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batobusBatobus water bus

Batobuses aren't really sightseeing boats, but they travel much of the same route as the bigger boats with the added advantage you can hop on and hop off at the various stops along the way. The stubby, glass-enclosed trimarans operate a river boat shuttle service on a circular route along the Seine, stopping at eight points along the way, five on the Left bank and three on the Right. There's no zig-zagging across the river, and the boats travel in an anti-clockwise direction.

Batobus stops on the Seine:

  • Tour Eiffel
    Port de la Bourdonnais. At the foot of the 1,710 steps of the Eiffel Tower.
    Port de la Bourdonnais, Paris 7th arrondissement: 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.
  • Musée d'Orsay
    Quai de Solférino. Next to the museum.
    Quai de Solférino, 7th arrondissement: leaving Musée d'Orsay, cross the street along the quays and go down the steps to the river bank.
  • St-Germain-des-Prés
    Quai Malaquais. Near the Institut de France.
    Quai de Malaquais, 6th arrondissement: take rue Bonaparte from Saint-Germain's Church. When you reach the quay, cross the road and go down the steps to the bank.
  • Notre-Dame
    Quai de Montebello. Latin Quarter.
    Quai de Montebello, Paris 5th arrondissement: go upstream along the quay for about a hundred metres from the Pont au Double, and take the stairs down to the river.
  • Batobus signJardin des Plantes
    Close to Pont d'Austerlitz.
    Quai Saint-Bernard, Paris 5th arrondissement. Take rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard towards the Seine, cross Quai Saint-Bernard in front of the Institut du Monde Arabe and go down to the river by the ramp or the stairs. Then walk upstream (towards Pont d'Austerlitz) through the open-air sculpture garden (Jardin Tino Rossi). The Batobus puts in between Pont Sully and Pont d'Austerlitz.
  • Hôtel de Ville
    Close to Pont d'Arcole. The City Hall stop. Marais district and Pompidou Centre.
    Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4th arrondissement. In Place de l'Hôtel de Ville take the pedestrian underpass to Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, walk upstream along the quay for 100 metres. The stop is on the right in the square.
  • The Louvre
    Between Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel.
    Quai du Louvre, Paris 1st arrondissement. Go from the Pyramid forming the entry to the Louvre towards the quays and then turn right without crossing Pont du Carrousel. Walk for 100 metres along the quay and go down the steps to the river.
  • Champs-Elysées
    Close to Pont Alexandre III. Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and Avenue Montaigne.
    Port des Champs Elysées, Paris 8th arrondissement. From place Clémenceau, take avenue Winston Churchill towards the Seine. Go down the stairs on the left at Pont Alexandre III.

Precise location maps of stops

Most of the sightseeing attractions in central Paris can be walked to from these stops, and it makes a pleasant change from "going down the pit" into the Métro.

Timetable:

Batobuses run all the year round, with a break in January, but the times do vary according to season:

6 November 2006 to 8 January 2007 10.30am to 4.30pm
17 March to 31 May 2006 and
1 September to 5 November 2006
10.00am to 7.00pm
1 June to 31 August 2006 10.00am to 9.30pm

Service frequency:
There's usually a Batobus every 25 to 30 minutes.

Full Batobus timetable (PDF)


Fares:

Batobus passes are for as many trips as you like during a specific period of time. No need to wait to buy a ticket.

  • 1-day Pass: €11 (€5 for children under 16, €7 Privilege rate ticket*)
  • 2-day Pass: €13 (€6 for children under 16, €8 Privilege rate ticket*)
  • 5-day Pass: €16 (€7 for children under 16, €10 Privilege rate ticket*)
  • Annual Pass: €50 (€30 for children under 16)

* The Privilege rate tickets are given to holders of student cards and RATP or SNCF cards.

They also have a couple of special offers:

"Paris à la Carte"
58 bus and boat stops throughout Paris. A combined ticket valid for two consecutive days.
Price: €39 (adult) and €18 (child).

"Paris à la Carte PLUS"
58 bus and boat stops throughout Paris. A combined ticket valid for two consecutive days PLUS 1 airport-city centre transfer with the Air France Coaches
Price: €47 for one adult and 23€ for a child.


Where to buy Batobus passes:

  • The Batobus ticket office at each stop
  • Paris Tourist Office
    Gare de Lyon office 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday
    Gare du Nord office 12.40 to 8.10 p.m. every day
    Opéra office 11 rue Scribe, 9th arr., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday

You can also buy them at the Paris airports : Orly Sud, CDG 1, CDG 2, the Open Tour Shop, and at the Louvre and Disneyland.

Website (in English) : http://www.batobus.com


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