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Student Hostels in Paris

Hostels for Every Student Trip

Finding a reasonably priced hotel can be difficult in large European cities, especially for large groups. Hostels, however, are a great solution for you and your next class trip. Whether you are a group of University students backpacking through Europe or high school students on an educational adventure in Paris, there is reasonably priced accommodation for all ages at European hostels. But before you press that “Book It Now!” button, there are a few things you should know about student hostels in Paris.

Much like hotels, every hostel has their own unique identity. This being said, not all hostels are friendly to all ages. Your stay and experience can differ greatly depending on the atmosphere of the accommodation.  Some hostels provide a more quiet, relaxed environment, while others attract those looking to party.

Here are some of things to know before booking a hostel for your student group.  

 

For High School Students Traveling with Teachers: Ages 13 to 16

Student Hostels in Paris

Before booking your hostel, one thing you need to check is the age restrictions. Many hostels will not accept groups under the age of 16. Furthermore, hostels that do accept student groups at this age may have terms that your group must follow. For example, there may need to be a certain number of chaperones on the trip to make a reservation and they must all be present at check-in to ensure the group is adequately supervised. For groups in this age range, the hostels are more likely to be located in safe neighborhoods located near schools and neighborhoods saturated with families. These areas are safer for the younger students and offer more security for the groups. This type of hostel is quieter and more relaxed which allows students and teachers to enjoy the educational experience and provides the parents with a sense of serenity knowing their children are safe.

For University Students Traveling with Teachers: Ages 17-22

Traveling in groups at this age may also require a few verifications before booking. In student groups ages 16 to 18, a chaperone is required to complete the booking and to be present at check-in at most hostels. You will also have to make sure the hostel knows the number of students, between the ages of 16 and 18, coming on the trip or the hostel has permission to cancel the booking upon arrival. For groups over the age of 18, there fewer restrictions to complicate planning; however, it is important for teachers and older chaperones to know that many hostels will not allow adults over the age of 40 to stay in a shared room. When booking for this age group, hostels that are on the trendier side may be the most popular choice. These hostels provide nice and clean accommodations that are also sociable, yet respectful. They are also located in more local areas which can provide your students with an educational and authentic experience.

For University Students and Post-Graduate Students Traveling Together: Ages 18+

Student Hostels in Paris

Hostels are great, affordable places to stay when traveling from country to country with large groups of friends. The types of hostels best suited for these students are laid back and more rustic for young adults on a budget. The atmosphere entices sociable explorers to partake in an adventurous experience where they are able to meet other interesting and outgoing individuals.  There are not many limitations that these groups need to be made aware of, their job is to be focused on finding a hostel that will help them in their quest for an incredible journey. These hostels can be found in major cities with unbeatable prices at their unbelievably low rates.

 

How can you find the best hostel for your group?

As with most things, the internet is a great place to start your search for the ideal hostel for your group’s needs. Hostels can be found on many booking websites and reservations can be made online. Hostels can also be contacted directly by phone. Another option is contacting a travel agent to help you book your student trip. By explaining your situation, the travel agent will be able to use their industry expertise to find the hostel that best fits your group’s specifications with a pricing model that matches your trip’s budget. Your travel agent will ensure that your students get an educational and unforgettable experience at an affordable price under a safe and secure roof.

 

 

 

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Paris Metro Prices

Buying Group Metro Tickets for Student Trips

Transportation around Paris may seem difficult and expensive for large student groups, but knowing the tips and tricks to discounted Paris Metro prices is a great start to making your trip as stress-free as possible.

Here are a few things you need to know about purchasing your group Metro tickets at a discounted price.

Paris Metro Prices

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The first thing to account for is the size and average age of your group. The Parisian RAPT Group offers a 50% discount for train tickets which include access to the Metro, RER (although this does not include airport connections) and trains in the Île-de-France region. However, there are a few parameters that your group must meet in order to take advantage of this offer. The groups size is the most important factor. An adult or teacher with a group size of greater than 10 children can benefit from the discount. For every 10 children, 1 adult or teacher is able to also able to receive a reduced fare for up to 30 kids.

The age of the group is also important. The youth group may be comprised of either 10 year olds and younger or middle and high school students as old as 18 years old. For this reason, these discounted tickets are especially useful for student trips where there are many young people in one group.

In order to be able to get this price reduction, the adult that is accompanying the group must fill out a “youth group transport form” that will need to be validated by a station agent. These forms are able to be found at all Metro and RER stations and allows for immediate travel after validation. Be sure to continue carrying this form with you as you travel along with your Metro tickets. In the case that you are stopped by officials checking tickets, you will need both the ticket as well as the form in order to prove that you and your group are authorized to have a reduced fare ticket.

Paris Metro Prices

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Unfortunately, this discount is only valid for one way and round-trip tickets, so if you and your group are planning a trip more centered around Metro travel there may be better options for you.

The Paris Travel Pass is a good option for groups planning on spending multiple days in Paris. This pass allows for unlimited trips for either 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days. This can be a better option for you than just getting a weekly pass since weekly passes follow the calendar week. Meaning, while you may purchase a weekly pass on a Thursday, you will have to repurchase one on that Monday for the next week. The travel pass also allows you to pick which zones you are most interested in, so if you are planning on staying in the center of Paris, this will also help you save money on your tickets. These tickets may be bought at the ticket desks and ticket machines

 

Furthermore, a travel agent is a great resource to aid you in this process. Because of their connections and expertise, they will be able to help you find the best possible mode of transportation for you and your group’s needs without the hassle of you having to try to find it for yourself. Using ParisByM will take care of the details for you, so you can sit back relax, and get excited for your trip!

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Morning Activities in Paris

If you are an early riser or just can’t imagine sleeping in the City of Lights, you may be disappointed that the Paris museums do not open when the sun rises. But do not worry! There are plenty of early morning activities in Paris that you can do to get your day as early as you are.

 

Morning Activities in Paris

Parisian Sunrise

If you love seeing the beautiful colors of the sky at sunrise, then you are in luck. Some of the best views in Paris are only made better by the pink sky in the horizon. Get your early morning coffee and sit on the Trocadero to watch the Eiffel Tower gleam while you listen to “La Vie en Rose.” I promise it will make for a very memorable morning. AND because sunrise is around 5:40 in the summertime, there will be far less tourists taking away from your experience. Go to the Louvre, sit in front of the Arc de Triomphe. The sky will be a sight to see, no matter where you are in the city.

 

Food and Flea Markets

Morning Activities in Paris

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After sunrise, the hustle and bustle of the city begins. It’s always a good idea to go to a market when you are in Paris. Since they generally open around 7 am all over the city, it is a great “next stop” for your early morning itinerary.  Browse the fresh produce and be amazed by the selection of cheeses, fish, and charcuterie. These markets are located all over the city on different days of the week, so it’s impossible to not find a market with delicious foods. Get a savory crêpe for breakfast and roam the cobble stone streets or buy food to make a yummy picnic for lunch.

 

However, while many markets may only have food, there are also many markets that also (or exclusively) sell new and used items such as vintage clothing or antique cutlery. Digging through these markets for a special souvenir is another great morning activity as the markets open relatively early. (And if you get there before everyone else, you have first pick on all the goods!)

 

Delicious Breakfast

If you rather sit and enjoy the scenery, there are many cute, delicious places for you to grab a bite. No matter what you are in the mood for, you will be able to find a quality restaurant that can satisfy your taste buds. If you are looking for something a bit more low-key, there are many boulangeries where you can sit to relax with an americano in one hand and a butter croissant in the other. This, especially, is a great way to start your day like a local. When in Paris, do as the Parisians do, right?

Stroll through the Parks

Although this may seem like a simple answer, you can not underestimate a walk through the park on a beautiful Parisian morning. Whether you go at sunrise or as the day is beginning, the beauty of the Parisian parks is unparalleled. There are limitless possibilities for you too. You could walk through a new park each morning of a one-week vacation, and not even come close to seeing all that Parisian parks have to offer. Stop and smell the roses, or you’ll get your 10,000 steps before it has even reached noon!

Morning Activities in Paris

 

For more ideas or how to find the best spots for the ideas mentioned above, contact us to create an individualized itinerary tor you. Also, check out our other packages and blog posts for more day-time or night-time ideas.

School Trips to France

Getting Your Kids Ready for Paris

Traveling to Paris with your kids is an amazing adventure, but its understandable that you might be worried that they won’t appreciate the rich history which pervades the city. In this article, we will discuss the different ways you can help your children learn more about the history of Paris before and during your upcoming trip!

 

Pre-departure

Preparing your kids for your trip is an important, but often overlooked, part of the planning process. You need to instill a positive image of the country your visiting and begin to prepare them with interesting tidbits of history so they can make positive connections while on the trip that will increase their knowledge intake and enhance the enjoyability of the trip. By building a positive image of the country you will be visiting prior to your trip, you can enhance your children’s’ curiosity and inspire them to make connections, making the trip more enjoyable on all fronts.

Children’s books set in Paris are an excellent way to peak a child’s interest. History for Kids in ParisWith beautiful illustrations of famous monuments and interesting tidbits of Parisian culture, children’s books are a great way to introduce your child to the sights of Paris before you even leave. This way when your child sees the Arc de Triomphe in person, they’ll be excited and remember the importance of the structure because they remember seeing it when you read them Madeline.  Check out Goodreads for a Definitive List of Children’s Books Set in Paris.

 

YouTube videos and movies are also a great way to teach your children about Paris before leaving. There are billions of videos on the web for every topic you can think of including French history. Just search “History of Paris for Kids” on YouTube and you are destined to find videos History of Paris for Kidsthat can help educate your children in a fun and comprehensible way. Watching films is another great way to introduce your child to the Paris.  Animated classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame or The AristoCats are a simple and enjoyable way to get your kids interested in the French culture and history of Paris. There are so many wonderful movies to get your kids excited and ready to go! Here are just a few examples of great movies for kids that are set in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving in Paris

After getting your kids excited for the trip, the next step is to actually go! Luckily the fun doesn’t stop when you arrive in Paris. There are plenty of museums and activities for you to do with your kids in Paris. Many museums have interactive activities for your kids to keep them engaged in the learning.  For example, the Louvre has a guided treasure hunt to make the learning more interactive and fun. These activities are a great way to introduce new information to your kids. There are also many kid-friendly museums. No matter what they are interested in, you will be able to find a place that they will love.

The Chocolate Museum in Paris, for example, is a great place for any child (or adult) with a sweet tooth. The Palaces intricately decorated, and history-laden rooms will captivate your children. Stop in the Tuileries Gardens, which are the perfect spot for your active toddler to run around and chase birds while you admire the serenity and beauty of the park. You can even teach your child about modern art at the Musée en Herbe, which focuses on teaching young kids on how to approach modern art.  Not to mention, your kids can take an adventurous boat ride where they will love splashing through the Seine and learning about all of the famous buildings and monuments on the riverbank.

 

ParisByM can help you plan the perfect trip for you and your kids. With a vast knowledge of Paris and the opportunities within, ParisByM is able to custom make your itinerary to fit all your needs. Book with us to make the best, most educational and fun experience for both you and your kids.

 

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