8 Bus Tours Compared to Discover (And Rediscover) Paris

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 climb in!

 

City Tour: The Most Aquatic Tour

La Seine

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 31€ 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.

Online reservation

 

Tootbus Paris: The Most Comprehensive Tour

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 eco-responsible engine!

Rate:

  • Paris express 25€/person
  • Kids Tour 20€/person
  • Paris by Night from 28€/person
  • Paris insolite 29€/person

What we like:

  • The extent of the route and the possibility to get a two-day pass.
  • The audio guide is available in more than a dozen languages.
  •  Tales and legends for children

What we don’t like:

  • The blue circuit is the only one available at the moment due to the COVID crisis.

Online reservation

 

Paris Pass: The Most “All-Inclusive”

Arc de Triomphe

For these who would like a pass covering the entirety of their visit, besides a “hop-on, hop-off” tour, the Paris Pass includes access to more than a hundred museums and Parisian attractions.

The Musée Grévin, the Stade de France, the Tour Montparnasse, the Arc de Triomphe, and many others welcome you during the two days included in the pass.

Rate: Starting from 132€ for two days.

What we like:

  • Free access to Paris’ buses, subways, and RERs during the duration of the pass.
  • Access to more than 55 museums and 60 Parisian attractions.
  • Priority access for a couple of museums and attractions.

What we don’t like:

  • Impossibility to get the pass for one day only.
  • The 120 pages tour guide, not as recreational as audio commentaries.

Reservation on ParisPass

 

2CV Paris Tour: The Most Unorthodox

Citroën 2CV

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

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

2CV Paris Tours 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 Classical 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.

Rate: Starting from 70€ 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 rendezvous.

What we don’t like:

  • The short one-hour Classical Tour.

Reservation on 2CV Paris Tour

 

Night Tour: The Most Nocturnal

Louvre Night

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 Paris Illuminations, 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 23€.

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 closing down in winter, during the Christmas Lights period.

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Big Bus: The Most Cultural

Big Bus Paris

With its two circuits and fifteen stops, the Big Bus will have you discover Paris under two different points of view.

The red circuit will take you to the city center to contemplate its famous places, meanwhile, the blue circuit will immerse you in the Montmartre district, home to the world-famous Moulin-Rouge and Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.

The Museum Pass, offered by the company, will give you access to a vast majority of Paris’ museums.

Rate: Starting from 39€ for the tour alone. 108€ with the Museum Pass.

What we like:

  • The possibility to add the Museum Pass to your tour.
  • The geolocation system that will allow you to see the closest bus stops.

What we don’t like:

  • How expensive it is.

Online reservation

 

Foxity: The Most Affordable

Obélisque Louxor

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 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 22€.

What we like:

  • Free passes for children below 12.
  • Less expensive rates if you buy your pass online.

What we don’t:

  • Fewer stops than most other bus tours.

Reservation on Foxity

 

Bustronome: The Most Gastronomic

Bustronome

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 100€.

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:

  • The single menu not giving room for your preferences.

Online reservation

 

Recap table

Hop-on, hop-off Stops Duration Rate
City Tour No None 2h30 31€
Tootbus Paris Yes 50 One day 25€
Paris Pass Yes 11 Two days 132€
2CV Paris Tour No None 1h 70€
Night Tour No None 1h45 23€
Big Bus Yes 15 One day 39€
Foxity Yes 10 One day 22€
Bustronome No None 2h30 100€