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  • Location:Paris, France
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Combo: Sightseeing Bus and Seine River Cruise

Discover top Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral at your leisure on your hop-on hop-off open-top bus and Seine River boat tour. Enjoy commentary about Paris landmarks on four interconnecting bus routes with 50 stops throughout Paris, hopping on and off as you wish. Admire the city from a cruise on the Seine, getting on or off at any of eight stops near major sights such as Musée d'Orsay and Hotel de Ville (City Hall). Perfect for the independent traveler, this two-day or three-day tour makes exploring Paris a breeze!


  • Hop-on hop-off tour of Paris landmarks by open-top bus and Seine River cruise
  • Travel four interconnecting bus routes and hear recorded commentary on Paris sights, hopping on and off at any of 50 stops
  • See the city from a cruise on the majestic Seine River, hopping on and off at any of eight stops
  • Explore attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral at your own pace
  • Choice of two-day or three-day pass

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you like the flexibility of a hop-on hop-off bus tour, you'll love combining it with a hop-on hop-off boat tour. This pass gives you the freedom to organize your time in Paris exactly as you want and see the city from both the streets and the Seine!

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What You Can Expect

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Combo: Sightseeing Bus and Seine River Cruise

See Paris from the river on a hop on hop off boat tour

A hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to visit the Paris attractions you most want to see at your own pace. Your two-day or three-day pass allows you to see the best of Paris from both land and water. Both the double-decker open-top buses and sightseeing boats offer incredible views of this dazzling city.

Choose from four interconnecting bus routes (see Itinerary for full list of stops) that cover major Paris attractions. As you take in the sights, listen to recorded commentary through personal earphones in your choice of 10 languages. Hop off at stops along the way for more in-depth exploration.

Take the 2-hour Grand Tour route to see world-renowned landmarks such as Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Delve deeper on the other, shorter routes, which cover attractions including the expansive Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), the Palais Garnier opera house, the Montmartre funicular railway, and the lively and historic neighborhoods of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Le Marais.

Your hop-on hop-off pass also includes access to sightseeing boats on the Seine River (see Itinerary for full list of stops). Seeing Paris from the water gives you a very different perspective on this dynamic city, and you can hop on and off at any of eight stops for easy access to attractions such as the Musée d'Orsay with its Impressionist masterpieces, Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and the Eiffel Tower.

Both the buses and boats depart every 10 to 30 minutes from morning to evening daily. Ride them as often as you wish for the duration of your pass, making sure to take advantage of the many amazing photo opportunities along the way.


Open-Top Bus Stops (nearest places of interest are noted in parentheses):

Route 1: Paris Grand Tour

• Auber ("La Boutique", Printemps Haussmann, Grands Magasins)
• Opera (Place Vendome, Café de la Paix)
• Palais Royal (Jardins du Palais Royal)
• Musée du Louvre (Jardin des Tuileries)
• Pont-Neuf (Conciergerie, Square du Vert Galant)
• Notre-Dame (Cathédrale, Saint-Louis, Marché aux fleurs)
• Saint-Michel (Place Saint-Michel, Sainte-Chapelle)
• Musée d'Orsay (Pont des Arts)
• Concorde (Obélisque de la Concorde, Musée de l'Orangerie)
• Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (Grand-Palais, Petit Palais, Marché aux Timbres)
• La Boetie - Champs-Elysées (Avenue Montaigne)
• George V (Arc de Triomphe)
• Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Arc de Triomphe)
• Trocadero (Musée d'Art Moderne, Musée de la Marine, Musée Guimet)
• Tour Eiffel (Champ de Mars)
• Vauban-H'tel des Invalides (Tombeau de Napoleon, Ecole Militaire)
• Esplanade des Invalides (Musée Rodin, Musée de l'Armée)
• Concorde-Royale (Boutiques de la rue Saint-Honore et de la rue Royale, Maxim's)
• Madeleine (Eglise de la Madeleine)

Route 2: Bastille – Bercy
• Notre-Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Marché aux Fleurs, Ile Saint-Louis)
• Petit-Pont (Quartier Latin, Eglise Saint-Severin, Musée de Cluny)
• Maubert-Mutualite (Musée de la Prefecture de Police, Pantheon, Sorbonne)
• Pont de Sully - Ile Saint-Louis (Institut du Monde Arabe, Jardin des Plantes)
• Bastille-Opera (Opera Bastille, Port de Plaisance de l'Arsenal)
• Gare de Lyon (Viaduc des Arts et Coulée Verte)
• Gare d'Austerlitz - Jardin des Plantes (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle)
• Bibliotheque Nationale de France (devant l'entrée Est)
• Parc de Bercy (Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy et Jardins, Cour Saint-Emilion)
• Bastille - Rue Saint-Antoine (Colonne de la Bastille, Port de Plaisance de l'Arsenal)
• Le Marais - Place des Vosges (Musée Carnavalet, Musée Picasso, Hotel de Sully)
• Hotel de Ville (Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), Les Halles)

Route 3: Montmartre – Grands Boulevards
• Auber ("La Boutique", Printemps Haussmann, Grands Magasins, Galeries Lafayette)
• Trinite (Gare Saint-Lazare)
• Blanche (Pigalle, Moulin Rouge)
• Montmartre-Anvers (Funiculaire, Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Place du Tertre)
• *Gare du Nord - Eurostar Terminal (Saint-Vincent de Paul, Terminaux Eurostar et Thalys)
(The bus stop is in the street directly outside the station forecourt. Look for the L'Open tour sign on the bus stop sign.)
• Gare de l'Est (Musée du Cristal)
• Republique (boulevard Saint-Martin, Canal Saint-Martin)
• Bonne-Nouvelle (Théâtre du Gymnase, Grand Rex)
• Grands Boulevards (Musée Grevin, Théâtre des Varieties)
• Italiens (Grands Magasins, Opera Garnier)
• Capucines-Scribe (Place Vendome, Café de la Paix, Opera Garnier)
• Madeleine (Eglise de la Madeleine)

(* For Eurostar passengers - Join the tour at Gare du Nord station which is part of the Montmartre - Grands Boulevards route)

Route 4: Montparnasse – Saint-Germain
• Petit Pont (Quartier Latin, Eglise Saint-Severin)
• Luxembourg (Palais et Jardin du Luxembourg, Pantheon, Sorbonne)
• Observatoire (Val-de-Grace, Jardins de l'Observatoire, Musée Zadkine)
• Place Denfert-Rochereau (Catacombes, rue Daguerre)
• Raspail - Cimetiere du Montparnasse (Fondation Cartier, Ateliers d'Artistes)
• Montparnasse - Place du 18 juin 1940 (Tour Montparnasse, Musée Bourdelle)
• Esplanade des Invalides (Musée Rodin, Musée de L'Armée)
• Rue du Bac (Hotel Matignon, Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Musée Maillol)
• SaInt-Germain-des-Pres (Eglise SaInt-Germain-des-Prés, le quartier et ses terasses)
• Cluny-Quartier Latin (Musée national du Moyen-age, Thermes et Hotel de Cluny)
• Tours de Notre-Dame (Squares Viviani et Jean XXIII, Memorial de la Déportation)

Seine River Cruise Stops:

• Eiffel Tower
• Musée d'Orsay
• Saint-Germain-des-Prés
• Notre Dame Cathedral
• Jardin des Plantes
• Hotel de Ville
• Louvre Museum (between Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel)
• Champs Elysées

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The hop on-off bus was great! I'd do it again in a heart beat. We could have done without the boat cruise as it is a covered boat, it was hot and crowded. My girls 4 and 5 loved the bus more than the boat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Perfect for getting around as long as your not in a hurry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The big red bus is the best way to see Paris- great commentary, many many stops to choose from. Would leave out the cruise part because it is not hop on hop off- you have to go all the way to Eiffel Tower to get on and off and it doesn't stop anywhere else so takes a full hour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

use this service every where we travel, best money spent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great way to see lots in a short amount of time and then pick where to stop. It was tough to get through traffic which did make some rides long.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good organized.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

No problem with getting the bus and being able to change to different routes was great. Still more for me to see there so will return in the future.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Good way to see Paris. Excellent commentary and regular buses make hop on hop of efficient. Combined with river cruise it provides very good value and hassle free way to see Paris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a great way to see Paris and it gives you an idea of what sights you will visit on the rest of your trip. The bus has four routes Paris Grand Tour , Bastille Bercy ,Montmartre Grands Boulevards , Montparnasse Saint-Germain and the Seine river cruise has one route.Easy to transfer between the different routes. There is so much to see in Paris and it helps you get to many attractions when you are short on time. I would highly recommend this combo ticket.

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