Paris Tours

Eiffel Tower Tickets, Tours and Guide

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This post is a review of the many options to visit the Eiffel tower, from standard and combo tickets to dining at the top.  This guide details everything you need to know about visiting the Eiffel Tower, including a lengthy comparison of all the different types of tours and tickets available.

 

 


EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS

There are several different types of tickets available for the Eiffel Tower. Below is a list of the type and cost of tickets available directly through the Eiffel Tower’s official ticket office. Keep in mind that these are timed entry tickets that often sell out months in advance. 

 

EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS  Adults Children (12-24) Reduced Rate (4-11)
Stairs Entrance (2nd Floor) 10,00€ 5,00€ 2,50€
Elevator Entrance (2nd Floor) 16,00€ 8,00€ 4,00€
Stairs Entrance (2nd Floor) w/ Elevator Entrance (Top) 19,00€ 9,50€  4,80€
Elevator Entrance (Top) 25,00€ 12,50€  6,30€

 

If there are no tickets available during the time of your visit from the official ticket site, then you will need to consider using a 3rd party seller, which will almost certainly mean higher prices.

Not only is there much more availability this way, but also you can add on a number of other amenities such as premium access, a guided tour, a dining experience, or have your visit to the Eiffel Tower combined with a number of other activities such as a river cruise for a discounted rate.

Read through the following sections to learn more about what other tickets are available. 


Our Pick

Second Floor Priority Access (with optional summit access)

Rather than wait in line, purchase this ticket to gain priority access, which means that you skip to the front of the elevator queue. It also comes with a guided tour to the 2nd floor. It’s €15 more per adult than the official tickets, but with these tickets, you get to skip the elevator line.

Prices with Summit Access

There is also an evening version.

Reviews:

Lots of private tour options come with mixed reviews, so this option is a stand out (read the reviews).  

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

June 21 – September 2nd

  • 09:00 am – 00:46 (12:45 am)
  • 23:00 (11 pm) – last elevator to the top 

Rest of the Year

  • 09:30 am – 23:46 (11:45 pm)
  • 22:30 (10:30 pm) – last elevator to the top 

 

WHERE IS THE EIFFEL TOWER?

There are several different ways to get to the Eiffel Tower, which is centrally located and right along the River Seine. Regardless of how you choose to get here, we recommend using this Google Maps link for directions.

 

How to Get to the Eiffel Tower

 

By Metro: There are 3 different metro stations that are a short distance from the Eiffel Tower. Trocadéro (9) and École Militaire (8) are approximately a 5-minute walkBir-Hakeim (6) is 3 minutes away by foot. 

By RER: Champs de Mars (C) is a 1-minute walk away. 

By Bike: There are several bike tours that visit the Eiffel Tower. Alternatively, there are also many bike rental companies operating nearby as well. Check out our post on the Best Bike Tours and Rentals in Pars

By Boat: Located along the Seine, the Eiffel Tower is also easily accessible by boat. Consider pairing a visit to this iconic landmark with either before or after! Check out our post on Best Boat Tours and Cruises in Paris to help you decide which company to choose. 

By car: Parking is limited around the Eiffel Tower, so we recommend that you park in an underground carpark instead. The Quai Branly car park is the closest, just 300 meters away! 


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COMBINATION TICKETS 

One of the best ways to save during your visit to Paris is to purchase packaged tours, which combine several different popular attractions for a reduced rate. This also allows you to save time, as you will be able to skip the line at each of these places. Some of our favorite combination tours include a cruise on the Seine, a visit to the Louvre, and a trip to Versailles, amongst many others! 


Two-in-One: Eiffel Tower and Seine Cruise 

A popular combination package that visitors opt for is the Two-in-One: Eiffel Tower and Seine Cruise. A trip to the Eiffel Tower and a boat ride along the Seine are two of the most well-liked tourist activities in Paris. By purchasing these as a package, you save money and hassle — especially because both tend to sell out months in advance during the high season! Your visit to the Eiffel Tower includes skip-the-line access to the summit. 

Reviews: This combo package is one of the most popular and highly rated one available (read the reviews). People seem especially thankful that allowed them to see and do so many things in a short amount of time… and with just one purchase! Guests also write repeatedly about the benefit of gaining skip-the-line access with a ticket like this. 


Three-in-One: Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Seine Cruise Tickets 

Similar to the ticket listed above, this Three-in-One offer gets you access to the Eiffel Tower, a Seine Cruise, and the Louvre. You receive skip-the-line access to both the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, which are two of the most popular (and therefore crowded) attractions in the city. Your Seine Cruise brings you along the river for an hour to enjoy the view from the water.

Reviews: The Three-in-One combination package is even more popular than the Two-in-One (read the reviews)! Reviewers rave about the ease at which this ticket allowed them to participate in 3 of the most famous attractions in the city. With skip-the-line access at each, you can save a lot of time and stress. 


Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower, Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Cruise 

If you’re considering taking a bus tour around Paris, why not combine it with a river cruise and a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Once again you’ll have skip-the-line access to the 2nd floor of the latter. Choose between either 1 or 2-day access to the hop-on-hop-off bus service. Like most boat tours on the Seine, the cruise lasts approximately 1 hour. 

Reviews: Most people seem very pleased with their decision to purchase this packaged deal (read the reviews). Though there are a handful of reviews that are fairly critical of the hop-on, hop-off bus tour service (largely due to heavy traffic). However, others acknowledge that, though they were concerned because of other reviews that they had read, they were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of each of the activities. 


Skip-the-Line: Versailles, Eiffel Tower & Hotel Transfer

This combination package includes a half-day visit to Versailles, followed by a visit to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and then take you to Versailles, where you will be able to skip the cue and see the Palace and Gardens. Afterward, you will be driven to the Eiffel Tower so that you can enjoy the spectacular view of the city. 

Reviews: Most people seem very happy with this package, as it allowed them to visit 2 of the biggest attractions in France in just one day (read the reviews). People are especially pleased with the convenience of having a door-to-door service with each of these activities from their hotel. 


Priority Access to Eiffel Tower and Catacombs

With this packaged ticket, you gain skip-the-line entrance to the summit of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a visit to Paris’ famous Catacombs where you will also enjoy priority access. Though the latter activity is not guided, you will receive a free audio guide upon arrival. Lines tend to be extremely long at the Catacombs due to their popularity, so this is a great way to save time! 

Reviews: Though some reviewers initially bought this combo package because they couldn’t find tickets to the Eiffel Tower elsewhere, many write about how their visit to the Catacombs turned out to be the highlight of their trip! Others also note the long lines at this attraction and thus their thankfulness at having a skip-the-line pass.

***These are just a few of our favorite combo tour packages.***

Click here to see all the other combinations also available!

 


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Which Paris Pass is Best

Paris City Passes Reviewed

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This post reviews and compares the various Paris city passes, tourist discount cards and bus and boat combination tickets to help you chose the best for you.

 

 


BEFORE YOU BUY

There are a lot of different tourist passes you can get in Paris. Whether you’re looking for a card you can use for everything or you just want to save some money on a few things, chances are you will find something to fit your needs. That being said, let’s cover the various types of attraction passes that are available.

All-Inclusive

This type of tourist pass will allow you to visit several notable sites, attractions and tours. You can expect admission for dozens of popular activities to be included with the price of the card. Passes are available for between 2-6 days, allowing you to enjoy whichever activity you wish at your own leisure without worrying about purchasing individual tickets.

Prepackaged Pass 

Unlike the All-Inclusive Pass, this option will allow you to pay one price for a specific package of attractions and tours. These passes usually include fewer activities, but they are also a lot more affordable. If you can find a pass that features attractions and services you intend to use while visiting Paris, this may be a better option.

Museum Pass 

This tourist pass is fairly self-explanatory, in that it provides access to dozens of different museums in Paris. Some monuments and landmarks are also typically included with this type of pass. You can purchase the Museum Pass for between 2-6 days at a time, allowing you to visit each included location at your leisure.

Transport Pass 

While the other tourist passes provide admission to a variety of locations, this pass only offers transportation throughout Paris. While some services only give you access to public transport, others include hop-on-hop-off bus tours and even cruises along the river Seine. If you’ve already paid for the various attractions you want to visit, this could be a good way to save money on getting around the city. Read more »

Paris bus tours

Which Paris Bus Tours Are the Best?

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This post reviews and compares the various Paris bus tour options, including hop-on-hop-off, guided, and night bus tours to help you decide which one may be best for you. We also list the various combination tickets with bus, boat, and attractions. (auf Deutsch)

 


HOP-ON-HOP-OFF PARIS BUS TOURS

Once you have walked the streets and alleys of Paris, you might want to continue exploring the city via hop-on-hop-off bus. You can cover more ground, rest your feet, and it’s great for the whole family.

Most of the businesses that offer this service provide audio commentary in several languages and additional bonuses such as Seine River cruises or walking tours. Paris has two major hop-on-hop-off bus tour companies: L’Open and Les Cars Rouges (Big Bus Tours), but there is also a company called Foxity.

These bus tours are the most popular in the city. On these tours, large double-decker, open-top buses drive around the city on a set route with multiple stops. Visitors can choose which attractions they want to stop at and visit whenever they wish, knowing that they can hop back on once they are finished at their current location.

Tickets are valid for between 24 and 72 hours depending on which service you utilize, and there is no limit on how many times you can get back onto the bus. 


Big Bus Tours

Formerly called Les Cars Rouges (Red Buses), Big Bus Tours has been in business since 1991. They are probably the most notable “hop on-hop off” tour bus in Paris. This is an international company that provides services all over the world, and they are generally well-liked.

In total, there are 10 significant stops on their classic route. No matter what attractions you want to visit, chances are that Big Bus will take you there.

 

 

With 3.5 out of 5-stars rating on TripAdvisor, this tour company definitely has mixed reviews. That being said, there don’t appear to be too many complaints in common, so it’s unlikely that the experiences of unhappy customers are typical of Big Bus Tours. Over 1,000 passengers have rated this service 3 stars or better, stating that this is a very convenient and informative trip.

TIP: The Big Bus tours are also included in the Paris Pass


Ticket Prices Online (Save 10%)

Online tickets are a better deal than paper tickets and 2-day tickets for two consecutive days are a much better deal than 1-day tickets. Discount doesn’t apply to same-day online purchases.  Purchase here.

“Classic” 1-day tour

  • €31.50 for Adults
  • €15.80 for Children (aged 4-12)

“Premium” 2-day tour

  • €35.10 for Adults
  • €18.00 for Children (aged 4-12) 

Purchase here


Bus Schedule

Buses run every day from 9:30 AM – 6 PM.  Buses run roughly every 30 minutes at each stop. To experience a complete route back to your start point, you should hop-on prior to 5 PM; tours after 5 PM end at the Trocadero.

Where to Purchase Tickets

We recommend you purchase your tickets online because the prices online are lower. You can also buy tickets with the bus driver and at your hotel reception desk.

Commentary Audio Languages

English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, Japanese, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean or Mandarin.

Click the map to be taken to a larger, interactive version.

Big Bus Tours Paris Map



Routes

Red Route (day tours): Eiffel Tower, Champs du Mars, Opera Garnier, Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee D’Orsay, Champs Elysees, Grand Palais, Trocadero, Gare Du Nord and much more.

Blue Route (night tour): Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Pigalle/Moulin Rouge, the Latin Quarter and much more.

Route Duration

If you want to experience everything on each route, this is the amount of time it will take to travel past each stop. Keep this in mind when deciding which ticket to purchase if you want to see everything possible on your trip through Paris.

Red Route: 2 hours 20 minutes
Blue Route: 1 hour 15 minutes


L’Open Tours

L’Open Tours is the Paris affiliate of Grayline, an international sightseeing company.  Their hop-on-hop-off tours offer four different routes and a total of 50 different stops providing access to over 100 notable sites in Paris.

With four times as many stops, this company definitely gives Big Bus Tours a run for their money. If you want to visit as many locations as possible, this may be your best option. Just keep in mind that it could take a while to visit all of the locations on this trip, so you might want to consider one of the longer tickets in order to see everything.

 

 

Despite the fact that they offer more than their competitors, L’Open Tours receives 4.3 out of 5 stars on Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Surprisingly, there are some guests who have complained that this company provides too many routes, suggesting that there may not be enough time in the day to experience everything on this tour bus.

Some might consider this a negative, but several others have indicated that they actually appreciate this aspect of the service. Some visitors have even gone so far as to claim that this is the best way to discover Paris.


Ticket Prices

1-day bus tour

2-day bus tour

  • €38 for Adults
  • €17 for Children (aged 4-15)
  • More information.
  • Add a Seine River Cruise for an additional €9 for adults and €4 for children.

3-day bus tour

  • €46 for Adults
  • €17 for Children (aged 4-15)
  • More information.
  • Add a Seine River Cruise for an additional €9 for adults and €4 for children.

Bus Schedule

Tours run every day from 9:30 AM – 6 PM. Buses typically run every 10-15 minutes April-Oct. and every 20-25 minutes in the winter.

Where to Purchase Tickets

It’s easiest to either buy the tickets online or with the bus driver. You can also get tickets from the ticket office at 13 Auber Street 75009 Paris. 


Commentary Audio Languages

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.


Routes

Green lineParis Grand Tour – Palais Royal, Louvre, Notre Dame, Saint Michel, Musee Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee, Trocadero, Eiffel Tower, Concorde Royal and much more.

Orange line Montparnasse – Saint-Germain: Petit-pont, Observatoire Port-Royale, Esplanade des Invalides, Rue du Bac, Latin Quarter and much more.

Yellow lineMontmartre – Grands Boulevards: Auber, Montmartre, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Madeline and much more.

Blue lineBastille – Bercy: Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz, National Library, Hotel de Ville and much more.

Route Duration

If you want to see every location and stop on each route, this is the amount of time it will take to experience all of them. Please keep these figures in mind when deciding which ticket to purchase.

Green line: 2 hours.
Orange line: 60 minutes.
Yellow line: 60 minutes.


Foxity 

Foxity Bus Paris

These orange and white buses are the least expensive option for hop-on-hop-off bus tours in Paris. Families, listen up: each adult can bring 1 child for free on the day tours, so you definitely save more than with their competitors. Believe it or not, this bus tour is so inexpensive, that it might even be one of the most affordable forms of transportation in the city.

Although this service may be more budget-friendly, you’ll also find that this business offers fewer stops. Make sure to check their routes before purchasing any tickets.

Unfortunately, Foxity does not have glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, as they have received an overall 3 out of 5-star rating. Complaints typically focus on the fact that this service provides fewer buses on each route, meaning you might have to wait for a while before jumping back on.

This bus tour also visits fewer locations, but that’s to be expected from a cheaper service. Those who enjoyed their trip reported that the experience was both affordable and effective for seeing most of the significant sights in Paris

Ticket Prices Online

1-day bus tour (Hop-on, Hop-off)

  • €18 for Adults
  • Children 11 and under FREE (1 child per each paying adult)

Tour Dates

Buses run every day from 9:30 AM – 6 PM. Buses run every 20 minutes.

Where to Purchase Tickets

It’s recommended to buy the tickets online. You can also get tickets from the ticket office near the Opéra at 3 Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris.

Commentary Audio Languages

French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, German, Italian, Chinese.

Route/Route Duration

Eiffel Tower, Opera, Concorde la Duree, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, L’Ecole Militaire and much more.

Their one and only route lasts for two hours total. It shouldn’t be too difficult to experience everything on this tour in one day. If you intend to travel around Paris for more than one day, one of the other hop-on-hop-off tours may actually be more affordable.

 


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FULL-SERVICE BUS TOURS

In addition to the hop-on-hop-off bus services available in Paris, there are also several full-service bus tours. Although you might not have the opportunity to leave the vehicle, guides on these tours typically receive high praise for providing a lot of valuable information.  These services also tend to offer a unique experience that won’t soon be forgotten. 

 


This photo is of CityRama Paris courtesy of TripAdvisor

 


Audio-Guided City Tour (by CityRama)

This service is very similar to the hop-on-hop-off bus tours with one exception: there is no hopping on or off at your leisure. Instead, you will experience all of the major landmarks and historic sites in Paris during a 1 ½ – 2 hour trip around the city. During your trip, you’ll have the opportunity to hear expert commentary about all of the locations on your journey in 11 different languages.

  • Ticket Prices: €17/Adults | €9/Children
  • Availability: Daily at 10 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm
  • Duration: 1 ½ – 2 hours
  • Audio guide available in 11 languages
  • Purchase tickets or learn more

If you’re looking for something quick, inexpensive, and informative, this might be one of your best options. This service has a 4 out of 5-star rating on both TripAdvisor and GYG (read reviews here). Many guests have indicated that their experience was excellent, suggesting that the service provided is both comfortable and informative.

Some have said they were confused about how to use their tickets, so make sure to follow instructions and have your voucher prepared before boarding


The History Bus

If you’re looking for an extraordinary trip through Paris, the History Bus is definitely worth consideration. Not only do they provide a live guided tour throughout the city, but their vehicle is also outfitted to include historical video clips while traveling from one location to the next.

They also offer 3D visuals, quizzes, and other multimedia experiences while on board. Did we forget to mention that this bus is covered in grass? Needless to say, this isn’t your average bus tour!

 

 

With a 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor, this is actually one of the highest rated tour services in the city. As a matter of fact, this company has yet to receive any negative reviews. Some reviewers have described this as one of the best experiences in Paris, while others have said it was a very entertaining and educational trip. 


Ticket Prices Online

Express Tour (Shorter)

  • €26 for Adults
  • €12 for Children (ages 11 and under)
  • €48 for 2 Adults
  • €58 for 2 Adults + 1 Child
  • €69 for 2 Adults + 2 Children

Global Tour (Longer)

  • €49 for Adults
  • €26 for Children (ages 11 and under)
  • €90 for 2 Adults
  • €108 for 2 Adults + 1 Child
  • €124 for 2 Adults + 2 Children

Tour Dates

Both tours depart at 9:30 AM when available. Check their calendar for future tour dates.

Where to Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online from their product description page. You can also make reservations by contacting them directly.

Additional Information

Tour guides may only speak in French, so this might not be a great option if you’re unfamiliar with the language. That being said, there are reports from some passengers that their guides speak English and Deutch as well. It also appears that this tour is not offered year-round, so you might not be able to reserve any tickets during the winter. The History Bus also provides combo packages in addition to other trips in and around Paris.

 


Set in Paris Movie Tours

Movie buffs will probably have a keen interest in discovering some of the sights and sounds that were recorded in their favorite films. Thankfully, this company actually provides a tour which will take you around to some of the most notable filming locations in Paris! With stops related to The Bourne Identity, The Da Vinci Code, Taken, Midnight in Paris, James Bond and several other notable Hollywood movies, there’s plenty to enjoy on this trip. Let professional guides take you on a journey through streets that have become well documented on the silver screen.

With a full 5 star rating on TripAdvisor, it’s safe to say that a majority of customers enjoy the experience offered by Set in Paris Movie Tours. As a matter of fact, it would appear that they have only received one negative review, so this is probably a pretty reliable service. Many reviews focus on the fact that they actually provide multimedia clips from each movie they discuss in order to refresh your memory, so you don’t even need to worry about whether or not you’ve seen the movie!

Ticket Prices Online

Le Grand Tour (3 Hours)

  • €50 per passenger

Price depends on the number of guests. You can inquire about scheduling this tour on their website. Alternatively, you can visit their box office at 61 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris.

Additional Information

The Le Grand Tour is a private tour, which means that you will be paying one flat rate for all passengers. Your best bet will be to take this tour with as large a group as possible in order to get the best possible deal.  Set in Paris Movie Tours also provides a lot of popular walking tours and educational experiences. Make sure to choose the tour that fits your group the best.  There will be a refreshment break and bottled water provided to all guests.

 


Foxity

In addition to their hop-on-hop-off service, this company also provides a more traditional bus tour. Although it only lasts for two hours, it’s very affordable and a lot more accessible than some of the other full-service tours on this list. If you want to learn all about Paris while a driver/guide takes you past almost every significant landmark, this could be an inexpensive option worth considering. Make sure to check our profile of Foxity’s reviews before making any decisions.

Ticket Prices Online

2-Hour Tour

  • €17 per Adult
  • Child 11 and under FREE (1 child with each Adult purchase)

We recommend purchasing tickets online. Tickets are also available at their office near the Opéra at 3 Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris.

Commentary Audio Languages

French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, German, Italian, Chinese.

 


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NIGHT BUS TOURS OF PARIS

There’s a reason that they call Paris the City of Light. When the sun goes down, this metropolis lights up! If you’ve ever wanted to see all of the popular landmarks and attractions illuminated after sunset, you might want to consider taking a night bus tour. All of the companies that provide hop-on, hop-off services also offer bus tours at night. For more information on their respective ratings, make sure to check out our review profiles for each service.


Big Bus Tours

Unlike their hop-on, hop-off service, this night tour doesn’t allow you to get off whenever you wish. Clocking in at a total of 2 hours, you’ll travel around the city in an open top bus and see all of the major landmarks after the sun sets. Discover famous sites such as the Moulin Rouge, Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower from an entirely different perspective once the lights turn on at night.

Ticket Prices Online

Night Tour

  • €22 for Adults
  • €11 for Children (aged 4-12)

Tickets are available online, but they can also be purchased either directly from bus drivers or from your hotel reception desk.

Additional Information

Big Bus Tours offers commentary in 11 different languages to accommodate guests from around the world. The 2-hour night tour begins at 8:15 PM every night throughout the 16th of December. From December 17th to January 2nd, the tour begins at 9:15 PM.


L’Open Tours (Gray Line)

Much like their competitors, this night tour will not allow you to jump off and explore different attractions at night. Sadly, this trip clocks in at only 1 ½ hours and comes with a higher price tag. Although you’ll visit locations such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées, it would appear that you’ll have much less time to experience these beautiful sites after the sun goes down. Although we can’t recommend it for the price, this might be a good alternative if every other night tour is fully booked.

Ticket Prices Online

Paris By Night Pass

  • €27 for Adults
  • €17 for Children (3 to 11)

You can obtain tickets online, with the bus driver, or via their ticket office at 13 Auber Street 75009 Paris. Reservation is compulsory, so it’s best to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

Additional Information

L’Open Tours provides commentary in 8 different languages. You’ll also receive personal earphones for listening to audio while on the tour.  Between March 25th – October 31st, the tour starts at 9:30 PM. From November 1st – January 1st, the tour will begin at 6 PM. This trip will depart from the main office at 13 Auber Street 75009 Paris.


Foxity

It may not come as a surprise, but this company offers one of the cheapest night bus tours in Paris. Although the trip only lasts for 1 ½ hours, it is more affordable than any other service on this list. Foxity also offers two tours every night, so you probably won’t have to worry about overbooking. It’s worth noting that their transportation is heated during the winter months and covered in case of rain. If you want to stay warm while seeing all of the major attractions after sunset, this might be one of the least expensive options.

Ticket Prices Online

Paris By Night Tour

  • €19 for Adults
  • €11 for Children

Where to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are available online, but they can also be purchased at their main office close to the Opéra at 3 Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris.

Additional Information

This tour is available at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

The night bus tour will take you past more than 40 monuments.

The commentary is available in 9 different languages, making it easily accessible for international guests.

 


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COMBO PACKAGES

Whether you’re looking for more than just a bus tour or you want to take more than one trip through Paris, you can save a lot of money by purchasing a combo package. All of the major hop-on, hop-off services offer packages that include more than one activity at a discounted rate.

Although some of these deals include entrance into popular attractions, most of them are focused on tours that will take you around Paris. If you want to visit some of the museums or enter famous landmarks in the city, you may want to consider a Paris Pass instead. Please read our comparison of every tourist pass available in the city for more information.



Big Bus Tours

If you’re already interested in getting a hop-on-hop-off ticket, you might want to consider the combo package offered by this company. This package includes their standard service and a cruise on the River Seine. For those who have been considering a cruise, this could be a great way to save money 

Ticket Prices Online

“Deluxe” Ticket 2-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour + a Seine River Cruise

  • €45 Adults
  • €22 for Children (aged 4-12)

Where to Purchase Tickets

If you purchase tickets online, you will save the most money. In addition, these combo deals may not be available if you purchase tickets directly from a driver or at your hotel.

Additional Information

To find out more about the quality of their service, please read our review profile of Big Bus Tours. Tickets purchased online can either be printed out or accessed via smartphone.


L’Open Tours

This company provides some of the most original combo packages in Paris. In addition to the standard cruise and night tour options, they also offer entrance into the Louvre, the Picasso Museum and even a Tasting Passport for those who want to experience French cuisine. If you’re looking for a somewhat different experience in this city of light, you might want to consider one of the following combo deals.

Ticket Prices Online

Bus Tour + Seine River Cruise

Bus Tour + Night Tour

  • 1-Day Ticket: €48 for Adults
  • 2-Day Ticket: €52 for Adults
  • 3-Day Ticket: €56 for Adults
  • 1, 2, or 3-Day Ticket: €21 for Children
  • More info and to book online.

Bus Tour + Bateaux Mouches Cruise

Bus Tour + The Louvre

  • 1-Day Ticket: €46 for Adults
  • 2-Day Ticket: €50 for Adults
  • 3-Day Ticket: €54 for Adults
  • 1, 2, or 3-Day Ticket: €17 for Children
  • More info and to book online.

Bus Tour + Picasso Museum

Bus Tour + Tasting Passport

Where to Purchase Tickets

The easiest way to buy your tickets is online. These combo deals may not be available to purchase directly from bus drivers or at their ticket office. Avoid any trouble by simply ordering from their website.

Additional Information

If you want to know more about the services this company provides, you will find more information in the Hop-On, Hop-Off section.

Vouchers from this company are valid for an entire year, so you can purchase them ahead of time and use them whenever you wish.


Foxity

Unlike their competitors, Foxity only offers one combo package. To be fair, this deal is even more affordable than anything offered by either Big Bus Tours or L’Open Tours. Enjoy a one hour cruise on the Seine after getting a good look at the Eiffel Tower. Discover some of the world’s most beautiful monuments and landmarks from the water while you gently float down the river in comfort. This deal is also incredibly affordable for anyone with children.

Ticket Prices Online

Paris City Tour + Seine Cruise

  • €30 for Adults
  • €5.50 for Children less than 12 yrs old (1 child per paying adult)

Where to Purchase Tickets

We highly recommend purchasing your tickets online, where you will save €4 off the normal price. Alternatively, you can get this package deal at their office near the Opéra at 3 Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris.

Additional Information

At a price of €5.50 per child, this might be the best combo package for families. Not only will you have access to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, but you’ll also get a cruise out of the deal. An entire family could enjoy a full day trip around Paris for less than €75!

The Seine cruise boards in front of the Eiffel Tower. For more information about the company, make sure to read our profile of their services in the Hop-On, Hop-Off section.


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PARIS TOURIST PASSES

Some of the tourist passes available in Paris actually include bus tours. If you’re looking to experience more than just a bus ride around the city, you might want to consider picking up one of these passes. Make sure to read our review of these services before deciding on which one to purchase.

 


The Paris Pass

This service includes more featured attractions and activities than any other tourist pass available in Paris. Unfortunately, it also comes with a much higher price tag than the passes offered by competitors.

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the city and experience as much as possible, this is an excellent deal. However, if you’ve only got a few days, you might want to consider another option. The Paris Pass includes a Big Bus Tour hop-on, hop-off ticket in addition to a museum pass guaranteeing access to more than 50 attractions such as The Louvre and Arc De Triomphe.

Pass Prices Online (as of 2018)

  • 2-Day Passes – €131 Adults / €81 Teens (ages 12-17) / €44 Children (ages 4-11)
  • 3-Day Passes –€160 Adults / €96 Teens (ages 12-17) / €49 Children (ages 4-11)
  • 4-Day Passes – €189 Adults / €106 Teens (ages 12-17) / €56 Children (ages 4-11)
  • 6-Day Passes – €224 Adults / €126 Teens (ages 12-17) / €69 Children (ages 4-11)

Where to Purchase Passes

The Paris Pass can easily be purchased online and shipped globally. No matter where you live, chances are that you’ll be able to buy this tourist pass.

Additional Information

The hop-on, hop-off bus tour provided with the Paris Pass is a 1-day ticket. Even if you purchase the 6-Day Pass, you’ll only have access to the bus tour for one day.

That being said, this tourist pass also includes access to the metro, RER and buses in Paris. It shouldn’t be too difficult to get around the city with the Paris Pass.


Paris Passlib’

The Paris Passlib’ Mini offers pretty much the same combo deal you can get directly from L’Open Tours. Although they are more expensive, the full Paris Passlib’ is a much better deal. In addition to a 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour, you’ll also have access to both a museum pass and a travel card.

With the help of these two passes, you’ll be able to use the metro, RER or bus system to access more than 50 museums in the city. Although this is a bit more costly, it’s definitely a better deal than their Mini pass.

Pass Prices Online

Paris Passlib’ Mini

  • €40 Adults / €35 Teens (ages 12-17) / €26 Children (ages 4-11)

Multi-Day Paris Passlib’

  • 2-Day Pass – €109 Adults / €65 Teens / €35 Children
  • 3-Day Pass – €129 Adults / €70 Teens / €39 Children
  • 5-Day Pass – €155 Adults / € 90 Teens/ € 47 Children

Where to Purchase Pass

This tourist pass can be purchased online and shipped internationally. Alternatively, you can also pick up your passes at their main office.

Additional Information

No matter which version of the Paris Passlib’ you acquire, it will grant you access to one hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

The Mini Pass can also be used to save money on the entrance price to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Since you’ll be near this beloved monument for the cruise, this might be a better option than the combo package offered directly through L’Open Tours.

As you can no doubt tell, there are several options for Paris bus tours. No matter which type of service you want, chances are that you will find something to fit your needs. Discover the city of light on your own terms and enjoy your experiences as you travel past some of the most beautiful landmarks in the entire world.

 


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How is the weather in Paris in November?

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Paris November weatherThis post is about the weather in Paris in November. Let Free Tours by Foot help you pack for your trip!

What is the Weather in Paris in November?

The month of November in Paris will see mostly fall-like weather becoming more winter-like as the month draws to an end. November also tends to be a bit on the wet side as well with about 15 days seeing some rainfall. 

Early November, however, still offers colorful fall foliage in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, the city’s wildest, hilliest park or perhaps you may wish to visit the Bastille Antiques Fair later this month.

Early this month, the afternoon high temperatures are in the mid-50s f (12-13C) with early morning lows mostly in the low to mid 40s f (6-7C).  On a few of the warmer afternoons, the temperatures may reach up into the low to mid 60s f (17-18C).   As the month progresses, the afternoon highs will fall into the mid to upper 40s f (8-9C) with morning lows mostly in the mid to upper 30s f (2-3C) with a few colder mornings dipping down into the upper 20S f (-2 to -3C).

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About 17-18 days in November will be cloudy or mostly cloudy while sunny or partly sunny conditions prevail on about 12-13 days.  Some rainfall is likely on about 15 days while the risk for snow this month remains very low, reaching only 5% near the end of the month.  During November the daylight is dwindling from just under 10 hours early in the month to about 8.5 hours near the end of the month.

What to wear in Paris during November

It is always a good idea to pack at least 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes and given the tendency for wet weather, an umbrella and/or some waterproof gear like a trench coast or windbreaker. In addition you will need a couple of sweaters and at least a medium-weight jacket or coat.

While you are here, please let us take you on a walk through the history-rich Paris. Our guides will take you on a journey – it’s fun, it’s direct, and it’s filled with history, art, and architecture.  Click here for more information.

Best Food Tours in Paris

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France has some of the best cuisine in the world, so it’s no surprise that food tours are very popular. This post compares food tours in a variety of neighborhoods such as the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and the area along the Seine. We also examine some of the most popular dessert tours in the city, as well as wine tour and food & bike tours. Don’t leave the city without familiarizing yourself with Parisian cuisine, and there’s no better way to do that than with a food tour!


Tours on the Seine

Tours of the Latin Quarter

Tours of Montmartre


Dessert Tours

Dessert tours are very popular in Paris thanks to the wide variety of pastry and chocolate shops around the city. There are many different companies that offer dessert tours, but our two favorites are Meeting the French and Voyages. Prices range from €60-€90 and each run for approximately 3 hours in the afternoon. Reviews for all are excellent, so there’s really no going wrong! 


Meeting the French

Meeting the French offer a handful of dessert tours including Paris Pure Chocolate Walking Tour, Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour, and another which is included on our Tours On the Seine post. The Paris Pure Chocolate Tour visits the area along the Right Bank and teaches you all about chocolate making and cocoa beans. The Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour explores the Le Marais neighborhood and stops by several delicious bakeries, in addition to an ice cream parlor and spice shop. Both tours are 3 hours and very highly rated. Tastings included in the price. 

  • Paris Pure Chocolate Walking Tour
  • Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour

Reviews of Meeting the French

Meeting the French have an excellent reputation with all of their tours (read the reviews) and maintain a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Guests are especially complimentary of the guides, who are all described as kind and knowledgeable. Many reviewers are also impressed with the breadth of information provided in the chocolate tour, which goes into a lot of detail about how chocolate is made. 

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Banks of the Seine: Intro to Paris Tours

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This post is a review and comparison of the various tours that visit the area along the River Seine and act as a solid introduction to the city of Paris. Popular attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre, amongst many other significant sights.  Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a food tour, or even a bike tour, all are available on the banks of the Seine. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 


Guided Walking Tours

Boat Tours

Bike Tours

Food Tours


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Versailles Tickets and Tours

Versailles Tickets and Tours

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This is a comprehensive guide that details everything you need to know about visiting Versailles. We provide tips regarding how to get there and which tickets to buy, as well as a comparison of the various tour companies that visit the Palace grounds and surrounding area.  We also offer a self-guided tour with videos to help you understand what you will see at this wonderful attraction.  With so many different companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know which is the best. We’ve broken all of the different types of tours down by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you!


Know Before You Go

Buying Tickets

Getting There

Versailles Bike Tours


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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Tours and Things to Do In Paris’ Latin Quarter

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This post is a review and comparison of the various tours and things to do in the Latin Quarter in Paris.  The former epicenter of bohemian Paris, the Latin Quarter is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from around the world. Popular attractions include the Luxembourg Gardens, the Sorbonne and the Panthéon, amongst several other highlights.  Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a specialty tour, a food tour, or even a bus tour, all are available in the Latin Quarter. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 


Guided Walking Tours

Things to See

Bike Tours


 

 

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Tours of Montmartre in Paris

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This is a comparison of the various tours of Montmartre. Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a specialty tour, a food tour, or even a bus tour, all are available in the district of Montmartre. The neighborhood is a popular destination for visitors from around the world who are eager to follow in the footsteps of artistic legends such as Dali, Degas, and Hemingway, among several others. The Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur Cathedral are especially famous attractions frequented by many different tour groups. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 

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Pariser Bustouren im Vergleich: Welche ist die beste?

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Eiffelturm, Louvre, Notre Dame – die Hauptstadt Frankreichs hat eine Menge eindrücklicher Sehenswürdigkeiten zu bieten. Als Besucher hat man die Qual der Wahl und fragt sich wahrscheinlich: wie, was, wann, wo? Plant man eine Reihe an Attraktionen zu besichtigen, dann bietet sich eine Bustour dafür an. Ob man auf der Suche nach einer Rundfahrt mit Reiseführer ist, oder lieber an verschiedenen Haltestellen ein- und aussteigt, es gibt für jeden das richtige Angebot. Wir haben daher für Sie die wichtigsten Anbieter und Optionen zusammengestellt. Im Folgenden finden Sie mehr Informationen zu den verschiedenen Arten von Bustouren und wichtige Details zu Angebot und Preis.

Hop-On, Hop-Off Bustouren

Nachtbustouren

Touristenpässe mit Free Bus Tours

 


HOP-ON, HOP OFF BUSTOUREN IN PARIS

Nachdem man die Straßen und Gassen von Paris zu Fuß erkundigt hat, kann man sein weiteres Sightseeing bequem mit einer hop-on, hop-off Bustour weiterführen. Dabei bekommt man viel zu sehen, darf die Füße hochlegen und hat Spaß mit der ganzen Familie. Bei den meisten Anbietern wird einem dabei über Audioführungen in verschiedenen Sprachen etwas über die Stadt erzählt und es gibt zusätzliche Angebote wie Bootstouren oder geführte Touren zu Fuß. Read more »