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Seeing Paris by Batobus

Paris Batobus
Paris must-see: Colorful,
leisurely rides along the
banks of the Seine.

For centuries, the River Seine has been a central element of the city of Paris. The Seine neatly divides the city into two – the Rive Droite (Right Bank) and the Rive Gauche (encompassing Paris' famous Latin Quarter) – and has long been the city’s lifeline, bringing sustenance, trade and tourists to Paris and its environs.

Its picturesque banks have inspired many a famous painting, novel and poem, and have even earned a spot on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What better way to explore Paris than by boat along this storied river? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

The Batobus, a river-boat shuttle service operated by the Bateaux Parisiens in cooperation with the Secretary of State for Transport, offers hop-on, hop-off service at reasonable rates. Ticket prices start at just €15 for an adult one-day pass, and are also available in two-day, and even annual segments. The company often partners with museums and events in Paris to offer further discounts.

Bateaux Parisiens has won a number of French tourism awards for its emphasis on passenger comfort on the Batobus service. With glassed-over tops, interior heating and engine sound-proofing, the fleet’s sleek river-boats are a cut above most other metropolitan ferry services. Open decks at the rear of each boat provide fantastic views, especially at sunset.

The Batobus operates year-round, and stops at eight prominent Parisian landmarks. Boats run every 30 minutes (15 minutes during peak season), making the Batobus a quick and easy way to explore the best of Paris.

hop on, hop off batobus route
Stopping at such famous landmarks as the Notre Dame cathedral and the Eiffel Tower
(pictured) the Batobus is a fun, inexpensive tour of the Paris from morning til dusk...

Riding the Paris Batobus

Batobus sign & map
Hop on, hop off the Paris Batobus
offering stops at major attractions
along the Seine ...

Stops: Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St German des Prés, Notre Dame Cathedral, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre Museum and Champs-Elysées.

Departure times: Boats depart every 15 to 30 minutes

November to March: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*

April and May, September and October: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.*

June to August: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.*

* See the official Batobus timetable for up-to-date information

Batobus ticket costs:

1-day pass: €16 adult, €7 child (under 16)

2-day pass: €18 adult, €9 child (under 16)

Annual pass: €60 adult, €38 child (under 16)

Maps & more about the Paris Batobus:

Batobus Paris

Batobus - Reviews at Trip Advisor

About the Author... Jessica Arriola Marati

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