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Terrific value and convenience and have the boat too made it much better. Only suggestion I would make is for their to be more places to change lines especially near the left bank. Great fun!
A great way of seeing the city. We did the full circuit first and then did the hop on hop off. Buses come about every 10 minutes so you never have to wait long. The river cruise was good too. A good way to get to know your way around.
One of the best things we did was to buy the 3 day pass. While the metro is super easy to use, it is below ground. We loved sitting on top of the bus and getting to know the city.
The buses ran frequently, were crowded (but we were always able to get a seat), and the stops were very well marked.
We did all four of the routes....the main green line takes you to all of the major "have to see" attractions, while the yellow, orange and blue take you into the neighborhoods, which we probably would not have gone to otherwise. Three days allowed us to cover more ground, learn a lot about the city and not have to worry about driving. That in itself was an experience.
Batobus water taxis also included. We did this at sunset. AMAZING! Timed it so that we were on the return from the Effiel Tower toward Notre Dame just after suset ..... everything glowed! It was a moment!
If you are spending time in Paris, this was the way to go!
A great way to get around Paris. As I was travelling by myself I use the bus and my he feet to explore Paris. The audio guide was very informative.
We always enjoy this sightseeing you get a overview of the city and then have time to go back to your favorite spots. Wonderful that it was in English.
Its a good one !! The 4 tour loops are the ones that you want to see. The L'Open tour shuttles comes frequently. The bus stops are a little hard to locate at first, however the bus stop addresses are listed on the brochure. The Batobus on the Seine was great for convenience to get from one side of the city to the other (ie hop on at Eiffel tower and hop off the bateau at Downtown Shopping area). TIP : Keep your city maps handy. Loved it !
Excellent and well worth it. Go for the bus with boat.
It was a great way to see Paris in a day and learn a little along the way. We also enjoyed the boat trip.
It did rain a little during the day and the top deck doesn't provide any shelter at all so downstairs was very crowded. This green bus option is lot better than the red bus line as this company has a lot more buses and the wait times weren't long.
Paris Hop on Hop off was just as expected. Definately the inexpensive way to see the city- I think - great value for the money! I just wish the tour company listed how often the buses run and start and stop times of the day on the brochure. It would make it a little easier when trying to pick up/get the bus at different stops.
Great way to see the city. Metro however a more convienent way to get around city. On off boat awesome but was disappointed by its early ending time of 7pm. Wanted to cruise river at night.
This bus company doesn't make stops as frequently as another bus company in Paris (the bus was red). We'd wait for our bus and see the red bus stop 3 times while waiting for this company. The boat tour didn't make a lot of stops/wasn't convenient. Tip: print map online first, or u can't find bus stop
It was a good way to get around Paris, however, the stops were long at times. One bus driver took a long break 10-15 minutes to smoke, while passengers waited for him on the bus. I got off walked around and came back by a few minutes later and he was still there smoking.
I paid for two three day passes for unlimited use of both the bus and the boat around Paris from Friday 8th November to Sunday 10th. On the Friday we were able to use the boat fine and did not get round to using the bus; on the saturday the river had swollen and the boats circuits had been cut short and weren't functioning as normal. So on the Saturday we chose to use the busses to get about, for some reason there were signs up at most stops saying that there MAY be delays, these delays were absolutely appalling, at one stop, no bus appeared for over two hours which was absolutely ridiculous, and by this point we had given up and made our way back across the city on foot taking us 3 hours to get back over to our hotel the opposite end of the city - Clearly defeating the purpose of me buying these unlimited bus tickets as it was very apparent that there were no buses to be seen for prolonged periods of time.
On the Sunday they boats were not running at all - this I can understand is beyond your control as a company; but what is well within the control is how the staff conduct themselves with the paying customers. At one of the boat stops we were stood waiting in the drizzle for half an hour for a boat that wasn't going to turn up and the staff member in the booth did not even think to inform us of this until we enquired, there were NO signs to indicate they were not running either. So again we had to take to the city by foot.
Later that day we were lucky enough to see one of the L'OpenTour busses come towards the stop we were waiting out outside the Lourve, only to be completely ignored by the driver who did not even stop at the bus stop to collect us as he was ON HIS PHONE! Yes this is whilst driving.
All in all the bus service was absolutely abysmal, to say that they were few and far between would certainly be an understatement. I have no idea what I paid £82 for? CRAP SERVICE!
Various buses had bashed in fenders (which was the first bad sign before hopping aboard) and people standing on the stairs, it was so full (they don't have a max capacity rule?!); the closet wouldn't stay latched and the doors would repeatedly swing open and closed with every tap of the gas/brakes for the entire two hour ride -- but would the driver know? Nope. Too busy talking on her cell (I thought that was illegal here?!) and cracking her gum. Fast forward to each stop: you're stuck at each pick-up point for a good ten minutes. Why?!!!
Also, I realize they can't control the customers, but an old man hit my travel partner's head!!!! Apparently we sat in a seat he was saving, but rather than try and communicate in another language, he hit us across the head instead. Awesome. Indicative of the clientele. Not sure why we'd pay to be abused in a HIGHLY inefficient and dilapidated bus with drivers that are extremely disengaged and disenchanted with their jobs not even enough to stay on schedule.