Versailles is one of my favorite places to visit. It is grand, opulent and over the top. But, standing in line for hours to buy your entrance ticket is not so grand especially since after you buy your ticket, you have to go stand in another line to get through security. That is hours of wasted time just standing line and you definitely need all the time you can get to see all the wonders of Versailles.
At that same time, having flexibility in an itinerary is also important in case of bad weather or the ever famous French strikes. While you can buy your Versailles entry ticket online, you have to use it for the day you buy it. That doesn’t leave any flexibility for events out of your control.
But, one of the best kept secrets is that you can buy your Versailles entry tickets the day you visit Versailles just a few blocks from the entrance of Versailles without any real wait. That best kept secret is the Versailles Tourism office…otherwise known as the Office de Tourisme de Versailles. In fact, you basically walk right past it on the way from the RER train station to the front gates of the Chateau.
The Tourism Office is located at 2 Avenue de Paris and is easy to find. When exiting the RER station (Gare de Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche), turn right on Avenue du Général de Gaulle. Then turn left on Avenue de Paris. (These are the directions to the Chateau even if you aren’t stopping at the Tourism Office.) Just after you turn the corner unto Avenue de Paris, the Tourism Office will be on your left just a bit down from the corner.
The ticket prices are exactly the same as if buying at the ticket office at the Chateau. The tourism office opens 30 minutes before the Chateau leaving plenty of time to buy your ticket and get in line to pass through security.
Now you are in on the secret so while others are standing in line to get their entrance tickets, you can stroll on by and go straight to the “avec billet” line. You will have saved tons of time and still have had the flexibility to fit Versailles in a schedule that works for you.
Also part of the monthly #AllAboutFrance hosted by Phoebe of Lou Messugo.