The cars rouges were good value - with stops at most major tourist sites the ticket is 22euros for 2 days, They never checked the tickets so you could probably milk it- (I didnt tell you). We got on at the Eiffel tower and got on and off whenever and wherever we chose. We used the bus pretty much like the metro and it has a better view.
I took a train to Versailles (most tourists does). But I took a bus back. The bus is service number 72 (red) that wonderfully stop right in front of the Chateau de Versailles. Save a bit of walking. The bus depart from Porte de Saint Cloude and a ticket for 5 zones will be valid. Porte De Saint Cloude is on metro line 9. The bus station is right above the metro.
We went to Paris with a bus tour just for a weekend. It was at least a cheap connection. I would recommend to do this but later on doing the sightseeing on your own...just for a first impression it?s ok, but not more.
Paris has got a Metro, quite old but with good connections. To drive by car in Paris must be a little adventure if you are not acostumbrated in the french way of drive...;-) still not that extreme as in Italy but you should always expect that others don?t drive like you learned in your driving lessons ,-)
After returnin from a great trip to Paris I started searching for a cheaper way to do it again. I found that you can get return coach tickets from London for about £50! Not bad eh! This method isn't tried and tested but it looks pretty good to me. Its an over night trip so you leave London late afternoon sleep on the coach and wake up to see the delights of Paris!
Oh and if anyone wants some Metro tips then feel free to contact me.
Paris has to have one of the world's best public transport systems! I was blown away with how easy it was to get around. Whoever designed this system deserves to be made a saint!
Everything is so well signposted and logical that you would have to be asleep (like I was when I got on the wrong train to Versailles) to make a mistake. The same tickets can be used on the buses, trains, and metros. You can buy a carnet of ten at any transport station. The bus network was particularly impressive because every bus stop has a name. That way you always know where you're going and by looking at the helpful map in every bus, you know when your stop is coming up.
I could go on for ever - it really makes your trip to Paris easy and enjoyable. If only Auckland could get its act together like that!
We all know the subway system in Paris is excellent. But catching a bus, with the help of a practical bus route map, will prove to be a great alternative, in many cases even better than the metro.
It's very easy to use the buses, especially in the more central parts of the city. There are bus stops and they all have names. You will always be informed by visual and audio signs of what the next stop will be and how long it will take to reach important places. At the bus stops, they let you know how long it'll take for the next bus to arrive, and they can be incredibly accurate.
It's a good thing not to be underground all the time, especially for a tourist. And the travel cards (Paris Visite, Carte Organge) can be used with the buses too.
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FOR ME THE COOLEST TOUR AROUND THE
CITY WERE LES CARS ROUGES
IT LAST AROUND 2 HRS , WITH 9 STOPS
THE TICKETS ARE GOOD FOR 2 DAYS
SO IF FOR ANY REASON YOU HAVE TO LEAVE
YOU CAN USE THE SAME TICKET FOR NEXT DAY :)
ADULTS 130 FF & KIDS 65 FF
Ask for driver, to know how many ticket you must use to make your trip.
Bus is not fast but you can discover Paris, see a lot of little streets...
Be carefull, night but are not on this map, see my other map: "Night bus"
We arrived by bus from Brussels.
If you are willing to walk, you can cover a lot of ground but when your feet get tired, take the metro. Even if you don't speak french, the maps in the metro are easy to understand and the price is right.
This is another way to see Paris – open bus “Siteseeing Tour of Paris”. I’ve seen these buses near The Arc de Triomphe (Charles de Gaulle Étoile). This company offers two-hours tour and comments in French and English.
Well, I've never had ony tour by this bus, but I've seen it in all important places in Paris. L'Open Tour offers three routes, 40 stops and commentary in English and French.
Here you can check details:
13, rue Auber - Paris
There are many bus tour operators in Paris and we thought it would be fun to take a ride on it. So we went for something called the Paris L’OpenTour. It was a double decker bus and it was possible to get on and off how many times you wanted during a day. Because of our Orange passes we got it at a reduced price but it was still 110 FF. The bus route included Louvre, Notre Dame, Jardin du Luxembourg, along the river with Orsay museum, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysee, Trocadero, Eiffel tower and Invalides. The route itself was good but I think it was kind of expensive. The only reason for going on this instead of going on the metro was that we were given extra info via headsets and of course because of the view. The info that was given through the headset was not sufficient enough and it was very hard to hear what was said in the first place. But it was very easy to take this tour. Just be at one of the stops and get on board and pay (the first time) and then off you go.
For sightseeing these open top double decker buses are great. You can get on and off all day long at numerous stops all around the city. It's a great way to get oriented to the city, and the top is not a bad place to take photos from either (if you can anticipate, or compensate for, the lurches, and the occasional tree branch that threatens to whip you off).
A tip for those who do not want to climb the Montmartro: Take the Montmartro bus.
It's a minibus served by the RATP.