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Wheelchair Accessible Les Invalides Paris

Wheelchair Accessible Les Invalides Paris

Accessibility :

Accessible Museums,
Tomb of Napoleon I is Inaccessible,
Accessible Toilets,
Accessible Parking Available

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For details of other wheelchair accessible hotels, wheelchair-friendly eating and drinking options and wheelchair accessible attractions in central Paris, see the Wheelchair Accessible Paris Guide

Relive the military history of France in the Hôtel des Invalides in central Paris.

The golden dome of Les Invalides (or to give it its full name: the Hôtel National des Invalides – literally “the National House of the Disabled”) houses both the Musée de l’Armée (the Military Museum of France), and the tallest church building in Paris – the 107 metre high Eglise du Dôme (also known as the Dôme des Invalides), which houses the tomb of Napoleon I.

And although the museum is fully accessible to wheelchair using visitors to Paris, the church building, and the tomb of Napoleon it contains, is not accessible (there are steps on both the outside, and on the inside, of the Eglise du Dôme).

This partial accessibility is possibly why entrance to the museum is free for wheelchair users and one carer (evidence must be shown).

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the museum areas.

Wheelchair access to Les Invalides is via the side-entrance on Bvd des Invalides (the side of the building nearest to the Musée Rodin).

Getting to Les Invalides by Public Transport

Metro (subway):

None of the Metro/RER stations near Les Invalides are wheelchair accessible.

Bus:

A number of Paris bus lines serve the Les Invalides (or pass nearby). See the official RATP Bus Map for details.

All 4,500 buses in Paris have an automatic/retractable wheelchair ramp (controlled by the bus driver).

CAUTION: Although all 4,500 buses in Paris are indeed wheelchair accessible, not all of the bus stops are. And the bus stop at Place Vauban (bus lines 82 & 92) is one of the bus stops which is NOT wheelchair accessible. However, the next bus stop (Saint-François-Xavier) most definitely IS wheelchair accessible. So continue to there, and walk/roll back to Les Invalides.

The “Esplanade des Invalides” bus stop (bus line 69), and the “Invalides la Tour Maubourg” bus stop (bus line 28) ARE both wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Paris?

G7 are one of the biggest taxi companies in France, and have over 200 wheelchair accessible taxis in Paris.

They have a dedicated telephone number for their “G7 Access” service: +33(0)1 47 39 00 91. Your hotel reception will be only too happy to call them from your hotel – or you can order a taxi on their website (at www.g7.fr), or via their free app.

My recommendation though:

WALK (roll)!

Les Invalides is just one stop on the Paris DIY Walking Tour route (which also includes the Arc de Triomphe, Place du Trocadéro, Palais de Chaillot, Eiffel Tower, École Militaire, Musée Rodin, Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Jardin des Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Louvre Museum.

As this walk includes most of the “must see” Paris attractions, it’s rather a long walk (just over 8km – about 5 miles). So you may want to do it in two stages? Breaking your journey at the very nearby Musée Rodin would be my recommendation (as there’s a wonderful outdoor café there – and the garden is so peaceful that you will find it hard to believe that you’re still actually sitting in the centre of Paris).

Entrance - Access to Les Invalides

Wheelchair users are advised to use the side entrance of Les Invalides at 6 bvd des Invalides.

Entrance to the museum is free for wheelchair users and one carer (evidence must be shown).

Wheelchairs are available to borrow from the ticket desks at both the Esplanade des Invalides and Place Vauban entrances.

Les Invalides Building Accessibility

Although the museum itself is fully accessible to wheelchair using visitors to Paris, the “Eglise du Dôme” church building (which contains the tomb of Napoleon I), is NOT wheelchair accessible (as there are steps on both the inside & outside of the Eglise du Dôme).

Wheelchair Accessible Toilets at Les Invalides

Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the museum areas.

There is also a wheelchair accessible public toilet (“sanisette”) on Place Vauban.

Wheelchair Accessible Cafe/Restaurant at Les Invalides

There are two places to eat and drink in Les Invalides:

The main restaurant/bar (“Le carré des Invalides”) is located near the museum’s reception desk at the Place Vauban entrance;

During the Summer months, there is also an open-air tearoom in the “cour de Nîmes” courtyard under the dome (reached from the “corridor de Nîmes” just by the gift shop). This is part of the “Angelina” brand of tearooms – and serves the wonderful hot chocolate that made “Angelina” famous the world over.

See the Wheelchair Accessible Paris Guide for details of other wheelchair accessible attractions, restaurants and hotels in central Paris.

Photo credit: The golden dome of Les Invalides in Paris, by Rodrigo Pignatta from Pixabay.

If this information has assisted you in planning your travels with your wheelchair, please consider making a donation to my Virtual Kiltwalk appeal for 2022 – in aid of FareShare. And thanks to an ADDITIONAL donation of 50% by Sir Tom Hunter, FareShare will actually receive 150% of the amount that you donate!

Thanks, Iain.

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