If you are on Paris city tours, you should never skip the royal palace of the Sun-King Louis XIV, which is located just 12 miles from the city of Paris. The Versailles Château has become one of the most popular tourist attractions across the world for good reasons. The Versailles Palace, that is very rich in history and gold, is a testament to the wealth, power, and the lavish lifestyle of the French Kings and it should never be missed in any Paris sightseeing tours.
How to Reach Versailles
If you are on Paris guided tours, your tour guide would make the necessary transportation arrangements to the Versailles Palace, but if you are on your own, you will have two options to reach the Palace from the city of Paris.
By Train: You can reach the Versailles Palace by traveling about 30 minutes from the Central Paris railway station. It will cost you 3.55 Euros (roughly 4 dollars) per ticket and the best option for you will be to take the RER C train to reach the Versailles Château Rive Gauche railway station. The entrance to the Palace is just about a 12-minute walk from the train station.
By Road: The Versailles Palace is at a distance of thirty to sixty minutes drive from Central Paris and the time will vary depending on the traffic. The taxi charges can be about 45 to 60 Euros, but some of the taxi operators offer pre-order discounts too. If your Paris city tour operator does not offer transportation, and you plan to reach the place by taxi, you can discuss with the tour guide about the same.
Visiting the Versailles
Usually, the palace is open from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm from November to March and from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm from April to October. The palace will be closed on Mondays and other important French holidays. You should keep in mind that the palace could be very crowded in the summer months, and which is why many of the Paris tour guides recommend tourists to arrive early before 09:00 am. Moreover, it will be better to avoid Tuesdays and weekends if possible.
You can buy the tickets to the Palace in advance, or can get them at the Versailles Office of Tourism that is located near to the railway station. These tickets will not allow you to skip the lines, but can help you save time once you reach the Palace gate.