Accessible Travel to Paris

By John Sage Is Paris accessible for disabled visitors? With enough planning done ahead of the trip, nearly all of the accessibility challenges in Paris can be overcome. From the romantic and accessible Eiffel Tower to the accessible Louvre, Paris offers numerous attractions that travelers needing special accessibility can visit. Getting around Paris with a disability can be challenging and disabled visitors should use the accessible bus lines rather than the Metro. Our Paris Accessibility Review describes the biggest challenges are in Paris as well as the best aspects of Paris disabled access.

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Visiting Paris can be challenging for disabled travelers due to the old structures that Parisians have kept throughout history. Let these beautiful structures be the back drop to your visit, utilizing our Paris wheelchair travel tips. Be sure to take an accessible cruise on the Seine River at sunset and use the elevator located at the northern leg of the Eiffel Tower to get to the second level. The 11 Keys to Success for Paris Disabled Travel is a checklist to make sure you focus on the most important aspects of an accessible Paris visit. Included on the disable travel tips list are some of the best French accessibility phrases, too.

Behind the monuments, art, and architecture in Paris, lies the fascinating history of Paris.  Our 12 Paris accessible tours bring you to the most famous sights and some of the hidden gems that many tourists never get to see.  Taking an accessible Paris driving tour allows you to see the various attractions spread out across the city. Accessible day trips to Versailles and Giverny are available. An accessible tour of the Paris Left Bank shows you the medieval quarter and the Bohemian cafés, and a wheelchair accessible Paris dinner cruise will be a memory you never forget! 

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Many disabled visitors to Paris need wheelchair accessible vehicle transfers during their stay. Paris accessible taxi service is possible to bring you from the Charles de Gaulle airport (95 euro each way) or Gare du Nord train station (75 euro each way) to your hotel. Accessible transportation is also available to Versailles (100 euro each way) and Monet’s water lily gardens at Giverny. The vehicles have wheelchair ramps that are suitable for motorized wheelchair users. Contact us with your pick-up date, time, and location to book your Paris wheelchair van transfer.
While Paris has at least a week’s worth of top-notch accessible sightseeing, there are also several nearby regions that disabled travelers may want to visit.  The D-Day beaches, the Bayeux tapestry, and Joan of Arc’s final resting place in Rouen can all be found in nearby accessible Normandy.  Accessible travel to Versailles and a visit to Giverny are also high on many people’s to-do list.  These Paris accessible rental vans make it easy to visit numerous cities throughout northern France. Costs are 270 euro per day or 1200 per week. Contact us to book your accessible van with a wheelchair lift to rent in Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the most popular churches in the world and on the must-see list of every Paris tourist.  The best wheelchair accessible entrance to Notre Dame is actually through the exit where there is a small half step.  Wheelchair visitors will be met by 3 steps to get up the altar.  There is no elevator to get up to the bell tower.  While you’re here, don’t forget to visit the nearby accessible Sainte-Chapelle Church.
Versailles is one of our favorite attractions in Paris.  While the palace itself is impressive, the gardens behind it (especially Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet) are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Wheelchair access at Versailles Palace is possible through cobblestones followed by a ramp at the entrance.  A small electric tram is available to bring you to the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces in the rear of the estate.  There is no ramp to get onto it so disabled visitors may need assistance to board.  Several options exist for accessible travel to Versailles from Paris.
While visiting Paris, some people may need home health care or nursing care to help them bathe and get dressed in the morning.  Sage Traveling can provide you with an English-speaking health care professional to meet you at your hotel and assist you during your stay.Contact us with your travel dates and health care needs so we can provide you with a quote for a caregiver in Paris.

Many disabled or elderly visitors to Paris prefer to rent a wheelchair in Paris instead of bringing their own from home. Rental manual wheelchairs in Paris cost €165 for up to a week. Paris mobility scooter rentals are also available for €295 per week. Disability hoists (also known as hoyer lifts) can also be rented for €175 per week. Delivery to your hotel is included in the rental price. Contact us and your wheelchair, mobility scooter, or disability hoist will be waiting at your hotel when you arrive!

"Thanks so much for helping us out with the wheelchair rental in Paris. Above all else it provided Richard with a safe & comfortable perch during a long presentation in a room without seats." -Nancy, Wheelchair Rental in Paris for her husband for a night...Read more client feedback

We have personally visited and inspected more than 20 Paris accessible hotels. Because the 100+ year old buildings in the Paris city center have been preserved, only the hotels that have been completely refurbished are wheelchair accessible with step-free entrances and roll-in showers. Often hotels write descriptions that do not accurately reflect their disabled traveler amenities. Additionally, hotel websites never describe the accessibility of the surrounding neighborhood and whether or not accessible restaurants and shopping are nearby. Our disabled travel agents can arrange for the perfect accessible hotel + tour package that meets your accessibility needs, budget, and preferences for amenities. You’ll be able to choose from roll-in shower hotel rooms near the Louvrehandicapped triple rooms in the Left Bankaccessible hotels near the Eiffel Tower, and more!
Our founder, John Sage, has performed extensive Paris accessibility research to create a comprehensive 160+ page Accessibility Guide for your trip to Paris.  The accessibility guide contains everything that a disabled tourist needs to make their trip to Paris as easy and enjoyable as possible.  Maps showing the accessible bus routes and the location of all sidewalk ramps, cobblestones, and hills are included in the guide.  With the guide, you’ll know where you should spend your time on the trip and the easiest way to get between the various Paris attractions.

I do a lot of research before I travel....John Sage's travel guide was the most highly detailed and the most complete wheelchair travel guide ever produced. - Marc, manual wheelchair user from Austin, Texas

Rather than spending endless hours planning a barely accessible trip, disabled travelers to Paris can contact Sage Traveling and we’ll take care of everything! Your trip will not just be a disabled trip to Paris; it will be the perfect accessible Paris vacation. We have planned numerous accessible vacations in Paris and know what works and what doesn’t. Your time will be ideally spent filled with the best experiences and absent the stress that can occur. Our Paris accessible trip planning services make sure you have a worry-free, memorable vacation!

Ramona and I want to thank you for a wonderful traveling experience on our latest trip to Paris through your travel agency. We were met by the van driver at CDG airport without any difficulty and even received a short sightseeing tour of the Champs-Elysees on the way to the Hotel. The driver Farik spoke English well and was very personable.

The hotel you recommended was very centrally located and within convenient walking distance to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Our tour guide, Claudine, for both walking tours was knowledgeable and also spoke English very well. 

The dinner cruise on the Seine River was very enjoyable and romantic. It was worth the cost and best to do after visiting all of the sights that you will see from the river. 

Thank you again for making our trip a wonderful and manageable experience. Keep us informed of any new destinations. Henry and Ramona.   - View more Sage Traveling client feedback


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