Wheelchair Accessible Public Transportation in Paris, France

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Paris Public Transportation

The public transportation system in Paris is steadily increasing in accessibility to wheelchair users. Use of this transportation network will require some advance planning. Nearly all of the city’s buses are wheelchair accessible. The city’s subway system, with the exception of line 14, is largely inaccessible and should be avoided. Many of the on-street tram lines offer easy roll-on/roll-off access.

City Bus

The city buses in Paris are operated by Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens, RATP. Almost all of the city’s standard bus routes are operated by wheelchair accessible buses. These buses have lowered floors and an electronic ramp at the center door which permits easy roll-on/roll-off access. One wheelchair space is available on each bus, though securement straps are not often available.

Fares and tickets for the city’s RATP bus service are separate from those of the Metro Subway. For the city bus, one way fares can be purchased onboard for €2,00. Fare cards purchased in advance from a ticket office or sales outlet are €1,80 per ride.

In practice, disabled passengers in wheelchairs ride free on the city’s bus network. Travelers without an apparent physical disability are required to apply for a disability identification card. A 50% fare discount is offered to [...]

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