*Edited 5/2/17 to add that the TukTuk is 100% electric.
My husband and I love to tour cities through unique transportation. One of our favorite memories of Rome was cruising around on a golf cart to see historical sites. As soon as we decided to bring our kids Paris, I started Googling and was ecstatic to find Paris by TukTuk. We saw TukTuks while traveling in Asia so we were instantly intrigued. After perusing their website, I emailed them to see if we could tour around to see the “real” Paris.
Our driver, Arnaud, picked us up at our flat. This was really helpful because we didn’t have to try to meet him somewhere unfamiliar. It was a chilly April day that had been a bit rainy, so he put on the roof and plastic sides to keep us warm and dry. While it meant that our view was obstructed a bit, we were very thankful to keep our family warm.
The TukTuk can seat up to 6 people. I wore our baby in my Tula baby carrier and had our 3-year-old sit beside me and we faced the back of the TukTuk. My husband sat in the back of the TukTuk so he could get a better view for photos. We had plenty of space for our large backpack and to move around a bit.
We figured we could see the main tourist attractions on our own, so we requested a “Secret Paris Tour” that would show us some areas away from the main sites. If it had been our first time in Paris, we would have done one of their “Classical Tours” to see the major landmarks.
Our flat was near the Arc de Triomphe, so we headed that direction and saw the Bastille. We headed to the Northeast end of Paris and then the Eastside. We saw a lot of beautiful parks and historic buildings. Arnaud made sure to pull over every once in awhile to explain what we were looking at. We stayed close to the Seine for awhile and we looked out the windows in awe of Paris.
Our 3-year-old was mostly enchanted that we were in a real TukTuk. He waved at motorcyclists behind us and was thrilled when some waved back. Then he started waving at construction workers (who also waved back) and middle school students (who seemed too cool to wave at a preschooler.) It became a game for our son to see who would wave back. We got a lot of looks from pedestrians and many smiled at us and we scooted by.
Arnaud showed us a back road that ended at an area that overlooked Paris and the Eiffel Tower. My husband asked if we could stop and get out for a moment. Arnaud was able to pull right up and park and help us out of the TukTuk. There were hardly any people around and we had plenty of time to take photos. In fact, our preschooler was so interested in watching my husband take photos that he wanted to learn himself.
As we reached the end of our tour, my husband suggested we get dropped off in Saint Germaine so we could grab an early dinner. Arnaud was quick to pull into an adorable street lined with restaurant options. We bid farewell to Arnaud and our fabulous TukTuk.
Paris by TukTuk Verdict
On a warmer day, the view from the TukTuk would have been spectacular. It’s truly the best way to see Paris not on foot. It was a highlight of our trip.
There were a couple of know-before-you-go things. The TukTuk is 100% electric. However, my husband sat in the back seat and he could smell the exhaust from other vehicles. It was also a bit of a bumpy ride. But, I think both of those are to be expected with a TukTuk. I wore our baby in my Tula carrier and he felt very secure.
I highly recommend Paris by TukTuk to families with small children who need a break from walking. It’s also a great choice for families with older children who want the experience of riding in a TukTuk. Next time we are in Paris, we will try the “Night Tour.” Then, we can see the City of Lights truly lit up!
Paris by TukTuk offered us a complimentary tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.