Different dog-friendly holidays in Paris
Paris is, indisputably the city of love, or “la ville de l’amour”, but there is another Paris out there, different to the city of museums and cathedrals, bellow we will show you some breath-taking dog-friendly ideas to enjoy in Paris.
Paris beaches (plages)
Did you know that Paris has sandy beaches? yes! and believe it or not, they are dog-friendly, however, these beaches are seasonal, the “Paris plages” open during the summer season only: July-September on the riverside. The two main locations are the Parc Rives de Seine and La Villette canal basin.
Crêperie À L’Ouest
Crêpes are probably one of the most popular French dishes. At Crêperie À L’Ouest, they promise a mix of traditional and creative recipes in a beautiful Amelie-like cafe style. Their crêpes can be salty or sweet, so it worth to stop here at any time of the day, for lunch, breakfast or even for a snack.
Vice Versa Hotel
Constantly dreaming about macarons? well, say no more, you should totally reserve the cake-themed bedroom in this flamboyant hotel, the Vice Versa. This quirky place near Convention Metro Station, with direct line to the Champs Elisées is all you need to give your Paris holidays a touch of uniqueness. The best thing? dogs are allowed for free.
Rooms start at €75 per night.
Le Rubis Bistro
When you are in Paris, you should definitely try one of their typical bistros, one of our favourite ones is Le Rubis. Their traditional zinc atmosphere will make you feel like a local. You will find there the best of Parisian traditional dishes, including Escargot, their famous snails (if you dare).
Petite Ceinture, abandoned railway
The Petite Ceinture is an abandoned railway line circling the city of Paris. Built in 1852 under Napoleon III, the railway was a needed belt around the city of Paris. It was abandoned in 1934 and today it is possible to visit some parts of it. The rails have now been overtaken by more than 200 species of flora and fauna and have a beautiful wilderness vibe, in some parts, you won’t feel you are walking the capital. A recommended walk is from Villa du Bel Air to the old Gare de Charonne. (Phot by Jeroen Van Dam)
Rules on Paris public transport
Medium and big dogs
Larger dogs not fitting inside a carry bag / cage of 45cm (17.5 inches) must wear a muzzle and be on a leash (no need for a bag/cage). A reduced-fare Paris Metro ticket (same as a child Paris Metro ticket) is required for larger dogs on Paris Metro and RER trains no fare is required for small dogs.
Small dogs are allowed on Paris Metro that can be carried in an animal bag or cage with its longest dimension measuring 45cm (17.5 in.) or less (height or width or depth). No ticket is required for small dogs on Paris Metro when carried in an animal bag or cage.
Medium and big dogs
Unfortunately, medium and big dogs are not allowed in Paris buses.
Small dogs are allowed on Paris buses that can be carried in an animal bag or cage with its longest dimension measuring 45cm (17.5 in.) or less (height or width or depth). No ticket is required.
Paris Batobus (river-boat shuttle service)
Small dogs must be carried in a bag.
Medium and big dogs
Medium and big dogs must wear a muzzle and be on a lead.
The following rules apply to SNCF French trains under the names of TGV, Intercités or TER
Medium and big dogs (from 6kg)
Your pet must be muzzled throughout your journey and it must travel at your feet on a leash. Its ticket is priced at 50% of the full 2nd class fare, calculated using the standard rate per kilometre. You need a “big dog” (Chien tenu en laisse et muselé) ticket that you can buy at any French train station or on the French version of the SNCF website (unfortunately, the English version doesn’t offer this option yet).
Small dogs (up to 6kg)
Small dogs are allowed on French trains. They must travel in a bag or basket no larger than 45 cm x 30 cm x 25 cm placed on your knees or at your feet. You do need a “small dog” (Petit animal dans un contenant) ticket that you can buy at any French train station or on the French version of the SNCF website (unfortunately, the English version doesn’t offer this option yet).