TIMING YOUR VISIT
Weekends are definitely busiest at Versailles – so avoid if possible! Tuesdays they have music in the garden, which also draws a larger crowd. Your best bet is a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday!
PRE-BUYING YOUR TICKETS
We bought our tickets at FNAC – a music and electronics store. There are multiple locations in Paris, but we went to the one on Champs Elysee.
PLANNING YOUR DAY
We walked through Chateau Versailles before entering the garden. Be sure to go to the gift shop inside Versailles before you leave the building, because you can’t go back in after you leave! I’d go earlier in the day or late afternoon to avoid crowds. If we went again, I’d also try to arrange it so that our time in the garden was not in the middle of the afternoon. It’s so beautiful that you want to stay there for hours, but there is almost no shade and the sun is killer.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the RER C (yellow line) train from Paris towards Versailles-Rive Gauche. You can get on this train at various metro stations in metro, just check a metro map to find the one closest to you. You exit the train at Versailles-Rive Gauche, and then you have a 3-4 minute walk to Chateau Versailles.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
If you have pre-purchased your ticket head to Entrance A. If you still need a ticket go to the ticket desk first. Tickets did not get us front-of-the-line priority, so you may be forced to wait in a long line – unless of course you want to walk right up to the front and tag along with a large group…
WHILE YOUR THERE
Take your time walking through the Chateau before heading outside to the garden. If you only purchased a ticket for the Chateau you will have to buy a second ticket to enter the grounds outside. The grounds are HUGE and BEAUTIFUL – perfect for pictures. Towards the back, there’s a pond where you can rent a row boat.
Before you go, I highly recommend watching the movie Marie Antoinette! The movie was filmed in Chateau Versailles and shows you an amazing glimpse into King Louis and Marie’s lives.