Paris Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour tickets

Discount code for 10% off open top tour bus - for sightseeing in Paris

Big Bus Paris
Big Bus Paris

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 Tootbus Paris which we also detail on a dedicated page.

Since Tootbus took over Open-Tour Bus their old routes have changed and it now has a very similar route to Big Bus.

The routes both focus on central Paris so it becomes more of a question of price and running times when choosing which provider to use.

Big Bus and Tootbus Paris compared

Big Bus Paris Tour Exclusive 10% discount code
Big Bus Paris Tour Exclusive 10% discount code

Exclusive 10% discount for Paris Toolkit readers

Big Bus offer discounted tickets if you buy in advance online. In addition if you use our Big Bus discount code you also gain an extra 10% off the online price, meaning a 20% saving overall from the walk-up value.

This quickly adds up to large savings for families and couples.

Stops on route - Big Bus and Tootbus Paris compared

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 Tootbus Paris alternative now has one main route shared by various tours. This has 10 stops including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees.

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

Big Bus tour information

Big Bus Paris route map 2024
Big Bus Paris route map

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.

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, left (above in mobile view).

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 9.30am and 8pm. 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.

Big Bus Paris tickets: Discover, Essential, Explore and Night Tour

You can buy tickets for 1 or 2 days, with a river cruise automatically included with the Essential and Explore tickets (24 and 48 hours respectively). The Discover Tour is the cheapest, with no river cruise included.

The Night Tour is a 2-hour non-stop tour of Paris.

You can also choose to bolt on the night tours onto other tour options - either the Discover, Essential or Explore tickets work in combination.

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 3 years of age and under may travel free of charge.

To receive your 10% discount on all passes except the 2-day pass, use the code TOOLKIT10 at checkout.

Paris Big Bus tour


Big Bus Paris bus tours

Paris Big Bus tickets

• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour • English speaking lives guides • 2 different routes • Free Wi-Fi • Option for river cruise on Essential & Explore tickets

1-hour River Seine cruise with Essential and Explore Big Bus Paris tickets

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

If you choose the Essential and Explore tickets (24 and 48 hours respectively) you will get a fantastic Seine River Cruise included.

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. You'll observe the city's beautiful monuments and iconic bridges from a new angle, with live-guided commentary (available in 14 different languages) explaining their historical and cultural significance.

Paris Big Bus River tour


Big Bus Paris bus tours

Paris Big Bus and river cruise tickets

• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Seine River Cruise • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi • Free rewards voucher book

Other Paris hop-on hop-off services

Tootbus bus Paris
Tootbus Paris

Tootbus Paris hop-on hop-off bus

Similar to Big Bus, with a central Paris route that takes in 10 stops.

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

Tootbus Paris 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 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.

Paris by night open top bus details

Tootbus Paris bus and river cruise combination ticket

Combine Paris Tootbus hop-on hop-off bus pass with Vedettes de Paris.

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.

There are at least four cruise companies offering river cruises along the Seine.

With this popular river cruise option you can enjoy a one-hour guided cruise on the Seine to admire the most wonderful monuments and bridges of Paris. Unlike the Batobus (which is hop-on, hop-off) you will also have a guide to accompany you during the entire cruise.

Tootbus Paris and Seine River Cruise combo tickets

Tootbus Paris River tour


Tootbus Paris tours

Tootbus Paris and river cruise tickets

• Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Seine River Cruise • Audio commentary • Free Wi-Fi • 4 different routes

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