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Q | What is the best way to get from the airport into Paris with a toddler?

My husband and I are taking our 2-year-old son to Paris. We are staying in the 6th near the Odéon Metro station and walking distance from the Luxembourg RER. We arrive at 6:30 a.m. Would you recommend we take a private shuttle or just take the train?

A | Taking the Metro from the airport is your best bet with kids

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As a solo traveler, the best way to get into Paris from the airport is the Metro, especially if you are generally comfortable taking public transportation.  With a toddler along, things get a little trickier.

At the time of day when you’ll be arriving (6:30am), you’ll likely be caught in morning traffic if you take a shuttle into Paris.  Additionally, you’ll have to either bring your own car seat along or rely upon a shuttle service to provide a safe, clean car seat that is the correct size for your child (mix-ups happen more often than you might think, and can leave you feeling stranded at the airport).

If you do take the Metro, you’ll certainly have to contend with stairs, but we’ve had great luck with locals stopping to help with our stroller or even our baggage.  If you aren’t too bogged down with luggage, this would be the cheapest and probably fastest way to go.  Once you arrive at the Odéon station, one person could hop in a taxi with the baggage while the other walks with your son – with any luck your son will be so tired that he’ll fall asleep in the stroller.

Good luck on your trip!

Related links:

What to Do in Paris With Kids
Practical Advice for Visiting Paris With Kids

Things to Do in Paris on Uptake.com

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