Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See all the iconic sights of Paris

Enjoy the beauty, romance and pure elegance of Paris as you relax on the top deck of an open top double-decker bus. With the ability to hop-on and off at any time you can create your own itinerary!

Our guide to Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy the stunning sights of the French capital on this Hop-on Hop-off bus tour with access to a fantastic sightseeing route that will introduce you to all the must-see sights.  

The Big Bus red route takes in the must-sees close to the Seine: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Champs Elysées and the Louvre Museum. This flexible tour allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like, giving you plenty of time to explore the historical, romantic, fashionable, fun and shopper-friendly city. Download the Big Bus app for live bus tracking to locate the next bus and jump back on board. 

Hop off at The Musee du Louvre, where you can spend several hours exploring the world-renowned museum which houses 35,000 works of art. Stop off at Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture built in 12th century, visit the Musee d'Orsay which holds the best impressionist painting collection in the world, or admire The Avenue des Champs-Elysees as you travel through the home to luxury specialty shops, cafes, cinemas and clipped horse-chestnut trees.

Plug-in, sit back and relax, listening to the engaging recorded commentary in a choice of 6 languages. Plus with the Essential and Explore ticket options your ticket includes a river cruise along the Seine.

You can also see the city by night with a panoramic tour. No one can fail to be moved by the view of Paris’ architecture by night, including the much-adored illuminations at the Eiffel Tower. Big Bus Tours Paris really does give you the most flexible sightseeing experience in the city. 

There are three different types of tickets to choose from:

Discover Ticket

  • One Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket 

Essential Ticket

  • One Day  Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket 
  • River cruise along the Seine 

Explore Ticket

  • Two Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket 
  • River cruise along the Seine 

Red Route - Operates from 9.45am to 5.45pm every 10 minutes. The total route duration is 2 hours 15 minutes.

The Red Route really does show you the very best of what central Paris has to offer. Travelling as far as the Arc de Triomphe and the Trocadero in the west and the breathtaking Notre Dame in the east, you’ll also have the chance to see the Eiffel Tower, Hotel des Invalides, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Hop off and explore the city on foot and visit some of the great attractions before jumping back on board. 

Red Route stops - Louvre-Pyramide-BBIC (1) - Louvre-Pont des Arts (2) - Notre-Dame (3) - Musée d'Orsay (4) - Champs Elysées (5) - Grand Palais (6) - Trocadéro (7) - Eiffel Tower (8) - Champ de Mars (9) - Opéra Garnier (10)

River Cruise

The Essential and Explore tickets also include a cruise along the picturesque Seine. Departing from beneath the Eiffel Tower, loop down to Notre Dame and back. The cruise must be redeemed by submitting the printed ticket you will receive from a Big Bus team member when redeeming your bus ticket. 

The cruise departs from Bateaux Parisiens, Port de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris. The nearest Big Bus stop is the Eiffel Tower ( stop 8). Please check with Bateaux Parisiens locally for operating hours. 

 

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

  • You will receive an open-dated voucher that can be easily exchanged when you board the bus at any of the Big Bus stops.
  • Times and routes are subject to change without notice.
  • Children aged 3 years and under may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A third of the fleet has wheelchair access on the lower deck, and these vehicles run evenly throughout the service.
  • Please note: routes and operation times may vary during the holiday season. Please check locally. 
  • The night tour does not run on 31st December or 14th July.
  • Redeem vouchers at the Big Bus information centre, 11 avenue de l’Opéra 75001 Paris or with the customer service representatives at any Big Bus stops.  
  • River cruise - Cruise ticket must be redeemed by submitting the printed ticket you will receive from a Big Bus team member when purchasing/redeeming your bus ticket. Bateaux Parisiens will issue a cruise ticket after receiving this. Please check the latest operating hours directly with Bateaux Parisiens on their website www.bateauxparisiens.com
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Ticket Information

  • Where can you go on the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour in Paris?

    Big Bus Tours explore Paris's most iconic landmarks and attractions including The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. The Classic Red Route passes by the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. The blue route includes stops at Gare Du Nord and the Louvre Pyramide too.

  • Should I pre book my Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour before I travel?

    It is very much recomended you purchase your Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour tickets before you travel to save time and money!
    You simply show your printed e-ticket we provide you at one of the Big Bus stops on onboard the bus.

General Information

  • How does the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour work in Paris?

    You simply show your printed e-ticket to a member of staff at one of the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Tour stops or aboard the bus. They'll issue you a receipt that you'll be able to use to hop on the bus throughout the validity of your ticket. Explore the different ticket options available on this page. 

  • How will I know when my next Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour shall arrive?

    Download the Big Bus Tours app for real-time bus tracking and details about where your nearest stop is. 

  • Is there commentary in my language on the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour ?

    There are lots of language options available. The Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour offers recorded guidance in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean or Mandarin. As you boar the bus you'll find complimentary earphones so you can make use of the commentary.

Location

  • Where do I start the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour?

    You can hop onboard at any of the Big Bus Paris stops. For full details of all stops, please view up the page. 

  • Does the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour stop at Paris Gare Du Nord?

    Yes, the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour stop is by Gare du Nord on the Montemartre Route (Blue route).

Duration of Visit

  • How long does the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Take?

    The Classic Route - Red Route takes 2 hours, 20 minutes and the Montemartre Route - Blue Route takes 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Accessibility

  • Is the Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour accessible?

    Yes, 2 buses are equipped with an access ramp and have a reserved place on the lower level (the waiting time can vary between 20 and 40 minutes between each bus).

Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Reviews

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  • 5 stars:

    Easy to purchase great price no problems

    Victoria Skidmore reviewed Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 29 Aug, 2023

  • 5 stars:

    Worth the money I pay for this bus trip

    Trusted Customer reviewed Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 02 Sep, 2022

  • 5 stars:

    I was so no nervous in booking but after speaking to Sammy my mind was put at complete ease! An absolute perfect customer service experience where she was so helpful and genuine in providing clear information. Would absolutely recommend and use again in future! Thank you for adding magic to my sons birthday suprise!

    Trusted Customer reviewed Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 02 Jan, 2020

  • 4 stars:

    Was fine. Really didnt need to pre book. Just do when your in Paris

    Claire Donnelly reviewed Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 03 Jun, 2019

  • 5 stars:

    Great value, we bought the 2 day ticket and the bus to get around the city. Remember your 48 hours starts the day you first get on, not at the time you get on, so get on early to make the most of your time.

    Ian Wright reviewed Big Bus Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 13 Apr, 2019

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