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).
Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tour is a very long walk. And there and back is even longer! While there is so much to see along the way, an easy way to save your feet (knees) is to take the Batobus. This is a boat/bus that navigates the Seine with eight stops along the way.
A one day ticket is 11 euro. The boat/bus operates from 10 am to 10 pm in the summer months, with shorter operating hours in the off season.
Information available at: Navette Batobus
Being in Paris for only a few days, I was glad Geisha_Girl suggested we all go on a boat trip on the Seine.
The open air boat tours (which last about an hour), cost about $7.00 euros. They provide you with a view of many local monuments. As you slowly traverse the Seine, you listen to a recording, describing the sights you are seeing.
Just get yourself to the Eiffel Tower and the Seine will be in full sight. You can hop on any of the tour boats (trust me, there are MANY!).
Am told this tour at night is wonderful. If you have the time, take advantage of the dinner tours available.
At first blush one might think that the Bateaux Mouche tour might go in the "tourist trap" catagory but this experience is anything BUT a tourist trap. For a mere 7 euro (children under 4 are free and 4-12 are 4 euro) you can sit on top of the boat and watch the most amazing sites of the City of Light pass by.
We have taken a ride on these boats on every one of our trips to Paris and it still hasn't gotten stale. The trip is different at every time of day and in every season. Catch the tour near sunset to see the roof of the Petit Palace glow. Take a night tour to see the floodlights flash on the Louvre and the beautiful buildings on the Isle de Paris. Once we went on a stormy day and actually got sea sick! Always the view of the Eiffel Tower lit up as you sail past is magnifique!
For information: Bateaux Mouches
Important tip: Don't go on one of the expensive dinner tours. The food is said to be not that good. Instead, bring along a bottle of wine or champagne and sit atop at sunset for a poor man's cruise. You won't be sorry!
Final note: There are other operators who have very similar tours. Bateaux Parisiens is one that I've taken and enjoyed.
There are two companies that provide boat trips along the Canal St. Martin from the center of Paris to Parc de la Villette, Canauxrama and Pariscanal. The starting point differs for each so check the webpages.
We took Pariscanal in 1992 -- from near Musée D'Orsay to Parc de la Villette was a very relaxing and interesting 3 hours. You pass through "real" Paris and watch as old locks are opened and shut by their keepers.
We love the Batobus. It's a boat bus that plies the river Seine. It stops at eight different Paris tourist sites and gives access to many more. When we stay near the Eiffel Tower, we get our passes there. If we're in the Latin Quarter or St. Germain, we usually get the passes at the Notre Dame stop.
The Batobus stops at The Eiffel Tower, St. Germain des Pres, the Jardin des Plantes, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame, the Hotel de Ville and the Champs-Elysées. You can hop on and hop off or just take the tour. If you are just going to zip around once, like a boat tour, buy a single ride ticket. If you want the hop-on hop-off capability, get a pass for a day or two. Look for sales as they have them often.
Prices updated January 20, 2014
A one-day pass is 15 euros, 7 euros for children under age 16
A two-day pass is 18 euros, 9 euros for children under age 16
(The five-day pass seems to have been discontinued.)
A full year pass is 60 euros, 38 euros for children under age 16
Students, seniors and other pass holders may take a small discount. If you have another pass, ask if you can get a discount on the Batobus. It never hurts to ask. Also, there are occasional sales and you might get lucky. We have a couple times. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Seine boat trips are leaving from down at the Effel Tower, Pont Neuf and the Notre Dame.
Prices from € 9.00
Summer: 10AM - 11PM
Winter: 11AM - 9PM
Special dinner cruises from € 85.00; departure time ~6PM (formal clothing!)
A little cruise on the Seine?
The tours of the Bateaux - Mouches offer a relaxing view on their scenic route along monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, the Musée d'Orsay etc.
The tours take about one hour.
A night-time cruise (with or without dining) is even more stunning: the boats are equipped with huge footlights illuminating the riverside monuments with big halogen lights.
Nice for the tourists, but a lot less pleasant for the Parisians living along the route of these boats.
Thats why they call them "Les Bateaux -MOCHES" ;-) Maybe you can find out somewhere what this means...
Bateaux Parisians has a Bato Bus that will cruise you around to specific places on La Seine that you can get off and then get back on after visiting your place of interest. It cost 10 Euro to ride the whole day, but unfortunately it is not listed on their site. It is a good way to get around though and we probably would have used it more had we knew that they had something like this. We did not know about it until our departure day as our plan that day was to take a Seine cruise. It truly is a wonderful way to enjoy Paris and gives you a chance to relax between attractions!
Boat trip on the seine was great.
You could see the beautiful buildings from a different perspective.
There are 34 bridges apparently, all different in their own way.
The information given was most helpful and enjoyable.
You can have a small 2 hour trip day or night or a dinner boat option which seems nice if you have the time.
The Batobus describes itself as “a shuttle service on the Seine”. I haven’t tried the Batobus yet, but it sounds like a good idea for people who want to see some of the major sights along the Seine and be able to relax on the boat in between. It beats taking the Métro, in any case.
The name is rather clever, because when you say it aloud it sounds like the French words bateau meaning boat and bus meaning bus. So it is a boat-bus.
These boat-buses travel around in a circle, stopping at five places on the left bank, namely the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, Saint-Germain-des-Près, Notre Dame and the Jardin des Plantes. Then they turn around and go back downstream along the right bank, stopping at Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées. Actually the stop called Champs-Elysées is by the bridge Alexandre III, near the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais.
You don’t pay for individual trips, but get a Batobus Pass which is valid for 1 day (at 15 Euros), or two consecutive days (18 Euros) or five consecutive days (21 Euros) or an entire year (60 Euros). With a pass you can get take as many trips as you wish and get on or off whenever you please (“hop on, hop off”, they insist on saying). The prices are as of 2013.
Sometimes when the water level gets too high, mainly in the winter and spring, they have to reduce their service. In a high-water phase in February 2013, for example, the boats could only serve four of the eight stations, namely the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the Louvre and Champs-Elysées. In this situation the Batobus website is updated daily to show exactly which stations are being served on that day.
From April 6 to September 2 the Batobus runs every twenty minutes from 10 am to 9:30 pm. The rest of the year they run every twenty-five minutes from 10 am to 7 pm.
It seems to me I once saw some long lines at the Batobus stops during the summer, which rather put me off, but since the boats are heated they might be a good option if you are in Paris during one of the cooler and less crowded times of the year.
Next review from June 2012: Les Bouquinistes
I've been looking up the website for the 'Batobus' wich plies it's trade up and down the Seine, stopping off at eight points between the Eiffel tower and the Jardin de Plantes.
At 15 euro for a hop on-hop , hop-off service it seens to be reasonable value - certainly in comparison to the 'normal' cruise services. There are also discounts for holding SNCF/RATP tickets, although they don't say which ones.
It's only a few euro's more to make it a 2-day of 5 day ticket.
It appears the main downsides are a) the late start in the morning (from 10am) b) the sometimes lengthy wait between boats and c) The lack of a view where the river banks are quite high.
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.