Boat Trips - River Cruises, Paris
Most of the bateaux-mouches (literal translation is "fly-boats") are equipped with a text display and an audio announcement system.
The narration is available in 12 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, American, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Polish, and Dutch.
High Season (April through September)
Every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
One-Hour Traditional Cruises:
Adults: EU 11.00/person ; Children (ages 3-11): EU 5.00/person ; Children (ages 0-2): free.
Groups (more than 20 people) EU 6.00
Advance tickets are available.
Proper attire for 1-hr. cruise: casual; shoes are required.
Departures on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays at 1.00 p.m. (Duration of the cruise: 1h 45)
Adults: EU 50 per person
Children under 12 years of age: EU 25 per child
Departures every evening at 8.30 p.m. (Duration of the cruise: 2h15)
Menu Excellence EU 135 per person
Menu Prestige EU 95 per person
Prices include cruise, meal, drinks, entertainment, taxes and gratuity.
Reservations are mandatory for lunch and dinner cruises.
Proper attire required: smart casual or dressy.
BE PREPEARED : no jeans, trainers, or sports shoes allowed on meal cruises.
It is advised to not bring children on the dinner cruise.
A trip along the Seine gives a great view of the city. There are several companies offering tours with or without a meal. The larger boats are the Bateaux Mouches, but there are smaller boats like Bateaux Parisiens and Vedettes de Paris which board at the foot of the Eiffel tower and takes you just beyond the Ile de la Cite for one hour and cost 13 euro.
Batobus is a river boat shuttle service which allows you to to board at any of 8 stops as and when you please. these are The Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, St Germain des Pres, Notre Dame, Jardin des plantes. Hotel de Ville, Louvre and Champs Elysees.
Discover some of the most beautiful monuments of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre or the Notre-Dame Cathedral on a Seine river cruise with commentary.
You'll find them in the center of Paris, next to the famous Pont-Neuf bridge.
By ordering your boat trip ticket on their website, you benefit from the following prices:
Adults: 8 Euros (instead of 12)
Children (4 to 12 yo) : 4 Euros (instead of 6)
The tickets can neither be exchanged nor refunded.
Cruise duration: 1 hour
Yoy also can get a Coupon for a 2 Euros reduction on the price of a one-hour boat trip with commentary on the website.
There are a lot of different boat trips on the Seine and on the canals in Paris. You will surely find one to suit your budget. I've listed several below. They all have slightly different offerings and wildly different budgets. Check them all to find one to suit your needs.
When you get to the web site, if it's not in your language, search for the flag of your country and click on it. If you want English, click on the British flag.
Here are the web sites:
Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Vedettes de Paris (click on the British flag for English)
Canauxrama Canal Tours
We haven't been on any of these although we've seen them cruising the river as we walked by. The one we love is the Batobus. It is a bus on the river. There is no commentary and it's not a cruise. It is a boat trip on the Seine and they do announce the stops so you know what you are seeing. We get a pass and use it for transportation for the day (or two days) just for fun. If you want a budget cruise, Batobus is lots of fun and a substitute for the Metro for a lot of Paris sightseeing. Here is the web site: Batobus Web Site
I have a separate Tip on the Batobus at: There Is a Boat Bus in Paris by Beausoleil
Doing Paris sightseeing on a boat is a nice alternative to walking around. There are several companies that offer boat tours - both by day and by night.
What is not so well known is that there are quite a few canals in Paris, so you might want to go a little off the beaten path and book a tour through the canals.
A nice way to explore Paris along the river Seine is by taking a cruiseboat. Cruises are offered at day as well as at nigh (highly recommended) and start right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at Bateaux Parisiens - Pier 3, Port de la Bourdonnais and goes all the way past Ile de la Cite and back for about 1 hour. Commentary on the monuments are offered in 13 languages on handsets.
An alternative tourstart is also offered from Ile de la Cite.
Prices were 11 EUR for adults.
During my last week in Paris in July 2014 I took a four night river cruise on the Seine with CroisiEurope. The cruise went from Paris to Les Andelys, Honfleur and Rouen in Normandy before returning to Paris. I could rattle on about my little cruise forever, it was just so good. Heck it was way better than good, in fact it couldn't have been improved upon at all.
The ship was the "Botticelli" and it carried a maximum of 154 passengers in good sized, well appointed cabins which were fully air conditioned, had flat screen TV and a very good sized bathroom. The big attraction for a single traveller like me is that on many of the vessels there are a number of single cabins available with no hefty single supplement to pay. Fares are all inclusive of all meals, all drinks (and not just at meal times but from about 9am to midnight).
Shore excursions are completely optional and I chose to do two bus tours but not the walking tours that were on offer which I'm told were excellent as well.
The food is fantastic with a hot and cold buffet breakfast, a three course lunch and a four course dinner included every day. I paid $US1,300.00 (2014) for four nights and three full days.
I would go back for another cruise in a heartbeat. This was one of the all time highlights of all my European Trips. Can't recommend highly enough.
This just started in 2013 and is being billed as the cheapest cruise on the Seine. It starts at 10 euros and is 5 euros for children under the age of 12. This is an electric boat so quiet except for the background music and lapping of the Seine.
You take a 45-minute cruise around the Ile de la Cité and the Ile St. Louis with no commentary. There is background music and the trip is billed as travel through time between Paris now and Paris in the Middle Ages. There is a bar, terrace and lounge area on the boat if you want something a bit more romantic. At night it would be wonderful.
You board in the 4th arrondissement at the foot of the Pont Marie (middle of Ile St. Louis) across from the Pont Marie Metro station (line 7).
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There are lots of river cruises for all price ranges. From the Bateaux Mouches, covered boats to open top boats, dinner cruises, lunch cruises and the "batobus" which is more like public transportation that you can get on and off at 6 or 7 stops. The Batobus is not narrated by guide/taped description and you need a day pass to use it, the website doesn't seem to indicate any one-way one-trip tickets. All the companies seem to charge between 8 and 12 euros for a cruise/pass. Most regular sightseeing cruises last about an hour, most run into the evening as well so you can see the buildings and monuments lit up. Earlier ending hours in winter.
Batobus 12 euro for a one day Adult pass
Vedettes Pont-Neuf (discount for buying ticket online)
Vedettes de Paris
Around Seine River in Paris, we can take boat or ship, some is restaurant and some transport for Seine river.... and when i was here, one couple rent a ship for their wedding ceremony... really Romantic!
I'd been to Paris countless times (literally) before I eventually succumbed to the lure of the bateaux mouches! BUT, it was fun. Good way to see things at an easy pace, without walking and from a different angle.
To be recommended!
Many attractions are close to the river, and for those with displacing problems, short time, or the need of a different angle, there are several boat trips along the river, easy to deal and book locally.
You just have to choose your program.
The siene boat cruise was a great experience. There are telephone like speakers that explain every bridge and every site that you pass. Very romantic...but if you have only a limited amount of time, site seeing is best done on the tour bus or on foot,...the views are obstructed from down here...
About 15 euros...
We chose a rather cold evening to see the lights of Paris. As we were on the water, it was remarkable to see the building I may have missed during the day. Its wonderful to watch historical architecture pass you buy. Sign up for the dinner cruise, so much better than just the lights tour. We were moving the whole time, so it wasn't get off , take some pictures and back on the boat. Its just to see paris in a completely different way. Its wonderful.
With a population of 2 million people spread over 1,100 square kilometers, Paris is an enormous city. Even for a veteran traveler, the first look at the Paris subway map is almost enough to bring you to your knees. The major sites are deceivingly far apart, and how could you ever figure out what attractions are located where?
After a half day of wandering around the city half lost and riding the subways like mad, I finally decided to try the Bateau Mouches boats that ply the Seine river. These boats are almost cliche when talking about Paris -- for the locals, a "tourist trap."
However, for a newcomer to Paris, the Bateau Mouches (pronounced Ba-TOH Moo-SHAY) boats are almost a godsend! Not only do they give you a chance to relax and get off your tired feet, but they offer a guided tour of the heart of Paris! The boats pickup along the north bank of the Seine, just west of the Louvre. The hour-long trip takes you west to the Eiffel Tower, then turns around, goes past the Louvre and turns again just past the Notre Dame. Along the way, you will hear the history of the city and see important sites such as the Grand & Petit Palaces, the National Assembly, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Ile de la Cite. In my opinion this is a must-see orientation journey for anyone's first trip to Paris.
The cost is about 7 Euros, and boats depart every 20 to 30 minutes in the summer months. In the winter months, there are only about 5 departures per day.