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The OpenTour 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 is a clear difference between Big Bus and OpenTour Paris hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus services.
Big Bus is the cheaper option as it concentrates on the main sightseeing attractions, while OpenTour Paris is more comprehensive venturing out beyond the centre of Paris.
OpenTour Paris is much more comprehensive than Big Bus, with 3 routes (and around 34 stops) included in the same ticket.
As well as the core city centre route, separate routes cover the attractions outside the centre like Montmartre, Bastille and Catacombs as well as the major rail stations.
The three tour routes are interconnected so you can easily hop between them to discover the best of Paris. Your ticket is valid on ALL routes.
Just as with Big Bus, Open Tour gives you the option to add a River Seine cruise onto the bus ticket for a supplement, and free Wi-Fi.
The Open Tour Paris comes with a discount booklet to popular attractions in Paris as well as free walking tours, with departures from Opera and Notre Dame.
The three tour routes are interconnected so you can easily hop between them to discover the best of Paris.
Your ticket is valid on ALL routes. There is a square on the windscreen which indicates the colour of the line.
The entire route takes 1 hour 18 minutes. Stops include Moulin Rouge - Montmartre – Grands Boulevards – Gare du Nord - République, and more.
The entire route takes 2 hours 20 minutes. Stops include Opéra – Madeleine - Musée du Louvre – Champs–Elysées – Arc de Triomphe - Trocadero - Tour Eiffel – Concorde - Musée d’Orsay, and more.
The entire route takes 1 hour 5 minutes. Stops include Notre Dame – Luxembourg - Panthéon – Tour Montparnasse - St Germain-de-Pres – Invalides, and more.
Buses run seven days a week year round.
Peak season (30 May to 1 September) - every 10 to 15 minutes
Mid-season (1 April to May 29 and 2 September to 3 November) - every 15 to 20 minutes
Low season (4 November to 31 March) - every 24 to 35 minutes.
Buses start around 9am and finish by 9.20pm (last departure 8pm), 2 hours earlier in the winter months.
Commentaries are in 10 languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
Commentaries for children in 3 languages: French, English and Spanish.
OpenTour Paris bus tickets
• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi
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.
OpenTour 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 OpenTour Paris, but has only one route very similar to the core central route of OpenTour Paris. As a result the price is cheaper than 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 OpenTour 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 1.5 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.
Open Tour 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!.