If you have a few days in Paris then making your way to the palace of Versailles is a must! It is incredibly easy to locate and only takes approx 1-1.5 hours on the RER C train from central Paris . A handy tip is to make sure you purchase a Paris City to Versailles- Rive Gauche metro ticket, rather than a single journey ticket, otherwise you will get stuck paying for multiple journeys. The cost of this ticket is €3.55.
If you make the right choice of seeing this beautiful royal château ensure you get there EARLY! I can’t stress this enough. You not only have to pass security, then line up for the entrance which is incredibly long in peak times, but then there is also the line up for an audio guide if you have paid for this. I arrived late due to a morning interview and waited 1.5 hours to enter the grounds…
Peak summer times mean many large tourist groups traveling together, so ensure you are patient as these people are tourists too, looking to enjoy their day. I was able to buy a full day pass to the palace, grounds and gardens for only £15/€18 from Get Your Guide and it was worth the pre-purchase to avoid the ticket/billet lines prior to the entrance gates.
You’ll find yourself getting lost amongst the history and beauty of the palace. Each room is more grand than the next and I have never seen so many chandeliers in one location! Allow yourself 2-3 hours for the palace and 3-4 hours to walk all the grounds, gardens and further apartments as it is a far walk. You are also able to ride a trolley around the grounds, or rent a cart, but both come at a small cost. It would be a good idea to rent a cart if in a group to split the cost as I walked so much my legs felt like they would fall off!
I loved spending my time as I wished, viewing the areas I preferred whilst watching little girls dancing about in princess gowns and couples take loving photos together. It is an experience you will never forget and is so beautiful it will outshine buckingham palace any day.
♥ Love from Leah