Have you planned your trip to Paris and are thinking of visiting a World Heritage Site?
You wouldn't be thinking of the Palace of Versailles by any chance? That must be it :). We’re guessing that you also want to stop in front of the Palace of Versailles to park in a nearby low-cost car park! If you are looking for a car park near the Palace of Versailles, Parclick can help you! You have the choice between two possibilities to park before your visit to Versailles:
1) To park in a Parking of the Palace of Versailles.
2) To park in a cheap car park near a train station in Paris before taking the RER C which will take you to the RER Gare de Versailles Château - Rive Gauche station.
With Parclick, you can book your parking space in Versailles online, in order to guarantee your spot. If you are looking for a parking space in Versailles, the Château de Versailles - Boulevard de la Reine car park will allow you to park in a cheap car park located at a 15-minute walk away from the Palace of Versailles. Go ahead and book a parking space near the Palace of Versailles :)
The parking place d’armes is the official Versailles car park located right in front of the palace. Its prices are the following: 4.8 euros / 1 hour for the first 4 hours of parking and then 2.4 euros / hour after the next 4 hours.
However our parking available near Versailles, the Château de Versailles - Boulevard de la Reine car park, offers more interesting price rates: 1,87 euros / 1 hour; 5,61 euros / 3 hours; 11,22 euros / 6 hours; 19,38 euros / 1 day. We would recommend this option to you not only because it is cheaper but also because you have the possibility to reserve it in advance, giving you peace of mind for your trip to Versailles, knowing you will not lose time over finding an available spot.
With the RER station Gare de Versailles Château - Rive Gauche, the Palace of Versailles is easily accessible from the capital. We recommend that you leave your car in a car park near the Palace of Versailles, from where you can walk to the residence of Louis XIV.
However, if you prefer to leave your car in Paris before taking the RER to the Palace of Versailles, it is also possible! Parclick offers you numerous cheap car parks in Paris where you can guarantee yourself a parking space.
You can take the RER C from Bir-Hakeim, The Invalides, Musée d'Orsay or Saint-Michel stations. To reach the Palace of Versailles via public transport, take the RER C in the direction of Gare de Versailles Château - Rive Gauche and you will then be a 12 minutes’ walk from the Palace of Versailles. When you exit the station upon arrival, take the Avenue du Général de Gaulle which leads towards the Town Hall. Once you reached the intersection, go to your left to walk along the Avenue de Paris and you will arrive directly at the castle.
On other hand, if you arrive at the Palace of Versailles from the RER station of Versailles - Rive Droite, simply walk along the rue du Maréchal Foch until you reach the intersection with the avenue de Paris. Then go on your right to walk along the avenue to the castle. It will take you approximately 20 minutes on foot.
The Palace of Versailles as we know dates back to the 17th century. This world-famous palace located southwest of Paris, is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was Louis XIV who ordered the expansion work, which lasted several decades. The Royal Palace of Versailles is indeed a castle of considerable size: it has 2300 rooms spread over more than 63 000 m2. Until the French Revolution, the Palace of Versailles had a political purpose but it also became a cultural centre, having seen playwrights such as Molière or composers such as Lully pass through. Three kings of France lived in the castle: The Sun King, his great grandson Louis XV and his grandson Louis XVI.
If you have the chance to visit the Palace of Versailles on a Saturday between June and September, you can enjoy the Royal Serenade of the Galerie des Glaces. This is a show that reproduces the dances and traditions during the reign of Louis XIV. At any time of the year, you will find the mythical Hall of Mirrors, the King's and Queen’s large apartments, as well as the famous Portrait of Louis XIV in coronation robes that you have undoubtedly seen in your history books.
Have you ever taken a walk in the Tuileries garden, just next to the Louvre Museum? If this is the case, you will quickly realise that the gardens of Versailles were designed by the same man: André Le Nôtre. He also designed the French-style gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chantilly.
In the gardens of Versailles, you will find sculptures, fountains and a hydraulic installation which was revolutionary at the time. By the way, why not take a short boat ride on the Grand Canal? ;)
In addition, as well as the occasional events organised by the Palace of Versailles and its gardens, between April and October, you can enjoy the Musical Gardens and the Musical Fountain Shows. Every summer, from June to September, the Versailles gardens offer you a magical walk with the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes. This water and light show are accompanied by the music of the Sun King and ends with a fireworks display.
Since the beginning of June 2021, you can sleep in the Hotel Garand Controle located within the grounds of the Château de Versailles. It truly offers you a unique experience, to dive into French history, travelling back in time to life in the french court of king Louis XIV’s rule. Indeed, guests are given private tours of places in the castle that are not available for regular visitors to see. This five star hotel is a stunning building built in 1681 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Louis XIV's favorite architect. It has fourteen rooms, a spa, an indoor swimming pool and food is served by staff dressed in period clothes, serving recipes from the past, to add to the illusion of being part of the royal court. Still, this whole experience has a price. One night costs 1700 euros to stay in this luxurious and historical hotel.
There are two entry points at the Palace, one that is before buying the tickets and the other which is going through security. Thus, there are two lines for a visit, and usually takes one hour for each line, since it is such a popular tourist attraction. To avoid queuing this long and to save more time for your visit, we really advise you to buy your entry tickets in advance.
Under certain conditions, the entrance to the Palace of Versailles may be free: if you are under 18, a EU resident under 26, a student, a local teacher, or a disabled person (with an accompagnant). If you can prove one of these factors, the entrance for you will be free.
For others here is a table with the different tickets and their rates:
Just to visit the main palace you have to plan 2- 3 hours because the palace alone has almost 2,300 rooms. Regarding the gardens, plan about one hour and two more hours if you wish to visit the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. Worried that this time will not be enough for you to fully visit Versailles and its gardens? You may also opt for the 2-day passport ticket, which gives you access to Versailles for two consecutive days or you can even go for the 1 year in Versailles Pass with unlimited entries for the year if you are often in France and are a fan of historical sites.
As we mentioned, you will probably need quite some time to visit Versailles, so we’d recommend you reserve a parking spot in Château de Versailles - Boulevard de la Reine car park since you can reserve it for however long you want and for affordable prices.
The best days to plan a trip to Versailles are Wednesdays and Thursdays, since there are less tourists visiting on those days, so you will be able to enjoy your time there more. Be warned… weekend days are the busiest!
So don’t hesitate to park in advance by reserving a cheap parking space to enjoy your trip to Versailles! Discover its castle, its gardens, its tea room and enjoy its restaurant services!