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Disabled Access Review of Paris
www.sagetraveling.com/Paris-Disabled-Access
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Many disabled travelers think Paris is not wheelchair friendly, but
that isn’t totally true. Nearly ...
www.sagetraveling.com
Paris Sage Accessibility
Rating
Cobblestone smoothness 4
Cobblestone abundance 3
Flatness (lack of h...
www.sagetraveling.com
Paris Disabled Access – Best Aspects
Wheelchair ramps on public buses
Nearly all of the Paris buses ...
www.sagetraveling.com
Few hills
Manual wheelchair users will enjoy that Paris is fairly flat. The biggest
exceptions are t...
www.sagetraveling.com
Smooth sidewalks
Most sidewalks in Paris are smooth and without cobblestones (image at
the below lef...
www.sagetraveling.com
Accessibility at the major tourist attractions
The most popular attractions (the Musée du Louvre, th...
www.sagetraveling.com
Accessibility at the major tourist attractions
Although most pathways down to the Seine river involv...
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Paris Disabled Access – Most Challenging Aspects
Accessibility features in 19th century buildings
Pa...
www.sagetraveling.com
There are only a few accessible metro (subway) stations in Paris. The
ones that are accessible are n...
www.sagetraveling.com
Many of the tourist attractions in Paris are not within walking distance
of each other. At least 3 k...
www.sagetraveling.com
Accessibility at Paris tourist attractions falls short when compared to
other cities in Europe. Seve...
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Tourist attractions that are not wheelchair accessible or require using
an alternative accessible en...
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Many Paris hotels that call themselves accessible do not actually provide
the minimum accessibility ...
www.sagetraveling.com
While most of the time mobility scooter users have no problems using
the buses, sometimes a driver w...
Call Us: 1-888-645-7920
We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality!
Contact us at info@sagetraveli...
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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 get around the various barriers. Do your homework beforehand (with our help), and your wheelchair accessible travel to Paris will be a great trip!

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  1. 1. Disabled Access Review of Paris www.sagetraveling.com/Paris-Disabled-Access
  2. 2. www.sagetraveling.com 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. Do your homework beforehand (with our help), and your wheelchair accessible travel to Paris will be a great trip! Paris Disabled Access
  3. 3. www.sagetraveling.com Paris Sage Accessibility Rating Cobblestone smoothness 4 Cobblestone abundance 3 Flatness (lack of hills) 4 Proximity of sights to each other 2 Accessible Public Transportation 3 English Spoken 3 Overall Accessibility 4 Quality of sights/town 5 Quantity of sights 4 View Rating Explanation
  4. 4. www.sagetraveling.com Paris Disabled Access – Best Aspects Wheelchair ramps on public buses Nearly all of the Paris buses feature wheelchair ramps. Although sometimes the wheelchair ramp isn’t 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 on the right).
  5. 5. www.sagetraveling.com 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.
  6. 6. www.sagetraveling.com 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.
  7. 7. www.sagetraveling.com 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. 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).
  8. 8. www.sagetraveling.com Accessibility at the major tourist attractions 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.
  9. 9. www.sagetraveling.com Paris Disabled Access – Most Challenging Aspects Accessibility 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 on the left). Another example of an accessibility challenge is an inaccessible ATM machine (shown in the image below).
  10. 10. www.sagetraveling.com 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. Paris Metro disabled access
  11. 11. www.sagetraveling.com 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. Tourist attractions are spread out
  12. 12. www.sagetraveling.com 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. Disabled access at Paris tourist attractions
  13. 13. www.sagetraveling.com 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. Disabled access at Paris tourist attractions (Cont.)
  14. 14. www.sagetraveling.com 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. Few truly accessible hotels
  15. 15. www.sagetraveling.com While most of the time mobility scooter users have no problems using the buses, sometimes a driver will tell you that they are not allowed. Speaking French can help, but if you’re not a Francophone you should have a back-up plan to call a wheelchair accessible taxi to get to your destination. Mobility scooters on Paris buses
  16. 16. Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality! Contact us at info@sagetraveling.com www.sagetraveling.com/Paris-Disabled-Access
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