A bus tour of Paris: a very pleasant way to discover the city. Several companies offer this service. One of the best known is Paris OpenTour (linked to RATP).
You can climb up and down freely all along the route, to visit and stroll at your own pace.
The bus frequency is 10 to 30 minutes. There are more than 50 stopping points along the routes.
Inside the buses, you have headphones that allow you to enjoy original comments in 8 languages.
Where to buy your Pass?
Directement dans les bus l’OpenTour (verts et jaunes) ou :
- at the Open Tour Paris agency (13 rue Auber – Paris 9è)
- in each of the kiosks listed here.
The Open Tour agency, near the RER station A Auber, is located at 13 Rue Auber, 75009 Paris.
Where are the stopping points?
There are more than 50 stopping points along the routes.
The nearest stop to the RER station A Charles de Gaulle Etoile is at 7 avenue Kléber. You can reach it easily on foot, in 5 minutes.
And if you want another company
Another company also offers panoramic coaches with interesting guided tours: Paris city vision.
It also offers excursions from Paris: Versailles, Fontainebleau, Mont Saint Michel…
Tour around Paris in a boat: a very romantic way to visit Paris. This visit will offer you fantastic memories!
You can use the Compagnie des Batobus. (Batobus’s company). It is a service of river shuttles on the Seine that allows you to move around Paris freely.
Its panoramic boats have 8 stops losely located to the most famous districts and monuments in Paris :
. Tour Eiffel
. Musée d'Orsay
. Jardin des Plantes / Cité de la Mode et du Design
. Hôtel de Ville
Thanks to Batobus’s Pass, you can hop on and hop off whenever you want, wherever you wantas many times as you wish, while it’s still valid: 1 day, 2 (consecutive) days or a year !
Not to forget:
- Paris OpenTour, which allows you to visit Paris in a bus, also offers Bus tour + boat packages…
- Another company offers cruises on the Seine: Compagnie des bateaux mouches. It also offers restaurant cruises, for lunch or diner.
- If you want to taste the refined charms of an old boat with a parquet floor and a romantic charm, do not hesitate, it’s the Calife for you! Much smaller than the others, less touristy and a lot of charm. These are new Zealand hosts who made me discover!
Cycling: a practical, fun and enjoyable way to get around Paris! But, you may say, you didn’t come with your bike on the plane or on the train... Never mind!
Indeed, since July 2007, the Paris City Hall has made available to everyone a system of self-service bicycles, called Vélib’ (bicycle contraction and freedom).
By definition, the system includes bicycles, but also bollards, equipped with a display and an intercom system, and «terminals» for attaching bicycles.
Twenty vans are in charge of regulating the distribution of bicycles by moving them, especially at night or in the early morning, from saturated stations to empty ones.
You take your bike to one of the... Velib stations, you drop it off at any other station! and that’s it... It’s Paris liberté!
Each station has a terminal where you can request a bike rental, obtain information on the Vélib’ service, or contact an advisor. Equipped with a credit card payment terminal, it also allows you to subscribe to a short-term subscription.
You can take passes from 1 to 7 days. In all cases, you benefit from a first half-hour free of charge, the following ones being charged (see rates).
Vélib’ are fixed on attachment points, called «bornettes».
Bicycles are unisex. They have three integrated speeds, permanent front and rear lighting on dynamo and a basket in front of the handlebar.
They also have an additional lock with a key. It is sufficient to protect the bicycle during a short absence, for example to go to a small shop.
They cannot be used by young children (minimum size: 150 cm) and it is therefore only possible to take out a subscription from the age of fourteen.
Each bike weighs 22.5 kg, which is relatively heavy.
The Velib’ Metropole service now offers electric bicycles.
There are about 30% of them.
Of course! There are even many of them, see for yourself on the station map (each station is indicated by a green bubble).
To see the map of all the resorts and discover the Velib’ offer
Have a taste of French Gastronomy all the while visiting Paris ! This unique experience is offered to you by Bustronome.
Le BUSTRONOME is a «high-end» imperial bus which stands out with its glazed roof.
Whichever season, you can have a lunch or diner whilst visiting Paris’s most beautiful monuments ! The tour lasts an hour and 45 minutes and 2 hours and 45 minutes for dinner.
Each person gets an interactive pen which gives him or her a few informations on the trip’s different points of interest.
A magical and very romantic moment…
Because you will fly over Paris and its main monuments: the Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine, the Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, Notre Dame…
Thanks to Flyview you can board a «jetpack» and be amazed by the flight over Paris. Thanks to virtual reality and flight simulator technologies, fly over Paris to discover the city like you’ve never seen it before!
Experience amazing and realistic flight sensations during an immersive experience thanks to the real views of Paris captured by 360° drones that will allow you to make an original visit of Paris! You will have all the sensations of reality: takeoff, acceleration, stopping in panoramic vision, rotation, lateral movement, descent near a monument…
We experienced and loved it! An impressive experience!