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Hop On & Hop Off River Seine With The Popular Batobus Paris Cruise

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Seeing the romantic city of Paris on a Seine river cruise is an experience that will invariably find its way on your Paris itinerary. With a host of cruises to choose from, deciding on the perfect cruise might be a task. However, we have just the right cruise for you. It’s pocket friendly, takes you through the best of Paris, is easy to book and extremely comfortable - The Batobus Paris. The Batobus Paris is an out-of-the-ordinary watercraft that gives you the freedom to explore central Paris in glass-walled boats. Read on to know more about the Batobus Paris, its stops, schedule, map, reviews and the best Batobus Paris tickets you can get online!

Batobus Paris

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Started in 1989, the Batobus Paris has been used by thousands of locals and travelers over the years. With 8 strategically placed stops in and around Central Paris, the fleet of six state-of-the-art boats ensures on-time service through out the year. The Batobus Paris works just like a Hop On Hop off bus. You can choose to get on or get off at any of the 8 stops in the circuit. The best part is that each stop lies next to a museum or Parisian monument. You have the option of purchasing a Batobus Paris ticket with 1 day validity, 2 day validity or 1 year validity! As long as your ticket is valid, you can hop onto any of the Batobus Paris boats and cruise on Seine. A boat is available every 12-25 minutes and the Batobus Paris cruise is operational year round, including the chilly winters. While the Batobus Paris doubles as a sightseeing cruise, it works as an economical choice for transport around Paris.

The Batobus Paris Boats

Each of the 6 glass-walled trimarans of the Batobus fleet are equipped with the latest facilities and aesthetically sound. Each Batobus is named after a famous Paris landmark (Vendôme, Trocadéro, etc.) and offers utmost comfort and a memorable cruise on River Seine.There is a dedicated area for cycles at the front of the boat. There is also an outdoor area at the back of the boat providing unobstructed views of the banks of the Seine and Paris.

Commentary on-board

Since the Batobus Paris is designed as a boat taxi service rather than an actual cruise, there is no commentary onboard. However, staff members on board can answer questions in both English and French.

Where Can I Purchase My Batobus Paris tickets?

The best way to purchase the Batobus Paris tickets is online as you can avail a few quick discounts and deals. However, if you prefer purchasing it offline, you can grab one from any of the 9 Batobus stops, tourist information offices around Paris or the Paris L’Open Tour Boutique (3 rue Auber, 75009 Paris).

Batobus Paris Tickets

There are 3 types of Batobus Paris Tickets

  • 1 Day Pass ( 24 hour pass) -
  • 2 Day Pass ( 48 hour pass) -
  • Annual Pass ( 1 year pass) -

Batobus Seine River Cruise Unlimited Pass

  • Choose from 1 day, 2 day or annual pass.
  • You have the freedom to get on or off at any of the stops, whenever you want, as long as your pass is valid.
  • Earn 10% cashback by purchasing your Batobus Paris Tickets from Headout

Batobus Paris Stops

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Batobus Paris stops at 8 different locations. You can hop on and hop off any of these 8 stops anytime you'd like as long as your pass is valid.

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Musée d'Orsay
  3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  4. Notre-Dame
  5. Jardin des Plantes/ Cité de la Mode et du Design
  6. Hôtel de Ville
  7. Louvre
  8. Champs-Elysées

Journey times between stops

- Eiffel Tower to Musée d'Orsay : 20 min
- Musée d'Orsay to Saint Germain des Près : 7 min
- Saint Germain des Près to Notre Dame : 15 min
- Notre Dame to Jardin des Plantes/Cité de le Mode et du Design : 15 min
- Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design to Hôtel de Ville : 15 min
- Hôtel de Ville to Louvre : 11 min
- Louvre to Champs-Elysées : 10 min
- Champs-Elysées to Eiffel Tower : 15 min

The journey times mentioned can be 5 minutes longer or shorter.

Your Batobus Seine River Cruise Experience

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Once you have purchased your Batobus Paris tickets, you are free to board from any of the 8 stations. The trip usually starts from the Eiffel Tower, so start off with marvelling at the ingenious architecture and design that made this enormous tower world famous. You can then proceed to Musée d'Orsay and St-Germain-des-Prés. Here, you can choose to get down and explore the prime Paris attractions like the Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel-de-ville and the Louvre. If you decide to simply enjoy each of the attractions from the comfort of your boat, your ride will conclude at Champs-Elysées, one of the city’s most iconic avenues that is known for the annual Bastille Day Military Parade. The shuttle covers all the attractions in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

We recommend that you see all these places from the ferry and then head back to the Eiffel Tower from the Champs-Elysées, disembarking and exploring each of the sites the second time around, as it is an excellent way to get the most out of this tour.

Batobus Paris Map

Once you've purchased your tickets, it is wise to download a Batobus Paris Map on your phone and keep it handy. Since there is no commentary on board, this Batobus Paris Map will keep you posted on the stops ahead. Click here to download the Batobus Paris Map PDF.

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Batobus Paris Timetable

The Batobus Paris timetable changes through the year. Here's a quick look at the timings

  • From 8th January to 29th March
    • Monday to Thursday - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Friday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • From 30th March to 26th April
    • Monday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • From 27th April to 2nd September
    • Monday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
  • From 3rd September to 4th November
    • Monday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • From 5th November to 20th December
    • Monday to Thursday - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Friday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • From 21th December to 6th January
    • Monday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM

This schedule is subject to change yearly and as per the weather. Please refer to the official website for the latest timings.

Batobus Paris Reviews

After many days of constant walking, the Batobus was a welcome break. Super easy and convenient to navigate. You're able to see numerous attractions without taking the metro or city buses. A friend I was with had a school ID and saved $6 on her ticket, which was a pretty good discount. Also, everyone was pretty friendly. I would recommend this to people for sure!

- Brooke D , October 2018 Tripadvisor

We wanted a boat that would take us one way down the Seine instead of having to start and end the trip at the same location. Batobus did the trick. Since we did this at the end of our Paris holiday, we did not need the audio tour. It was nice to just relax and say farewell to all the sights as we slowly passed.

- SuperTed19 , October 2018 Tripadvisor

Read more Batobus Paris reviews on Tripadvisor and learn what past visitors have to say about their Batobus Paris Seine Cruise experience.

Know Before You Go On Batobus Paris

  • While you can choose to board from any of the 8 stops, the 2 most popular boarding points are:

    • Port de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris. This is located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, opposite the Trocadéro. Cross the street and walk down the stairs at the right hand corner of Pont de Iéna.
    • Port des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris. From place Clémenceau, take avenue Winston Churchill towards the Seine. Go down the stairs on the left at Pont Alexandre III.
  • During low season, you can avail a boat every 25 minutes and during high season, you can avail a boat every 20 minutes.
  • Once your Batobus Paris Tickets are booked, they cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
  • Due to the many steps leading to the boats and quays, it can be hard for those with reduced mobility. However, Eiffel Tower stop is wheelchair accessible via a ramp.
  • Elaborate luggage is not allowed on board. You can carry small pieces of luggage items and pushchairs are required to be folded and kept in the front of the boat for the convinience of other passengers.
  • While all pets are not allowed on board, you can bring dogs kept on a lead and wearing a muzzle,small dogs in a bag and guide dogs for the blind with a harness. Note that the crew reserves the right to refuse access to animals who may pose a threat for other passengers.

Why Book your Batobus Paris Tickets through Headout?

At Headout, our aim is to bring convenience into the way people travel. Be it pricing, ticket collection, or even customer service, we are trying to change the norm and make your travel experience super smooth. When you book with Headout, your trip is hassle-free, ensuring you spend more time soaking in the beauty of Paris rather than worrying about getting your tickets.

  • Better Prices
    While you can purchase the Batobus Paris ticket from the official website, you cannot enjoy any cashback offers or other promo deals.
    With Headout: With Headout, you can enjoy upto 10% cashback and save a few euros on your already nominally priced Batobus Paris tickets.

  • Customer Service
    The Batobus Paris office is open only during the working hours of the day. In case you have a change of plans, it may not always be convenient for you to reschedule or cancel.
    With Headout: Headout's customer service channels are open 24/7 to ensure that no matter what time of the day, we can help you out. You can chat with local experts at any time and get all your questions answered. With a flexible cancellation policy, it's possible for you to reschedule a tour or even cancel it for a full refund up to 24 hours before most experiences.

Batobus Seine River Cruise Unlimited Pass

  • Choose from 1 day, 2 day or annual pass.
  • You have the freedom to get on or off at any of the stops, whenever you want, as long as your pass is valid.
  • Earn 10% cashback by purchasing your Batobus Paris Tickets from Headout

More Paris Cruise Guides

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