Day Trip to Palace of Versailles on a Budget

Just a short trip away from Paris is the beautiful and grand Palace of Versailles where King Louis XIV lived to get away from the big city, and where he housed Queen Marie Antoinette and his secret wife.

There are so many tours that will take you on a day trip from Paris to Versailles , but we decided to forgo the tours and experience the Palace of Versailles on a budget, starting with the RER train. If you already have a metro pass, this train ride that drops you a couple of blocks away from the palace will cost you no more than 10 euros round trip. The entry into Versailles will be no more than 30 euros, which we purchased online ahead of time.

versailles on a budget

versailles on a budget

For this trip, be prepared to spend at least five hours on the property itself and bring sensible shoes! There is a lot of walking to be had, especially in the gardens.

Versailles is a very popular tourist location so I highly suggest that you arrive as early as possible, preferably as soon as the doors open at 9am. Otherwise, prepare to wait one hour just to get inside.

There’s so much to see in Versailles. Everything is just so grand! I took so many pictures, of course! Be prepared for a visual blog post of it all below :)

versailles on a budget

versailles on a budget

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versailles on a budget

Tip: The best way to get around the garden is to rent a golf cart at the beginning of the garden entrance for 30 euros per hour. So much of the grounds is to get from one place to the next, and the golf cart really helps skip the unnecessary walking. We ended up using the cart for about an hour and a half.


  1. June 22, 2017 / 3:41 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning Deasy, Versailles is so majestic and grand! I visited many many years ago but would love to go back.

    • Deasy Noel
      June 22, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks Hannah! It definitely helps that Versailles is SO stunning in and of itself. Makes my photographic job so much easier, haha.

  2. June 23, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Wow! Your photos are stunning ! You’ve captured the grandness perfectly ! And a golf cart to go around the gardens?? I knew versailles was grand but not this grand ! Gorgeous! Whats camera/lens did you use?

    • Deasy Noel
      June 24, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thanks for your compliment :) I used a Nikon 810 with a 50mm lens for these shots.

  3. coatandcoffee
    June 25, 2017 / 9:29 am

    Ahhh these photos are so stunning! I am a bit jealous you’ve figured out the side by side photos too. I seriously tried to figure this out for two hours. Then I just downloaded a plugin, but the plugin loaded so slowly, that there was no point. Ugh. Anyway, I would love visit Versailles. We went to France in 2012 but only stayed in Paris for like two weeks haha. I mean we saw a lot, but in hindsight I think we should have ventured out more. :)


    • Deasy Noel
      June 25, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Emily, it took me a while to figure out the plugin as well! Haha. The WordPress theme I used to use included a columns plugin, and it carried over ever since.

  4. June 25, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Oh it just looks absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t end up going to The Palace of Versailles last time I was in Paris but it’ll definitely be a must next time

    The Quirky Queer

    • Deasy Noel
      June 25, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      The chateau is definitely a sight to see <3

  5. June 26, 2017 / 11:13 am

    The palace looks so amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit Versailles and I really hope one day I will after seeing all these beautiful pictures you’ve taken.

  6. July 1, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I love love this palace! It is on my travel bucket list :) This guide comes in handy for when I get to visit myself!

    Jessica |

  7. July 24, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Versailles is my absolute favourite destination. Did you get to see Marie Antoinette’s hamlet? It was soo cute. Really lovely pictures again.

  8. August 24, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    How beautiful! Was 5 hours enough time? It looks absolutely gorgeous!

    • Deasy Noel
      August 25, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      We could have spent more time down at the park section, and we did get lucky that the line to the Eiffel Tower was fairly short and quick. But you’re right, it could have easily been a whole day event.

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