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The best Paris bus tours

Give your feet a rest and see the sights of Paris from the comfort of an open-top double-decker

Written by
Time Out editors
Camila Karalyte

With all those indulgent, belly-bursting meals at the best Paris restaurants, the model poses in front of iconic landmarks, and the inevitable wrong turn down a road, it's no wonder sightseeing in Paris is so exhausting. 

It doesn't have to be so tiresome though. Soak up the French capital's most popular attractions and Pièce de résistance, while comfortably resting your feet by hopping on a bus tour of the beautiful city. With hop-on-hop-off options, cruise and bus combinations, and even indulgent bistro-bus tours, there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Start looking, start booking!

Best Paris bus tours

Eiffel Tower, audio-guided Seine cruise and city tour

1. Eiffel Tower, audio-guided Seine cruise and city tour

Enjoy the Parisian breeze blowing through your hair as you zoom past the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre-Dame Cathedral from this double-decker bus. If you fancy stretching your legs, this four-hour tour includes a river cruise with commentary and ends with priority access to the Eiffel Tower, where you can get a stunning aerial view of the sights you’ve just seen at close quarters.

Sightseeing panoramic night bus tour
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2. Sightseeing panoramic night bus tour

Venture out as the night falls to see Paris illuminated in all its glory. This sightseeing panoramic night bus tour goes on a journey through the heart of Paris, showing you the best the City of Lights has to offer. From the open top, marvel at iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Pyramid, whilst resting your feet. No shoving through crowds on this tour, just riding around at ease. Enjoy the recorded commentary (which comes in several languages) to find out more about the historical city. 

City and River Seine tour on an amphibious bus
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3. City and River Seine tour on an amphibious bus

Although not your standard bus tour you'd see wheeling through the city, this City and River Seine tour takes place on an amphibious bus. Pass by iconic landmarks on this unique panoramic tour while navigating the River Seine. Get the best of both land and water on this tour, definitely one to remember. Learn from your professional guide all about the symbolic sights while you sit back and relax. Enjoy views of landmarks like the classic Eiffel Tower, The Alexander III Bridge, and the Champs-Elysées. 

One, two or three-day hop-on hop-off ticket

4. One, two or three-day hop-on hop-off ticket

Thirty-four stops, three routes and one ticket to see the lot – interested? The beauty of the hop-on-hop-off ticket is there’s none of that post-trip FOMO to endure – you can pretty cover all the city’s major landmarks, but to your own beat. Choose between a one-, two- or three-day ticket and bag a seat on the open top-deck for the best views. 

Hop-on hop-off bus tour: classic, premium or deluxe

5. Hop-on hop-off bus tour: classic, premium or deluxe

There are three fabulous options to choose from with this hop-on-hop-off bus tour. A classic ticket gets you one-day bus travel plus a walking tour thrown in; a premium ticket includes two days of uninterrupted sightseeing. And if you’re feeling really fancy, why not opt for the Deluxe ticket? It consists of two days of bus travel followed by a romantic cruise along the Seine. 

Paris food tour: bustronome gourmet tour of Paris

6. Paris food tour: bustronome gourmet tour of Paris

This glass-roofed double-decker bus has got to be the most indulgent way to see the city – and not just because of the panoramic views you take in along your journey. Pull up a chair aboard the ‘bustronomy’, and you’ll be treated to a seasonal four-course or six-course menu. It’s a foodie’s dream come true! 

Skip-the-line Eiffel tower, hop-on hop-off bus and cruise

7. Skip-the-line Eiffel tower, hop-on hop-off bus and cruise

Not only can you take your time touring the city with this ticket, but you get to skip the queues when you visit the Eiffel Tower. And trust us, you'll be sighing with relief when you see them (as you saunter past). There are ten stops on the bus route, all of which you can explore at your leisure, as the hop-on-hop-off tickets are valid for either 24 or 48 hours.

Paris à la carte carte: hop-on hop-off tour and Seine river cruise

8. Paris à la carte carte: hop-on hop-off tour and Seine river cruise

Can't decide between bus or boat tours? Thankfully you don't have to. With the option of a two- or three-day ticket, you can hop on and off the open-top double-deckers and boats to your heart's content. There are plenty of stops on the tour, so you can get a good, thorough look around Paris. The perfect opportunity to rest your feet. 

From Paris: audio-guided Giverny trip

9. From Paris: audio-guided Giverny trip

Take a break from the bright lights of the city with this half-day tour to the former home of master impressionist Claude Monet. The air-conditioned coach will drop you off right on his door step in the petit hamlet of Giverny, where you can lose yourself in the exquisite planting and enchanting water gardens that formed the basis for his large-scale, iconic and surreally beautiful ‘Water Lilies’ paintings. 

Four-hour guided tour by minibus

10. Four-hour guided tour by minibus

The bus may be mini, but the tour sure isn't. Spread over four hours, this hefty tour takes you through the city's creative Latin Quarter, past the cafe culture of St Germain-des-Pres and along the quaint Montmarte cobbled streets. A little walking will be involved when you hop off the bus to explore Le Marais historic district, before winding up at the biggest landmark there is: Eiffel Tower.

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