Paris Batobus

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Paris Batobus Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
Batobus Apr 30, 2011

The Batobus is a river bus that runs between several of the main tourist areas of Paris, providing rapid transport between Champs Elysee, The Eiffel tower, Notre Dame and Le Jardin des Plantes.  It costs 14 euros for an adult for one day and 18 euros for two days.  

It is obviously a more expensive mode of transport than the metro or the buses, but is far cheaper than the bateaux mouche.  Cruising up and down the river is much nicer than any other form of transport, too, and the batobuses are surprisingly fast.  The batobuses are glass roofed so you have a great view of the bridges and the sites that are seen from the river, and there’s a nice breeze when the city is hot.  

Accessibility might be an issue for people with mobility problems, as although the batobuses themselves are step-free and the staff are happy to help, there are not many ramps down onto the quays and you might have to make long detours to get access for someone who can’t manage steps.  I did see lots of buggies on board, though, so it can’t be insurmountable.  


As an aside, this is one of the few forms of public transport in Europe where people talk to each other.  I got chatting to a middle aged Texan couple about the relative small size of European trees and the absence of Texan Live Oaks in Paris, a subject that I have to say I had not given a huge amount of thought to.  Although if Texan Live Oaks are as big as the Texans were saying I could see them being something of a hazard to Parisian architecture, not to mention low flying light aircraft.  But for those of you who are less disappointed to find themselves in a city bereft of evergreen forestry,  the Seine is lined with pink flowering chestnuts and this is a beautiful way to travel.


Tickets are hop on, hop off, and good all day for as many journeys as you want.  This makes it cheaper than taxis, but more expensive than other modes of transport.  If you are in Paris for a treat, I think that this is a really nice way to travel around Paris’s key sights
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Ideal for a short time or for more than one day Dec 07, 2010
I have often seen questions from people who will only have a short time in Paris about what they should do but I don't find many people recommending that they should use the Batobus Service. However think of what you might most want to see and then go to the stops on the website - Eiffel Tower, St-Germain-des-Prés, Jardin des Plantes, Louvre, Champs-Elyssées, Hotel de Ville, Notre dame and the Musée d'Orsay, The potential of these plus the ability to hop on and off at will throughout the currency of the ticket surely have to be good.

Why do I say short time or more than one day. If you only have a short time, the convenience of the ticket justifies in my mind the €13 that a 1 day ticket costs - but if you have longer, you pay so little more for a 2-day (€17) or 5-day (€20) that a one-day ticket seems a bit extravagent. We had the 2-day ticket for a short break and only needed to use the metro for Montmartre.

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