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.
Batobus boats takes you to the heart of Paris, to reach the various quarters of the capital.
It's as fast or faster than the Metro.
We didn't need another transportation there.
The boats run every half hour with 8 stops on the route:
Jardin des Plantes,
Hotel de Ville,
Batobus shows you a different view of Paris and is an original way of getting around in Paris.
1 day Pass - EU13
2 Consecutive days Pass - EU17
5 Consecutive days Pass - EU20
For views see travelogs.
I always like to make boattrips. It gives another perspective of the area and the city. In Paris are different possibilities for boattrips like with Bateaux Mouches from the Pont de L'Alma with trips every 20 or 30 minutes.
Another possibility is the Batobus between Tour Eiffel and Jardin de Plantes, where you can get on or off the boat at 8 different places. There are passes, wich are valid for as many trips as you like during one or more days. You can buy these passes at each Batobus stop or at the Tourist Office. They cost € 13 for one full day.
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!
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.
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.
The Batobus are something like a crossing between Seine cruises and the Hop-on/Hop-off tour buses.
They are boat shuttles doing regular 'circuits' of Paris' sights and attractions, they stop at :
- Port de la Bourdonnais (in front of theTour Eiffel)
- In front the Musee d'Orsay
- Quai Malaquais (Saint Germain des Pres)
- Beside Notre Dame
- Near the Jardin des Plantes
- Near the Hotel de Ville (Townhouse)
- At the Pont du Caroussel (behind le Louvre)
- At the Pont Alexandre III (Champs Elysees).
You can buy passes, which are valid for as many trips as you like during a specific period of time, at each Batobus stop or in the airports or at the Tourist Office.
1-day Pass: €12 (€6 for children under 16)
2-day Pass: €14 (€7 for children under 16)
5-day Pass: €17 (€8 for children under 16)
There is a Batobus every 15 to 30 minutes, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.in winter; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m in spring and autumn; from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
They are no cruise and provide no comentary, but it is a pleasurable way to discover Paris, far from the traffic jams (and a bit of water is nice in summer).
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
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!
The Batobus is a hop-on hop-off boat, with eight stops along the river Seine. I thought it was ideal to hop on board at one point, and hop off at the next place that I wanted to see. You can buy a ticket for the day (or longer) and hop on and off as much as you like.
n the first photo you can see a little map with all the stops of the Batobus.
The Batobus is a different way to get around Paris, but it has certain limitations. It is not recommended to VTers who are not familiar with Paris and the sights along the Seine.It also requires carefull planning to fit itinto your sightseeing adventures. There are a few trip segments where it is faster (especially if your land destinations are handily nearby). It is relaxing and in the salubrious fresh air (when the weather is fair). It is more expensive than other public transport. (We are placing a more detailed Tip under Things To Do Miscellaneous, of this date, which will become buried with time.). (On our Paris pages we will have travelogs of a Batobus trip).
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...
You can then let your boat/ yacht moor in the Parisian marinas. Talking about Saint-Cloud's and Paris' Bassin de l'Arsenal.
Bassin de l'Arsenal has everything to please you, from laundry services, a restaurant, a café, a keeper which looks after the safety of the area, the validity of papers that allow you to enter-moor-stay there.
The entry should be then from La Seine river. Is that possible ? Hope for you since it has been a long time that the Ourcq river and Canal Saint-Martin were disconnected from the bassin.
Compared to Saint-Cloud, this has the advantage of being located in central Paris, not in the suburbs.
The center of Paris — particularly that section gracing the Seine around Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis — features some of the city's oldest and most majestic historic monuments.
And...for the past half-century, perhaps one of the most relaxing and expedient ways to view these sights in all their grandeur has been from the glass-covered decks of the Bateaux-Mouches, those unique long-boats leisurely plying the Seine.
Despite the ever-increasing number of operators (and embarcation points) from which to choose, most of the boat lines offer similar itineraries.
Some operators also offer "land-and-water packages", where the price of a ticket includes debarkation at various points to visit monuments, museums, or even cabaret venues such as the Moulin Rouge or the Lido. This is probably one of the best and fastest ways to see a lot of popular Parisian sights.
Most of the boats are equipped with a text display and an audio announcement system, synchronized to the boat's movement and providing commentary on the passing sights in several different languages.
In nice weather, these tours offer a pleasant and relaxing way to view Paris' most famous landmarks in a single hour — certainly worth the modest price for a ticket.
A night-time cruise is perhaps the most stunning: the boats are equipped with huge floodlights illuminating the riverside monuments, so bright that their glow is visible throughout the city on cloudy or foggy nights.
Check the website below to give you some comprehensive information on each of the Bateaux-Mouches companies; what they offer; and their schedules and fares.
From about 10.00 AM they start to run doing a complete circuit of all the sights you need to see in Paris.
You can hop on and off as you wish, as they call in at every stop on their tour from the Eiffel Tower at one end all the way down to Jardin de Plantes.
Stops include the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee D'Orsay, Hotel de Ville and a few more that I can't remember.
The last service stops at about 10.30 at night.