Arrival in Paris
Usually I don't advise getting passes with children because they have one bad day and you lose money on the pass. But this pass covers Versailles and all the important museums and monuments so it's worth it. Plus, kids are free everywhere so you really only need a pass for the adults! I've planned out the next four days very carefully so everything worth seeing covered by the pass is planned for the next four days. Go hard for a few days and then explore slowly after if you're here longer.
You can buy the pass it at the souvenir shop on Ile de la Cite (5 Boulevard du Palais) during the Heart of Paris Walk. Buy four-day passes for the adults in your party for 62 euros each. The children do not need them.
How To Get Around
Public Transit: The Metro System in Paris is fantastic and is definitely how you should get around. Their bus system is also good and your t+ tickets work for either. You have the option to buy a 1/3/5 day pass or individual ticket rides. I found the cheapest option was to buy a carnet (10 single ride tickets) for $15 and then a day pass for the day we went to Versailles.
UBER/taxis: UBER is in Paris and it works really well. It's great if you're going somewhere and find your travel party too tired to continue, or if you are in Paris in the winter. An UBERPool will set you back about $10 for transit within the city.
Velib: If I had to choose one way to get around Paris, I would choose biking! Paris has a great bike sharing system called Velib. Here's how you do it: you sign up online ahead of time, you find a bike docking station, you check it out, and you're off! No baby seats or kid bikes unfortunately.
CDG or Charles De Gaulle: You have three choices getting from CDG to Paris: UBER ($30-50), The RoissyBus ($12), or the RER Train ($10.50). UBER is the most convenient of course. The RoissyBus drops you off at the Opera House in Central Paris which is handy if you're staying near there. The RER/Train-B will take you to either Gare du Nord, Chatalet-Les Halles, or St. Michel and from there you can hop on a train to where you need to go.
ORY or Paris Orly Airport: If you fly into this smaller airport, take the Orlybus which drops you off at the Denfert-Rouchereau Metro stop. It's only 8 euros and it's fast. You can also use the RER-B train or an UBER.
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Here is a map to get you organized and see our list of fun things to do with kids in this city. Finding restaurants that didn’t glare at us for bringing a toddler in was a challenge in Paris, so the restaurants I’ve included specifically indicated they are kid-friendly.
See our Itinerary posts to work out your perfect itinerary for your visit.