Travel With Kids: Tips Before You Go to Paris


My good friend just recently came back from their Summer vacation in Europe. I’m so excited to talk to her about her experience during her trip. Her first stop was in Paris. She gave me great tips on things that went wrong during her trip.

Double and Triple check your hotel information

When they arrived in Paris to their hotel which they booked online, they were in for a surprise to found that their hotel has no A/C. Apparently, it is typical to a lot of hotels in Paris. This is one thing that I have never known about before but now I know that it will be one of the feature I will make sure to check.

Verify the museum hour for different days of the week

When you travel back and forth between time zone, the jet lag and the date change can get to you. Make sure to double check the date and time of the operating hour as it may be different each day. And check your calendar when you arrive to make sure that you know what day you are of the week. :) It happened to me a lot especially when I flew back to Thailand. I have to stop and think what day was it.

Don’t forget about the Metro System operating hour

When we travel, we could get carried away visiting all those fabulous tourist attractions that we forget about how we can get back to the hotel. The night time at the Eiffel Tower is one of the amazing sight to see. But make sure you have a way to get back to your hotel because the Metro System might not be operating after the light show.

Give yourself time to adjust

It will be best if you give yourself some time after arrival to adjust to the travel exhaustion and jet lag. So give yourself one extra day to relax instead of doing lot of sightseeing the first day.

Do you have any tips before anyone heads to Paris to share?

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  1. All good tips. I know what you’re talking about checking the Metro time. When we were in Rome in early September, the operating hours said up to 9 pm. But, for some reason, the stations were closed at 8:30 pm. I’m not sure if the Italians just felt like going home early that night…Ooh, the Roman Transport System…so unpredictable!

  2. For on time trains you’ve got to go to Germany or Switzerland. They are there at the exact moment they are scheduled.

    Consider metro times in France more of a “window” of opportunity :)

  3. My sister just got back from Paris too, but without kids :)
    Her trip went pretty smoothly, she did have a bit of a problem figuring out how to get to Versailles for the day since for some reason, the day she went there was a change in route. She had to do A LOT of talking at different ticket booths until it got straightened out. Her tip was say exactly what you’re seeing at the city you want to go: i.e. say you’re visiting Chateau Versailles instead of just Versailles. Or you might get sent on a completely different train.

  4. @Jen – Might need your inputs on Tips in Italy then. :)

    @Anil – Good to know that there are some reliable train systems out there.

    @Carolina – That’s a great tip! I guess it’s similar to Atlanta that we have hundreds of Peachtree street. You have to be more specific on what kind of Peachtree street name you are looking for. :)

  5. Here is my tip. Bring really nice clothes. I always felt under dressed. The Parisians all look so well put together and just sharp. Also, have a good pair of comfortable shoes too. Paris is a great city to walk around. But at the same time, make sure those shoes look fantastic.
    Haha, I know, it is not overly practical advice, but the next time I go, I am going to dress really well:)

  6. My tip, when traveling on the metro, make sure your kids’ buggy folds down really small. It’s hard to get it through the barriers.

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