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Hop On Hop Off Paris Bus Tours and More

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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 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 coaches drive around the city on a set route with famous stops. Visitors can choose which attractions they want to stop 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. The best hop-on, hop-off tours in Paris are run by the three companies listed below – we hope our helpful guide can help you decide which bus tour is best for you!


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 an average 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.

Tour Dates

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 bus tours.  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 shares average ratings on TripAdvisor. 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

  • €37 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

  • €41 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.

Tour Dates

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 to 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-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.

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. Although you won’t be allowed off the bus, chances are that you’ll have a lot of fun with all of the multimedia presentations.

 

 

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 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 Bus Tour + a Cruise

  • €43.20 Adults
  • €21.60 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 + Boat

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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Paris bus tours

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 »

Best Paris Segway Tours

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This post compares the best Segway tours in Paris. The City of Light is one of the most walkable, pedestrian-friendly cities in the world. Yet touring all of Paris by foot can be a challenge. You can cover more sites by Segway than you can on foot, and you can experience more sights, smells, and sounds of Paris than you could by busy. We’ve scoured the reviews of Paris’s top Segway companies on TripAdvisor to find out which tours are most popular with riders. Most riders ranked their tours in regards to customer service, safety, guide knowledge, guide enthusiasm, tour value, and group size.

Why Should You Take a Segway Tour?

  • Most tours are reasonably priced
  • You can cover more ground on a Segway
  • Segways are very safe and easy to ride
  • Segways are a hit with kids and teens

Want to see more of Paris in less time but don’t want to ride a Segway? Check out our reviews of Paris bus tours here and Paris bike tours here.


Paris Original Tours

Paris Original Tours offer both Segway and bike tours of the city. If your looking for a more intimate tour experience, then pay an extra €5 to join a group of 1-5 people. Those who don’t mind a larger group can save €5 by opting for their 6-18 person group. The price for both includes Segway, helmet, and training. Raincoats are not included but can be purchased for €1. The minimum age to ride is 13 years old. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Paris Originals does not recommend pregnant women ride.

Availability: 10:30 AM, Daily

Cost: €50-€55 per person

Reviews: Reviewers described guides as, “really patient, active, and informed.” Many reviewers also mentioned that the guides consider the guests’ safety and took extra efforts to help Segway newbies. Guests also used the words, “good value,” to describe the tour. A few people mentioned they even offered guests gloves on a particularly cold day. This company has not received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. In fact, they’ve only received one “negative” review ever! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


Go Go Tours

Go Go Tours is a popular company that specializes in Segway tours around Paris. They offer a range of private tour options, as well as 2 daily group tours and 1 nightly group tour. The daily group tours depart at 11am and 3pm, as well as 8:30pm. Their group tour routes features all the major sites such as The National Residence of the Invalides, Mussée d’Orsay, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and many more. 

Availability: 

  • Private Silver Tour (45 minutes) – Open availability; minimum 2 guests to book
  • Private Golden Tour (90 minutes) – Open availability; minimum 2 guests to book
  • Private Diamond Tour (180 minutes) – Open availability; minimum 2 guests to book
  • Group Tour (180 minutes) – Daily, 11:00 and 15:00
  • Private Night Tour (90 minutes) – Nightly, 20:30 – 22:00
  • Group Night Tour (90 minutes) – Nightly, 20:30 – 22:00

Cost: 

  • Private Silver Tour (45 minutes) – €40
  • Private Golden Tour (90 minutes) – €75
  • Private Diamond Tour (180 minutes) – €80
  • Group Tour (180 minutes) – €49
  • Private Night Tour (90 minutes) – €80
  • Group Night Tour (90 minutes) – €49

Reviews: One reviewer mentioned she loved that she could whiz around Paris while taking in all the sights and smells she wouldn’t have noticed from a bus. Several guests mentioned the route specifically and that it was very rider friendly; traffic and other obstacles were never a problem. Many guests lauded their guides, stating that they were very knowledgeable and clearly love their jobs. Guides often went above and beyond for guests, assisting with currency exchange and offering great photo ops. This tour was especially popular with teens and kids. The one common critique was that the guides are not all locals of Paris–which is common for many Europe sightseeing companies. If you want a guaranteed local, check out one of the other companies on the list. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


The Green Way

Established in 2013, The Green Way leads Segway tours in both English and French. This company offers a variety of different tours, all of which tend to be in the mid-price range. The biggest difference with this company is that the tours are customizable, allowing you to determine exactly where and when the tour starts. This tends to be a popular choice with small groups or families who are looking for a more intimate tour experience. 

Availability: All tours run daily. Customers can customize start times of each tour.

Cost: 

  • Discovery: Vincennes or Saint-Maur – 25 €
  • Monuments of Paris (Long version) – 40 €
  • Paris by Night – 50 €
  • Bois de Vincennes – 38 €
  • The Tour of the Lakes (Vincennes Long Version) – 50 €
  • The banks of Marne (Guinguettes or Saint-Maur) – 38 €

Reviews: The Green Way offers private and small-group tours at the price most companies charge for large group tours. Tours run daily, and you can choose the start time of your tour depending on your schedule. Riders loved the freedom the Segways offered and mentioned that it made them feel as though they had superpowers, able to see the entire city in less time. They loved seeing all the iconic sites as well as getting off the beaten path. One reviewer even mentioned that spending three hours with her guide was more like spending three hours with a friend. Reviewers also mentioned that guides made them feel safe, were very professional, and spoke impeccable English. This company has never received a negative TripAdvisor review! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


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Logic Way Segway Tours

Logic Way Segway Tours offer 3 different types of daily Segway tours, as well as private tours available for booking. The 2 daytime tours are 1.5 hour and 2.5 hours, respectively. The latter tour sees all the sites featured in the 1.5 hour tour, in addition to Invalides, Napoleon’s Tomb, Ecole Militaire, and others. They also have a 2.5 hour nighttime tour, which covers the same sites as their 2.5 hour day tour. And don’t worry if you’ve never been on a Segway before! All their tours begin with a 30 minute lesson on how to ride a Segway. 

Availability: 

  • 1.5 Hour Paris Tour – 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Daily November 1st to March 31
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Tour – 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Daily
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Night Tour – 6:30 PM, Daily

Cost: 

  • 1.5 Hour Paris Tour – €35 – €38
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Tour – €45 – €50
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Night Tour – €50 – €55

 

Reviews: Guests spoke very passionately about their experiences with Logic Way Segway Tours. Several TA reviewers mentioned that the guides were excellent at teaching Segway riders of all levels. They also noted that they felt the tours ran at a very reasonable price. One reviewer mentioned that they felt the company was sympathetic to their change in travel plans and loved that the smaller company treated them better than the larger companies had. Many reviewers also mentioned these tours were great for both teens and kids. This company has not received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. Logic Way does not ask for payment in advance. Customers can pay the day of the tour by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX card and cash. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


Experience Paris – Segway Tours

Experience Paris offer 2 different Segway tours, in addition to their several other tours of the City of Light. At €69 per person, these tours are slightly more expensive than some of the others run by different companies. Regardless, customers seem very satisfied with their experience. 

Availability: 

  • Great Monuments Day Tour – 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Daily
  • River Route Night Tour – 7:30 PM, Nightly except Sunday, 1 Mar – 30 Oct; 6:00 PM, Nightly except Sunday, 1 Nov- 28 February

Cost: 

  • Great Monuments Day Tour – 69€
  • River Route Night Tour – 69€

Reviews: Experience Paris has been around for five years but doesn’t have a huge presence on TripAdvisor; yet, they still made the top-10 list. Guests loved the sites they toured and the friendly demeanor of the guides. They also found the Segways easy to ride and very safe. This company has not received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars

 


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Best Paris Bike Tours

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This post compares the various bike tours available in Paris. Touring the City of Light by bike is a magical way to see the city. You can explore more of the French capital by bike than by foot and check off your must-see list faster! The land here is also extremely flat, so even novice bikers can sit back and enjoy the scenery without too much trouble.

There are so many different options that it can be difficult to pick the right tour for you. With that in mind, we’ve decided to make the research a lot easier by providing all the information you’ll need in just one spot. After all, your experience on a Paris bike tour will depend upon not only the quality of the company you choose, but also the type of tour you will take.

Paris Overview Tours

Versailles Tours

Champagne Tour

 


 
Most of these bike tours will cost between 30€-40€ each. A bike rental is included with pretty much every service, so you won’t need to provide your own set of wheels. Expect to spend at least 3-4 hours seeing the most significant sites in Paris on any one ride. Most excursions are offered daily, but others have somewhat limited availability. Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time in order to avoid scheduling conflicts.


 
INTRODUCTION TO PARIS TOURS

This is the perfect option for anyone who wants to see all of the most important landmarks in Paris. Over the course of 3-4 hours, you’ll discover a wide variety of historically significant locations in the City of Light. The cost of a ticket for these tours are fairly reasonable, with most hovering around the 30€ price range. Each bike tour company is very well rated, indicating that their service is quite reliable.


Blue Fox Travel Tours

Blue Fox Travel Tours is a family-run bike tour company which accommodates guests all over Paris. During this 4 hour bike ride, you’ll see sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, The Louvre, Champs-Elysées and more. A professional tour guide will point out important details and provide a plethora of information about each location on your journey. Bike and helmet are provided for each trip. They promise small groups and excellent customer service, as well as local tour guides.   See their full selection of Paris tours.

Best of Paris Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ for Adults | 30€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Daily at 10:30 AM | May–Oct at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Lunch break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Reviewers enjoyed the pace of these tours and felt they were appropriate for both novice and seasoned riders. Guests suggested that their guides made the tours fun and full of life even in the rain, noting that they provided free ponchos. Many visitors commented that the bikes were comfortable and in good condition, ensuring a safe and entertaining ride. Couples and families were the most likely audience to leave a positive review.  This tour averages a 5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).

 


Bike About Tours

This company prides themselves on covering some of the less touristy places in Paris. That being said, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit popular landmarks while on this bike ride. Clocking in at a total of 3 ½ hours, this trip provides a fairly unique experience at least once a day. The pricing is comparable to similar services, and each tour includes a bike rental and helmet for safety purposes. Lunch breaks are taken at a wonderful local bakery in the Latin Quarter.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

The Parisian Day Bike Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ for Adults | 30€ for Children/Students | €15 for Children under 4
  • Availability: Daily at 10 AM Mar–Nov | Daily at 10 AM and 3:00 PM May–Oct
  • Also Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat in February
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Lunch break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Reviewers mentioned that the guides provided plenty of historical analysis on the tour along with modern-day information about Paris. Guests also noted that the trip was good for both those who don’t ride all the time and more seasoned riders. A few customers were pleased that Bike About was even able to accept late comers. Some reviews indicated that group sizes were kept relatively low (15 and under) compared to other bike companies in the area. Most of the company’s negative reviews revolved around late starts or confusion with the office, but guests who left these comments still gave praise to their excellent tour guides. Couples and families were the most likely to appreciate this bike ride.  This tour also averages a 5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).

 


Fat Tire Tours Paris

Fat Tire Tours is another popular bike tour company that offers tours in a variety of European cities, including Paris. Much like their competitors, they also provide a 3 ½ hour tour of the city, taking you to several significant sites along the way. Ticket prices are very reasonable and similar to what you’ll find from other bike tours in the area. Bike and helmet rental are included for free, and you will have the opportunity to stop for lunch. Operating in 3 other cities as well, Fat Tire Tours have a global reputation for offering fun and informative cycle tours.   See their full selection of Paris tours.

Paris Day Bike Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 34€ for Adults | 32€ for Children/Students | Children 3 and under ride FREE
  • Availability: Daily at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Lunch break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Guests loved the broad overviews of history on this tour, coupled with plenty of specific and informative facts that didn’t make them feel overwhelmed. Many customers mentioned that they felt very safe with their informative and helpful tour guides. Reviewers also noted that guides gave plenty of attention to each individual guest. One visitor even noted that their guide offered his jacket to a cold customer and encouraged him to keep it as a remainder of their experience. Most of the negative reviews revolved around the traffic in Paris; some guests were uncomfortable riding bikes during rush hour, even though a majority of reviewers were impressed with the high safety standards of the company. Just like their competition, these tours were most popular among couples and families.  This tour also averages a 5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).

 


Paris Bike Tour

Although their Paris overview tour isn’t the main attraction they offer, it is a highly rated experience. For a total of 3 hours, you’ll ride around the city and learn all about its most wonderful sites and landmarks. This trip includes stops at locations such as the Victor Hugo house, The Royal Palace and The Louvre. Although the price of food and drink are not included, there will be scheduled stops for snack breaks. Ticket costs are quite affordable, and bike rental/helmet are provided with every bike tour.

Paris Eternal Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 34€ for Adults | 29€ for Youth
  • Availability: Tue/Thur/Fri/Sat at 2:30 PM from Apr-Oct | Fri/Sat at 2:30 PM from Nov – Mar
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Snack break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Reviewers loved that the Paris Bike Tour guides were especially skilled in keeping everyone’s attention while entertaining them with facts about Paris history. Guests mentioned that they were able to see parts of Paris they wouldn’t be able to see on their own. Many visitors also noted that they appreciated being able to see the major sites while discovering hidden secrets as well. Many guests were pleased to find that the bikes were in great condition much nicer than they had expected to see on a bike tour. This company hasn’t received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. This excursion was especially well rated by couples and guests who brought a friend along for the ride.  Paris Bike Tour has an over rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor and Viator (see some of the reviews), a slightly worse review profile compared to the competitors, but still excellent.

 


Holland Bikes

Much like their competitors, this company offers a fairly good overview of all the highlights you will find in Paris. With a total duration of 3 hours, you’ll have plenty of time to see sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs de Mars, and of course the Eiffel Tower. The cost of this bike tour is on par with all of the other services mentioned above. Food and drink are not included, so you might want to bring a snack along for the ride. Tour guides offer commentary in Dutch, English, French and German. See their full selection of Paris tours.

Paris Highlights Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 29€ for Adults | 22€ for Youth
  • 27€ per person for groups of more than 15 guests
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 10:15 AM and 3 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Snack break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Holland Bikes has received mostly positive reviews for their tours. Several customers were very happy with their tour guides, taking the time to thank them for the information they provided. Some guests felt that this was a great way to learn about the history of Paris while becoming accustomed to the streets with a more hands on experience in the city. The few negative comments offered by visitors indicated scheduling conflicts which were not a common experience. That being said, we recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to avoid these types of problems. Families, couples and friends were the most likely groups to appreciate this trip. Holland Bikes averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (read some of the reviews). 

 


Like a Local in Paris

This is a small company that specializes in connecting local Parisians with tourists who want to learn more about French culture. Tickets are a bit more pricey than other services, but you’ll also be experiencing a different side of the city in much smaller group sizes. During this 3 hour bike tour, you’ll see the most substantial sites in Paris. At the end of this journey, your tour guide will provide a round of free drinks! Although bike rental is not included, it is fairly affordable and lasts for a full 24 hours.

Paris Highlights Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 53€ per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Max Group Size: 6
  • Bike and helmet require $2 rental fee
  • Free drink at the end of your tour

Guests mentioned that this company offered tours that were catered to each guest’s needs and provided a personalized touch. Several customers were very impressed with the attention to safety that each guide presented. Many reviewers loved the practical tips that each guide provided regarding the city. They especially appreciated the advice on how to avoid tourist traps and where to charge their cell phones in a pinch. Couples and solo riders overwhelmingly gave Like a Local great reviews, while families were a close third. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.

 


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NIGHT PARIS BIKE TOURS

Seeing Paris during the day can be a wonderful experience, but they don’t call it the City of Light for nothing! When the sun goes down, several of the most beautiful landmarks in this city begin to light up. Although ticket prices are typically a little more expensive for these bike tours, some services are also coupled with a cruise along the Seine. Each tour typically runs for at least 4 hours, giving you plenty of time to see the sights as the lights turn on at night. These options are offered almost every day from spring–fall.
 


 


Blue Fox Travel 

In addition to their standard overview tour, this company also provides an evening trip through Paris. Over the course of 4 hours, you’ll see a variety of significant sites as the sun sets. All night tours include a reflector vest for safety and optional gloves/scarves for cold weather. Once the bike ride is through, you’ll finish the night off with a cruise on the Seine.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 39€ for Adults | 35€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Nightly at 7:30 PM from Apr–Oct
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Seine cruise included
  • Bike/Helmet/Safety Vest included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Fat Tire Tours 

Just like their competition, this company also offers a trip through the streets of Paris at night. This excursion clocks in at 4 ½ hours, giving you plenty of time to see most of the important and historically significant landmarks in the city. After the bike ride, enjoy a complementary glass of wine as you drift along the Seine. While on your bike tour, you’ll also make a stop at a classic ice cream parlor for a sweet treat! See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 44€ for Adults | 42€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Nightly at 6:30 PM from Apr-Oct
  • Duration: 4 ½ hours
  • Seine Cruise included
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Complementary wine included
  • Ice Cream not included in ticket price

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Holland Bikes 

If you’re not interested in an additional cruise, this will probably be your best bet for an evening bike tour in Paris. During this 3 hour bike ride, you’ll experience incredible sights such as the Opera, the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower. Tour guides will provide commentary in Dutch, English, French or German. Discover how this city changes after dark on this memorable bike ride. See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ per person
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 8:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Snacks and cruise not included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


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VERSAILLES BIKE TOURS

Paris isn’t the only beautiful location in France. About an hour outside of the city, you’ll find Versailles tucked away in a gorgeous location. Surrounded by sites such as the Marie Antoinette’s private farm and village, the farmer’s market, and the incredible grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Bike tours to this area typically last all day, giving you plenty of time to explore and see all of the important landmarks. Ticket costs are definitely more expensive, but considering the length of the trip, they are quite reasonable. Availability for these excursions is typically a bit more limited, so you might want to consider making reservations ahead of time.

 


 


Blue Fox Travel 

Over the course of 8 hours, you’ll get the chance to see a variety of wonderful locations in and around Versailles. After you start the day by getting a bite to eat at the farmer’s market, your tour guide will take you around the area and explain the historical significance behind a variety of notable sites. This bike tour includes skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 95€ for Adults | 79€ for Youth/Museum Pass holders
  • Availability: Daily at 9 AM from Mar-Nov
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Train ticket to Versailles included
  • Palace tickets, Trianon tickets and Marie Antoinette tickets included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Bike About Tours 

Much like their competitors, this company also offers an 8 hour excursion to Versailles. This trip includes access to the Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Apartments and the Royal Chapel. While on your journey, you’ll stop off at the farmer’s market so you can grab a bite to eat. A professional tour guide will provide plenty of information about the area, explaining why this location is so important to the history of France.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 90€ for Adults | 70€ for Youth/Museum Pass holders
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 9 AM from Apr-Oct
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Round trip train ticket to Versailles included
  • Tickets to Palace/Trianons included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Fat Tire Tours 

When it comes to bike tours in Paris, you should expect to see this name quite frequently. In addition to their other services, they also provide this lovely trip to Versailles. Much like their competitors, they offer an 8 hour day trip which covers most of the same ground you’ll encounter on other tours. This excursion includes round trip tickets to the area and skip-the-line access at the Palace of Versailles. Tickets are a bit more expensive, but reviews for this bike ride are excellent. See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 99€ per person
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 9 AM from spring-fall
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Round trip train ticket included
  • Skip-the-line tickets included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


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ALTERNATIVE PARIS BIKE TOURS

Needless to say, there far more to see in the City of Lights than what you’ll find on a typical overview tour. Discover the hidden areas of Paris with the help of a local guide who knows about all of the best secret spots. Go off the beaten path and uncover the sites that most tourists never get to see! These bike tours usually run for about 3-4 hours, giving you a lot of time to experience the city like a Parisian. Ticket prices are fairly reasonable, falling in line with most of the overview tours.
 


 


Blue Fox Travel 

On this bike ride, you’ll experience Paris the way a local would see it as a guide points out a lot of details you might otherwise miss on a typical overview tour. Group sizes are limited to just 12 guests, which allows you to receive more personalized attention from your tour guide. Discover neighborhoods like St. Germain, Le Marais, and Mouffetard on this 4 hour journey through the city. Rain gear and warm clothing is available for inclement weather.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ for Adults | 30€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Daily at 10 AM
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Rain gear and warm clothing available

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Holland Bikes 

Take a trip off the beaten path and discover a side of Paris that most visitors never get to experience. Avoid the typical tourist hot spots and see some of the sites that you might miss on other bike tours. The locations you will visit are kept secret, making the journey even more exciting. This bike ride clocks in at 3 hours in length, giving you plenty of time to explore the back streets of the city. Although refreshments are not provided, you will have the opportunity to stop for a break and get a bite to eat.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 32€ for Adults | 24€ for Youth
  • 30€ per person in groups of 15 people or more
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 10:15 AM and 3 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Snack break included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Fat Tire Tours 

If you want to see more than just Paris or Versailles, this company offers an excellent alternative. One of the most beautiful locations in all of France is Claude Monet’s Garden, and Fat Tire provides a full day trip to the grounds. While there, you will explore the gardens and see other notable sites around Giverny. Learn all about the history of this area as you experience a less traveled side of the French countryside. See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 99€ per person
  • Availability: Wednesday and Saturday at 10 AM from Apr-May/Aug-Oct
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10 AM from Jun-Jul
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Round trip ticket to Giverny included
  • Entrance to Monet’s Garden/House included
  • Food and drink not included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Bike About Tours 

This company offers yet another alternative to the typical tour of Paris. Their day trip to the Champagne region is definitely an interesting experience. While in the area, you’ll have the opportunity to ride around the vineyards and villages of Champagne on an e-Bike. Needless to say, you will have the chance to taste some of the fine wines crafted in this location. Tickets are a little more expensive than usual, but considering you’ll enjoy an e-bike rental and wine tastings, it’s definitely worth the added cost.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 150€ per person
  • Availability: Monday Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 AM from Apr-May/Aug-Oct
  • Also offered on Saturdays from Jun-Jul
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • E-bike and helmet included
  • Round trip tickets to Champagne included
  • Wine tasting and tours included
  • Cost of lunch not included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Like a Local in Paris

In addition to their overview of Paris, this company also offers both an alternative biking tour and a food tour on bike. On the bike and bite ride, you’ll discover some of the finest eating establishments in the city while learning some of the delicious history of authentic French food. Their hidden charms tour will take you down some of the less traveled roads, giving you a look at some of the oft forgotten sites and landmarks in the area. Each adventure requires a small fee for bike rentals.

 


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COMBO PACKAGES AND DEALS

Some of the bike tour companies we have listed above actually offer discounts on their services. In most cases, the discount is applied when and if you choose to purchase tickets for more than one tour. That being said, you may also be able to find some pretty good deals with one of the many discount passes available. For more information on those services, make sure to visit our comparison of Paris tourist passes.

 


Fat Tire Tours – If you want to take both their day and night bike tours, you can actually save €12 on both trips by purchasing your tickets at the same time. Use promo code DAYNIGHTCOMBO at checkout in order to take advantage of this discount.

Blue Fox Travel – This combo package allows you to pick and choose the tours you want to take. All you have to do is purchase at least 2 tickets in order to get a discount on both. Your discount will increase depending upon how many bike tours you decide to join.

  • Save 10% on 2 tours
  • Save 12% on 3 tours
  • Save 14% on 4 tours
  • Save 16% on 5 tours

 


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