate enough to spend a crazy amount of time in France over the last few years—-though, I’m sad to admit that I’m not even close to fluent in French.

But, on a positive note, a few years ago, I got to cross the gardens of Versailles off my bucket-list after picnicking there one summer with family.

And just last month I had the privilege of touring the inside of the Chateau of Versailles with my good friend Dora, who is another solo traveler I randomly met a few years ago in Rome.

Let me tell you, the Palace of Versailles absolutely blew me away.

Seriously, you need to go if you’re in Paris for any amount of time. Not only is the architecture and history astounding, but there’s also an insane amount of art to take in.

I realize for tourists, leaving Paris on a day trip can be intimidating, so I’ve covered everything you could possibly need to know to plan the perfect day trip to Versailles.

Simply read on for all my tips and tricks for making a day trip to Versailles from Paris a breeze!

Preparing for the Trip

Timing Your Visit

Timing Your Day Trip to Versailles

Before heading on your Versailles adventure, it’s essential to pick the perfect day to visit. 

Versailles is often less crowded during weekdays compared to weekends, so plan your trip accordingly. 

Try to visit the palace early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid peak hours. 

You should also check the official website for any updates or temporary closures to ensure a smooth experience.

Purchasing Tickets to Versailles

Purchasing Tickets to Versailles

To avoid long lines and guarantee entry, it’s best to buy your tickets online in advance. You can find a few ticket options, like the Versailles Palace Ticket for €19.50. 

Access to the Garden of Versailles is free on days without a fountain or music show, so keep that in mind that purchasing, since a combined ticket for the palace and gardens might be more cost-effective if you plan to explore both attractions.

Guarantee getting to see the Palace of Versailles by booking your tickets today!

Packing For a Day Trip to Versailles

Packing For a Day Trip to Versailles

Having the right items in your day pack can vastly improve your trip to Versailles. Here are some essentials to consider bringing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: The palace and gardens cover a large area, so comfortable footwear is crucial.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing: Check the forecast before your trip and dress accordingly. During the summer keep a light jacket with you in case it cools off.
  • Water bottle: Stay hydrated for your visit, especially during summer months.
  • Snacks: Although there are on-site cafes, bringing your own snacks can save you both time and money.
  • Camera/phone: Capture memories of your visit with a reliable camera or your smartphone.
  • Portable Charger: This is a must have item for any day trip. It will keep you charged all day long.
  • Charged public transportation card: Make sure your card is topped up and ready for use on the RER C train to Versailles.

You can look forward to a well-prepared and memorable day trip to Versailles from Paris if you keep these things in mind.

How Do I Get From Paris to Versailles on a Day Trip?

Public Transit

how to get to versailles

The most economical and convenient way to travel from Paris to Versailles is by public transit. There are several modes of public transportation to choose from:

  • Train: Take the train from Gare Montparnasse to Versailles Chantiers, which takes approximately 12 minutes and costs between €3 and €10.
  • Another option is the RER C Line (Yellow) that runs along the banks of the Seine River in Paris with several stations available for boarding.
  • Bus: First, take the metro to the Pont de Sèvres station on the western outskirts of Paris. From there, board the #171 bus towards Chateau Versailles Rive Gauche station. Get off at the #171 bus stop close to the palace.

Hire a Car

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The simplest way to get to Versailles for a day trip is to simply call for an Uber.

Typically, this works out to be pretty pricey, but if you’re splitting the ride with a few people in your party, it may work out to be a similar cost to the train.

Either way, this is generally the simplest way to get to Versailles.

Private Tours

taking a private tour on a day trip to versailles from paris

If you prefer a more personalized experience, private tours are an excellent option. Private tours typically include:

  • Transportation to and from your Paris accommodation
  • Professional and knowledgeable guides
  • Priority access to the palace and its grounds

Research and compare tour companies to find one that meets your preferences and budget. Remember to book in advance, as private tours are popular, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Exploring the Palace of Versailles

Don’t Miss Checking Out These Things at Versailles

Dont Miss Checking Out These Things at Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is known for its opulent architecture and intricate interior design. Some must-see spots within the palace include:

  • The Hall of Mirrors: A grand, ornate hall adorned with chandeliers and gold accents.
  • The Royal Apartments: Lavish living quarters once used by French royals, including the King’s Bedchamber and the Queen’s Bedchamber.
  • The Royal Chapel: An impressive, two-story chapel featuring beautiful frescoes and intricate woodwork.

Don’t forget to explore the surrounding gardens, which feature fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured landscapes.

Audio Guide

audio guides at versailles

To make the most of your visit to the Palace of Versailles, consider using an audio guide during your time at the palace.

The audio guide will provide you with interesting facts and historical context about the various sites, helping enhance your overall experience.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours of the Palace of Versailles france

If you prefer a more personalized experience, you can also opt for a guided tour of the palace.

A knowledgeable guide will lead you through the palace grounds, sharing stories and insights about the history and features of Versailles.

Book your guided tour of Versailles before it sells out!

Visiting the Gardens and Estate

Fountain Shows

Fountain Shows at Versailles

While visiting Versailles, you should definitely take the time to explore the stunning Gardens and estate that surround the palace. Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of these carefully designed landscapes and structures.

One highlight of the Gardens at Versailles is the spectacular fountain shows. Running on specific dates from April to October, these shows feature the fountains set to music, creating a mesmerizing experience. 

Be sure to check the schedule before your visit to ensure you catch a performance during your day trip.

Check out this popular tour that includes the gardens and transportation!

Grand and Petit Trianon at Versailles

Grand and Petit Trianon at Versailles

Beyond the main palace, you’ll find two additional royal residences to explore, the Grand and Petit Trianon.

They built the Grand Trianon as a retreat for King Louis XIV, where he could escape the formalities of court life.

With its elegant architecture and lavishly decorated rooms, it’s worth a visit to appreciate the more intimate side of royalty.

They built the Petit Trianon for King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, but later it became Marie Antoinette’s private residence.

Spend an hour or so wandering through its charming rooms and gardens, designed to showcase the queen’s love of nature and the countryside.

Fans of Marie Antoinette need to check out this popular themed tour of Versailles!

Dining and Shopping



There are several great dining options at Versailles where you can take a break and enjoy a delightful meal.

Some options are inside the Palace, while others are scattered throughout the Gardens.

For a more exclusive experience, try Angelina’s food stand at the Palace of Versailles or at the Petit Trianon.

If you prefer a casual setting, consider having lunch at Brasserie De La Girandole tucked away in the heart of the Gardens.

Souvenir Shops at Versailles

Souvenir Shops at Versailles

Shopping for souvenirs is an essential part of any trip, and Versailles is no exception.

The palace grounds are home to several souvenir shops where you can find unique mementos to take back home.

Here, you can find:

  • Replicas of famous artworks and sculptures
  • Versailles-themed books, postcards, and calendars
  • Traditional French products, like perfumes and soaps
  • Marie Antoinette inspired jewelry and accessories
  • Marie Antoinette inspired children’s costumes

Explore the different shops and choose souvenirs that best represent your memorable day at Versailles.

Tips and Tricks for Taking a Day Trip to Versailles

What’s the Best Time of Day to Go to Versailles

Whats the Best Time of Day to Go to Versailles

To avoid enormous crowds, plan your visit early in the morning, ideally around the palace’s opening time at 9:00 am, especially if you want to take cute social media photos.

This will give you a head start and allow you to see the major attractions without too much congestion.

Another good time to visit is on weekdays, as weekends are busier.

Be sure to plan your visit outside of peak tourist seasons, such as spring and summer months, since it can be hard to enjoy Versailles when it’s packed with tourists.

Maximizing Your Visit to Versailles

Maximizing Your Visit to Versailles

There are a few ways to make the most of your day trip to Versailles:

  • Get your tickets in advance: To save time on your visit, purchase your Versailles & Gardens Skip the Queue Ticket online. This will help you avoid waiting in long lines at the entrance.
  • Stay organized: Plan your day carefully, prioritizing the attractions and areas you want to see most. Start with the main palace and then explore the gardens and other attractions around the estate.
  • Use transportation options: Choose the most convenient way to travel from Paris to Versailles. The most popular option is taking the RER C train to Chateau Rive Gauche station, making your journey quick and hassle-free.
  • Consider a guided tour: If you prefer a more structured experience, opt for a guided tour, which will provide in-depth information about the palace and its history.

Book one of these popular tours of Versailles!

FAQ’s About Taking a Day Trip to Versailles

Can You Visit Versailles in a Half Day?

Can You Visit Versailles in a Half Day

Absolutely, at minimum, you’ll need at least half a day to fully explore Versailles, especially if you want to see the palace and the gardens.

Is a Day Trip to Versailles Worth It?

Is a Day Trip to Versailles Worth It

Yes, going to Versailles was one of my favorite day trips from Paris.

Is It Worth Visiting Versailles With Kids?

Is It Worth Visiting Versailles With Kids

Honestly, I don’t think most children under the age of 13 will appreciate all the history and art of Versailles.

When I was there, I saw a few families dragging children through the palace, and none of them appreciated it.

In fact, most of the kids I saw were crying or cranky about their parents dragging them through Versailles. Plus, let’s be honest, nobody enjoys having kids screaming in the background when they’re trying to enjoy art and history.

Ending a Day Trip to Versailles

Ending a Day Trip to Versailles

Taking a day trip from Paris to Versailles was one of my favorite things I did on my last trip to Paris.

I really hope this guide to planning a trip to the Palace of Versailles has helped you plan the perfect trip.

Let me know in the comments below what you’re most looking forward to seeing at Versailles!

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