Paris Disabled Access And Wheelchair Accessibility

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Paris Disabled Access – Many disabled travelers think Paris is not wheelchair friendly, but that isn’t totally true. Nearly all of Paris’ accessibility challenges can be overcome if you know how to …

Paris Disabled Access – Many disabled travelers think Paris is not wheelchair friendly, but that isn’t totally true. Nearly all of Paris’ accessibility challenges can be overcome if you know how to get around the various barriers.

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  • 1. Paris Disabled Access and Wheelchair Accessibility www.sagetraveling.com/Paris-Disabled-Access
  • 2. Paris Disabled Access• Many disabled travelers think Paris is not wheelchair friendly, but that isnt totally true.• Nearly all of Paris accessibility challenges can be overcome if you know how to get around the various barriers. • Do your homework beforehand (with our help), and your wheelchair accessible travel to Paris will be a great trip! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 3. Paris Disabled Access – Best AspectsWheelchair ramps on public buses• Nearly all of the Paris buses feature wheelchair ramps.• Although sometimes the wheelchair ramp isnt always operational, since the buses run frequently one with an operational ramp is never far away (photo of John Sage using an accessible bus is shown below). www.sagetraveling.com
  • 4. Few hills• Manual wheelchair users will enjoy that Paris is fairly flat.• The biggest exceptions are the area around the Sacre Cœur Basilica and near the Panthéon.• In these areas, manual wheelchair users and other disabled visitors may encounter difficulties. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 5. Smooth sidewalks• Most sidewalks in Paris are smooth and without cobblestones (image at the below left shows a smooth sidewalk and image at the below right shows a typical Paris curb cut).• This is particularly true in the Right Bank near the Louvre as well as on the Champs-Elysées.• The largest concentration of cobblestones is found in the Left Bank near the Panthéon and the Latin Quarter. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 6. Accessibility at the major tourist attractions• The most popular attractions (the Musée du Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre Dame Cathedral) are generally wheelchair accessible.• Accessible entrance to the Louvre is possible by taking the elevator located at the Pyramid down to the ticket booth. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 7. Accessibility at the major tourist attractions• The north leg of the Eiffel Tower has an elevator that wheelchair tourists can use (shown in the image below on the left).• Notre Dame has a small half-step at the exit that provides the most accessible entrance for wheelchair users (shown in the image below on the right). www.sagetraveling.com
  • 8. Accessible boat tours and bus tours are available• Although most pathways down to the Seine river involve steps, there are ramps near some of the boat docks that wheelchair users can utilize.• Some of the bus tours have buses with wheelchair accessible ramps for disabled tourists, too. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 9. Paris Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsAccessibility features in 19th century buildings• Parisians take pride in the appearance of their city and have preserved their 19th century buildings in both the Left Bank and Right Bank.• The historical buildings in Paris, including many of the hotels and restaurants, often have a step or two at the entrance (shown in the image below). www.sagetraveling.com
  • 10. Paris Disabled Access – Most Challenging AspectsAccessibility features in 19th century buildings• Another example of an accessibility challenge is an inaccessible ATM machine (shown in the image below). www.sagetraveling.com
  • 11. Paris Metro disabled access• There are only a few accessible metro (subway) stations in Paris.• The ones that are accessible are not very helpful for getting between the tourist sights.• Disabled tourists should use the accessible bus system instead. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 12. Tourist attractions are spread out• Many of the tourist attractions in Paris are not within walking distance of each other.• At least 3 km separates Sacre Cœur in the north, Notre Dame in the east, and the Eiffel Tower in the West. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 13. Disabled access at Paris tourist attractions• Accessibility at Paris tourist attractions falls short when compared to other cities in Europe.• Several of the museums and churches have not been fully modified to meet basic accessibility standards.• An example is the Marmottan Monet Museum (shown in the image below) where wheelchair users need to transfer to a portable chair because the elevator is too small for wheelchairs. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 14. Disabled access at Paris tourist attractions• Tourist attractions that are not wheelchair accessible or require using an alternative accessible entrance include Sacre Cœur Basilica, Sainte-Chapelle church, the Arc de Triomphe, the Panthéon (shown below on the left), the Carnavalet Museum, and the Cluny Museum.• Parts of the Louvre, such as the area around the Winged Victory statue (shown in the image below on the right) have steps to reach them. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 15. Few truly accessible hotels• Many Paris hotels that call themselves accessible do not actually provide the minimum accessibility features that disabled travelers might expect.• There are not many accessible hotels in central Paris that have a step-free entrance, a bathroom door wide enough for wheelchair users, grab bars near the toilet, and a roll-in shower. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 16. Mobility scooters on Paris buses• The official policy is that a mobility scooter is not allowed on a Paris bus.• Sometimes the driver will make an exception but it’s not something that disabled visitors should count on so other accommodations should be planned in advance. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 17. We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality! Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 Contact us at info@sagetraveling.com www.sagetraveling.com/Paris-Disabled-Access