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Paris in a wheelchair

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Paris in a wheelchair

Just returned from Paris and wanted to give feedback on how to navigate in wheelchair. Wheelchair friendly sites were St Chapelle but only Mon thru Fri. They have elevator that will get you to second level which is quite impressive but only operates during the week. Trying to use entry for disabled was confusing, they instruct you to go to entry 4 who sends you to secure entry for parliament and they have no idea, bottom line we just went through regular line then someone escorted us to elevator. If you are lucky to get thru secured area the lift is 1st building on right.

Pantheon has no accommodations to get to crypt but main floor is impressive. Notre Dame tower forget it- 400 plus steps but cathedral accessible There is an elevator at Arc de triumphe but only takes you 2/3 way up still 40 plus steps to viewing platform.

All the museums have special entries and elevators. Make sure you get maps when using these enty because sometimes bypass main entry where you pick up plans. Versailles was interesting- they do have elevator to get upstairs but so crowded almost impossible to navigate through crowds inside the palace. Large, uneven cobblestones to get there makes pushing wheelchair very difficult. But the grounds itself were so worth it. We used Petite train to get us out to trianons

Most metro stations have elevators but occasionally non operational so we mostly used the bus. transportation wonderful in the city- if staying a week get navigo decouverte pass.(20 euro for the week of unlimited travel on bus and metro in central Paris). Trying to find bus map difficult so used ratp.fr to map out routes and when they tell which bus went to plan de lignes and printed out bus routes with where they stopped before went to paris so had my own bus map

paris with a wheel chair is possible with just a little planning

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1. Re: Paris in a wheelchair

Thanks for your report shamiltonmd. I'm glad you were able to get around and still visit many sites. I imagine making centuries old buildings and monuments wheelchair accessible is a large undertaking, and I suppose it's impossible for every place.

It sounds like the bus transportation system worked out well for you. Were you able to make it to Place des Vosges for your picnic (I think it was you who posted a question about that)? What was that bus route like (I think that's the scenic one, coming from the 7th, isn't it)?

We're thinking we might try a few of the bus routes on our next trip, since up until now, we've only ever taken the metro.

Thanks again for your report. I'm sure it will be helpful to other travellers requiring a wheelchair.

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First of all, full marks for what must have required a lot of stamina and determination to overcome all the difficulties.

"Most metro stations have elevators but occasionally non operational ..."

I'm surprised by that statement. In my experience, the vast majority of Métro stations have no elevators at all.

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Good for you, Sham! Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Sorry you had trouble with the bus maps. For next time, and I'm sure there will be a next time, pick up a map book called "Le Petit Parisien, 3 Plans Par Arrondissement". It's blue and measures about 5" x 8" and contains three maps for each of the 20 arrondissements. One is a street map, one shows the Metro routes, and the third shows the bus lines. Unfortunately, it does not indicate which Metro stations are accessible, but I'm sure you found the buses to be very usable.

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Thanks for posting, shamiltonmd. We are leaving late tomorrow afternoon, and our daughter broke her knee last week so we'll be traversing about with a wheelchair and crutches. Glad the buses were good, that is what I suspect we'll use most of the time.

Does anyone have an idea of the cost of a taxi from near the Arc De Triomphe to Versailles? There are four of us, and I am wondering if a taxi would be no more expensive and much more convenient than the train.

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Excellent report, thank you.

I use the buses, and this is the book I use (I took out the fold out map, as it made the book a bit bulky) I always have it on me when in Paris and it's on sale locally.

editions-leconte.com/fr/plans/138-guide-bus-…

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correction- i meant elevators, sorry

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will get this right eventually. ESCALATORS. stopped at several book stands asking for bus maps and they did not know what talking about. metro station at airport said to check in city, city metro did have basic layout like metro map but not show exact place to pick up bus.

Seems intimidating at first but after 1st day we had it down. There are clearly marked bus stops each show the route and show when next bus should arrive. The buses also have routes clearly marked in the bus and signs that announce next stop.

Being OCD, I felt better planning route day before on ratp.fr- can ask for most rapid, leas walking, least connections shows amount of walking, maps of connections, travel time. I aslo printed out the map of the lines showed exact location of all stops so if wanted to amble could find next stop instead of back tracking. By time done I essentially had my own bus map.

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I'm curious, shamiltonmd. I wandered around the pantheon and found no wheelchair access at all. Is there a secret entrance with no steps?

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