If you’re coming to Paris and have special needs, such as access for a wheelchair, here’s a list of resources that will help you plan your trip. Please note that I haven’t used many of these services, especially the tour outfits, so ask as many questions of them in advance as you need to get the most information about the services they offer before you sign on.
Paris is a very old city and although new construction includes accessibility for wheelchairs, the older buildings and narrow sidewalks aren’t always easy to navigate. However over the past few years, there’s been a heightened sensitivity to people with various abilities and services to assist them. Below I’ve put together this list of websites and services that I hope will help. If you have limited time and want to make the most of your trip, hiring a guide or at least a van for the day may allow you to see and do more, and the additional expense might be mitigated by the convenience.
A few things to remember:
Sites & Resources for Accessible Travel In Paris
Please note that a few of these websites are in French. In France, information and services are subject to change without notice so even if an official site says something is available, it’s best to confirm beforehand if you can. Some of the official French sites have an English-language version. You can also use a website translator, such as Google Translate.
Tourism et Handicap (in French)
This SNCF official service will assist people in wheelchairs, and you’ll be met at the train station by a representative who will assist you with all your arrangements. (English Info.) Their new website has more information as well.
Disneyland Access Guide
Guide to getting around the Magic Kingdom, just outside of Paris.
List of accessible restaurants, sporting facilities, attractions, and museums across France.
Disabled Access in Paris
Personal website with accessibility information.
“Tourisme & Handicap” in Paris
Information from Paris Tourism Office including downloadable list of accessible hotels and ratings of Paris museums for wheelchair access.
Budget Travel Tips for Disabled Travelers
Château de Versailles
Offers special tours and golf cart rentals. Site has excellent map of Versailles.
Offers transport for people in wheelchairs.
Paris Private Guides
Accessible tours of Paris and wheelchair rentals.
Paris On Wheels
Accessible tours of Paris.
Personal website offering budget travel tips for wheelchair travelers.
Accessible tours of Paris.
Access Project Paris
Lots of tips about traveling to and from, and within Paris
Rick Steve’s Easy Access Europe Guide
The travel guru’s guide to European accessible travel.
Provides ramps and vans. (In French)
Paris Public Transit
Official site for RATP, Paris Public Transit. (In French)
Comprehensive list of Paris bus lines that are accessible. (In French)
Mobile en Ville
Tips for getting around Paris. (In French)
Association des Paralysés de France
Association for those paralyzed. (In French)
More Suggestions and Paris Travel Tips
Some favorite Paris Dining & Travel Guides
Recommended Travel Gear
My Paris page