Fancy visiting Paris in more interesting way than by subway or by bus? Why not get around by boat…? This article will tell you more about this unusual Parisian mode of transport… Are you dreaming of standing up on the deck shouting “I’m the king of the world!” with your hair blowing in the wind and the stunning city of Paris in the background ? Or, more simply, you’re visitng the City of Light and want to find out more about boat transport in Paris ? Well, this is the article for you! Here are two Parisian boats that will rock you through the Seine river…
Batobus in Paris
What is the Batobus?
The Batobus is an out-of-the-ordinary mode of transport! Indeed, the Batobus is a boat that takes you all along the Seine to see the main monuments of Paris.
How does it work?
The principle is just like the bus : get on and off wherever you like. Each station is next to a museum or Parisian monument.
You can catch this river shuttle at 8 different stations: Tour Eiffel, Orsay Museum, Saint-Germain des Prés, Notre Dame, Jardin Des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre and Champs-Elysées. Make sure you know which way you’re going!
In the winter, the Batobus runs from 10am to 7pm every 25 minutes and, in the summer, from 10am to 9:30 pm every 20 minutes. The full circuit takes 1 hour 36 minutes.
You can purchase tickets online, at the airport (Paris Charles de Gaulle 1 and 2), or at each Batobus stop. There are tariffs for 1 day, 2 days, one year and for a special treasure hunt for children. All of the Batobus prices can be found here..
What are Bateaux Mouches?
Everybody talks about them, with a twinkle in their eyes and yet you still you have to ask… The Bateaux Mouches are the go-to tourist boats in Paris! Carrying passengers for over 60 years, these glass boats let you discover the beauty of Paris from the Seine, both by day and night. The Bateaux Mouches also offer you high quality lunch and dinner cruises for a romantic rendez-vous on the Seine.
How does it work?
The cruises last approximately 1 hour 10 minutes and enable you to see about twenty of the city’s most prestigious landmarks.
Boats leave from the Pont de l’Alma, on the right bank, in the 8th arrondissement. They pass the Concorde bridge, the Musée du Louvre, the Hôtel de Ville, the Conciergerie, the Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Ile Saint Louis, the Pont Neuf, the Musée d’Orsay , Invalides, the Eiffel Tour and finish at the Palais de Chaillot before returning to their starting point.
To choose your departure time, we recommend that you check travel information by following this link. Boats usually depart every 30 – 40 minutes.
Prices vary from 5.5 euros (kids) to 13.5 euros (adults) for a simple cruise. A meal on-board one of the Bateaux Mouches can cost anything from 55 to 263 euros (see Price of the Bateaux Mouches in Paris).
You can buy your Bateaux Mouches tickets online, by phone or at the departure counter on the Pont de l’Alma.
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