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A Guide to Accessible Travel in Paris, France

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The Louvre in Paris

Paris, France, known for its rich history, cultural heritage, picturesque landscapes, and gourmet cuisine, is an amazing destination that welcomes travelers from all over the world. 

Getting there

It’s also a city that is more accessible than you might imagine. People with disabilities continue to fight for their equal rights in Paris, so you will encounter varying levels of accessibility. Honestly, Charles de Gaulle Airport can be overwhelming because of its size and the number of travelers passing through but offers services for people with disabilities from the moment they arrive. 

Accessible travel options

You will also find few options for accessible taxis  while in Paris, including G7 Access and Taxi PRM Parisien.  Public buses and trains continue to get better with accessibility and the subway is not accessible.  Be sure to check ahead of time depending on your route and destination.

Like most large, historic cities, hotels will have some accessible hotels and many that are not accessible at all.  It’s important to contact the hotel directly to see if they can accommodate your specific accessibility needs.  I would suggest the same for restaurants. 

Paris is home to some of the most famous chefs in the world.  But you can find excellent restaurants just about anywhere – just be sure to contact them ahead of time regarding your accessibility requirements.  I had an amazing time in Paris and even ventured to Angers in northwestern France, and the beautiful Mont-Saint-Michel.  I cannot wait to return to Paris to check on accessibility progress and here are some recommendations below.

Historic Landmarks

Paris is home too numerous historic landmarks that have taken steps to enhance accessibility. Iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, and even the Notre-Dame Cathedral (will reopen in 2024) offer wheelchair-friendly access and other accommodations for visitors with mobility challenges.

Additionally, many museums and cultural institutions provide accessible features for people with disabilities.  Here is a link to help you navigate a sometimes complex system of what’s accessible and what’s not.

Tours

There are several companies which offer wheelchair-accessible tours that enable visitors with disabilities to explore the beauty and history of Paris. There are guided tours that cover popular attractions, such as the Louvre, the Seine River Cruise, and Montmartre, with accessible transportation and knowledgeable guides well-versed in accessibility requirements.

Cultural Events

Paris hosts numerous inclusive cultural events and festivals that celebrate its art, music, and traditions. Many music festivals ensure accessible facilities for attendees with disabilities and city-wide events like the Nuit Blanche in Paris offer inclusive art exhibitions and performances throughout the night.

The future

Paris is committed to creating a city that is accessible and inclusive for all, but struggles to get it done and enforce what has been done.  With more and more disability advocates speaking out about the lack of equal rights for people with disabilities across the board, I am hopeful that accessibility for all people will become the norm. 

That said, Paris is a lovely place to visit and I do hope to get back. If you’re looking for a beautiful city steeped in history and beautiful art, work with an experienced travel agency to build an itinerary that meets your accessibility needs and pack your bags for an exciting trip!

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