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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. 


HOP-ON-HOP-OFF PARIS BUS TOURS

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. 

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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.

Big Bus averages 4 out of 5-stars on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews).

TIP: The Big Bus tours are also included for free with the purchases of the Paris Pass, a tourist attraction discount card. 


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

  • €37.80 for Adults
  • €19.80 for Children (aged 4-12)

Premium 2-day tour

  • €46.80 for Adults
  • €22.50 for Children (aged 4-12) 

Deluxe 2-day tour

  • €58.50 for Adults
  • €28.80 for Children (aged 4-12) 
  • Includes Cruise on River Seine

Purchase here


Bus Schedule

Buses run every day from 9:30 am - 18:00 (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 17:00 (5 pm); tours after 17:00 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, and Trocadero. 

Blue Route (night tour): Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee D’Orsay, Champs Elysees, Grand Palais, Trocadero, and Gare Du Nord.

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

NOTE: As of June 2022, Big Bus is not currently offering their blue route.


Tootbus

This company is quickly making a name for themselves in certain cities across Europe and the UK.

Their hop-on-hop-off tours currently offer just one route and a total of 10 different stops providing access to dozens of notable sites in Paris.

Tickets are available for 1, 2, or 3 days at a time, and they also have combo tickets which include a cruise on the river Seine.

Despite the fact that they offer more than some of their competitors, Tootbus receives 4.2 out of 5 stars on Get Your Guide (read the reviews). 

Many guests feel that their service is excellent, but there are some reviewers who suggest that they don't offer frequent enough stops and their hours aren't long enough.


Ticket Prices

1-day bus tour

  • €41 for Adults
  • €21 for Children (aged 4-15)

2-day bus tour

  • €47 for Adults
  • €24 for Children (aged 4-15)

3-day bus tour

  • €51 for Adults
  • €26 for Children (aged 4-15)

Purchase tickets or learn more.


Bus Schedule

Tours run every day from 9:30 am - 18:30 (6:30 pm). Buses typically run every 10-15 minutes April-Oct. and every 20-25 minutes in the winter.


Commentary Audio Languages

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish.


Routes

Blue 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.

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.

Blue line: 2 hours.


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)

  • €35/Adults | €17/Children (4-12)
  • Children 3 and under FREE (1 child per each paying adult)

2-Day Bus Tour (Hop-on, Hop-off)

  • €40.50/Adults | €19.80/Children (4-12)
  • Children 3 and under FREE (1 child per each paying adult)

TIP: Add on a 1-hour cruise for €11/Adults or €6.50 for children

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.


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.  

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 big 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: €29/Adults | €19/Children
  • Availability: Daily at 3 pm and 5 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.


Foxity

In addition to its 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.

Ticket Prices Online

2-Hour Tour

  • €25 per Adult | €15 per Child (4-12)
  • Child 3 and under FREE (1 child with each Adult purchase)
  • Include a 1-hour cruise for just €11/Adult and €6.50/Child

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.


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!

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

  • €27 for Adults
  • €18 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 20:15 (8:15 pm) every night throughout the 16th of December. From December 17th to January 2nd, the tour begins at 21:15 (9:15 pm).


Tootbus 

Much like their competitors, this night tour will not allow you to jump off and explore different attractions at night. It's an audio led tour, so no live tour guide.

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.

This tour scores 4 out of 5-stars on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews).


Ticket Prices Online

Paris By Night Pass

  • €30 for Adults
  • €20 for Children (4-12)

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

Tootbus provides commentary in 5 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 21:30 (9:00 pm). From November 1st – January 1st, the tour will begin at 18:00 (6 pm). 

This trip will depart from the main office at 13 Auber Street 75009 Paris.


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.


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

Classic Ticket + Night Tour

  • €65 Adults
  • €40 Children (4-12)

Classic Ticket + River Cruise

  • €55 Adults
  • €30 Children (4-12)

Classic Ticket + River Cruise + Night Tour

  • €79 Adults
  • €45 Children (4-12)

Premium Ticket + Night Tour

  • €79 Adults
  • €45 Children (4-12)

Deluxe Ticket + Night Tour + a Seine River Cruise

  • €89 Adults
  • €49 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.


Tootbus

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

  • 1-Day Ticket: €51/Adults | €26/Children
  • 2-Day Ticket: €57/Adults | €29/Children
  • 3-Day Ticket: €61/Adults | €31/Children
  • More info and to book online.

Bus Tour + Night Tour

  • 1-Day Ticket: €59/Adults | €34/Children
  • 2-Day Ticket: €65/Adults | €37/Children
  • 3-Day Ticket: €69/Adults | €39/Children
  • More info and to book online.

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. 

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.


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 

  • 2-Day Passes – €124 Adults / €42 Children
  • 3-Day Passes –€149 Adults / €52 Children
  • 4-Day Passes – €169 Adults / €62 Children
  • 6-Day Passes – €199 Adults / €72 Children

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’ City includes the Tootbus Paris Night Tour in addition to multiple other activities such as the following:

  • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
  • Half-day Bike Rental
  • Aquarium de Paris
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Centre Pompidou
  • Rodin Museum
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Dali Paris
  • And more!

There are a total of 47 attractions you can pick from on this pass, and it provides admission to approximately 5 activities.

Pass Prices Online

Paris Passlib’ City

  • €69 per person

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

If you use this pass for a Tootbus Paris Night Tour and admission to the Eiffel Tower, you'll have covered almost the entire cost of the pass, which means the remaining 3 activities will essentially be free.

This is just one way to look at the savings possible with this pass, but you can always choose other attractions and still save plenty of money.

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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