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VISITING PARIS IN A MOTORHOME

Capital cities, with their associated traffic problems & congestion, are not always at the top of your average motorhomers list of favourite places to stay and Paris is probably no exception but to miss out on the many & varied attractions that Gay Paris has to offer would be "tragique". Whilst there are no suitable aires within a reasonable distance of the French capital, there are a few decent campsites that can give you a combination of good accommodation together with an acceptable journey time on public transport into the centre of the city avoiding the hassle of the city centre traffic. We have reviewed five campsites that we consider to offer the best in the way of a good quality site within a reasonable traveling time (by public transport).

 

CAMPING HUTTOPIA (3*),

Huttopia at Versailles
Huttopia at Versailles
78000, VERSAILLES, is situated on the edge of Versailles in a forest setting yet only 5 minutes drive from the Palace of Versailles, its peaceful location making this a pleasant break from the rigors of the Paris crowds. If you are visiting Paris from here it involves just a 10-minute walk from the campsite to the nearest RER station (PorcheFontaine) which then takes you directly to Notre Dame in approximately 25 minutes. Motorhome service point, bar/ café, swimming pool & play area.

COST per night in 2008 (High Season) for a motorhome+2 people + electric = 36.9€

OPEN : 21/03 -- 03/11

PLUS:  A fairly stress free drive to the site -- A relaxing, quiet location in a forest -- An easy straight forward journey into Paris -- Walking distance to the Palace of Versailles -- Reasonably sized pitches

MINUS: Over 1 hour round trip to center of Paris -- Cost of train tickets can be expensive for a family -- Closed November to March

 

CG DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE (4*)

CG DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
CG DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE
2 ALLEE DU BORD DE L'EAU,  75016,  PARIS is the only campsite actually in Paris, located near to the centre on the eastern bank of the Seine, where there is a shuttle bus available from the site to the centre of Paris (a 15 minute journey). There are 435 pitches on this 7ha site. Play area, supermarket & restaurant. Motorhome service point.

COST per night in 2008 (High Season) for a motorhome+2 people + electric = 35.7€

OPEN: 01/01 -- 31/12

PLUS: Only 15 minutes to the centre of Paris -- Inexpensive bus tickets -- Open all year

MINUS: Site can be busy/ noisy in high season -- Access to the campsite means driving into the centre of Paris -- Facilities can be under pressure -- Pitches are quite close

 

INTERNATIONAL CAMPSITE MAISONS-LAFFITTE (4*), 1 RUE JOHNSON, 78600, MAISONS-LAFITTE, is set in a 6.5 ha site (350 pitches) on an island in the Seine next to the small town of Maisons-Laffitte, offering a quiet situation in rural surroundings. Getting to Paris involves a 15 minute walk to the nearest RER station & then a 20 minute ride to the Arc de Triomphe. Motorhome service point, shop, bar/ restaurant & sports facilities.

COST per night in 2008 (High Season) for a motorhome+2 people + electric = 30€

OPEN: 15/03 -- 31/10

PLUS: A fairly stress free drive to the site -- A relaxing, quiet location in a forest -- An easy straight forward journey into Paris -- Good size pitches -- Short drive to Versailles

MINUS: Over 1 hour round trip to center of Paris -- Cost of train tickets can be expensive for a family - Closed November to March -- Possible train noise

 

CG INTERNATIONAL DE JABLINES (3*)

Camping Int'l de Jablines
Camping Int'l de Jablines
77450    JABLINES is situated 30 km east of Paris in a 450 ha area of parkland/ lakes (150 pitches) & only 9km from Disneyland. Although advertised as convenient for Paris, the journey actually involves a 15 minute drive or bus ride to the RER station & then a 45 minute journey into the centre of Paris. Motorhome service point, shop, adjacent leisure complex & restaurant.

COST per night in 2008 (High Season) for a motorhome+2 people + electric = 24€

OPEN: 29/03 -- 25/10

PLUS: A fairly stress free drive to the site -- A relaxing, quiet location in a parkland setting -- Convenient for Disneyland

MINUS: Over 2 hour round trip to center of Paris -- Cost of train tickets can be expensive for a family - Closed November to March

 

CG LE VAL DE SEINE (3*), CHEMIN DU ROUILLARD, 78480, VERNEUIL-SUR-SEINE, is a relatively small site compared to the others, with only 33 pitches available for caravans/ motorhomes & is located on the western side of Paris next to a large park area with lakes & many footpaths. The trip into Paris involves a 30 minute walk to the RER station followed by a 25 minute trip into the centre. Motorhome service point, shop, bar/ restaurant & sports facilities.

COST per night in 2008 (High Season) for a motorhome+2 people + electric = 19€

OPEN: 01/04 -- 30/09

PLUS: A fairly stress free drive to the site -- A relaxing, quiet location in a country park area -- An easy straight forward journey into Paris -- Good size pitches -- Reasonable drive to Versailles

MINUS: Over 1 hour round trip to center of Paris -- Cost of train tickets can be expensive for a family - Closed October to March -- Quickly fills up in high season.

 

CONCLUSION

Out of the 5 sites reviewed; Val de Seine is the cheapest & Huttopia is the most expensive -- almost double the price of Val de Seine! As regards access to the centre of Paris, Bois de Boulogne is a clear winner as it is the only site within the capital but it obviously has the disadvantage of having to drive your vehicle into the city. It also has the longest opening period -- all year as opposed to the other four which are closed from October to March, so if you are visiting Paris in the winter then this obviously makes the choice a lot easier. If however, you are visiting between April to September & like many people you do not relish the thought of taking your motorhome into the city, then in our opinion Val de Seine is the best alternative, offering good basic facilities at a very reasonable price (by Paris standards) yet within a perfectly respectable traveling time of the centre of Paris. The only disadvantage here is the size of the site & the subsequent availability of pitches -- especially in high season, meaning that your only guarantee of a place is to book in advance.

So to sum up; in our opinion -- if you are visiting Paris between March & October then you have little choice other than to stay at Camping de Bois de Boulogne but if you are planning a stay outside these months we would recommend Camping Le Val de Seine -- but be sure to reserve a pitch.

 




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