The Palace of Versailles is one of the more popular day trips in Paris because of the accessibility. It’s only about 45 minutes to an hour away from the city center by train through the RER C (yellow) line. It’s also the last stop – Versailles – Rive Gauche. It’s also infamous for having housed royalty such as Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Can you imagine the parties that took place there? :P
It’s about 5 minutes walk away from the station. You get to pass by a few stores including McDonalds, trees lining up the pavement around the corner until you finally reach the palace. Coming out of the station, it feels like a really small town. If the hundreds of people aren’t any indication that you’re in a tourist area, the tourist buses lined up along the side will remind you.
By this time on our trip, we were already experts about not wasting any time so the two of us line up, while the others got tickets and asked questions. They advised us to go to the gardens first and go to the palace in the afternoon, the lines will be much shorter which was correct but we were already so far along the line that it felt such a waste to just go.
We saw people on the line with a lot of food like for picnic which is a good idea since I only saw 2 restaurants inside. One was really upscale and the other looked like a really nice store with sandwiches and drinks, still pricey but that’s the only choice we had. I wouldn’t want to walk all the way to McDonalds.
So we proceeded to see the apartments which was okay. The Palace of Versailles is well known for the gardens and for good reason. But we’re already there, so might as well see the apartments. There were a lot of people with audio guides who stalled the movement of the flow from one room to another since they stopped on their tracks without regard for people behind them and it was a little annoying.
The Hall of Mirrors was my favorite area in the palace. It’s enchanting. I could imagine it full of people in their best dresses and suits having a ball.
It’s really huge. We took a tram ride around the area which we waited for about 30 minutes under the scorching sun. I don’t recommend it since it just basically takes you around the other areas of the gardens. You can also rent a golf cart but it can only fit about 4 people and there’s a wait for it too.