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Teenagers going to Paris

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Teenagers going to Paris

Hello,

Me and my friend are going to Paris in mid-Feb. We will be going for 4 days 3 nights. We are both under 18 so I guess most of the tourist attractions or museums are free for us. (1) But is there any famous top attractions NOT FREE for TEENS?

I have done some searching on the internet on transport in Paris. I know that there is a PARIS PASS (www.paris-pass.com) which includes almost everything a tourist needs. A 2-day teen pass is sold at 45EURO. There is also a COMBOPASS. I don't quite see their differences. (2) CAN SOMEONE TELL ME?

However, since we are under 18, we don't need to pay for most of the attractions. (3) Therefore, shall we not buy any pass at all? Or shall we just buy tickets for travel?

We are planning to stay at Hotel Elysees Ceramic at the Champs Elysees area. The rates are cheap but I know that the area is quite high-class. (4) Do you advice us AVOID dining there? We are just teenagers and we don't have too much to spend.

These are places that I am planning to go:

- Arc de Triomphe

- Champs Elysees

- Faubourge St Honore

- Louvre Museum

- Orsay Museum

- Seine River Cruise

The first three are quite near our hotel. We plan to walk there. (5) Therefore, I am still struggling whether I should get CARNET, PARIS VISITE or MOBILIS?

We would also like to do some shopping. (6) Where can we SHOP at? We would like to buy special cute things and not expensive things.

(7) How is Mouline Rouge area like? I know it is a night life place. But is it worth going? Are bars/clubs quite expensive to go to?

(8) Can you recommend any reasonably good French restaurant which costs under 20EURO per person?

(9) Any more things to do or go for teens?

Thank you very much.

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1. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

Hi;

Because you are under 18 I would pass on buying the Paris Pass. Save your money.

Everyone pays to go up the Eiffel Tower.

You also pay to go up the Arc de Triomphe, but not to walk under it.

The Paris Visite gives you the freedom to use the metro, buses,RER as much as you like enabling you to get all over the city... but so does the daily Mobilis and if you are really into saving a few euros here and there then go for the daily Mobilis.

Department store shopping go to the Galleries Lafayette near the Garnier Opera.

For interesting little shops with lots of unique stuff go to the Marais area.

Frankly I think the Moulin Rouge area in a waste of time and energy.

Go to the Latin Quarter around the Sorbonne, to the Bastille area, to Place de Republique, to Canal St Martin...

You can eat rather well for 20 euros each. Consider brasseries that serve 12-15 menus, being and entre and plat or a plat dessert...

You'll save by not eating on the Champs but there are any number of good places near your hotel and the Place de Ternes metro...

Have fun. Be safe.

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2. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

Hey

I went to paris with my bf when i was 17. We opted not to buy the pass and just bought a carnet of metro tickets when we needed it which worked out really well.

We didnt really like most of the shops on the Champs Elysees, so went to Printemps and Galaries Lafayette area which has more commercial shops like Zara and some stalls etc however it does get very busy at sale time.

We considered booking a segway tour around the area of the Eiffel Tower which we really regred because it looked great fun! and something different to do! It can be booked through expedia i think.

Hope this helps a bit!

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3. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

Thank you very much for all the useful advice!

Latin Quarter, Bastille area, Place de Republique, Canal St Martin... <-- are these shopping areas??

How about the St Honore area? Is it an expensive area??

Do under 18s have to pay to go up to the Arc de Triomphe?

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4. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

Hi,

Is your hotel ok with under 18s staying there? I've been searching for a hotel for my daughter and BF that will allow them to stay.

CourtneyR - where did you stay?

Thanks

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5. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

Hi;

Pardon the confusion on my reply.

I was referring to the Latin Quarter, Canal St Martin, Place de Republic, Bastille as places for interesting nightlife rather than the offerings around the Moulin Rouge.

The rue St Honore has some fairly expensive shops, whereas the Marais has an abundance of shops up and down the price range.

The Arc de Triomphe is free for under 17 when accompanied by parent or family...

Perhaps you can find a family to adopt before you go up....

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6. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

CourtneyR:

Which main attractions did you have to pay for admission?

Lusoti:

I booked it online. I was considered as an adult since I am older than 12 years old. However, it did not specify any age requirements. The form did not require my date of birth as well.

I assume the hotel allows teens under 18 but not children. If not, it cannot deny my stay at all because it did not specify any requirements.

Craigmore:

Thank you very much for your advice.

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7. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

I am now considering not buying any passes. Since all the passes includes free Seine River Cruise, I am considering whether or not to go on it. Is it really good?

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8. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

I stayed outside paris in the Bercy Kryiad but i would not recommend it at all. It was far out from the centre and the staff were generally rude and unhelpful. Because it was so far out we were confined to staying in the area around the hotel at night because we didnt want to be using the metro at that time.

I have however heard some good reviews of other Kyriad hotels which would be closer to the main attractions, but again personally after my experience in the bercy hotel i would b wary of booking it again. I don't think any hotels would have a problem with under 18s staying, ive been going away without my parents since i was 16 and in London, Scotland, Madrid, Paris and at home i have had no problems booking or staying in hotels.

My bf and i did the Seine batobus tour on our last day, its a good way to see things when your feet really hurt. We did regret not thinking about buying the tickets ach day to get to attractions such as notre dame and shopping.

Hope this helps!

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9. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

CourtneyR:

So what special attractions did you have to pay as a teen?

Is it true that under 18s have pay to go up the Arc de Triomphe if there is no adults accompanying??

I went onto the official website and it only says that 'under 18s have admission' but did not mention that adults must be with teens...

Thank you very much!

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10. Re: Teenagers going to Paris

I think the free museum entrance age was recently raised to 25 by Sarkozy. This might just be the City of Paris museums. I am not sure.

Skip the Moulin Rouge. Raunchy and expensive! You will be in beautiful Paris. There are much better ways to spend your time, even your evenings.

While shopping in the Marais, I suggest getting a falafel at L'As du Falafel on Rue des Rosiers. Yummy and only 5E if purchased from the walkup window. Then window shop while you eat it.

I wouldn't purchase any passes as they are all fairly expensive. You apparently won't need them for most entries. However, a carnet of Metro tickets would be very helpful. That is 10 tickets for the Metro/buses and you get a discount when you purchase 10. Just buy one carnet for yourself and your friend as you can share the tickets. When you run out, depending on how much time you have left in Paris, you can purchase another carnet of tickets or just purchase individual metro tickets.