Seine River Cruises

This posts reviews and compares the best Seine River cruises, including architecture cruises, sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, and water taxis.  

 

 


SEINE RIVER SIGHTSEEING CRUISES

Sightseeing cruises travel on the Seine travel past several popular sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral, amongst many others.

 

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Each cruise features recorded audio commentary that is played onboard the cruise and usually comes in several different languages.

Most of these tours run up until 21:00 or 22:00 (9 pm or 10 pm) at night, making them both daytime and nighttime sightseeing tours.


Bateaux Parisiens 

This company offers a 1-hour cruise with commentary, departing from the Eiffel Tower.

 

Bateaux Parisiens 

 

In addition to an individual audio guide that comes in 14 different languages, there is also an onboard hostess guide to answer any of your questions.

Tours depart every 30 minutes in the high season and every hour in the off-season.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: €15
  • Children: €7

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Before you pay full price, please note that this tour is free with several Paris tourist discount passes as well as bus tour combinations.

Check our discounts section for more details.


Vedettes de Paris

With a wide range of boat cruises that run both in the daytime and evenings, this company is definitely worth considering.

This sightseeing tour is approximately 1 hour and passes by major sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral, among many others.

There are multiple departure times each day. Changes by season. Check the website for the most up-to-date schedule.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: €15
  • Children: €7

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Note: Your ticket is valid for the entire day, so you can choose which time you would like to take the cruise as long as the boat isn’t completely full.


Bateaux Mouches

This is another very popular boat tour company that runs daily sightseeing cruises along the Seine. Their prices are more affordable than any other sightseeing cruise featured on this list.
 

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As with the others, it is also approximately 1 hour and passes by all the major sites along the river.

Each boat has both an open top-deck, as well as a glass-bottom deck so that you can enjoy the beautiful views wherever you are.

There are multiple departure times each day. Changes by season. Check the website for the most up-to-date schedule.


Ticket Prices

  • Adults: €14
  • Children: €6

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This company also offers lunch and dinner cruises, among a few others, which are featured in the appropriate sections.


Additional Tours

Paris City Vision (GrayLine) – Paris City Vision, which operates under GrayLine, specializes primarily in package deals that combine a boat cruise with other activities.

Green River Cruises – A smaller, but immensely popular cruise company in Paris. Free when purchased as part of the Paris Pass.

 


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SEINE LUNCH AND DINNER CRUISES 

Lunch and dinner cruises are popular options for those interested in a more luxurious and leisurely experience.

Both offer impressive views from the river while allowing you to relax and enjoy a nice meal.

 

 

As is always the case, lunch cruises are cheaper than dinner cruises – making them an excellent alternative for the budget-conscious traveler.


Bateaux Parisiens

If you’re looking for more than just a sightseeing cruise, this company runs both lunch and dinner cruises on the Seine.

For lunch, you can choose between a 2-hour cruise with a 3-course bistro-style lunch or a 1-hour cruise that is then followed or preceded by a 1-hour lunch at Bistro Parisien on the quay near the Eiffel Tower.

Similarly, there are a few different options for the dinner cruise as well.

Once again, you can opt for either a 2.5-hour dinner cruise or a 1 hour night cruise that is then followed or preceded by a dinner at Bistro Parisien on the quay near the Eiffel Tower.


Lunch Cruise Ticket Prices

All lunch cruises are only €34 for kids.

  • Etoile Service: €59/Adults
  • Privilege Service: €79/Adults
  • Premier Service: €89/Adults

Dinner Cruise Ticket Prices

  • 6:15 pm Cruise: €69/Adults | €34/Kids
  • 6:15 pm Cruise w/Window Table: €89/Adults | €34/Kids
  • 8:30 pm Etoile Service: €99/Adults | €34/Kids
  • 8:30 pm Decouverte Service: €139 per person
  • 8:30 pm Privilege Service: €169 per person
  • 8:30 pm Premier Service: €205 per person

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Bateaux Parisiens also provides specialty lunch and dinner cruises on popular holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve.


Paris en Scene

This company specializes exclusively in brunch and dinner cruises along the Seine.

Both start at a low price, making this one of the most affordable restaurant cruise options on this list.

Each cruise is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and travels by all of the major sites and attractions in central Paris.

Cruises depart near the Eiffel Tower and then make their way down toward Notre Dame.

If you’re looking for a more premium experience, easily upgrade by adding Champagne or getting exclusive seats.


Availability

  • Brunch Cruises: Sundays at 12:30 pm & 2:45 pm
  • Dinner Cruises: Daily at 6:00 pm, 7:45 pm, & 9:30 pm

Ticket Prices

  • Dinner Cruise (3 courses): €44/Adults | €35/Kids
  • Wine Dinner Cruise (3 courses): €49/Adults | €35/Kids
  • Champagne Dinner Cruise (3 courses): €56/Adults | €35/Kids
  • Superior Champagne Dinner Cruise: €66/Adults | €35/Kids
  • Brunch Cruise: €41/Adults | €35/Kids
  • Champagne Brunch Cruise: €51/Adults | €35/Kids
  • Superior Champagne Brunch Cruise: €66/Adults | €35/Kids

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Vedettes de Paris

In addition to their sightseeing cruises, this company also offers two different options for those looking to enjoy a meal while cruising down the Seine.

The first is their Snacking Cruise, which is their most budget-friendly option and features a sandwich or hotdog in addition to their standard Sightseeing Cruise.

Lastly, you can choose to have a luxurious dining experience aboard their Dinner Cruise, which lasts 2 hours and features authentic French cuisine.

Availability

  • Snacking Cruise: Departs daily. Departure times vary by season.
  • Dinner Cruise: Departs nightly at 9:15 pm (21:15)

Ticket Prices

This company also offers combo deals on both their cruises and meals at nearby restaurants. Check our discounts section for more details.


Additional Tours

Bateaux Mouches 

This company also hosts lunch and dinner cruises, as well as special performance cruises. Prices are a bit higher, but they reflect the fine dining experience.

Paris City Vision (GrayLine)

Paris City Vision offers a wide variety of lunch and dinner cruise combos such as a City Tour of Paris with Lunch on the Seine or VIP Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off.

Capitaine Fracasse 

Offers a range of dinner cruise options, including a special children’s menu.

 


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PARIS WATER TAXIS

In addition to the several companies leading sightseeing and restaurant cruises on the Seine, there is also a water taxi called Batobus that operates as a hop-on, hop-off transportation service.

 

 

This water taxi departs from 9 different stations in the heart of Paris including, the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Champs-Élysées, and several others.

Batobus is, unsurprisingly, much cheaper than any of the other cruises.

However, it is also much more basic and does not feature any guided commentary or the opportunity to buy food/drink.

You have the option to either purchase their 1-Day Valid Pass for €17 or a 2-Day Consecutive Pass for €19.

Both will allow you to use the Batobus as often as you like from any of the water taxi stations.

On the weekends, Batobus runs until 7 pm, giving you the opportunity to experience Paris from the water at night if you’re visiting during the colder season.

 

 

Availability

  • 10 am – 5 pm | Mon – Thur
    • Boats every 40 minutes
  • 10 am – 7 pm | Fri – Sun
    • Boats every 40 minutes

Ticket Prices

  • 1-Day Pass: €17/Adults | €8/Kids | €11/Students
  • 2-Day Pass: €19/Adults | €10/Kids | €13/Students
  • Annual Pass: €60/Adults | €38/Kids

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NIGHT AND FIREWORK CRUISES

Most of the cruise companies in Paris offer cruises along the Seine at nighttime.

Many sightseeing cruises operate until well into the early evening, and needless to say, all the companies running dinner cruises will inevitably be doing so at night as well.

However, some companies offer specialty night cruises on holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Bastille Day and New Year’s Eve.

Here are a few of the most notable night and holiday cruises you can take in Paris:

These cruises take advantage of the city’s celebrations and usually promise guests a beautiful fireworks display or other additional treats like champagne.

 


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DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

This section will cover all of the different ways you can save money on a Paris cruise.

We will provide details about combo deals, tourist passes, and other discount opportunities.


TOURIST PASSES

There are several different tourist passes that include a Seine sightseeing or lunch/dinner cruise.

Discount passes are a great way to save money on different activities and attractions for first-time visitors to the city.

 

 


Paris Pass

The Paris Pass is one of the most popular tourist passes available in the City of Light.

This service includes a Seine river cruise in addition to several other fun and popular attractions like the Louvre, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and more.

You can also use this pass to save a lot of time by allowing you to skip the line at many major attractions.

Another perk of the Paris Pass is free unlimited travel on the local metro and buses.

For more information about this service, make sure to read our post about Paris tourist passes.


Paris Explorer Pass

If you know exactly what you want to see and do while you’re in Paris, this might be a better tourist pass option.

Rather than paying one flat price for dozens of different attractions, you can choose the specific activities you want to enjoy and pay a discounted price for them.

The Paris Explorer Pass is available in multiples of 3, 5 or 7 different attractions, with the lowest price being €79 (or less if you get it on sale).

In addition to offering a Seine river cruise, this pass also includes the Eiffel Tower, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, cheese & wine tasting and more.

For more details on how to save money with this service, please read our post about Paris tourist passes.


Turbo Pass Paris

This service is very similar to other all-inclusive passes, but it’s cheaper and features a few less activities.

Even so, they do offer a cruise on the river Seine and several other popular attractions like the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and Centre Pompidou.

Much like their competitors, the Turbo Pass can be used to skip the line at several notable locations.

They also offer unlimited travel on the local metro and bus system.

If you want to learn more about this option, read our full post covering Paris tourist passes.


Paris Passlib’

This is one of the most affordable tourist passes in Paris, and you can use it to get admission for several attractions.

Each pass includes a Seine river cruise and a sightseeing bus tour, but you can add attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and even other passes depending on how much you want to spend.

The cheapest Paris Passlib’ option is €40, but you can add the Eiffel Tower for only €20 more.

Check our post covering Paris tourist passes for more details about this discount option.


Other Passes

Paris Fast Pass – Includes fast track entry to 50+ sites and activities including a Seine River cruise.

Paris City Pass – Includes a Seine river cruise, Louvre tickets, Montparnasse admission, a 3-day metro card and 20% off dozens of additional attractions.


COMBO PACKAGES

Several Paris cruises have partnered up with other attractions and tour companies in the city.

By purchasing 2 or more activities as part of a package, you can really cut costs and simplify your travel planning.


Big Bus Tours

This popular bus tour company offers combo packages including a Seine River cruise.

 

 

There are multiple options to choose from:

  • Classic Ticket + River Cruise
    • 1-Day hop-on-hop-off bus tour
    • Seine river cruise
      • €43.20/Adults | €21.60/Children
  • Deluxe Ticket + River Cruise
    • 2-Day hop-on-hop-off bus tour
    • Seine river cruise
      • €46.80/Adults | €23.40/Children
  • Deluxe Ticket + Night Tour + River Cruise
    • 2-Day hop-on-hop-off bus tour
    • Panoramic night tour
    • Seine river cruise
      • €62.10/Adults | €34.20/Children

Learn more about these services on our post covering Paris bus tours.


L’Open Tours

This is another bus tour company that offers combo deals which include a cruise on the river Seine. The following options are available:

  • 2-Day Bus Tour + River Cruise
    • €47/Adults | €21/Children
  • 3-Day Bus Tour + River Cruise
    • €51/Adults | €21/Children

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You can find more details about L’Open Tours on our Paris bus tours post.


Paris City Vision

In addition to all of the individual services this company provides, they also have several combo deals you may want to consider.

This company often provides discounts on some last-minute purchases.

If any of these packages sound good, make sure to check their site to see if they are offering additional price reductions.


Vedettes de Paris

This Paris cruise company offers several combo deals you may want to consider. Here are the most important details about each option:

 


Other Combo Deals

Blue Fox Travel – Blue Fox Travel is a bike tour company that offers a package combining a bike tour with a sightseeing cruise.

Gogo Tours Paris – Similarly, Gogo Tours Paris is a Segway tour company that offers packages that combine a Segway tour with a boat cruise.

 


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