9 Paris Bus Tours Compared: The Best Choice?

Paris is a big city and going from one point place to another on your own can be difficult when you don’t know the city. Tourists and Parisians who want to learn more about the city can count on bus tours. They offer a large variety of different circuits and learning more about Paris’ mysteries won’t be a challenge anymore. Here come the best bus tours (and some other surprises) for everyone and every budget. The only thing left for you to do is to hop on!


⚡ In a rush? Here are my top picks:


Tootbus Paris: The Most Comprehensive Tour

tootbus paris

Tootbus Paris offers one of the most complete visits of Paris with more than 50 stops and 3 different routes you can take using a single pass.

This “hop-on, hop-off” bus will make it possible for you to get off anytime and admire Paris wonders from a closer perspective.

Once you are done walking around, you will only have to show your pass to the next Tootbus bus stopping by to resume your trip.

One thing where Tootbus is ahead of the competition: the buses are 100% electric and have eco-responsible engines!

💰 Rates:

  • Hop On – Hop Off 1 day €39.60
  • Hop On – Hop Off 2 days €46.80
  • Paris Express (2 hours) €35
  • Kids Tour (1h30) €27
  • Paris by Night (1h30) €29.70
  • Paris Christmas Lights (1h30) €35

😍 What we like:

  • The extent of the route and the possibility of getting a two-day pass.
  • The audio guide is available in more than a dozen languages.
  •  Tales and legends for children
  • The bus uses natural gas

😐 What we don’t like:

  • The buses can be quite crowded
  • The audioguide’s information can be superficial

Tootbus: information and booking


Big Bus: The Most Cultural

Big Bus Paris
Big Bus

With its circuit and ten stops, the Big Bus will have you discover Paris and its best monuments.

The red circuit will take you to the city center to contemplate its famous places, such as the Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Palais.

These hop-on/off buses come every 15/20 minutes and give great flexibility to visiting the city.

💰 Rate:

  • Hop On – Hop Off 1 day €45
  • Hop On – Hop Off 2 days €59
  • Paris by Night €32

😍 What we like:

  • These buses are practical to travel from one monument to another without losing time
  • The geolocation system that will allow you to see the closest bus stops.

😐 What we don’t like:

  • The top seats can be hard to get when the weather is good
  • The frequent delays

Big Bus: information & booking


Foxity: The Most Affordable

foxicity bus
Foxity bus – Credits: Cramos, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Foxity is also a hop-on, hop-off bus.

It will bring you close to Notre Dame, to the Eiffel Tour and to a lot more.

Its rate is one of the most affordable on the list and is even free for children below 12 years old.

A good way to enjoy Paris’ beauty at a lower cost!

💰 Rate: Starting from €35.

😍 What we like:

  • Discounted rate for children below 12.
  • The possibility to add a 1h cruise on the Seine for €4.

😐 What we don’t:

  • No heating
  • Some buses are poorly maintained.

Foxity: Information & booking


ParisCityVision Bus + Cruise: The Most Aquatic Tour

ParisCityVision bus – Credits: PR180.2, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Besides a tour of Paris in a panoramic bus with audio commentaries and video documentaries, Paris City Vision’s City Tour includes a one-hour cruise on the Seine.

Enjoy the beauty of the French city from the river and take in a different point of view on Paris’ most beautiful monuments.

💰 Rate: Starting from €39 per person.

😍 What we like:

  • An air-conditioned coach for maximum comfort, even under the warm sun.
  • The audio commentaries and reconstitutions of Paris’ most famous attractions.
  • The cruise on the Seine included in the pass.

😐 What we don’t like:

  • The short trip of only two and a half hours, with no stops.

Paris City Vision: Information & booking


ParisCityVision Night Tour: The Most Nocturnal

tootbus paris

It is well-known how beautiful Paris is by night.

Once the sun has set, the capital will display one of the most gorgeous landscapes you have ever seen.

So, why not start your trip a little later?

With this tour, you will discover the many wonders of Paris by night.

You will discover and rediscover the places that make Paris one the most visited city in the world in the best way possible.

💰 Rate: Starting from €24.

😍 What we like:

  • The picturesque setting of Paris by night.
  • The historical re-enactments and 360° panoramic videos.

😐 What we don’t like:

  • The tour is quite short (1h45)

Paris City Vision: Information & booking


Amphibian Bus Tour: the most unique

amphibian bus
Amphibian Bus

Would you like to do a unique activity in Paris? Don’t wait any further and enjoy this guided tour combining a cruise and a bus tour.

From Paris to Versailles, you will cross the Seine and see the most beautiful Parisian monuments aboard these Amphibian bus boats inspired by the Mercedes Sprinter 4×4.

💰 Rate: €49

😍 What we like:

  • An atypical way to discover Paris
  • An excellent occasion to go to Versailles and see the castle.

😐 What we don’t like:

  • This is only a one-way ticket so you will need to find a way to return to Paris by yourself.
  • You won’t stay on the Seine for the whole ride.

Amphibian Tour Bus: Information & booking (link in French)


Bustronome: The Most Gastronomic


More than a simple bus, the Bustronome is a real moving restaurant.

Once the sun has set on Paris, it’s time to climb in.

Your driver will take you on a trip around Paris’ most famous monuments while you will be free to enjoy a French six-course meal and a bottle of wine.

An audio guide available in several languages will be the perfect side dish to accompany your gourmet menu.

💰 Rate: Starting from €70.

😍 What we like:

  • The opportunity to ask for a vegetarian, vegan, etc. menu in advance.
  • The children’s menu for kids below 10.

😐 What we don’t like:

  • Food can sometimes be not hot anymore
  • The dishes aren’t very generous

Bustronome: Information and booking


2CV Paris Tour: The Most Unorthodox

2 cv paris

You don’t want to share your trip with dozens of tourists?

Then, why not try out a very French means of locomotion?

Jean-Philippe will have you enjoy a visit of Paris from the inside of a Citroën 2CV, a very popular French car, back in the 50s.

Just like a bus tour, the Tour will guide you around world-famous Parisian monuments such as the Champ de Mars, the Pont Garnier, the Louvre and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Breakfast or glass of Champagne is included.

💰 Rate: Starting from €139 per car.

😍 What we like:

  • The original concept of using a 2CV to discover Paris in a new way.
  • A perfect tour for a romantic date.

😐 What we don’t like:

  • The price.

2CV Paris Tour: Information & Booking (website in French)


Velo Bus Tour: the Most Fun

velo bus
Velo Bus Tour

Embark on this Velo Bus with friends for a tour of Paris. Sit with a group of 15 people at most and cross Paris while eating sweet or savory delicacies.

You will be able to choose your drinks from mocktails to beer. You will also be able to have brunch on board with viennoiseries, hot drinks and juices among others.

💰 Rate: Starting from €200.

😍 What we like:

  • It is possible to eat on the bike bus and there are options
  • It is available all week long

😐 What we don’t like:

  • It is a bit expensive for a 1h to 2h long tour

Velo Bus Tour: Information and booking (link in French)


Recap table

Hop-on, hop-off Stops Duration Rate
Tootbus Paris Yes 50 One day €39.60
Big Bus Yes 10 One day €45
Foxity Yes 10 One day €35
PariCityVision Bus + Cruise No None 2h30 €39
PariCityVision Night Bus No None 1h45 €24
Amphibian Bus Tour No None 1h30 €49
Bustronome No None 2h30 €70
2CV Paris Tour No None 1h €89
Velo Bus Tour No None 1h30 €200