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Before starting to organize a trip to Paris, you have to take into account some tips, and then choose a means of transport. We can get to Paris by plane, car, train ... What is the best way for children to travel?
Each option has advantages and disadvantages, which will also vary with the age of the children, or how many of us are in the family. GuíaInfantil.com offers you the most common methods to travel to Paris with children.
There are several companies that operate both from European countries and from the rest of the world, among them are Air France, Air Europa, Lufthansa, Transavia France, Iberia, easyJet, Vueling or Ryanair.
Air travel prices vary according to the distance from the city of origin and the time of year, in addition to the fact that some of these companies are called 'low cost'.
The best one may be to consult a flight search engine where the rates and services of each can be compared.
Paris has two airports: Charles de Gaulle (also known as Roissy) and Orly. Beauvois airport, where most of the low-cost companies operate, is located 80 km away. from Paris.
From the airport you can take taxis, or share them with other travelers. There are also bus lines that offer cheaper transfers to the city center, with a frequency of 30 minutes.
Both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports are accessible via the RER, the city's commuter train network.
Train and buses
From Spain you can travel to Paris on the direct train line, with departures from Madrid or Barcelona. The trains are nocturnal and their price is higher than that of the 'low-cost' companies.
There are also bus companies (Alsa, Eurolines, Starbus etc.) that make trips from Spanish and European cities to the capital of France.
Metro and RER
Paris is a very large city, with more than 105 km², so public transport is the most useful option to move between points of the city, especially if the children are tired.
The city has an extensive metro network that is complemented by the RER, the commuter trains.
The metro network is very complete, although its facilities are outdated and often difficult to access if we go with the child's stroller or chair. The hours are from 5 in the morning to 1 in the morning.
The city is divided into zones (1 to 6), but the main monuments and tourist attractions are located in zone 1.
The single ticket has a price of € 1.70, so it is cheaper to buy a voucher of 10 tickets (at € 12.50) or even passes for several days (there are tickets for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days), which are called 'Paris Visit'.
This card also includes transfer to Orly or Charles de Gaulle airports and some discounts at museums or monuments.
The price of the Paris Visit ranges from € 10 to € 30 (depending on the number of days) for adults, and € 5 to € 15 for children.
The bus network is also quite extensive and complete, although less fast due to frequent traffic jams.
To travel by bus in Paris there are several lines that cross the city, and you can travel on them with the same tickets that are used for the metro and the RER. This ticket can also be used to go up to the Montmartre district on the funicular, which runs from 06:00 to 00:45.
There are also private companies that offer tourist buses, which offer a tour of the main monuments and can be a good alternative to avoid tiring children with long walks and enjoy the landscape.
If you are traveling from Spain or other European cities, the car is a very practical option for traveling with children, as it allows us greater flexibility.
The roads between Spain and France are quite good, and the journey can take between 11 to 13 hours from Madrid, and 8 to 10 hours from Barcelona.
It is convenient to check the route well, organize stops every so often in rest areas and schedule activities and games for children.
You also have to check the prices of tolls and fuel, as they vary.
Other transport: taxi and boat
Taxi in Paris is quite expensive compared to other European capitals. They are identified by a luminous sign, and can be called from the street or by calling 01 45 30 30 30.
The flag descent has a price of € 2.30, and the kilometer can cost between € 0.92 and € 1.42 depending on the time.
If we want to enjoy the views of Paris at night, there is a beautiful boat trip down the Seine River, lasting one hour.
Check out more sections of our guide to Paris for kids.
Teresa Guerra. Copywriter
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