Today, we’re going to learn how to travel from Paris to Marseille!
Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, but I think it is important to get outside of Paris and visit other cities in France. Lucky for you, it is super easy to travel within France.
Paris and Marseille are quite a ways away from one another, and it may seem at first glance that it isn’t easy to travel from Paris to Marseille.
That isn’t the case at all.
Technically, youcan take the bus, train, or fly to Marseille from Paris. However, the only real option is taking the train.
It takes significantly less time than the bus and is realistically quicker than flying as well.
I don’t recommend visiting Marseille on a day trip from Paris because it is too far away, but it is the perfect place to visit on a weekend trip!
Option One: Taking the Train from Paris to Marseille
Without a doubt the best way to travel from Paris to Marseille is to take the train. It is the quickest and most convenient way to travel between the two cities.
Plus you get to ride on a high-speed train, and that’s always super fun.
How Long Does the Train from Paris to Marseille Take?
The train ride to Marseille from Paris takes just under 3.5 hours.
That’s pretty quick considering you’re travelling almost 800km!
How Much Does a Train Ticket Cost?
It is a bit tricky to tell you how much you’ll pay for a train ticket to Marseille from Paris.
The price depends a lot on when you travel, what day of the week you travel, and how far in advance you book your ticket.
In general, you can expect to pay between €130 and €200 each way. That’s about $135USD to $260USD.
Of course, you could end up paying much less and could pay much more.
France has an annoying train system where ticket prices increase based on how close your departure date is.
The further in advance you book your ticket, the less you pay.
You can book your ticket up to three months in advance, and I highly recommend you book your ticket as close to three months in advance as possible.
Otherwise you’ll be stuck paying an absurd amount for your ticket. Or you wont’ be able to visit Marseille at all because the ticket is out of your budget.
Booking a ticket for off-peak hours on a weekday will also result in a cheaper fare. Travelling during peak times on a weekend will cost you a pretty penny.
Where to Purchase Train Tickets
There are two ways you can purchase your train tickets:
Online in advance
At the train station
Without a doubt the best way to purchase your ticket is online in advance.
It can be purchased through the SNCF website. They accept foreign credit cards, and the website is extremely easy to use.
Before you purchase your ticket, read the ticket page closely to see whether or not you need to print your ticket or if an electronic ticket is sufficient.
If you don’t have the ability to print your ticket before your departure, do not choose a ticket where you’re required to print it.
Be sure to choose a ticket where an electronic version is accepted.
It is super easy to miss on the website whether you need a hard copy of your ticket or not, but you need to remember to check that.
You don’t want to show up at the train station with an electronic ticket only if you need a physical one!
That’s a headache you don’t want to deal with!
Your other option is to purchase your ticket at the train station.
This will most likely result in you paying more for your ticket because you’re buying it closer to the departure date, but it is a great option for people who don’t want to pay with a credit card online or want to be spontaneous.
At the train station, you can either purchase your ticket with a ticket agent or at a ticket machine.
Just be sure you go to a machine that says SNCF on it.
That is the only ticket machine that will sell you a train ticket from Paris to Marseille. The other ticket booths are for the Paris metro system.
Where Does the Train Depart from in Paris?
The train from Paris to Marseilledeparts from Gare de Lyon.
Gare de Lyon is one of six major train station in Paris. It is extremely large, and you want to give yourself plenty of time to find your departure platform.
There is a metro station connected to Gare de Lyon, which is quite convenient.
However, it is quite a long walk from the metro station to the train station, and people tend to get lost during the walk.
I suggest giving yourself at least 10 minutes to walk from the metro station to the train station.
The train arrives at Saint-Charles train station in Marseille.
The train station is a little less than 2km outside the city centre.
The walk from the train station to the city centre takes less than 30 minutes and is super easy.
If you’re not keen on walking, you can take a bus, tram, or metro!
Overall, the arrival location is very convenient.
Advantages of Taking the Train from Paris to Marseille
The quickest way to travel between the two cities
Is relatively inexpensive
Convenient arrival and departure locations
Disadvantages of Taking the Train from Paris to Marseille
Have to book your ticket far in advance to get a good price
Limited luggage storage options
Only a couple of departure times per day
Option Two: Taking the Bus from Paris to Marseille
The next you can travel from Paris to Marseille is by bus.
This isn’t terribly desirable since it takes an extremely long time. I only recommend this option for people on a very tight budget that are travelling around France for a long time.
If you’re on a short holiday, you don’t want to waste an entire day taking the bus to Marseille from Paris.
How Long Does the Bus from Paris to Marseille Take?
The bus trip to Marseille takes almost 10.5 hours.It can even take upwards of 12 hours depending on the time of day and traffic.
That’s a very long time to be stuck on a bus, and it eats up an entire day.
How Much Does a Bus Ticket Cost?
A bus ticket is significantly cheaper than a train ticket, which is why it is a good option for budget travellers.
On average, a bus ticket will cost you between €25 and €55! That’s approximately $30USD to $65USD.
That’s way more reasonable than a train ticket, but you also have to factor in the cost of your time since the travel time is significantly longer.
Where to Purchase Bus Tickets
Just like the train, you can either purchase your tickets online in advance or in person at the bus station.
Buses don’t fill up nearly as quickly as the train, so you don’t have to worry about buying your ticket too far in advance.
Buses also don’t charge you more for your ticket the closer to the day of departure you purchase it.
You can show up at the bus station and purchase a ticket for the next bus, and it’ll cost you the same as someone buying a ticket online in advance.
If I purchase bus tickets online in advance, I like to use the website Omio. They have great prices and are super easy to use.
But, realistically, you can check the timetable online in advance and just show up at the bus station and buy your ticket on the same day.
Just be sure you arrive at the bus station 30 or so minutes early, so you can find the ticket window, buy snacks, and not be rushed if there is a queue.
Where Does the Bus Depart from in Paris?
Buses from Paris to Lille depart from Bercy Seine Station.
The nearest metro station to the bus station is Cour Saint Émilion, and it is less than a five-minute walk away.
Where Does the Bus Arrive at in Marseille?
The bus arrives at Saint-Charles station, which is the same location the train arrives at.
Again, this is a very convenient arrival location, and there are plenty of cheap public transportation options that quickly take you into the city centre.
Advantages of Taking the Bus from Paris to Marseille
Don’t have to book tickets in advance
Guaranteed luggage storage under the bus
Disadvantages of Taking the Bus from Paris to Marseille
It takes a very long time
Not easy to walk around and stretch your legs
Departure point less convenient than the train
Option Three: Flying from Paris to Marseille
Your last option is to fly from Paris to Marseille.
I don’t recommend this option. Once you factor in the time it takes to get to and from the airport, checking into your flight, going through security, and collecting your baggage, it ends up taking longer than the train.
It also tends to be more expensive than the train.
The only time I see flying from Paris to Marseille as a decent option is if you land in Paris and immediately catch a flight to Marseille without leaving the airport.
If you are already in central Paris, it is definitely a better option to take the train.
Even though Paris and Marseille are on opposite sides of the country, it is extremely easy to travel between the two cities.
France has a wonderful train system that makes it super easy to travel long distances in a short period of time.
The only downside is it can be expensive to travel from Paris to Marseille, and you can’t do it in a day trip.
But, it is a great entry point to southern France if you want to explore that region (which you definitely should!).
Although I suggest spending at least two days in Brussels to see all the city has to offer!
The two easiest ways to travel from Paris to Brussels are taking the train or a bus. Most people choose to take the train from Paris to Brussels. It takes half the time as the bus, but it is significantly more expensive. If you’re on a tight budget and not in a rush, you should consider taking the bus rather than the train.
It all comes down to your travel preferences though!
If you only have a short time in Europe and want to pack in as much as possible, it is well worth paying the extra money to take the train to Brussels from Paris.
If you’re on a longer European trip and want to stretch your money as far as possible, the bus is the best option for you.
And this post is going to help you figure out what the best choice for you is!
We’re covering all the different ways to travel from Paris to Brussels and breaking down the pros and cons of each method.
You’ll have a much better idea of how you should travel from Brussels to Paris after reading this post!
Option One: Taking the Train from Paris to Brussels
The first (and in my opinion the best) way to travel from Paris to Brussels is to take the train.
It is the quickest and most convenient way to travel between the two cities.
Plus who doesn’t love taking a high-speed train. I know I do!
The downfall of taking the train to Brussels from Paris is the price. It is certainly the most expensive way to travel between the two cities, but it is worth it when you consider what your time is worth!
The train from Paris to Brussels is equipped with pretty reliable wifi. I’ve never had an issue connecting to it, and it makes the trip go by that much faster!
Just be sure you’re being internet safe and have a VPN installed on your phone to keep prying eyes out of your personal and private online information!
How Long Does the Train from Paris to Brussels Take?
The train from Paris to Brussels takes less than 90 minutes!
That’s super fast considering the two cities are over 300km apart!
There can be some variability on the time it takes to get between the two cities depending on the time of day and train traffic.
But, in general, you’ll be in Brussels about an hour and a half after you depart Paris!
How Much Does a Train Ticket Cost?
Well, this is where it get a bit painful.
Train tickets to Brussels from Paris generally cost €99as a base price and go up from there.
You get a better price on your ticket the earlier you book it, so be sure to buy your ticket as soon as you know what day you’re travelling to Brussels.
Tickets go up for sale three months before the departure date.
If you can book it exactly three months before you travel, do it! You’ll save a lot of money.
You do not want to leave booking your train ticket until the last moment. You will be paying a premium price for it and run the risk of tickets being sold out.
I know a lot of people (me included) don’t like to do a ton of planning and kind of wing their trips.
I get it, but this is not the time for it.
Your wallet will thank you for being prepared and pre-buying your train tickets well in advance!
Where to Purchase Train Tickets
There are a few different ways you can purchase train tickets.
You can purchase them online or buy them at the train station in Paris.
I highly recommend you buy your tickets online in advance. It saves you money and is super easy to book online.
They have an English version of their website and accept foreign credit cards with no issue!
Lille is one of the most underrated cities in France. It is often overlooked for more glamorous cities, but it shouldn’t be. It is super easy to travel from Paris to Lille, and you can easily visit Lille as a day trip from Paris.
There is no excuse not to visit this beautiful city!
The best way to travel from Paris to Lille is the train. It is the quickest way to travel between the two cities, but it comes with a cost. You will get to Lille in under an hour, but you will be paying twice as much as the bus, which is the next best way to travel from Paris to Lille.
It all comes down to how much time you have, your budget, and your preferred mode of transportation.
I personally think it is worth the price to take the train.
There is something to be said about arriving at a destination three times quicker even if it is double the cost.
This post covers the different ways to travel from Paris to Lille.
We’ll go over the pros and cons of each transportation method, so you can decide on the right option for you!
Paris is one of the most popular cities in the world and for good reason! It is full of world-class attractions and great food. Paris is also great for solo travellers! But there are a few important things to know before you take a solo trip to Paris.
Taking a solo trip to Paris is a great introduction to solo travel. It is (mostly) safe, English is widely spoken, and it is easy to get around. But that doesn’t mean it is always smooth sailing. Travelling alone in Paris can be overwhelming at times, but if you know the 10 tips in this article, your solo trip to Paris will be nothing short of amazing!
You will learn how to save money in Paris, how to stay safe, and how to avoid the crowds.
It is all important information for any tourist visiting Paris, but it is extra important for people visiting Paris alone.
You are 100% responsible for your and your trip and don’t have anybody to rely on. That’s not a bad thing though! In fact, it is one of my favourite parts of solo travel!
Be sure to give number 6 a good read. It is really important!
This could be generic advice for any city, but it is even more important advice for Paris.
The restaurants around major tourist attractions should be avoided at all costs!
They are painfully overpriced and tend to serve barely edible food (from my experience).
Restaurants around Notre Dame, the Louvre, and especially the Eiffel Tower should be avoided unless you want to pay three times more for a bad meal.
It can be tempting to just pop into the closest restaurant but resist the urge!
You are way better off walking 10 or 15 minutes away from the attraction or eating in the neighbourhood near your accommodation than eating at restaurants near tourist attractions.
I know you’re hungry, tired, and alone in Paris, but grab a quick snack and head over to a more local restaurant.
That’s where you’ll find the French food everybody raves about!
Disclaimer: This is a general statement. I’m sure there are some restaurants next to tourist attractions that are great. These are the exception and not the norm. If you want to dine with a view of that tourist attractions, be sure to research a decent spot beforehand and don’t just show up and pick a restaurant at random.
2. Free Wifi is Hard to Find
It pains me to tell you this, but free public wifi in Paris is hard to find.
There isn’t a city-wide public wifi system like there is in Taiwan, so it is up to each individual location to decide whether or not to provide guests with complimentary wifi.
And most places choose not to.
I haven an entire post about wifi in Paris you can read here.
It goes in-depth about where you can find complimentary wifi in Paris and some tips to help you find free wifi.
But just know that if you don’t have a Skyroam or similar product, you will be without wifi for the majority of the time you’re out exploring Paris.
I wish free public wifi was more prevalent in Paris,but we aren’t that lucky (yet).
Please Promise Me You’ll be Internet Safe!
One of my top goals in the travel-sphere is to bring more awareness to the need to be internet safe when travelling!
You need to protect yourself and your online data/privacy when you use public wifi networks.
Anybody can access public wifi networks (yes even hotel wifi and public wifi networks that are password protected).
While 99.99999% of people who access public wifi networks are average people like you, there are a few people that have bad intentions.
You do not want to leave your online information exposed to people who may want to steal it.
Seriously! You do not want to deal with trying to freeze a bank account while abroad because someone stole your information when you could have easily protected yourself.
The only way to protect yourself when using public wifi networks is to install a VPN on your devices.
A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices and cloaks them.
It makes using a public wifi network as safe as using your private home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.
There is no excuse for not spending a few dollars a month to protect your online data and privacy with a VPN.
If you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online information!
My Favourite VPN
I’ve used a lot of different VPNs in my day and canceled all but one of them after the first year.
VPNs are notorious for slowing down your phone, tablet, or laptop.
Most VPNs are so slow that I end up turning them off and just using my devices without them. Which, of course, leaves me open to having my information stolen.
That cycle of slow VPNs and frustration ended when I found NordVPN!
It is the fastest VPN on the market, and you barely notice a difference in the speed.
You also have the ability to change your location in the app and make it seem like you’re in a different country. This allows you to access the Netflix library from that country and watch shows and movies you don’t normally have access to!
I honesty love my NordVPN. It is the only VPN I’ve used and actually enjoyed.
Plus the monthly subscription fee is less than that cost of a latte, so there is no excuse not to get one!
Oh. You can also protect up to six devices with a single subscription!
3. Pick Pockets are Everywhere
Solo travellers are often targeted by pick pockets, and Paris is known for being a city where pick pocketing is a major issue.
It is so important when you’re alone in Paris to be aware of your surroundings and watch out for potential pick pocketers.
Easier said than done though!
The pick pocketing game has gotten pretty advanced. A lot of the times you don’t even realize that someone is trying to pick pocket you.
And that is where so many people get in trouble.
I’m not saying you have to do anything extreme to protect yourself from potential pick pocketers. Nor am I suggesting that a lot of Parisians are bad.
Pick pocketing happens in every major city. With Paris being such a huge tourist hub, it just makes sense that pick pocketing is increasingly becoming more and more of a problem.
Here are a few quick tips to help you avoid getting pick pocketed:
Don’t leave money or valuables in a place where they are easy for someone to quickly grab
Keep your purse (if you have one) as close to the front of your body as possible. If you’re carrying it on your side near your back pocket, it is super easy for people to quickly grab something out of it without you knowing. (Trust me- I’ve had it happen to me before!)
Don’t keep your cash all in one place. If you have your money in multiple locations, even if you do get pick pocketed, you don’t lose everything.
Occasionally look behind you. Pick pocketers normally approach from behind. A slight glance back once in a while can deter potential pick pocketers from targeting you.
Pay attention to signs. A lot of tourist attractions have signs warning you that it is a popular place for pick pocketers to target. When you see one of those signs, be extra cautious and be even more aware.
Again, pick pocketing happens in every city in the world, and this isn’t just an issue in Paris.
You should always be as aware of your surroundings as possible when you travel alone.
But I couldn’t let you plan a solo trip to Paris without warning you about pick pocketing and giving you some tips!
4. Book Tickets Online in Advance
If you’re not keen on standing outside in a long line, then it is in your best interest to purchase attraction tickets online in advance.
I know it takes some of the spontaneity out of your solo trip to Paris, but it is well worth it.
No matter what time of year you visit Paris, the major tourist attractions are always busy, and there is always a line to get in.
I’m not talking about a short line either. You can wait well over an hour even during off-peak times.
Tickets to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Versailles should be purchased in advance.
It is such a nice feeling walking past the long line of people waiting to purchase tickets and get right into the attraction!
During peak season (a.k.a. summer and spring break), you need to purchase your tickets well in advance. Perhaps even up to a month in advance.
You don’t need to plan too far in advance if you’re visiting Paris alone during off-peak season.
3 to 7 days in advance should be sufficient for most tourist attractions, but that isn’t a guarantee.
The earlier you can purchase tickets, the better.
The longer you wait to purchase tickets, the less choice you have. You may not get the time slot you want, but any time slot is better than waiting in the normal line!
I know one of the exciting parts of planning a solo trip to Paris is being adventurous and doing whatever you want.
But I highly recommend buying tickets in advance for the most popular attractions and being as spontaneous as you want the rest of the time.
Also, think how dreadfully boring it would be to stand in a long ticket line alone without another human to chat with!
5. Paris is More Walkable than it Seems
You might not realize it, but Paris is a fairly walkable city!
I certainly did not realize that the first time I visited Paris and spent too much time and money on the metro when I could have walked places!
You can walk from Notre Dame to the Louvre in less than 20 minutes or from the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Elysées in less than 25 minutes.
Not many people talk about how walkable Paris is, so most tourists don’t realize they can walk between sights and rarely use the metro if they plan their trip strategically.
I love walking when I travel. It is the perfect way to see different parts of a city that you wouldn’t see if you took public transportation everywhere.
Walking is especially fun when you’re visiting Paris alone!
You can wander as quickly or slowly as you want, stop to take as many photos as you want, and pop into any café that has a delectable pastry you can’t pass up!
So strap on your best walking shoes and plan to walk the city when you’re planning your solo trip to Paris.
One of the best parts of Paris is how beautiful it is!
You never know what you’ll stumble on when you’re walking from one attraction to the next!
6. But it Can be Sketchy at Night
I’ve been all over the world and normally feel pretty comfortable walking alone at night. I never feel as comfortable as I do during the day, but most of the time I can find my way home without my heart pumping out of my chest.
There are a few exceptions to that though (including my home city of Edmonton), and, unfortunately, Paris is one of them.
It isn’t that it isn’t safe to walk alone in Paris at night.
You just might feel a little uneasy.
I can’t explain why. It isn’t like the city changes, but it just has an eerie feeling to it when you’re not a local.
But tourists can often feel more on alert than normal when walking in Paris when it is dark. Keep your wits about you, keep your head on a swivel, and you should be safe.
Just be sure to avoid dark alleys. 😉
I’ve talked to a lot of other travellers who have had the same experience.
I’m by no means trying to deter you from being out at night and having the solo trip to Paris of your dreams.
The night might just be the time to hop on the metro to get home rather than walking.
7. Save on Metro Tickets
Paris is a walkable city, but you’ll still be using the metro system.
It is unavoidable!
The metro in Paris is decently priced and certainly more affordable than London!
But there is still a way to save a little money and time!
I recommend you picking up a Carnet when in Paris. It is a book of ten metro tickets that can be used inside central Paris.
The book lowers the cost of each ticket, so you save some money!
It also saves you a lot of time!
You don’t have to stand in line at a ticket counter or machine to purchase a ticket every time you use the metro.
That is annoying, and the ticket lines can be painfully long. Especially during rush hour or during peak tourist times!
Grab a Carnet the first time you use the metro and just pull a ticket out of the book every time you hop on the metro.
This is a lesser known tip, but it can be a life saver.
I also think this is a fun tip people visiting Paris alone. Sometimes the times notice that they’re travelling alone the most are quiet moments like buying a metro ticket.
You’re waiting in a line and don’t have anyone to talk to, and it can feel a bit uncomfortable or awkward at times.
Purchasing your metro tickets in bulk totally eliminates that possibility, and I think that’s pretty cool!
Plus it means you have a better chance of catching that train before it leaves and not have to wait for the next one! 😉
Strasbourg is one of the best cities in France and shouldn’t be missed. The good new is that it is super easy to travel fro Paris to Strasbourg.
The bad new is that it can be quite expensive- especially if you don’t book your ticket in advance!
You can travel from Paris to Strasbourg by train, bus, car, or ride share, but the only realistic way for a tourist to travel from Paris to Strasbourg is by train. It takes over 5.5 hours to drive from Paris to Strasbourg. The Paris to Strasbourg train takes less than 2 hours. The train from Paris to Strasbourg is slightly more expensive than the bus or a ride share, but it is worth the extra money to arrive in Strasbourg quickly!
In this post, we’re going to discuss all the different ways to travel to Strasbourg from Paris, so you can figure out what transportation method is the best for you.
The website is super easy to use, have an English option, and accepts foreign credit cards.
One thing to note is you do need to print your ticket and have a paper copy to show the ticket checker onboard.
The other option is to purchase your ticket at the train station.
You can either purchase it a few days in advance at the station or purchase your train ticket on the day you departure.
Look out for the yellow SNCF ticket booth.
That’s where you purchase the train ticket from Paris to Strasbourg. You can also purchase it from a ticket booth employee, but, in my experience, there is always a long line to purchase your tickets from an actual human being.
Using the ticket booth is a much simpler option!
But buying your ticket online in advance is the best option by far!
Where Does the Train Depart from in Paris?
You can jump on the Paris to Strasbourg train from either:
Charles de Gaulle
Both are convenient, and it is really a matter of what is the best station for you. Most people depart from Paris Est, but some people arrive at Charles de Gaulle and go directly to Strasbourg.
Where Does the Train Arrive at in Strasbourg?
The train arrives at Strasbourg Station.
It is the only train station in Strasbourg, and it is located in the city centre!
Advantages of Taking the Paris to Strasbourg Train
Fastest way to travel from Paris to Strasbourg
14 trains depart per day
Train departs and arrives in central areas
Disadvantages of Taking the Paris to Strasbourg Train
Have to book months in advance to get a decent price
Have to have a physical ticket (electronic tickets not accepted)
Option Two: Taking the Bus from Paris to Strasbourg
The next best option is taking the bus from Paris to Strasbourg.
It is a distant second place but second place nonetheless.
I don’t really see a reason to take the bus to Strasbourg from Paris unless you have a lot of time on your hands and are on a very tight budget.
How Long Does the Bus from Paris to Strasbourg Take?
This hurts to tell you.
On average, it takes 8.5 hours to travel the 491km from Paris to Strasbourg.
That’s three hours longer than it takes to drive straight to Strasbourg from Paris. It is a painful journey.
The journey time is the reason I don’t recommend taking the bus between these two cities.
It isn’t that much cheaper, and it is actually more expensive than the train when you factor in what your time is worth!
How Much Does a Bus Ticket Cost?
The bus ticket isn’t as inexpensive as you may think!
I kind of expect such a long journey that takes four times as long as the train to come at a discounted price, but it doesn’t really.
Of course the price of a bus ticket fluctuates based on what time of day you leave and what day of the week it is.
On average, a bus ticket costs €21 (approximately $25USD).
That is actually more expensive than the cheapest train ticket! It is, however, about €20 less than the average price of a train ticket.
Let’s be honest though. Those six extra hours you’re on the bus is worth a whole lot more than €20!
Where to Purchase Bus Tickets
Just like the train, you can purchase your bus tickets either in advance online or in person on the day of departure.
There is no price advantage to purchasing your bus ticket online in advance like there is with the train.
If it were me, I would just pick up my ticket at the station the day I leave. Just make sure you leave extra time in case there is a line for tickets!
The best place to purchase bus tickets online in advance is through Omio. They historically have the best ticket prices around!
Most buses accept an electronic version of your ticket, so that is a nice change from the train. You’re good to go as long as you have a screenshot or email with the ticket code on it!
Where Does the Bus Depart from in Paris?
The bus from Paris to Strasbourg departs from Quai de Bercy.
It is located right along the Seine about 5km south of the Louvre.
The closest metro station to Quai de Bercy is Cour Saint Émilion, and it is only a couple blocks away from the bus station.
Where Does the Bus Arrive at in Strasbourg?
The bus arrives at Place de l’Étoile in Strasbourg.
It is very central and is less than 200m from the train station!
Advantages of Taking the Bus from Paris to Strasbourg
Don’t have to purchase tickets in advance
Can present an electronic ticket
Dedicated luggage storage under the bus
Disadvantages of Taking the Bus from Paris to Strasbourg
Very time consuming
Not much cheaper than the train
Departure station in Paris less central than Paris Est
Option Three: Catching a Ride Share from Paris to Strasbourg
I’m not going to chit chat about these last two options in too much detail.
They are by far the least used options, and I don’t think many of my readers will see them as the best option for them.
But a few of you may, so I want to give you all the information!
The third best way to travel from Paris to Strasbourg is to participate in a ride share.
You can connect with other people ride sharing through Carpool World. It connects passengers and drivers who want to ride share, save on gas, and help the environement!
It is difficult to give you an exact price for ride sharing from Paris to Strasbourg. There are just too many variables.
The biggest thing that changes the price is how many people are participating in the ride share. The more people that share a ride, the less expensive it will be!
If you drive straight from Paris to Strasbourg without stopping, it will take about five hours to make the journey to Strasbourg from Paris.
I think participating in a ride share is a good option for people who are free spirited and up for an adventure.
You’ll probably meet some very interesting people when you participate in a ride share!
Option Four: Renting a Car and Driving from Paris from Strasbourg
Your final option is to rent a car and drive from Paris to Strasbourg.
I don’t recommend this option unless it is part of a larger road trip around France or Europe.
It simply isn’t worth the expense or stress of driving from Paris to Strasbourg when you can take the train.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the scenery from the window of a train!
If you do choose to drive from Paris to Strasbourg, it will take about 5 hours. Most people who road trip aren’t driving almost 500km without stopping.
I highly recommend you take your time and stop at some small towns along the way to get a sense of what life outside of a big city in France is like!
Pro tip: before spending an arm and a leg on car insurance, make sure you look into what insurances your credit card has. Most travel credit cards come with extensive car insurance, so you don’t have to pay for the expensive insurance car rental companies try to sell you!
As you can see, there are a number of different ways to travel from Paris to Strasbourg.
There is only one realistic and viable way, and that is taking the Paris to Strasbourg train.
It is the quickest way to travel to Strasbourg from Paris by a long shot! The next quickest option is about three hours longer than the train!
You could literally travel from Paris to Strasbourg and Strasbourg to Paris and still have an hour to kill before someone driving arrived!
I think you should most definitely visit Strasbourg. I always recommend for people to get out of Paris and see more of France.
Meeting Disneyland Paris characters is similar to meeting characters at Disneyland California or Disney World, but there are few unique things you need to know about meeting Disneyland Paris characters in order to have a great experience.
Knowing the 10 things on this list will help you have an amazing experience meeting Disneyland Paris characters and leave the park with magical memories.
I’ll even help you track down some ultra rare characters!
Buckle in and get ready to become an expert on Disneyland Paris characters!
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This is a huge difference from Disney World and Disneyland!
You cannot get a fastpass to meet any of the Disneyland Paris characters.
You have to stand in line to meet every single character that meets and greets guests at Disneyland Paris. Even the most popular characters that can have a line that is over an hour long!
Meeting Disneyland Paris characters can be a time suck because of this!
Not only can you not get a fastpass to meet characters in Disneyland Paris, but the long lines can make it difficult to plan your day around meeting them and using your fastpasses for other attractions.
The fastpass system in Disneyland Paris is a bit tricky and has some oddities that no other Disney park has.
I have a complete post about Disneyland Paris fastpasses here. Give it a read because you need to know this information in order to plan meeting characters around using your fastpasses!
The fact that Disneyland Paris characters do not offer a fastpass option means you need to have a strategy in place for your visit to Disneyland Paris if you want to meet characters.
Having a strategy will help you see and do everything you want without feeling stressed or out of time.
The other 9 tips in this list will give you the information you need to prepare a strategy for meeting Disneyland Paris characters!
2. Mickey Mouse Always Has Huge Line
This has to be the most frustrating part of Disneyland Paris not offering fastpass for character meet and greets.
Everybody wants to meet Mickey, but the line is always over an hour long!
You have to tough it out and stand in a long, slow-moving line just to meet the mouse himself.
I’ve never had the patience to stand in the queue to meet Mickey at Disneyland Paris, which is a shame. The last time I was at Disneyland Paris, the line was almost 2 hours long to meet him!
It is a shame that they have designed it this way. It forces people to choose whether they want to meet Mickey or go on rides.
And on top of that, you need to make sure you have enough time to wait to meet Mickey between everything else you have planned for the day.
It can be surprisingly difficult to find the time to meet Mickey. Between parades, dining reservations, fastpasses, and shows, there aren’t that many opportunities in a day to wait over an hour to meet Mickey Mouse.
First thing in the morning and last thing in the evening are the best times to meet Mickey Mouse.
The line will still be long, but it will be shorter than any other time of day.
You may only have to wait 30 to 45 minutes!
If it is important to you to meet Mickey, carve out a dedicated chunk of time in your Disneyland Paris itinerary. Don’t plan anything else during that time and patiently wait in line to meet him.
He meets with guests pretty much from park open to park close, so you can plan to meet him whenever works best for you.
3. The Secret Time to Meet Disneyland Paris Characters
I’m going to let you in on a secret, but you have to promise not to tell anymore.
Disneyland Paris is one of those parks that lets guests in before the park officially opens. This helps get guests into the park and prevents people from getting grumpy and restless in line.
A few other parks do this (like Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), but only Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris let you meet with characters before the park opens!
Disneyland Paris often lets guests into the park half an hour before the park officially opens. This is the best time to meet Disneyland Paris characters.
You can only meet characters that are at the front of the park along Main Street U.S.A., but there are normally 3 or 4 characters ready to meet guests!
Most often they are Donald, Daisy, Pluto, and Goofy, but sometimes there are other characters.
I always get to Disneyland Paris early and meet the characters hanging out in the front before the park officially opens.
It is the best and quickest way to meet Disneyland Paris characters. You can knock two or three characters out before the park even opens!
The, obvious, downside to this is that you don’t get to choose what characters you meet.
You have to be happy with whatever characters are out and about on the day you’re visiting.
The Other Benefit
The other advantage to meeting characters before the park opens is it puts you in a great position to ride a few rides with no wait.
You’re already in the park before it opens, so you can be at the entrance to whatever land you want to visit first right at park open.
This basically ensures you walk right onto at least one popular attraction, and you can often ride two or three attractions with basically no wait!
It is a fantastic strategy!
You meet some awesome characters and then ride a few rides with little to no wait time.
The Disneyland Paris app will be your best friend!
It lets you check real-time wait times for attractions and lets you check the character schedule.
The app is more useful than the park map because it tells you when characters are meeting out and about and not in official locations. The park map tells you about Mickey mouse, the princesses, and sometimes when characters meet on Main Street U.S.A.
On the app, you can find out if characters are meeting in different locations around the park.
You can see if there are characters meeting in Fantasyland, Frontierland, and more specifics about what characters are meeting on Main Street U.S.A. and when.
The app is so much more useful than paper maps, so be sure you have the app downloaded on your phone before you arrive at Disneyland Paris!
The one thing the app is lacking is providing wait times for characters outside of Mickey Mouse and the Star Wars characters.
Since the characters that meet in unofficial locations don’t have a place to track wait times and rely on cast members to cut the line off when it is full, there is no current way for the app to track a wait time for these characters.
Hopefully that technology comes in the future!
Wifi at Disneyland Paris
The wifi at Disneyland Paris has become infinitely better in recent years!
The first time I visited Disneyland Paris, you had to pay to use their wifi, so most guests didn’t have access to wifi while at the parks.
Thankfully, Disneyland Paris has a much better wifi system now! They had to revamp it and make it available to all guests once they launched the Disneyland Paris app.
Everybody who visits Disneyland Paris can access their free wifi system.
It is pretty quick and has decent coverage considering how many people use it throughout the day. Disneyland Paris wifi isn’t perfect, and it can be spotty, but it is much better than the wifi at other Disney parks around the world. (I’m looking at you Disneyland California!)
You don’t need a password and connect to the wifi once you’re in the park.
It is available in both Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios, but you, unfortunately, cannot connect to it in Disney Village.
Hopefully that changes in the future though!
You Have to Keep Your Online Data Safe
One of the major downsides to the wifi at Disneyland Paris is that it is a public network. It has to be, but there are risks associated with connecting to a public network.
Especially a public network that is used by so many people per day and anyone can access since there is no password required!
It is important wherever you travel to have a VPN installed on your phone, tablet, and laptop to protect your online data and privacy.
It becomes even more important to have a VPN on your phone when you’re connecting to a huge public wifi network like the Disneyland Paris wifi system.
You never know who is trying to spy on your online data and potentially steal your information.
You don’t want to deal with the nightmare of trying to call your bank and lock all your credit and debit card because you didn’t protect your online information and someone stole your banking information.
A VPN is the only way to protect your online data and privacy when using a public wifi network!
My Favourite VPN
I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel, and NordVPN is the only one I’ve actually liked.
VPNs are notorious for slowing down your wifi connection and making you want to cry out in frustration because it takes five minutes to open a webpage.
One of the perks of staying at a Disneyland Paris hotel is getting VIP access to characters.
Every morning (and sometimes throughout the day) there are characters in the lobby ready to meet with guests.
You never know what characters will be there to meet you, but they tend to be similar to the characters you meet on Main Street U.S.A. in the morning. Pluto, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy.
But you never know who will show up!
Sometimes the Toy Story characters show up to greet guests! That’s always fun because Woody and Jessie have an incredibly long line in the parks to meet them!
Getting up early and meeting a few characters before you leave for the parks is a great way to check a few things off the to-do list without sacrificing other activities.
You really can have your cake and eat it too if you’re staying at a Disneyland Paris hotel!
Booking a Disneyland Paris Hotel is Frustrating
It doesn’t take much investigating to realize that booking a hotel directly through the Disneyland Paris website is more of a hassle than it should be!
You can only book a hotel package through the Disneyland Paris, which is annoying if all you want is a hotel room.
The package includes the hotel room, tickets, and a dining package.
There is no way to book just a hotel room on the Disneyland Paris website!
You can call and try to book just a hotel room, but they don’t always let you. Plus there isn’t a toll-free phone number, and there are hefty long distance charges if you don’t live in France.
Trust me I know from experience! I spent a lot of money on a phone call to Disneyland Paris to pre-book a dining experience a few years back!
There is, thankfully, an easier way to book just a Disneyland Paris hotel.
An Easier Way to Book a Disneyland Paris Hotel
I always use Hotels.comwhen I book a Disneyland Paris hotel.
You can book a single hotel room through Hotels.com and side step the need to book a package deal. Because, frankly, they aren’t really the best deal.
I like booking my Disneyland Paris hotel through Hotels.combecause they allow you free cancellation up until the day before check-in, and you receive all the special benefits (like an extra fastpass) that hotel guests who booked directly with Disneyland Paris get.
You also earn nights towards your free night certificate, which is a huge bonus.
You get a free night’s stay certificate after you spend 10 nights in any Hotels.com property.
The value of your free night is the median cost of the 10 nights you stayed to earn the certificate, so staying at a Disneyland Paris hotel really boosts up the value of the free night you get!
Hotels.comis the perfect way to get around Disneyland Paris’ weird desire for every hotel guest to buy a package while still getting all the perks of staying on Disney property.
With the added bonus of earning towards a free night in a hotel!
7. You Should Consider Character Dining
A character dining experience is one of the best ways to meet Disneyland Paris characters.
It helps you plan your day, cuts down on the wait time to meet characters, and you get a decent meal out of it too.
There are four different place you can dine with characters:
Plaza Gardens in Disneyland Paris (breakfast) to meet Pooh and friends
Auberge de Cendrillon in Disneyland Paris (lunch and dinner) to meet princesses
Inventions in Disneyland Paris Hotel (lunch and dinner) to meet surprises characters that are always changing
Café Mickey in Disney Village (lunch and dinner) to meet Mickey and friends
Character dining is hugely popular, so you need to make reservations in advance.
You can reserve your table up to two months in advance, and, as of November of 2020, you can only make your reservation over the phone. You can’t make an online dining reservation at this point in time. Unfortunately.
Character dining is great for groups with children who may not want to stand in a long line to meet Disneyland Paris characters.
Character dining lets you get in and out with little to no fuss. The kids love it, and the adults get a little bit of a breather.
It is a win-win in that scenario.
The Downside of Disneyland Paris Character Dining
On the surface, character dining may seem like the perfect way to meet Disneyland Paris characters, but there are a couple of downsides to it.
It is expensive!
Character dining is not cheap.
The price of an adult ranges from €35 to €77 for a meal!
One meal can cut a rather large hole in your Disneyland Paris budget, so you need to consider whether or not it is the right financial decision for you and your group.
There are a lot of other ways you can spend that money.
On the other hand, money may not be an issue, and you’re happy to shell out that type of money for the convenience of meeting characters quickly and easily.
It depends on you and your Disney travel style.
I’ve done a number of character dining experiences. Sometimes I feel like they are worth the money and sometimes I don’t.
It just depends what you want out of your Disney trip.
But you’ve been warned, and now it is up to you to decide if character dining is worth the money or not.
Nobody takes your photo
One of my biggest pet peeves about character dining at every Disney park is that there is no character attendant that can help you get a photo.
Somebody in your group needs to take the photo, so it is difficult to get a group shot at character dining experiences.
You can ask someone at a nearby table to take a photo for you, but that gets old really quickly and becomes rude. That person wants to enjoy their meal as well and doesn’t want to get up and down and take photos for you.
The photo backdrop sucks
It is unavoidable that the background of your photo is going to be terrible.
There will be tables, other people, and a bunch of other unsightly things in the background of your photos.
A character dining experience is not the place to go if you’re looking for the perfect Instagram photo of your time at Disneyland Paris.
How to Decide if a Character Dining Experience is Right for You
It all comes down to how you want your Disneyland Paris trip to look.
If you want to meet a bunch of characters without waiting in long lines and money isn’t an issue, character dining may be perfect for you.
If you want a more professional-looking photograph and backdrop and don’t mind waiting in a long line, then you may want to skip character dining.
There is no right option.
8. Rare Characters at Disneyland Paris
There are a lot of rare characters at Disneyland Paris!
Some of them only come out during special events, and some of them can be found all year ’round.
One of my favourite rare Disneyland Paris characters is the White Rabbit. He hangs out in Fantasyland almost everyday, and it is a really special character to meet.
I’ve been to a lot of Disney parks, and Disneyland Paris is the only park I’ve seen White Rabbit meeting guests.
The Chesire Cat is more difficult to find, but if you’re really, really lucky, you might get to meet him too!
Marie from The Artistocats meets guests quite frequently. She isn’t out and about every day, but you can catch her once a week or so if you’re lucky.
Her brothers Berlioz and Toulouse (my personal favourite) only meet guests during the Christmas season, so they are much more difficult to find.
The best chance you have of meeting the Aristocats brothers is booking a Sunday brunch at Inventions. That is where they are most often seen during the winter months.
No guarantee though!
During the Halloween season, Huey, Dewey, and Louie tend to be out and about in Disneyland Paris. They sometimes meet with guests at the front of the park. If you see them, jump in line!
They’re super rare. The only other place I’ve seen them is in Tokyo DisneySea.
Another amazing rare character that you can sometimes meet in Disneyland Paris is Monseigneur Claude Follothe villain in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
There is a super secret place Frollo hangs out.
It is on the back side of the castle. If you’re at the back of the castle, on the very right-hand side beside the dragon’s cellar, there is a door where characters come in and out of.
This is the best place to spot most characters and the only place you can meet Frollo.
He is super hard to come by, but you may just get lucky enough to see him! I’ve never been so lucky, so please send me photos if you get to meet him!
All things considered, you can meet some pretty rare characters you won’t find in other Disney parks around the world.
9. Characters Don’t Roam Around
In most Disney parks around the world there are characters that roam around certain land throughout the day.
Normally you can see Peter Pan and Captain Hook chasing each other or Alice and the Queen of Hearts interacting, but that isn’t the case in Disneyland Paris.
Characters stay in their location, and there is no interacting with other characters or moving around the land in a semi-performance basis.
This is nice because guests know where and when they can meet Disneyland Paris characters, but it also take a bit of the fun out of it.
It is fun to randomly pass by characters and see them interacting with one another. It adds to the magic of a Disney park.
So you don’t need to have your camera ready to go at any moment in case you see a fun character interaction.
10. Photopass is an Option (and why you don’t need it)
Photopass is one of my favourite add on when I visited Disneyland or Disney World, but you shouldn’t splurge and get it at Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris’ photopass costs €60 if you purchase it in advance and €70 if you purchase it at the park.
The problem is that there aren’t nearly at many photo locations or photographers around the park.
It is really difficult to get your money’s worth with the Disneyland Paris photopass.
It is more cost effective to use your own camera or purchase a single photo that you’re in love with.
I personally don’t see the value in the Disneyland Paris photopass.
Character attendants are more than happy to take a photo of you and the character with your camera.
This is the best way to get a photo with Disneyland Paris characters.
It costs you nothing, but you still have a great memory to take home with you!
Clearly, there is a lot of information you should know about meeting Disneyland Paris characters.
My best piece of advice is be patient, expect to wait in long lines, and have a strategy.
The character system at Disneyland Paris is far from perfect.
They need to introduce a fastpass option for Mickey Mouse and make it so people don’t have to make the hard decision between standing in line for an hour to meet a character or riding an attraction.
There are definite improvements that need to be made, and, hopefully, they make them in the coming years!
But until that time, stay strong and go in search of those ultra rare characters!
Normally, I would end this post by asking you to say hi to Mickey for me, but I’m not going to ask you to stay in line for that long!
But I will ask you to enjoy your time at Disneyland Paris!
It is an amazing park. I think it is underrated and doesn’t get as much love in the Disney community as it should.
Paris is the second most visited city in Europe. It is an amazing city, and if you want to send your friends and family back home photos of your trip, you’ll need to learn about wifi in Paris.
In this article, you’ll learn about public wifi in Paris (spoiler: it isn’t great!), where to find free public wifi, how to keep your online data safe, and a few alternatives to relying on free wifi in Paris.
You’ll be posting Instagram photos from Paris in no time once you’re done reading this article!
It is important to know before you arrive in Paris that free public wifi in Paris isn’t as easy to find as you may think. It is mostly available in train stations, at cafes, and at some tourist attractions.
While finding reliable free public wifi in Paris isn’t always easy, it is significantly easier to find than reliable wifi in London.
But don’t worry!
You’ll be a pro at tracking down free wifi in Paris by the end of this post!
Or you’ll know how to bypass relying on free wifi and have wifi at your fingers tips no matter where you are!
Either way, you’ll be making your friends back home jealous of your trip in no time!
Free Wifi in Paris
If you know where to look, there is a pretty good chance you’ll be able to find free public wifi in Paris fairly easily.
The wifi can be a bit hard to track down, but if you’re an expert (which you are since you’re reading this post!), you know where to look and how to find it even if it seems that there isn’t any wifi in the area.
One thing I want to caution you about before we discuss how to find Paris wifi is internet safety.
There is a big section dedicated to internet safety at the end of this point, but I want to stress that it is essential that you protect your online data.
The best way to do this is through installing a VPN on your phone, tablet, and laptop.
This stops prying eyes from being able to access your online activity and steal your information.
Wifi at Paris Tourist Attractions
Every time I visit Paris more and more tourist attractions offer guests complimentary wifi.
It is hard to believe that the first time I visited Disneyland Paris there was no free internet for guests to use, and you had to pay for it!
They aren’t perfect, but hotels are a great way to access free wifi in Paris.
But please do be careful!
Even though they seem safe and secure because there is a password on the wifi, they are still considered public wifi.
This means you’re at risk of being hacked and having your data stolen.
Please be sure to protect yourself by installing a VPN on all of your devices even if the only internet you’re connecting to in Paris is the hotel wifi.
Renting Pocket Wifi in Paris
Renting pocket wifi in Paris is the way to go if you need reliable access to wifi on a regular basis. Pocket wifi gives you access to high-speed internet 24/7 no matter where you are.
The major downfall to renting pocket wifi is that it can be fairly expensive.
My preferred pocket wifi rental company in France in Hippocket Wifi. They have the best prices and are the easiest to pick up and drop off.
It costs anywhere from €4 to €9 per day to rent pocket wifi in Paris.
The longer you rent the device for the lower the per day cost it. The amount of data you need also impacts the price. You can get a plan that is less expensive, but you only get access to 1GB of data per day. The other plan gives you unlimited data, but it is more expensive.
You need to crunch the numbers and figure out which plan fits your needs best.
How to Rent Pocket Wifi in Paris
It is super easy to rent pocket wifi in Paris!
The most important thing you need to know is that you have to reserve your pocket wifi before you arrive in Paris.
You rent the pocket wifi through the Hippocket Wifi website and pay for it before you arrive in Paris.
The rental process is super easy.
All you have to do is enter your personal information, the dates you want to rent the device for, where you’re going to pick it up, and pre-pay for the device rental.
Where to Pick Up Your Pocket Wifi Rental in Paris
You have four options to collect your pocket wifi:
Pick it up at CDG or Orly airports
Have it delivered to your hotel or Airbnb
Get the pocket wifi mailed to you at your home before you leave for Paris
Pick it up at a partner post office or partner store pick-up location
I think picking it up at the airport is the easiest option.
I had a bad experience having a pocket wifi device delivered to the hotel I was staying at one time I was visiting Tokyo Disney Resort and have trust issues now.
I’m also wary about mailing the pocket wifi device overseas (if you live outside of Europe). There are so many variables that could lead to you not getting your device in time. You have no control over any mail or customs delays.
And going to a post office or partner store seems like a bit of an inconvenience.
So I recommend picking your pocket wifi up at the airport if you’re flying into Paris.
You’re going to be there anyways, so you may as well kill two birds with on stone.
Returning Your Pocket Wifi Device
The way you return you pocket wifi in Paris is quite interesting and unconventional.
You only have the option of mailing the device back. You don’t have the option of returning it in-person at the airport.
This is quite odd because basically every other pocket wifi rental company in the world allows you to return the device in person at the airport.
Here are your return options and costs:
Mailing it from France: Free
Mailing it from anywhere else in Europe: €9 fee for the envelope
Mailing it from USA: €15 fee for the envelope
Mailing it from anywhere else in the world: At your own expense (asked to pay for tracking). This gets quite expensive!
The most obvious and easiest return method is returning via mail from within France.
It also saves you some money because you don’t have to pay for the return postage!
Just be sure you’re photographing the process, so you can prove you mailed it in case there are any issues!
One Final Thing to Know About Renting Pocket Wifi in Paris
There is one more really important thing you need to know before renting pocket wifi in Paris.
You need a credit card!
You cannot rent a pocket wifi device if you don’t have a credit card. A credit debit card won’t suffice and a traditional debit card certainly won’t be accepted.
The company uses your credit card as an insurance policy in case you damage, lose, or steal the pocket wifi device.
They simply charge the cost of the device to your credit card and don’t have to worry about tracking you down and trying to get money from you.
If you don’t pay, it is your credit card company’s problem and not theirs.
You won’t be able to rent a pocket wifi device in Paris without a credit card. If you don’t have a credit card, you’ll have to rely on free wifi or consider the next option we’re going to discuss.
Skyroam is the perfect wifi solution for frequent travellers.
You purchase your own personal pocket wifi device for a one-time fee and then purchase either daily or monthly wifi passes.
I’ve had my Skyroam since 2019 and absolutely love it! It has made travel so much more freeing because I don’t have to worry about getting lost and can look up restaurants near me to see what has vegetarian food.
Your Skyroam works pretty much anywhere in the world and gives you reliable access to the internet no matter where you are (excluding planes) or what you’re doing.
There is one downside to it though.
Purchasing the pocket wifi device is fairly reasonable, but the wifi can get expensive. Specifically, purchasing day passes is a bit of a rip off in my opinion.
A monthly wifi package costs less than 10 day passes, so if you’re travelling for more than a week in a month, it is worthwhile to purchase a month pass instead of day passes.
If you won’t be travelling for 9 or 10 days or more, then be on the lookout for deals and promotions.
Skyroam often runs promotions where you get extra day passes if you purchase a certain day pass bundle using a certain code. Using the proper code is very important!
Most often the promotion is get 5 days free if you purchase 10 day passes.
It is a pretty good deal and an easy way to cut down on costs.
I highly recommend Skyroam to any serious travellers. It is so convenient and cuts down on the hassle of tracking down free wifi or renting pocket wifi in each city you visit.
You can link up to 10 devices on one wifi device, so you can keep your entire group connected for one relatively low price. Especially if you split the wifi cost!
You can’t walk into Disneyland Paris thinking the fastpass system is going to work the same way. You’ll be disappointed and not have an optimized Disneyland Paris fastpass strategy that helps you ride a lot of attractions in one day.
This post gives you the insider Disneyland Paris fastpass knowledge, so you can be an expert!
You learn the ins and outs of the Disneyland Paris fastpass system and how to make the system work for you.
Even more importantly, you learn the most common Disneyland Paris fastpass mistakes and how to avoid them.
Make the Disneyland Paris fastpass system work for you, and you’ll be skipping the lines like a pro in no time!
It allows you to “skip” the lines and get on a ride with little to no wait time.
You get a fastpass for whatever attraction you want to ride, wait until the return time printed on your ticket, go back to the ride, hop in the fastpass line, and get on the ride within a few minutes.
It is a great system that allows people to ride the most popular attractions without having to spend hours waiting in line.
This makes the guest experience more enjoyable, and it gets people out into the park where they’re more likely to spend money.
Both Disney and the guests win!
There are some rules about how to use fastpass, but we’ll get more into that as the post continues.
Overall, the fastpass system helps you see and do as much as possible in a single day. It cuts down on how much time you have to spend standing in line, so you can go and do other things.
1. The Return Window is Only 30 Minutes
This is the biggest difference between fastpass at Disneyland Paris and fastpass at every other Disney park.
You normally have a 1 hour return window where you can show up and use your fastpass anytime as long as it is within the 1 hour return window on your fastpass.
That isn’t the case at Disneyland Paris.
You only have 30 minutes where you can show up at the attraction and redeem your fastpass.
This makes it a bit more difficult to plan your day, but it is still doable.
You just need to make sure you’re not getting in a long line, watching a stage show, or at the other park in the time leading up to your fastpass return window.
You know when your return window is in advance, so it is a pretty easy thing to plan for.
It is certainly much easier at other Disney parks when you have an hour return window. It gives you more freedom to jump on a ride or watch a show because you know you have an hour when you can use your fastpass.
2. You Can’t Book Your Fastpass on the Disneyland Paris App
This is another huge difference between Disneyland Paris and nearly every other Disney park in the world.
You can’t book fastpass online at Hong Kong Disneyland, but the park is so quiet that you don’t need it. I’ve never booked a fastpass on any of my visits to Hong Kong Disneyland.
Being able to book your fastpass online is super useful. You just pop onto the app, find whatever attraction you’re looking for, and book a fastpass from wherever you are.
No need to walk to the attraction!
You don’t have that convenience of booking your fastpass from anywhere at Disneyland Paris.
You have to physically walk to whatever attraction you want to get a fastpass for and hope there are fastpasses left and they are at a time that works with your schedule.
This may not sound like that big of a deal, but it can waste a lot of time. Especially if you are in Disneyland Paris and want to get a fastpass for an attraction in Walt Disney Studios.
You literally have to walk from one park to the other to get your fastpass.
This limits you quite a bit. I don’t think many people are walking from one park to the other to get a fastpass then walking back to the first park.
Most people are going to get a Disneyland Paris fastpass for whatever park they are in.
You’re not able to optimize your fastpass usage as much as your are in other parks, and you tend to be limited to getting a fastpass for an attraction in whatever park you’re currently in.
It Gets Worse
To make matters even more annoying, Disneyland Paris doesn’t even display the fastpass times on the app.
You don’t know what fastpass return window time is being distributed until you get to the attraction.
You may walk all the way there to find out that the fastpass return window is for when you have a dinner reservation booked.
It is super inconvenient, and I wish Disneyland Paris would update their app to track and display that information.
It would make the guest experience so much better!
A Quick Note About Internet Safety
Disneyland Paris has a great complimentary wifi system that guests can use.
It works in both parks, but, unfortunately, doesn’t work at Disney Village.
The wifi is actually quite reliable, and considering how many guests are using it at any given time, it is pretty fast and reliable.
It is far more reliable than the free wifi at Disneyland California. I’m astonished at how bad the wifi is every time I visit!
But complimentary wifi is dangerous to use and puts your online safety at risk!
Any place there are people using complimentary wifi (especially wifi that doesn’t require a password), there are bad people trying to get into your phone and collect your data.
If they are able to hack into your phone, they can steal your personal information and sell it.
That turns a magical day into a nightmare.
The solution is to protect yourself by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN puts an invisible forcefield around your phone and hides it from prying eyes.
A VPN essentially makes your connection as safe, secure, and private as your personal home wifi where only you know the password.
Nobody is able to hack into your phone and see what you’re doing or steal your information.
You protect yourself when you travel by buying travel insurance, so you may as well protect your online life when you travel and install a VPN on your phone and other devices.
My Favourite VPN
As you can image, I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel.
I cancelled most of them after the first year and was oftentimes so frustrated at how much they slowed my devices down that I wouldn’t use them at all.
I’ve been using NordVPN for a number of years and don’t plan on cancelling my subscription with them anytime soon.
They don’t slow your devices down at all and are the most trusted name on the market.
You can protect up to 6 devices with one NordVPN account, so you can protect all your devices (and maybe all your family’s devices) for one surprisingly low fee.
NordVPN often runs sales where you can save up to 70%, so there is no excuse not to protect your online data.
You probably think it’ll never happen to you, but you’d be shocked to learn how many fellow travellers I’ve met who have had their social media or banking information hacked because they didn’t protect their online data.
Getting a VPN is a tiny price to pay in comparison to the headache of trying to get access to your banking or social media back after it has been hacked.
3. Not Every Disneyland Paris Attraction Offers Fastpass
Not every attraction has the option to get a fastpass for it.
You need to know which ones do and which ones don’t. That will help you plan your day and have a solid Disneyland Paris fastpass strategy in place.
The following attractions at Disneyland Paris offer a fastpass option:
Peter Pan’s Flight
Big Thunder Mountain
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Most of the main attractions have a fastpass option, so that is very helpful!
The only really popular attractions that don’t have a fastpass option are meeting Mickey Mouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Dumbo.
Walt Disney Studios Park
There are far fewer rides that offer fastpass in this park. That is bad news because it means you’ll have to be very strategic and probably spend a lot more time waiting in lines.
Here is the very short list of Walt Disney Studios Park attractions that offer fastpass:
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Ratatouille: The Adventure
Yup. That’ the entire list!
Just two attractions at Walt Disney Studios park offer a fastpass option.
This makes it quite difficult to get a fastpass for either of the attractions. They tend to “sell out” for the day pretty early in the morning.
If you want to get a fastpass for either of these attractions, you should grab it in the early or mid-morning, or you might not be available.
4. Know When You Can Get a New Fastpass
There are two situations where you can get a new Disneyland Paris fastpass:
After you use the fastpass you currently have
Two hours after you get the fastpass you currently have even if you haven’t used it yet
This means you don’t have to fret if you get a fastpass that has a return window 6 or 8 hours in advance. You can get another fastpass for a different attraction two hours after you got your original fastpass.
It is nice to have the extra freedom and not have to choose between getting a fastpss for an attraction you really want to ride with a long time until the return window and not being able to get another fastpass for basically the rest of the day.
Two hours is a decent amount of time to wait until you get another Disneyland Paris fastpass. It helps cut down on people hoarding fastpasses while giving other guests the opportunity to get another fastpass if their original return time is in the distant future.
This normally isn’t an issue at Disneyland Paris, but it is a good provision to have on extremely busy days.
In most instances, your Disneyland Paris fastpass return time will be within 30 to 120 minutes from the time you got the fastpass.
It is a nice fall back to have though!
There is nothing worse than getting a fastpass, waiting 5 or 6 hours to use it, and then not being able to get a fastpass for anything else because they are all “sold out” for the day.
5. They Are Super Strict About Return Time Windows
Most Disney parks are pretty chill if you show up a bit early or a bit late for your fastpass return time. That isn’t the case at Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris is the most strict park when it comes to using your fastpass at the time shown on your ticket.
They don’t let you in the fastpass line early even if you’re only 5 minutes early. They are more lenient if you are late, but they are still pretty strict.
I witnessed a guest who showed up less than 10 minutes after his return window ended, and he wasn’t allowed into the fastpass line.
Yup. They are that strict!
It, of course, depends on the cast member. If you plead your case, and they feel bad for you, you might be able to get into the fastpass line if you’re a little late.
It isn’t a guarantee though!
The best way to avoid this is showing up durning your fastpass return window.
I suggest you plan to arrive at the attraction right at the start of your return window. That way if anything goes wrong, you still have a solid chance of making it to the attraction in time.
It is unfortunate that Disneyland Paris is so strict about fastpass return window. I think other parks’ policy of having a 10-15 minute buffer on either side of the return window is a much better policy.
Moral of the story for Disneyland Paris: DON’T BE LATE!
This is not the time to channel your inner White Rabbit!
6. Take Advantage of Single Rider Lines
There is hardly anything I like more than a single rider line at Disney!
It is the best way to minimize your wait time and maximize the number of rides you go on in a day.
A single rider line is a dedicated line that is used to fill empty seats on an attraction. If a ride has three seats in a row and there is a party of two from the normal line, one person from the single rider line will be used to fill the empty seat.
This helps ensure the line moves as quickly as possible for everybody and the ride is operating at capacity.
You do not get to ride with your group if you join the single rider line. You will be separated and and seatedwith strangers.
Single rider lines tend to have little to no wait, so you can get on a ride within minutes.
The best single rider line at Disneyland Paris in my experience is Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain. I’ve never had to wait more than 5 minutes. Even when the regular line is over an hour!
There is honestly no better way to save time at Disneyland Paris than using the single rider lines as often as possible.
They should become your best friend!
The problem is that there aren’t very many rides that have a single rider option unfortunately.
The following Disneyland Paris attractions have a single rider line:
Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain
It is super unfortunate that Disneyland Paris only has one attraction with a single rider line.
But we’ll take what we can get. It is better than nothing!
Walt Disney Studios Park
This is where the single rider lines shine!
There are actually quite a few options at Walt Disney Studios Park. This is fantastic and helps counterbalance the lack of fastpass options.
Here are all the rides at Walt Disney Studios Park that offer a single rider line:
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
Crush’s Coaster (aka the best ride at Disneyland Paris!)
Ratatouille: The Adventure
That’s a pretty good selection!
4 of the top 5 most popular attractions have a single rider line.
The only one missing is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It would be the perfect ride to offer a single rider option on, but, alas, we can’t have it all.
Crush’s Coaster is the best and most popular attraction across both Disneyland Paris parks.
I don’t think they realized how popular it was going to be because it doesn’t have a fastpass option.
Having a single rider line helps, but it still moves pretty slow. It is 100% worth the wait though! It is an incredible ride.
7. You Can Get Fastpasses in Each Park on the Same Day
You may think you can only get fastpasses in Disneyland Paris or Walt Disney Studios in any given day. But that isn’t the case.
You can get fastpasses in both parks on the same day as long as you have a park hopper ticket.
With a park hopper ticket, you can get as many fastpasses as you can in both parks!
This is really helpful for people who are visiting Disneyland Paris on a day trip from Paris and only have one day in the parks.
You can optimize your time by getting fastpasses in both parks.
This drastically cuts down on your wait time and allows you to see more in your limited amount of time.
You can mix and max a Disneyland Paris fastpass with a Walt Disney Studios fastpass and optimize your day like a boss.
It is nice to have the option to get whatever fastpass works for you no matter what park the attraction is in.
8. Hotel Guests Get an Additional Disneyland Paris Fastpass
You read that right!
Hotel guests staying at a Disney-owned hotel get an additional Disneyland Paris fastpass each day they stay at the hotel.
You can use the fastpass for any ride in either park!
It is a nice extra perk for people staying on Disney property!
You can still get a normal fastpass in the parks just like any other guest, but you have an extra fastpass in your back pocket. You can use it anytime you want during the day.
If you use it correctly, it can be a game changer.
It completely changes your Disneyland Paris fastpass strategy. You can maximize your fastpasses by getting a lot of fastpasses for the moderately popular attractions and use your hotel fastpass for the most popular attractions.
Best Way to Use your Dinseyland Paris Hotel Fastpass
I suggest using it for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
It is the most popular attraction that offers a fastpass that doesn’t also offer a single rider option. Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain and Ratatouille: The Adventure are the two other most popular fastpass attractions.
They have a single rider line, so using your extra fastpass for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will help you maximize your time.
Use single rider for Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain, Ratatouille: The Adventure, and Crush’s Coaster.
Use your hotel fastpass for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Focus on getting regular fastpasses for Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Star Tours, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.
You will be able to ride basically every ride in both parks if you use your extra Disneyland Paris strategically.
How to Book a Disneyland Paris Hotel
It is surprisingly difficult to book a Disneyland Paris hotel.
You can’t just book a hotel room. You have to book a package that includes your hotel, park tickets, and a dining plan.
I personally don’t want an entire package when I visit Disneyland Paris. This is especially true if you have a Disneyland Paris annual pass!
There are two solutions:
Call Disneyland Paris
You can call Disneyland Paris and see if they will sell you just a room.
I’ve heard differing stories on how successful people have been with this.
Disneyland Paris likes it when you purchase a package because they make more money. They don’t always let you book just a room even when you call.
It seems that you’re more likely to be able to book just a room the closer it is to your arrival date.
Disneyland Paris opens up room-only reservations a few weeks in advance to fill up the rooms they didn’t fill with a package.
This works fine if you’re spontaneous, but if you’re like and like to plan in advance (to save some anxiety), then this isn’t a great option for you.
Calling Disneyland Paris is great, but it doesn’t always work.
Your second option pretty much always works and is my preferred way of booking a Disneyland Paris hotel.
Raise your hand if you’re part of the phone call anxiety club like me!
Book Through Hotels.com
This is, in my opinion, the best and most convenient way to book a Disneyland Paris hotel.
You get all the same benefits as someone who books directly through Disneyland Paris, but you don’t have to purchase a package or call to book a room.
You can book just a room at any Disneyland Paris hotel directly through Hotels.com!
The prices are essentially the same as booking just a room directly through Disneyland Paris. There may be a dollar or two different per night, but it isn’t a big enough difference to make any real difference in price.
Booking is easier, quicker, and you earn those sweet, sweet Hotels.com nights towards a free night’s stay.
You’ll get a nice bump in the worth of your free night certificate after staying at a Disneyland Paris hotel.
It is definitely a splurge to stay at a Disneyland Paris hotel, so you may as well get something back in return for spending that money!
That is where the Hotels.com loyalty program comes in. This program is why I love booking through Hotels.com and have booked the majority of my hotels through them since 2015!
You get a free night at a hotel after you’ve stayed 10 nights at a hotel you booked through Hotels.com.
You get a free night’s stay at nearly any hotel listed on Hotels.com for staying at a hotel you would have stayed at in any event.
It doesn’t get any better than that!
9. Use the Disneyland Paris App to Check Wait Times
The Disneyland Paris app doesn’t show what fastpass times are being distributed, but it is still a helpful tool.
It helps you figure out which attractions are most likely to be running out of fastpasses and which ones you can skip the fastpass all together and just use the regular line.
The longer the wait time, the more likely the fastpass return window is much later in the day. The shorter the wait time, the more likely you can get a fastpass for the near future.
People want to avoid waiting in lines as much as possible, so most people get a Disneyland Paris fastpass for the attraction with the longest wait time and don’t consider any other factors.
You can use the Disneyland Paris app strategically to help inform your fastpass decisions.
Don’t waste your time walking to get a fastpass for an attraction that only have a 15-minute wait.
Find attractions that have a medium to long wait and walk to them to get a fastpass.
It may sound like a simple concept, but you’ll be amazed at home much time it can save you over the course of a day!
10. You Need a Disneyland Paris Fastpass Strategy!
This isn’t optional!
You need a fastpass strategy at Disneyland Paris. Especially if you only have one day in the parks or it is your first time visiting.
You should know the following before you arrive at Disneyland Paris:
What attractions you need to ride and whether they offer fastpass
If there are any rides that you want to skip
What attractions are in each park
Whether you’re going to start your day at Disneyland Paris or Walt Disney Studios
What times any parades and shows are, so you can avoid getting a fastpass during them
What you’re willing to miss out on if your plan doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d like
Once you know that information, it is pretty easy to build a Disneyland Paris fastpass strategy.
A Few Tips to Help You Build Your Disneyland Paris Fastpass Strategy
Ride Crush’s Coaster first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It is the most popular attraction and doesn’t have a fastpass option. It normally has over a 60-minute wait, so it is best to try to plan your day around riding it if it is important to you.
If you’re starting your morning at Disneyland Paris, get a fastpass for one popular attraction and then ride another popular attraction in the stand-by line. This is the most effective way to see as many of the big attractions as possible. I suggest skipping Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain because it has a great single rider line. Focus on rides like Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Star Tours, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
Lines are normally shorter during traditional mealtimes and parades. If you can’t get a fastpass for an attraction you really want to ride, try to hit it up during these times when lots of guests are doing other things like eating or watching parades, fireworks, or stage shows.
Get there early! Being at the parks is the best way to ensure you get a lot done at Disneyland Paris. That is when the parks are going to be the least busy, and you’ll be able to go on a number of attractions without waiting very long.
There is a lot you need to know about all your Disneyland Paris fastpass options.
Everything on this list is important, and when you use them in conjunction with one another, you’ll be surprised at how much you can see and do in one Disney day!
You, of course, don’t have to rush around doing and seeing everything.
You can take your time, explore the parks, and only go on a few attractions, but you should still have a fastpass strategy in place no matter what.
A Disneyland Paris fastpass plan and strategy help you have the most magical day that is suited to you and your Disney style.
It gives you the power to know that you’re going to have the best day you can and not spend more time waiting in lines than you have to.
Plus who doesn’t love walking through the fastpass line and passing everybody waiting in the normal line.
Disneyland Paris is the only Disney theme park in Europe, and it can be a bit intimidating for someone who has never been to an international Disney park. You’ve never been to Disneyland Paris, so you don’t have the insider tips, tricks, and knowledge to plan the perfect trip.
Disneyland Paris features two parks: Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios. Disneyland Paris is the main park with the castle and Walt Disney Studios is a smaller park that has a similar vibe to Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
It also has a Downtown Disney-eqsue area called Disney Village. It is full of restaurants, shops, and a dinner show. The majority of the Disneyland Paris hotels are also located near Disney Village.
The Disneyland Paris tips provided in this post will help you navigate all Disneyland Paris has to offer. They are extremely practical tips that will help you make the most out of your Disneyland Paris trip!
The most popular attractions in Disneyland Paris include:
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (a more intense version of Space Mountain)
Peter Pan’s Flight
Big Thunder Mountain
Indiana Jones Temple of Peril
The most popular attractions in Walt Disney Studios include:
Tower of Terror
Ratatouille: The Adventure
Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster
You’ll want to have a plan about what park you want to visit first, what attractions you must ride, what attractions you wantto ride, and have a Fastpass strategy.
You will waste a lot of time in the parks trying to figure out what you want to do if you don’t have a plan before you get there.
It would be a shame to not make the most out of your time at Disneyland Paris so be sure to have a plan.
Your plan will most likely change throughout the day as you discover what attractions you love and want to ride again, but it is important to have a general idea of what you want to do before you get to the parks.
This is one of the most important Disneyland Paris tips on this list. You’ll regret it if you won’t put a little effort in before your trip and research the different attractions.
2. It is Incredibly Easy to get to Disneyland Paris
It is incredibly easy to get to Disneyland Paris no matter where in Paris you’re staying.
There is a metro station at the entrance of Disneyland Paris, and trains run continuously throughout the day.
It takes about 30-45 minutes to get from central Paris to Disneyland Paris. You need to take the RER A train. Once you get on the RER A, you ride it all the way to the last stop: Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy.
You will be steps from Disneyland Paris once you get off the train.
If you’re visiting Disneyland Paris from somewhere else in France, there is a TGV station at Marne-la-Vallée. You can take a train directly to Marne-la-Vallée if it is available, or you can take a train to central Paris and take the metro to Disneyland Paris.
It is impressive how easy they’ve made it to get to Disneyland Paris.
It is definitely one of the selling features of going to Disneyland Paris. You can easily visit Disneyland Paris as a day trip from Paris without spending too much time getting to and from the parks.
3. Understand the Different Ticket Options
There are a number of different ticket options at Disneyland Paris. It is important to understand the different ticket types, so you can choose the ticket that best suits your needs.
If you’re only at Disneyland Paris for one day, it is easy to decide what ticket option is best for you. You just have to choose between a single park ticket and a park hopper ticket.
A park hopper ticket allows you to visit both theme parks in a single day, and I always recommend buying the park hopper ticket if you only have one day at Disneyland Paris. There are attractions you won’t want to miss in each park, and you can easily walk between the parks in a matter of minutes.
It becomes more difficult to pick a ticket when you’re visiting for more than one day. You essentially have to choose between a muti-day ticket and an annual pass.
In some instances it is more affordable to purchase the Discovery annual pass than it is to purchase a two-day park hopper ticket.
The Discovery annual pass is only valid certain days of the year, so the first step is to visit the Disneyland Paris website and figure out if the Discovery annual pass is valid when you plan on visiting the parks.
If the Discovery annual pass is valid when you’re visiting the parks, it is the best bang for your buck. You don’t get any special food or merchandise discounts, but you save on ticket prices.
There is one small catch with the Discovery annual pass though.
There is an automatic blackout date for the two days following the purchase of it. If you purchase the annual pass on a Monday, the Tuesday and Wednesday are blacked out, so you won’t be able to visit the parks those days.
This is a bit troublesome for people wanting to visiting Disneyland Paris multiple days in a row. Luckily there is a workaround for this problem though!
You can purchase your Discovery annual pass in advance of your trip and have it mailed to your house.
You’ll have to do the math on whether the shipping fee negates the ticket price savings, but it is often still a better deal to have your annual pass shipped to your house. This is especially true if you’re ordering annual passes for a group because you only pay the shipping once.
Disneyland Paris is one of those parks where you need to be strategic about what tickets you buy, or you could waste a lot of money.
It is easy to overpay for tickets if you don’t understand the ticketing system.
4. Make Dining Reservations in Advance
This is one of the most important Disneyland Paris tips on the list! There aren’t too many table service restaurants in the parks, and reservations are limited.
You’ll want to make a dining reservation well in advance of your trip if you want to eat at a particular restaurant.
You can making dining reservations up to 6 months in advance of your trip, and for popular dining spots like Bistro Chez Remy, you’ll want to make them as far in advance as possible.
If you book your Disneyland Paris trip less than six months in advance, book your dining as soon as you have a date. If you’re a planner and book your trip more than six months in advance, figure out the earliest day you can make reservations, put it in your calendar, and make the reservation the first day you can.
You have to call Disneyland Paris to make a dining reservation. The phone number to book dining is +33 1 60 30 40 5. International rates do, unfortunately, apply if you’re calling from outside of France.
You’ll be able to speak with an English-speaking person when you call the dining reservation number, and I’ve never been on hold for more than a few minutes.
It is definitely worth taking the effort and booking dining reservations in advance.
5. You Don’t Need to Speak French
Language isn’t a barrier at all at Disneyland Paris! You don’t need to worry about not speaking French.
All of the cast members speak English and there are English menus, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to communicate.
There are English parks maps, and all the signs are in English as well as French.
A lot of the rides with narration even have portions of it in English! It is a great way to allow everybody to get the full experience of the attraction. The safety instructions are also in English, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing the safety procedures of each ride.
It, of course, takes a little time to get used to English not being the main and only language, but it won’t impede or restrict your Disneyland Paris trip in any way!
6. Download the Official Disneyland Paris App
It is essential that you download the Disneyland Paris app onto your phone. The app will make your Disneyland Paris trip run so much smoother.
The app has everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris. It includes:
A map of both parks and Disney Village
Live wait times for attractions
A list of dining locations and their menus
Schedule of events including parade, show, and firework times
There is free WiFi in the parks, so you’re easily able to access and use the app without having to use your cellular data.
PSA: If you’re using the public wifi at Disneyland Paris, be sure to protect yourself from prying eyes with a virtual private network. You don’t want to have your data hacked while enjoying the magic of Disney!
You can connect up to six users with one account, so you can keep the whole family safe with one click!
The highlight of the app is undoubtably the live wait times. It is so easy to plan your next attraction when you can easily see how long the queue is without having to walk all the way to the attraction.
I highly recommend the Disneyland Paris app to anybody visiting the parks.
You may want to download it a few weeks before your trip, so you get used to using it and get a sense of what attractions have the longest wait at various points during the day.
7. Eat at Off-Peak Times
The shortage of table service restaurants inside the parks means that the quick service restaurants can get painfully busy. The best way to avoid heavy crowds at quick service restaurants is to eat at off-peak times.
Peak dining times are between 11:30am and 1:30pm and 5pm and 7pm. You want to avoid dining at these times as much as possible.
Plan to have a late lunch or early dinner.
You will waste a lot of valuable park time waiting in a long, seemingly never ending queue if you dine during peak hours. I once spent 45 minutes in a queue for pizza at a quick service restaurant, and it was not worth it.
The wait times for rides are also slightly shorter during peak dining hours because a lot of guests are at restaurants. This is a great opportunity to get on a few extra rides while the lines are shorter!
8. Take the Time to Visit Disney Village
You’ll be very busy at Disneyland Paris, and it is easy to focus all your time and attention on the parks. You’re paying a lot of money, and you want to get your money’s worth and ride everything you can.
While I understand that mentality, I also think it is a mistake.
Disney Village is well worth a visit. There are a number of shops with unique items you might not easily find inside the parks. This includes a really cool art shop that collectors will love.
Disney Village also has a lot of different dining options, and that is the biggest draw of the area. It has quite a few table service restaurants that you don’t need a reservation to eat at.
The restaurants at Disney Village are a great option for people who weren’t able to get reservations inside the parks.
Even if you’re not interested in the shopping or restaurants, it is still worthwhile to wander through Disney Village. It is a beautiful area with a scenic lake, and you’re able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the parks for a little while.
You don’t have to spend much time in Disney Village. Even just 30 to 45 minutes will be enough time to wander through the area and get a sense of the atmosphere and if you want to spend more time there.
I didn’t take the time to explore Disney Village the first time I went to Disneyland Paris and regretted it! Learn from my mistakes and be sure to visit Disney Village on your trip.
9. Take Advantage of Single Rider Queues
A few select attractions at Disneyland Paris have a single rider queue. Single rider queues are one of the best ways to make the most out of your time at Disneyland Paris.
People from the single rider queue are used to fill empty seats that aren’t filled with people from the regular queues.
For example, if the attraction seats two guests per row and there is a group of three, a person from the single rider queue will be seated next to third person in the party.
Attractions that offer a single rider queue are:
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
Ratatouille: The Adventure
You can easily save upwards of an hour by using the single rider queues.
I’ve had multiple instances where I only waited 5 minutes in a single rider queue when the regular standby queue was over an hour.
The downside to single rider queues is, of course, that you won’t be able to ride the attraction with your family. You don’t get to choose who you ride with or where you sit, so you have to be prepared to go wherever and whenever you’re told.
Of all the Disneyland Paris tips on this list, using the single rider queue will save you the most time and allow you to ride the most attractions.
You just have to decide whether it is important for you to ride with your group or not.
10. Bring Snacks to Save Money
Disney food is expensive, and you may not want to eat every single meal and snack in the parks. You’re able to bring your own snacks into the parks as a method to save a little bit of money.
There are some restrictions on what you can bring in like no coolers or alcohol, but most food is acceptable.
Packing a few muffins for breakfast or granola bars to stop that midday hunger is a great way to save some money. Snacks are small and easy to pack, so you don’t have to worry about them taking up too much room in your Disney bag.
With they money you’ve saved by bringing your own snacks rather than paying nearly $10 for popcorn, you’ll be able to splurge and have a nice lunch or dinner at a restaurant.
Disneyland Paris is one of the most beautiful and special Disney parks in the world. It has a fantastic mixture of thrill rides, nostalgia, and unique touches you won’t find anywhere in the world.
These Disneyland Paris tips are designed to help you get the most out of your Disneyland Paris trip.
They save you time, money, and some of the stress of planning a Disney trip to a park you’ve never been to before.
Disneyland Paris is on nearly every Disney fan’s bucket list and for good reason! I highly recommend a trip to Disneyland Paris next time you’re in France.
You won’t regret it- especially if you take advantage of these Disneyland Paris tips!
Congratulations! You just booked a trip to Disneyland Paris and now you have to figure out what items to put on your Disneyland Paris packing list.
Your Disneyland Paris packing list will look similar to your Disney World or Disneyland packing lists, but there are a few changes that you have to make. This guide will help you create the ultimate Disneyland Paris packing list, so you have everything you need with you in the parks!
Disneyland Paris has free, public WiFi you can use in the parks. You can use your phone to view wait times on the Disneyland Paris app and post all your amazing photos!
You’ll be on your phone a lot, and your battery will die quicker than on a normal day.
I never travel to a Disney park without an external battery! They are small and lightweight, so they aren’t troublesome to pack.
You’ll want to take lots of photos at Disneyland Paris! You can use an iPhone, but I find cameras take way better photos, and you’ll want the best photos possible to remember your trip!
I used this Canon point and shoot camera for years and still use it to this day when I don’t want to carry around my larger camera. It takes incredible photos, is lightweight, and is so small you can stick it in your pocket!
I currently use this Olympus mirrorless camera when I want to get higher-quality photos. I love it because it is shockingly lightweight for a camera of its size. It is so easy to carry in my purse, and I don’t feel like it is weighing me down!
The Olympus is also super easy to use, and even somebody with little to know knowledge of photography and cameras can use it with no problem. It is the perfect starter camera for anybody looking to upgrade to a level higher than a point and shoot.
If you decide on the Olympus camera, I recommend also purchasing the zoom lens. The lens the camera comes with is good and has a decent zoom, but the zoom lens takes your photography to the next level!
You will need a backpack at Disneyland Paris. You’ll have a number of things you want to carry with you in the parks, and a purse probably won’t have enough space.
I recommend taking a backpack that has a place to put a water bottle on the outside. You do a lot of walking in Disneyland Paris, so you’ll be drinking a lot of water.
You don’t have to worry about where you’re going to put your bag while on the rides. You’re able to take your bag on every single Disneyland Paris attraction and store it at your feet. Even on the more thrilling rollercoasters that go upside down!
It isn’t a day at a Disney park if you’re feet aren’t sore at the end of it!
Comfortable shoes are a must on any Disneyland Paris packing list. You’ll deeply regret it if you happen to bring the wrong shoes to the parks. You want to avoid flip flop sandals, heels, or any shoe your feet get sore it.
I always wear my Columbia hiking shoes to Disneyland Paris. I’ve gone through four pairs at this point, and I keep buying them because they’re so comfortable. They are, admittedly, not the cutest shoes on the market, but you’re at Disney and nobody is looking at your feet.
You’ll be thankful at the end of a long day of walking that you have comfortable rather than stylish shoes!
If you are in the market for a more stylish shoe, I recommend the Sketchers Cleo flat. I wear them all the time when I’m travelling and often walk 25,000+ steps per day and never have sore feet. They’re by far the best pair of flats I’ve ever owned.
Okay. Technically, a virtual private network (VPN) isn’t something you physically packing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t extremely important!
Disneyland Paris has free public wifi that you can connect to in the parks, which is amazing! You can use the Disneyland Paris app to check ride wait times, post on social media, and reviews menus to see where you want to eat.
I always connect to the free wifi at Disneyland Paris, but connecting to it also puts you at risk of having your data compromised.
Hackers love people who connect to public wifi networks because it is so easy to pop into their devices and steal their data and possibly sell it to people and advertisers.
A VPN protects you from those people!
It creates a security bubble around your device that prevents prying eyes from seeing your data and online activities!
You 100% need a VPN when you’re using any type of public wifi (including hotels and cafes)!
I loveNord VPN and trust it to protect all my devices.
You can connect up to 6 devices to one account, so you can easily protect all your devices (phones, tablets, laptops) with one account.
Plus Nord VPN often runs huge sales, so you can protect your data for just a few dollars a month. Seriously!
You’ll be walking all day at Disneyland Paris and will need to hydrate yourself throughout the day. You can purchased bottled water in the parks, but it is much better to have a reusable water bottle on your Disneyland Paris packing list!
This will save you tons of money if you’re travelling as a family and is much better for the environment! There are water fountains all over both Disneyland Paris parks, so it is easy to refill your water bottle throughout the day.
Glass water bottles are not allowed in the parks and will be confiscated duringbag check! Be sure you bring a plastic or stainless steel water bottle!
If you’re anything like me, your lips are constantly chapped, and you hoard lip chap like it is going out of style.
You don’t want to get stuck in Disneyland Paris without any lip chap. I’ve had to pay Disney prices for lip chap when I ran out, and it was three times more expensive than buying it at the drug store.
Learn from my mistake and make sure to add lip chap to your Disneyland Paris packing list. It seems like the sort of thing you always have lots of, but you’ll probably run out at the worst time and have to overpay for new lip chap at Disneyland Paris.
You’re outside in the sun all day while at Disney, so you need to make sure your skin is protected! Sunscreen should be on your packing list no matter where you’re going, and it is even more important at Disney.
I love and swear by this COSRX sunscreen. It is a Korean skincare brand, and I love all of their products but especially this sunscreen. I always feel so protected when I wear it, and it doesn’t leave that gross white/greasy layer on the top of your skin.
Your future self will thank you for taking care of your skin now so add sunscreen to your Disneyland Paris packing list. Then bold it and underline it, so you don’t forget!
You’re going to get hungry in the parks, and Disney food is expensive! You should put snacks on your Disneyland Paris packing list if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on food in the parks.
Carrying a few snack bars with you is the perfect way to get rid of that mid-day hunger when you’re not quite ready for a full meal.
This might just be me, but my hair always gets knotted and gross when I’m a Disney. It is a combination of sweat from being outside in the heat all day and going on thrill rides.
A few hours into a day at the parks, and my hair is a disaster in the back. I always pack a hairbrush in my Disney bag and end up using it mostly every day. I’m so thankful every time I pull my hairbrush out and look presentable again after using it!
I think my fellow longhaired people know exactly what I’m talking about!
Kleenex, Wet Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer
These are three essentials that need to be included on everybody’s Disneyland Paris packing list! Disney is full of germs, and you’ll want to keep your hands clean in the parks- especially when eating!
Carrying Kleenex, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer in your Disney bag will come in handy more often than you would think. You never know when you’re going to spill ice cream all over the place (guilty) or accidentally touch a sticky handrail (so gross).
Even if you’re totally fine with germs most of the time, Disney is a different animal, and the germs are everywhere!
Disney parks are always moving towards being more sustainable, and you don’t always get a plastic bag with your purchase anymore. I recommend putting a small, reusable bag on your Disneyland Paris packing list.
This way you’re able to forego the plastic bag and carry your souvenir purchases in an environmentally friendly bag. Reusable bags take up no room in your backpack, and you can easily put it back in your backpack with your purchases assuming they are small enough to fit in your backpack.
Disney parks are also transitioning away from providing single use plastic straws, so you either get a paper straw or no straw at all. You should considering bring a reusable straw with you to Disneyland Paris.
You’re able to get tiny travel reusable straws that are so small they easily fit in your pocket! The straw itself is full size, but it collapses into itself and is stored in a travel container that is about has long as your pinky finger!
They’re absolutely perfect for travelling with, and I take one everywhere I go!
It is sunny in Paris in the summer, so you’re going to need a hat to keep the sun off your face! Your hat will not only save you from getting a sunburn, but it will also prevent you from squinting all the time.
There are a lot of outdoor activities, sights, parades, and shows at Disneyland Paris. You’ll be outside looking at things for hours every day, so you’ll need something to help keep the sun out of your eyes and stop you from getting pre-mature crow’s feet.
Minnie ears are an adorable addition to any Disney outfit no matter what age you are! You can bring ears from home, but it is even more fun to buy new ears while at Disneyland Paris!
They’re the perfect souvenir to bring home, and you’ll love wearing them at Disney parks around the world and feel special knowing you got them in Paris.
Technically, this is more of a souvenir suggestion, but if you love Disney ears like me and like to wear a different pair each day, you may want to bring a few pairs from home as well!
I love wearing Disney-themed shirts in the parks, and Disney t-shirts are always on my Disneyland Paris packing list! Disney shirts are super cute and a great way to show off your Disney style and support your favourite movies and television shows.
I like bringing my own Disney shirts from home rather than buying shirts at Disneyland Paris because I don’t care for having super branded and in-your-face Disney apparel.
I love that your’e able to get more subtle Disney shirts that can be worth both in the parks and casually around my hometown.
Pins to Trade
Pin trading is a popular hobby in most Disney parks, and Disneyland Paris is no exception! You can bring official Disney pins to Disneyland Paris and trade them with cast members and other guests.
It is a super fun way to get new Disney souvenirs and make great memories. Disneyland Paris also has a lot of unique pins that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Even if you don’t go to Disneyland Paris with a pin collection, it is quite possible you’ll be coming home with one!
Please be cautious about fake pins. Some people purchase fake pins cheaply online and then trade them for authentic Disney pins in the parks. Do your research before you start pin trading and know what to look for in a fake pin!
It is important to always travel with travel insurance. You never know what can happen while travelling, and it would be terrible to have an accident and then be stuck with a large medical bill you can’t afford to pay.
Spending a small amount of money up front and buying travel insurance is the smart thing to do. It doesn’t cost you very much, but it can save you a lot of money in the long run.
I always have travel insurance when travelling, and it is one of the few areas of travel that I’m not willing to skimp on to save money.
Disneyland Paris is one of my favourite Disney parks in the world. I love it’s charm and unique attractions. While you may thing travelling to Disneyland Paris is like travelling to any other Disney park, there are a few things on your Disneyland Paris packing list that may not be on your normal Disney packing list.
The best part of this Disneyland Paris packing list is that everything on it is small enough that you can put it in one medium-sized backpack and not have to worry about carrying multiple bags.
You can enjoy your time in Disneyland Paris and not have to worry about anything else because you have everything you need in one bag!