City Sightseeing Paris | Wiki: xiquinhosilva CC BY 2.0City Sightseeing’s bright red buses are easy to spot on the streets of Paris! The company offers two hop-on hop-off routes and a boat tour if you decide to go for a bus and boat combo ticket. Their tickets are available in 24- and 48-hour versions and are the ideal choice for a long weekend of exploring.
Red Route:This 14-stop route visits the must-see sights on both the north and south sides of the Seine. It starts at the Musée du Louvre and loops around the Eiffel Tower before heading north to the Arc de Triomphe and the Opéra Garnier. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 9.30 am and the full loop takes about two hours to complete. Audio commentary is available in 10 languages.
Blue Route:This 5-stop route takes you up the hill to Montmartre, stoping at the Opéra Garnier, the Gare du Nord, Sacré-Cœur, and the Moulin Rouge. Buses depart every 30 minutes from 10 am and the full loop takes about an hour. Audio commentary is available in English, Spanish, and French.
River Cruise:The cruise, which is included in the combo tour, departs from the Port de Suffren every 30 minutes from 10.30 am. It’s a panoramic tour, so there won’t be a chance to hop on or off, and the whole tour takes about an hour. Commentary is available in English, Spanish, and French, and descriptive brochures are available in Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Arabic.
Foxity Paris | Wiki: Cramos CC BY-SA 3.0Foxity offers the simplest service to get around Paris: only one route, with ten stops at key sites. Their passes are available for one day, and one child under the age of 12 can travel free with each adult, which might make it the cheapest option for families. Audio commentary is available in nine languages, and you can choose to combine your 1-day pass with an hour-long Seine cruise.
Route:Foxity only offers one route, but it will take you within walking distance of most of Paris’s major tourist attractions. It starts at the Eiffel Tower and stops including Opéra, Notre Dame, the Champs-Elysées, and the Arc de Triomphe. Buses depart every 20 minutes and the full loop takes about two hours to complete.
Batobus Paris | Flickr: Andy Roberts CC BY 2.0Batobus offers a hop-on hop-off river shuttle that will take you across Paris on the gentle currents of the River Seine. The boats are modern trimarans with space for bicycles in case you’re exploring the city by bike, and with glass panelled walls and ceilings so that you get the best view of Paris. There’s no audio commentary, but there will be announcements for nearby points of interest and metro stations at each stop, so listen out! Boats depart every 30 minutes from September to the end of April, and every 25 minutes from April until the end of August. The service begins at 10 am daily but ends at different times according to the season.
Route:There’s only one route covering 9 stops, looping around the Île de la Cité. Stops include the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, the Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, the Louvre, and the Place de la Concorde. The full loop takes about an hour and 45 minutes to complete.