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Formely known as Open Tour Paris, the company was purchased by Tootbus (which incidentally was previously known as the Original Tour brand in London), so now The Tootbus Paris hop-on hop-off open top bus is one of the two dominant classic double decker sightseeing operations in Paris which run all year round.
The other operator is Big Bus which we also detail on a dedicated page. There used to be a clear difference between Big Bus and Open Tour Paris hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus services. But it appears this is not so obvious now.
Previously, Big Bus was the cheaper option as it concentrated on the main sightseeing attractions, while Tootbus Paris was more comprehensive venturing out beyond the centre of Paris.
This is no longer the case with Tootbus adapting their routes to now focus on the centre of Paris too.
Tootbus now offers one core route with two main tours sharing it. The tours are called Must See Paris and Paris Discovery. The route has 10 stops and focuses around the centre of Paris. There is additionally an Express Paris and Children's tour and a night lights tour.
The Must See Paris tour includes a boat tour of Paris as part of its ticket price. Must See Paris and Paris Discovery tours come in the shape of 1, 2 and 3-day tickets. The Paris Express is a two hour tour ticket, you can hop-on and hop-off as much as you like in that two hours, but the idea would be use this as a sightseeing tour, seeing all the sights in a couple of hours.
Tickets state 1-day, 2-days, 3-days but are actually for 24-hrs, 48-hrs and 72-hrs respectively. The ticket is activated at first use and then will last until the same time the following day and so on. The 2-day and 3-day passes must be used on consecutive days, so for example you cannot use it on Monday, then not use it on Tuesday and Wednesday and then use it again on Thursday.
The kids tour is 90-minutes and designed to entertain the kids as the bus guides them through the heart of Paris, a live guide will keep them busy, so the parents can relax.
The route has 10 stops and will take you to the following areas of interest: the Opera, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais. You can alight at certain stops and not be too far away from other tourist attractions too.
Buses run seven days a week year round. Buses run every 20-30 minutes.
Paris Discovery, Paris Express, Paris Must See all start at 9.30 with last departure at 5.00pm
Paris by Night departs at 7.00pm and lasts 2-hours.
Paris Vintage runs on Sunday from 3.30pm for 90 minutes.
The kids tour runs every day during school holidays and every Saturday and Saturday. It last 90 minutes and usually runs from 11am until 2.30pm
Audio-guide on bus devices in French and English
Commentaries for children in 2 languages: French and English.
Tootbus Paris tickets
• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi • Various tours available • 1 or 2-day tickets
Available for 2 or 3 days, you have access to more than 58 stops using both means of transportation and enjoy the exceptional views of the monuments of Paris and the River Seine from the rear terraces of the boats and the top decks of the buses.
Tootbus Paris and river cruise tickets
• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Seine River Cruise • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi • 4 different routes
Very similar to Tootbus Paris, but has only one route very similar to the core central route of OpenTour Paris.
The Big Bus option has 11 stops covering all the major sightseeing attractions in the centre of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame and the Louvre. This is supplemented by a shorter route that serves the Montmartre area, north of the city centre.
Like Tootbus Paris there is a River Seine river cruise option but it is a 1 hour set cruise with Les Bateaux Parisiens not the Batobus service available with OpenTour Paris.
Combine the Big Bus Paris hop-on hop-off bus pass with the similar hop-on hop-off Batobus river boat shuttle service.
Available for 2 or 3 days, you have access to more than 19 stops using both means of transportation and enjoy the exceptional views of the monuments of Paris and the River Seine from the rear terraces of the boats and the top decks of the buses.
Combination tickets for Big Bus and Batobus river cruise
• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Seine River Cruise • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi • Free rewards voucher book
The standard hop-on hop-off buses operate during the daytime and start running down late afternoon, early evening.
This 2 hour open-top bus tour of Paris at night shows Paris in a different perspective showcasing the impressive illuminated streets, monuments and squares.
In summer, tours will partially take place during sunlight as it does not get dark until much later in the evening.
Tootbus Paris bus night tour tickets
• Paris illuminated at night! • 1.5 hour tour from the top-deck • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi
Most of the blockbuster major sights of Paris like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame are right next to the River Seine, the main river through the centre of Paris.
Batobus operates in exactly the same manner as the hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses but on the river!.