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Paris Tourist Sightseeing Boats
Batobus 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.
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.
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.
- Jardin 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.
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.
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
to 5 November 2006
|10.00am to 7.00pm
|1 June to 31 August 2006
||10.00am to 9.30pm
There's usually a Batobus every 25 to 30 minutes.
Full Batobus timetable (PDF)
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
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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