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Château de Fontainebleau Tickets

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  • Visit “the true home of kings” or France’s must-visit Château de Fontainebleau.
  • Save time and energy with your skip-the-line entrance, allowing you to waltz up to the front of the line effortlessly.
  • Find out the reason behind Napoleon the Great calling this UNESCO site “the true home of kings”.
  • Learn about the history of the castle and its inhabitants with access to the Napoleon I Museum.
  • Gasp at the castle’s remarkable horseshoe-shaped staircase, stunning galleries, and guest apartments.
  • Sneak a peek at Marie Antoinette's bed, Napoleon's throne, François Gérard's 1807 portrait of Empress Josephine, and more.
  • With over 1500 rooms and 130 lush acres of parkland and gardens to explore, you will have much to see and absorb.
  • Feel one with nature as you stumble into the parklands and notice the scenic Fontainebleau forest surround you.
  • Walk through French landscape, formal, and Renaissance gardens, along with English-styled gardens.
  • To redeem your tickets, please print the voucher and display it with a valid photo ID at the cashier office of Château de Fontainebleau.
  • There is free entry on the 1st Sunday of every month.


  • Skip-the-line ticket into Château de Fontainebleau
  • Access to the Great Apartments circuit
  • Access to the Napoleon I Museum
  • Access to temporary exhibitions
  • Access to parklands & gardens


  • Audio guide
  • Live guide
  • Access to the Chinese museum
  • These tickets can't be cancelled. However, you can use them any time until 6 August, 2025.
  • These tickets are valid until 6 August, 2025.

Visiting the Château de Fontainebleau

Keeping the Palace of Versailles aside, the Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the biggest palaces in France – more than 10 times the size of Notre Dame! Spanning over 20,000 hectares and dating back to the pre-medieval era, this UNESCO World Heritage site has housed almost all of France’s dynasties including 34 kings, and 2 emperors. 

Today, with your Château de Fontainebleau tickets you can walk through over 1,500 rooms that the French Monarchs lived in, several courtyards, gardens, the famous Grand Apartments, and the Museum of Napoleon I. 

Château de Fontainebleau Highlights

From serving as a filming location for numerous moving including The Da Vinci Code & Marie Antoinette to being one of the spaces where Napoleon Bonaparte banned all smoking indoors, Château de Fontainebleau has several hidden treasures of information and real treasures to offer. Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect inside Château de Fontainebleau during your visit:

The Grand Apartments

The Grand Apartments

Experience the grandeur of Fontainebleau's Grand Apartments, where history unfolds amidst luxurious tapestries and ornate furnishings. Did you know that these opulent chambers served as a residence for numerous French monarchs, including King Louis XIV?

Fontainebleau's Ballroom

The Ballroom

Transport yourself to a bygone era of elegance in Fontainebleau's Ballroom. Dance enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that this magnificent space hosted the renowned Ballets de Cour, a unique dance form popularized by King Louis XIV himself.

The Throne Room

The Throne Room

An exquisite testament to French Renaissance opulence, the Throne Room is adorned with rich tapestries, gilded woodwork, and a majestic ceiling painted by Rosso Fiorentino, it served as the backdrop for significant royal ceremonies, embodying the power and magnificence of the French monarchy.

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The Chapel

Discover a haven of tranquility within Fontainebleau's Chapel, where centuries-old religious art and architecture converge. Delve into the captivating history of this sacred space, which served as the wedding venue for numerous French monarchs including Francis I and Eleanor of Austria, Henry II  and Catherine de' Medici & even Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain.

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The Gardens

Château de Fontainebleau’s gardens are an artistic wonder of nature. Admire the flowerbeds designed by André Le Nôtre, the mastermind behind the world-famous gardens of Versailles. Keep an eye out for the "Carp Pond," once home to a vibrant collection of exotic fish, adding a touch of whimsy to the gardens.

Marie Antoinette's Theatre

Used last in 1789 shortly before the French Revolution broke out, Marie Antoinette's Theatre was an intimate enclosure styled in the Rococo technique. An interesting fact is the Queen herself once took center stage, performing alongside her closest friends in private productions. Discover the small stage and its unique design that add to the flare of the estate.

The Chinese Salon

Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of the East at Fontainebleau's Chinese Museum. Uncover a surprising fact: this collection was amassed by Emperor Napoleon I, who was enchanted by Chinese culture. Admire the intricate lacquerware, delicate porcelain, and ornate furniture, all reflecting the fascination that swept through Europe during the Age of Enlightenment.

The Francis I Gallery

Step into a gallery fit for a king in the Francis I Gallery. Marvel at the extraordinary ceiling adorned with more than 1,500 carved and gilded medallions, depicting a diverse array of historical and mythological figures. Discover the hidden symbolism and intriguing stories behind each intricate masterpiece, as you traverse this remarkable tribute to art and power.

The Horseshoe Staircase

The Horseshoe Staircase

The Horseshoe Staircase is a true architectural gem nestled within the palace. This extraordinary double helix staircase was designed by the famous architect Philibert de l'Orme, who sought inspiration from ancient Roman designs. Marvel at the symmetry and balanced curves as you embark on a stairway to history.

Why Buy Château de Fontainebleau Tickets Online

With over half a million visitors yearly, the Palace of Fontainebleau witnesses high foot traffic daily. To enjoy this rare gem to the fullest we recommend booking your tickets online. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect with an online booking:

  • Advance Booking: Booking online allows you to pick the best slots in advance and allows you to secure your spot without having to stand in lines or fear missing out on getting tickets.
  • Convenience: Book from the comfort of your home or on the go when booking online. It’s better than standing in lines at the venue. 
  • Discounts: Enjoy the best of discounts, offers, and exclusive combos by booking your tickets online.

Outdoor Activities at Château de Fontainebleau

If you’ve got some more time to spare or simply looking to indulge in fun activities on palace grounds, here are a few of the activities you can avail of at an additional cost.

Hot Air Balloon - Chateau de Fontainebleau

Hot Air Baloon

Canoeing - Chateau de Fontainebleau


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Horse Carriage

Little Train Ride - Chateau de Fontainebleau

Little Train Ride

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Jeu de Paume

Plan Your Visit to Château de Fontainebleau

Opening Hours
Getting There
Food & Drinks
Château de Fontainebleau  Opening Hours

The Château de Fontainebleau is open every day of the week except Tuesdays. 

Opening Hours:

  • April to September: 9:30 AM to 6 PM; Last admission: 5:15 PM
  • March to October: 9:30 AM to 5 PM; Last admission: 4:15 PM

Closed On:

Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit the Palace of Fontainebleau is during the early morning or late afternoon, especially on weekdays when it is less crowded. Avoiding weekends and public holidays can also help you have a more relaxed experience on the site.

Chateau de Fontainebleau Location

Location: 77300 Fontainebleau, France | Find on Map

By Train: The closest train station to the Palace of Fontainebleau is Fontainebleau-Avon which is 3 km away from the Palace. You can take bus lines 1, 3, and 21 from the station to the Château. From there it’s a 2-minute walk.

By Car: It will take you approximately 2 hours to get to the Palace of Fontainebleau from Paris. The nearest parking spot is  Interparking Château Car Park (1 min away)

Chateau de Fontainebleau - Facilities
  • Parking
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible Areas
  • Bookshop
  • Giftshop
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Information Desk
  • Cloakroom
Chateau de Fontainebleau - Accessibility
  • Most areas are accessible by wheelchairs barring the Imperial Staircase, the Napoleon Museum, the Turkish Room, the towers, and the gardens with cobblestones.
  • The English Gardens and Diana Gardens are completely accessible.
  • Guide dogs/service animals are allowed within the premises.
  • Lifts and ramps are available within the castle.
Chateau de Fontainebleau - Food & Drinks
  • Monument Café Fontainbleau: Located in the heart of the palace, overlooking not just the gardens but the Cour de la Fontaine is this cafe. Inspired by Napoleonic architecture, this cafe provides a self-service buffet.
  • L’ecailler du Château: This seafood-specialty restaurant is located right in front of the Palace of Fontainebleau front gate.
  • La Pause du Château: Located conveniently in front of the palace, this restaurant offers a delightful mix of French, Italian, and Brazilian cuisine. 
  • Le Bistrot 9: Just 5 mins away, this gastropub is known for its homemade food, crème brûlée, and selection of wine and beer, Le Bistrot 9 is the quaint spot you’re looking for after a day of touring.
  • Au Sommelier du Château: A brisk walk away, this restaurant is known for its European and French fare, but especially its burrata made from locally sourced ingredients and escargots. 
  • Hôtel La Demeure du Parc: Located in a 17th century house, this brasserie is a simple 7 minute walk away.
Chateau de Fontainebleau - Rules
  • Follow all posted signs and instructions provided by the staff.
  • Do not touch or disturb any artifacts, artworks, or historical objects.
  • Photography is allowed only in designated areas; respect any restrictions and don’t use flash or tripods.
  • Maintain a quiet atmosphere and avoid making excessive noise.
  • Picnicking is not permitted inside the Château; use designated outdoor areas instead.
  • Be cautious of uneven surfaces, steps, and narrow passages throughout the premises.
  • Dress appropriately and respectfully, refraining from wearing revealing or offensive clothing.
  • Be considerate of other visitors by maintaining a reasonable pace and allowing others to pass.

Visitor Tips

Chateau de Fontainebleau - Comfortable Shoes

Get those comfy shoes on

Trust us, you'll be doing a fair bit of exploring here. The palace and its vast gardens have so much to offer that you'll want to be prepared for a little walking. Comfortable shoes will keep you happily exploring without any foot-related complaints.

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Respect the Artifacts

As you wander through the opulent rooms and galleries, you'll come across countless historic artifacts. Remember, these treasures are priceless, so please refrain from touching them or getting too close.

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Photography Etiquette

We totally understand wanting to capture the beauty of Château de Fontainebleau. However, in some sections, photography might be prohibited, and in all areas, flash photography or tripods are banned.

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Silence is Golden

Château de Fontainebleau is a place of tranquility and elegance. To fully appreciate its enchanting ambiance, let's keep the noise levels to a minimum. Avoid loud conversations and turn off any noisy gadgets to get the full immersive experience.

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Enjoy a Pique-Nique!

While it might be tempting to have a cozy picnic amidst the picturesque scenery, please note that picnicking is not permitted inside the Château. There are designated outdoor areas, like the lovely gardens, where you can enjoy your snacks. Don’t forget to grab a photo of your wonderful picnic basket!

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Take Your Time

Given that you can enter anytime and stay till closing hours, remember to take your time, soak in the grandeur, and let the history seep into your soul. Unwind in the gardens, marvel at the architectural details, and imagine the stories that unfolded within these walls.

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Beat the Crowds & The Heat

If you're an early bird, arriving at Château de Fontainebleau in the morning can be a smart move. You'll have a chance to explore the grandeur with fewer people around. Don’t forget to carry a fan or a hat while visiting on a hot summer day as there’s a fair amount of outdoor walking involved.

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Grab a Map

Before you embark on your journey through history, grab a handy map at the entrance. It'll serve as your trusty companion, guiding you through the labyrinth of rooms, gardens, and secret corners. Plus, it's a great souvenir to bring back home.

Chateau de Fontainebleau - Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

On your way out, don't forget to browse the charming gift shop. From historical books and replicas to unique trinkets and artisan crafts, you'll find a treasure trove of souvenirs to remind you of your visit.

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Watch Your Step

The palace is a blend of architectural wonders from various periods, so expect a few steps, narrow passages, and uneven surfaces. Take your time, watch your step, and be considerate of others.

Grotte des Pins - Chateau de Fontainebleau

Seek Out Hidden Gems

Apart from the thousand rooms, theatre museum, and fountains, don’t forget to visit lesser-known spots like Grotte des Pins.

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For Your Camera Roll

If you love aesthetic spots, capture the best of highlights for the gram or the memories at these locations: The Grand Escalier, The Courtyard of Honor, The Mirror Gallery, The Fountain of Diane.

Frequently Asked Questions About Château de Fontainebleau Tickets

Q. Where do I purchase Château de Fontainebleau tickets?

A. You can purchase Château de Fontainebleau tickets online. It’s recommended that you book your tickets online to guarantee your spot, avoid queueing, and access the best of deals.

Q. How much do Château de Fontainebleau tickets cost?

A. Palace of Fontainebleau tickets start as low as €14 per person.

Q. Who can avail of discounted tickets at Château de Fontainebleau?

A. Children under the age of 18, students, disabled individuals with 1 companion, and EU citizens under 26 can enter the Palace of Fontainebleau for free. Additionally, entry to the Château de Fontainebleau is free on the first Sunday of every month except in July and August. 

Q. What is included in the Château de Fontainebleau ticket?

A. Your tickets will include entry to skip-the-line access to Château de Fontainebleau including the Great Apartments circuit, Napoleon I Museum, temporary exhibitions,  parklands, and gardens

Q. What is the best way to buy Château de Fontainebleau tickets?

A. The best way to buy Château de Fontainebleau tickets is to purchase them online. This is a sure-shot way of securing your spot, skipping the lines, and getting the best of offers. 

Q. Do children enjoy free access to Château de Fontainebleau?

A. Children under 18 enjoy free access to Château de Fontainebleau.

Q. Is there free access to Château de Fontainebleau?

A. Yes, children under 18, students, disabled individuals with 1 companion, and EU citizens under 26 years of age enjoy free entry to the Château de Fontainebleau. The Palace also allows free access to all on the first Sunday of every month except July and August. 

Q. What is the cancellation policy for Château de Fontainebleau tickets?

A. While your tickets cannot be canceled, they do have an extended validity period and can be used anytime before February 6, 2025.

Q. How long are Château de Fontainebleau tickets valid?

A. Your tickets have an extended validity period and can be used anytime before February 6, 2025.

Q. Which Château de Fontainebleau tickets should I choose if I am traveling on a budget?

A. If you’re on a budget, the best Château de Fontainebleau ticket option would be the standard admission ticket that comes with access to top attractions within and skip-the-line entry.

Q. Do Château de Fontainebleau tickets allow skip-the-line access?

A. Yes, your Château de Fontainebleau tickets include skip-the-line entry to the estate.

Q. Where is Château de Fontainebleau located?

A. Château de Fontainebleau is located in the town of Fontainebleau, France, approximately 55 kilometers southeast of Paris. The complete address is, Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France.

Q. What are the best ways to reach Château de Fontainebleau?

A. The best ways to reach Château de Fontainebleau are by train or by car. Regular train services run from Paris to Fontainebleau, and driving offers flexibility for exploring the area.

Q. What are Château de Fontainebleau opening hours?

A. Château de Fontainebleau is open every day except Tuesdays. The timings are 9:30 AM to 6 PM (last admission at 5:15 PM) from April to September and 9:30 AM to 5 PM (last admission at 4:15 PM)  from October to March.