Find your way to the Big Bus Stop #8, located at 156 avenue des ChAmps-Elysées, where you'll board your bus for the 2-hour night city bus tour. Departure time varies seasonally. Settle in to your seat and watch the lit-up sights of Paris as you pass by. Snap impressive nighttime photos of landmarks such as the Moulin Rouge, the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, and the Eiffel Tower. Explore the city at your own pace, hopping off at any of the 10 stops to have a look around. See full list of stops in the Itinerary section.
We did this tour on our first night in Paris. We loved it. Great way to see the city at night. Loved that it ended at the Eiffel Tower right when the lights start to twinkle.
Tip: Go early and find the bus stop, line up and sit at the top.
The heat wave had just started in Europe and this was by far the best place to be on a hot Paris night! On top the Big Bus we had great views of everything and Caroline had extensive knowledge. of the City, the history and architecture. One word of warning though - when they tell you to duck to avoid the low hanging leaves, watch out for branches - cover your face!
This was great. It was un-seasonally cool, so by the end of the 2 hour trip some of our group moved down in to the enclosed portion of the bus, but the information on the tour guide recording, and the sites were beautiful lit up. Getting to the one pickup location meant taking a cab or Uber, so keep that in mind for pricing. Photos are tough at night from a moving vehicle, so keep that in mind, but they try and stop (or at least slow) for photos. There is no getting off on this tour, so it's not like the hop on hop off bus trips. Depending on the time of year you may want to really check when you start. We started at 9PM and it was till light out, so the first 1/3 was a day tour, but we go to see the Eiffel all lit up and that was great.
Big Bus Paris Night Tour - must do on your 1st night
, May 2019
The highlight was seeing the Eiffel Tower light up. This tour is great on your first night there because it gets you a chance to see your surroundings so you know how to navigate during your stay. The tour guy was telling corny jokes but that was cool for my son. I would recommend.
The audio on one side of the bus was not working, so we could not hear anything that the guide was saying. Several attempts to revive it, failed. So the tour ended up being non-informative. We should have received at least half of the refund.
It was a little confusing at the bus stop. We were at the bus stop at 7:45 for a 9:15 scheduled time. The line was long and after the bus people came around, we had to go into another line. There were 2 buses and we were able to get on the upper deck of the bus of a bus that left at 9:00. Yes, the tour was very good.It was light when we first started out but as it became more dark, the lights came on around the city. The last stop was in front of the Eiffel Tower to see the light show. It was special. We were back at the bus stop at 11:15.
I’ve done these tours in many cities and you plug in your headphones to hear the dry commentary on each attraction. They now offer live hosts who have interesting info and witty banter, our host Aline was on her second night and she did great! I was embarrassed that none of the other Americans knew squat about French history. Bring a sweater, even if it’s warm outside (78) the wind will make you wish you had a wrap of some kind. Well worth the fees, organized and on time.