Versailles Day Trip From Paris
Taking a Day Trip from Paris to Visit Versailles
A Versailles day trip from Paris is something everyone should do if they ever find themselves visiting the region. I knew before we left, that the one thing I really wanted to see on this trip to Europe was Versailles. We were spending ample time in Paris and I knew that it would be easy to visit this historic palace.
I was so excited about going. I dreamed about seeing it in person for years. We planned a day in the middle of our trip to Paris to make sure we would go out and see the Palace of Versailles.
I had done some research about how to get tickets and how to reach Versailles by train. You can buy tickets online in advance or buy them at the palace. Almost everyone recommends to buy them online since the line to buy them at the palace can be quite long. We went on a Sunday, so the normal stop to get off at Versailles was not open. Apparently Sundays are not a particularly reliable day for the Paris trains. We took an uber instead. It was around 20 euros from the Louvre.
Here are the Golden Gates of Versailles, one of the first thing you see when you walk up to the Palace.
Important Information to Know Before Going on Your Versailles Day Trip from Paris
- How you are going to get to Versailles
- If you are going to purchase your ticket online or at the palace
- Versailles is closed on Mondays as well as December 25, January 1, and May 1
- The first Sunday of every month is free to visit
- The Gardens are open everyday and are free to visit unless there is a fountain show
- You will have to go through security before you enter and no large bags are allowed
- There are dining options available on the grounds but they can be pricey
- Hours are extended in the high season and there are more dining options open in the high season
Experiencing the Palace of Versailles
Once you buy your ticket and make it through security, you can pick up an audio guide. They come in many different languages, you just tell them what language you would like your guide in. At the beginning of the tour, the guide automatically starts playing the corresponding audio as you walk into each room.
Further into the palace, each room is numbered and you enter that number to hear the corresponding audio.
There is so much grandeur throughout the whole palace. Every room wows you more than the last. The gold, the painted ceilings, the tapestry, the artwork, the detailed craftsmanship in every part of the palace. Even the completely symmetric and manicured gardens.
There was so much artwork throughout all the rooms. It felt like the palace just kept going and going. Each room just leads into the next and the next and it just keeps going. The fireplaces are also HUGE! They can fit a whole tree trunk in them!
But, the room that was really spectacular, was the Hall of Mirrors.
There was no other room in the palace that came close to the grandeur of this room. Firstly, this room is so long. It is one of the largest rooms that you can walk through while on a tour of the palace. Next, it has so many chandeliers. This makes the room sparkle and is accented by all the mirrors on wall. Lastly, it is positioned to be perfectly aligned with garden when you look out the windows.
This is the room worth doing a Versailles day trip from Paris for. I wanted to spend all my time in this room to just take it in. So much history has happened in this room and it’s decor only added to the magnificence of being there.
The gardens are absolutely beautiful, even in November. They are also quite expansive. When going through the palace tour, there is a 3D model of the ground of Versailles. The palace, as a building is huge, but it looks so small compared to how expansive the gardens on the grounds are.
There is so much to explore in the gardens. I’m sure one could get lost in them for days. Luckily, if you have a valid driver’s license, you can rent out a golf cart to go explore the gardens which is exactly what we did. We were so excited when we saw these golf carts and even more so when we realized they could be rented.
This was one of the highlights during our Versailles day trip. It was so much fun to ride around the beautiful gardens in the golf cart. The only downside was that you had to stay on a predetermined path. But, this also meant that while you were driving, the car knew exactly where you were and was equipped with a tour that aligned to each point of interest along the way.
I think this is definitely the way to go if you want to explore the gardens or even go to the Estate of Trianon. They start around 34 euros for the first hour and then are 8.50 euros for every 15 minutes after that. An hour was plenty of time to do the course and to see the points of interest along the route.
Overall, our Versailles day trip was great but the real highlights were the Hall of Mirrors and the golf cart tour through the gardens.