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Big Bus Paris Day tour & Opera Garnier Skip the Line Entrance

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Gain priority access to the Opera Garnier, one of Paris’ most celebrated monuments. Sightsee Paris like a true tourist by driving around its iconic streets on open-top double-decker buses and select between one-day and two-day Big Bus passes. Choose to include a remarkable sightseeing cruise down the iconic Seine river and soak up the charm of Paris from the water.


  • Get skip-the-line entry into the Opera Garnier and discover the many architectural masterpieces in the Opera House of Paris.
  • Hop aboard a Big Bus and zoom past Paris’ most iconic landmarks over the comfort of one or two consecutive days, depending on your convenience.
  • There are two routes available to view the capital’s major monuments. You may hop on and hop off at any of the stops, which are spread across the center and Montmartre district.
  • Gaze out at the many iconic landmarks you pass by, including the Louvre, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame, the Orsay Museum, the Eiffel Tower and many more.
  • Choose to include a calming 1-hour cruise down the peaceful waters of Seine river and bask in the charm of Paris in a unique way.


  • Admission to the public Opera Garnier areas
  • Multilingual audio commentary
  • Map of Paris
  • Rewards booklet with discounts, offers, and recommendations.
  • Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Sightseeing Cruise (Optional)


  • Guided tours
  • Personal expenses
  • Attraction tickets other than Opera Garnier
  • Audio guide at the Opera Garnier (which costs 5 Euros)

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.


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Opera Garnier: A Must-Visit

Embark upon an interesting self-guided tour of Palais Garnier, the iconic Opera House of Paris. The setting for the Phantom of the Opera, this lavish building is synonymous to French grandeur and houses the country’s rich theatrical traditions. Feel free to roam about the building and tour the Grand Staircase, Grand Foyer, Avant-Foyer, Rotonde du Glacier, Rotonde des Abonnés, Bassin de la Pythie, Salons de la Lune et du Soleil, and the tapestry collection. With this ticket, you will also be allowed to check out the Paris Opera Library-Museum and further enter temporary exhibitions with no entry fee.

Ride Your Way Through Paris

While the Palais Garnier exudes Parisian luxury, no trip to Paris is complete without taking to the streets and soaking up the local culture. Jump aboard a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour and explore the cobbled streets of Paris. This tour takes two distinct routes, the red and blue routes, that each tour around a different set of landmarks. With the option to select between Big Bus Paris One-Day and Two-Day passes, you now have the liberty to plan your Paris itinerary according to your liking. Make sure to sightsee Paris at your own pace and cover the best of this historical and fun metropolis.

Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Sightseeing Cruise (Optional)

Enjoy a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Seine River, which passes by the city’s landmarks including Assemblee Nationale, Musee d'Orsay, Institut de France, Pantheon, Cite de la Mode, Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, and more. Your flexible ticket allows you to board the cruise anytime you’d like during the day within the operating hours - meaning you don’t have to worry about any logistics! As you cruise down this UNESCO-listed Paris river, enjoy exhilarating views from the boat’s terrace and exterior passageways. Further, enjoy entertaining and informative commentary via handheld audio headsets that you can tune in and out of at your discretion over the course of your 1-hour cruise.

Ticket Information

There are three ticket options to choose from:

  • 1 Day Big Bus Pass & Skip-the-line entrance to Opera Garnier
  • 2 Day Big Bus Pass & Skip-the-line entrance to Opera Garnier
  • 2 Day Big Bus Pass & Skip-the-line entrance to Opera Garnier & River Cruise

Important Information

  • The Opera concert room may be closed for artistic or technical reasons.
  • The Opera Garnier is open between 10 AM and 5 PM with last entry at 4 PM. When there is a theatre show in the afternoon, however, the opening times change to 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • Your bus tour can begin from any of the stops along either route. It is valid for 1 or 2 days, depending on the option you selected at checkout.

The Big Bus Routes

The Red Route

Sites covered
This route focuses on the Parisian monuments in the city centre. This includes the Louvre, the Invalides, the Champs Elysées, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Eiffel Tower.

  • Buses on the red route run every 5 minutes in the summer, and every 15 minutes in the winter.
  • First departure is at 9:15 AM from the Big Bus Agency (at 11 avenue de l'Opéra, Stop number 4).
  • Last departure is at 4:30 PM from the Louvre-Pont des arts, stop number 5.
  • This route ends at 6:30 PM at the Big Bus Agency (at 11 avenue de l'Opéra, Stop number 4).
  • The full tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The Blue Route

Sites Covered
This route focuses on the Bohemian district of Montmartre, and passes through the Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge, and goes to the top of the hill. Visit the Sacré Cœur basilica, wander through the lovely streets of Montmartre, and discover la place du Tertre with its intriguing portrait painters and cartoonists.

  • Buses on the red route run every 30 minutes.
  • First departure is at 9 AM from the Gare du Nord (stop no. 11).
  • Last departure is at 5:30 PM from the Louvre-Pyramide (stop no. 4)
  • This route ends at 7:05 PM at the Gare du Nord (stop no. 11).
  • The full tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Cruise Timings

• Choose any departure time from 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
• From April to September, cruises depart approximately every 30 minutes.
• From October to March, cruises depart every hour.
• There are no departures at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
• On July 14th, the last departure is at 2 PM.
• On December 24th, the last departure is at 5 PM
• On December 31st, the last departure is at 9:30 PM.

Reduced Price Tickets

Children's tickets (aged 3-12) can be bought at a discounted rate.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at each redemption point.
  • If you have purchased reduced price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification. Students must show their valid Student IDs.
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Ticket Redemption Points

Opera Garnier

  • You are required to redeem your tickets to Opera Garnier before heading to the attraction at Big Bus Tours Information Centre located at 11 Avenue de l'Opéra.
  • To get the exact location on Google Maps, type in ‘11 Avenue de l'Opéra’.
    Getting There
  • Board Metro 7 or 14 and get off at the Pyramides Metro Station. This is a 2-minute walk from the ticket redemption centre.
  • Board Bus 21, 27, or 95 and get off at Pyramides bus stop. This is a 3-minute walk from the ticket redemption centre.
    Big Bus Tours
    There is no ticket redemption point for the Big Bus Tour. Show your mobile vouchers at any of the bus stops at either the blue or red routes.
    Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Sightseeing Cruise
    Boarding Point
  • Boarding Point is - Bateaux Parisiens Port
  • Head directly to the boarding point, located at at the Bateaux Parisiens Port, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
  • To easily locate your boarding point on Google Maps, type 'Bateaux Parisiens Port'.
    Getting There
  • The closest metro stations are Trocadéro, Bir-Hakeim and École Militaire. All are within a 10-15 minutes’ walk of the port.
  • If traveling by car, Quai Branly parking lot is located just 300 meters away.


  • Opera Garnier: Valid for the date and time selected at checkout.
  • Big Bus Day Tour: Since the time of redemption, either 24 hours or 48 hours, depending on the option selected at checkout.
  • Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Sightseeing Cruise: 6 months
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