Paris Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour tickets

Open top tour of top sights in Paris with River Seine cruise


Big Bus Paris Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Cheaper option: Big Bus concentrates on popular sights in Paris

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What is Big Bus?

The Big Bus hop-on hop-off open top sightseeing bus is one of the two dominant classic double decker open top sightseeing operations in Paris. The other operator is L'OpenTour which we also detail on a dedicated page.


There is a clear difference between Big Bus and L'OpenTour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus services.

 

Big Bus is the cheaper option as it concentrates on the main sightseeing attractions, while L'OpenTour is more comprehensive venturing out beyond the centre of Paris.


The Big Bus option has a main route of 11 stops covering all the major sightseeing attractions in the very 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.


The L'OpenTour alternative has 4 routes all covered by the same ticket. L'OpenTour has a core central route similar to Big Bus and three other routes that covers the major sights outside the centre like Montmartre, Bastille and Catacoombes and also the major rail stations including Gare du Nord.


Both have the option to add a River Seine cruise on to the bus ticket as an optional supplement.

Big Bus tour information

Route detail

Big Bus has 11 stops at strategic points close to the main places tourists want to visit. You can board at any point and hop on and hop off as many times as you like during the two day validity of the ticket. The main route is supplemented by a smaller route that interconnects with the main route and serves the Montmartre and Gare du Nord areas.

Big Bus Paris Route Map

When you start your sightseeing Paris bus tour, you get a complimentary map of Paris to help you explore the city sights from the Arc de Triomphe to Notre Dame.

 

The Paris map includes the full colour route and stops, as well as details of the tour attractions.

 

You can view this map and the stopping points by clicking on the map banner link right.


If you don't hop off the main route takes approximately 2 hours 25 minutes to complete.

Buses leave around every 10 minutes, 15 minutes in the winter months.

 

Depending on the time of the year and on the boarding point, tours start between 10am and 8.30pm. To make a complete circuit back to your start point, you should board before 5pm, as after this time, tours terminate at the Trocadero.



The sightseeing tour offers a recorded commentary in your choice of English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Korean or Mandarin. The commentary is delivered to you via complimentary earphones that you will receive when you board the bus.

Free walking tour

Walking tours are included with every ticket, and depart from Big Bus stop #6 (close to Notre Dame), lasting for 1 hour. Your live English-speaking guide provides unique commentary, bringing the stories of Paris to life, and giving you an authentic introduction to continental Europe’s most visited city.

1-hour River Seine cruise with 2-day ticket

Les Bateaux Parisiens Boat On River Seine Paris

One-hour cruise: hop-on with a two-day ticket

Big Bus in partnership with Les Bateaux Parisiens, offers you the chance to see Paris by bus and boat.

 

On the one-hour river cruise, you will see many stunning monuments, four major museums and sail under several bridges, offering you the chance to witness the city's most popular attractions before deciding which to visit.

Big Bus prices and tickets

You can buy tickets for 1 or 2 days, with the option of the river cruise with the 2-day ticket. The ticket doesn't include any admissions to attractions.

 

You can ride the buses as much or as little as you require for the days your ticket is valid.


On ordering you will be e-mailed a voucher which is exchanged for a ticket on first use in Paris. You may board the bus and exchange your voucher at any of the Big Bus stops.

 

A child ticket is valid for children aged between 4 and 12 years. Children under 3 years of age and under may travel free of charge.


Big Bus Tour Bus Tickets Paris

Other Paris hop-on hop-off services

Paris L'OpenTour hop-on hop-off bus

Hop-on: similar to Big Bus but with four routes

L'OpenTour hop-on hop-off bus

Similar to Big Bus, but much more comprehensive. In addition to a core central route like Big Bus there are three additional services that venture out into the sights in the inner suburbs of Paris at Bastille, Montparnasse and Montmartre.

 

For this additional coverage you pay a small premium to the price of Big Bus.

 

Like Big Bus there is a River Seine cruise option for a supplement.

L'OpenTour hop-on hop-off bus details


Paris by night open top bus

The standard hop-on hop-off buses operate during the daytime and start running down late afternoon, early evening.

 

This 1.5 to 2-hour open-top bus tour of Paris at night shows Paris in a different perspective showcasing the impressive illuminated streets, monuments and squares.

 

Paris Batobus hop-on hop-off river bus

Batobus: buy Big Bus and river boat combo ticket

In summer, tours will partially take place during sunlight as it does not get dark until much later in the evening.

Paris by night open top bus details


Batobus hop-on hop-off river bus

Most of the blockbuster major sights of Paris like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame are 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!

Batobus hop-on hop-off river bus details

L'OpenTour bus and Batobus boat combination ticket

Combine Paris L'OpenTour hop-on hop-off bus pass with Batobus river boat shuttle service.

 

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.


Paris L'OpenTour Hop On Hop Off Bus & Batobus Hop On Hop Off Boat Combination Ticket

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