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Introductory Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Paris: Big Bus

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Key Highlights

  • Fun and flexible Paris sightseeing!
  • Great value, especially if you only have a limited time in Paris
  • Frequent departures mean your valuable time is not wasted waiting for the next bus
  • Audio commentary available in 10 languages
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    1 or 2 consecutive days (option based)

    Start time

    Red Classic Route:
    First bus departs at 9:38am and the last bus departs at 4:54pm
    Frequency: Every 10-15 minutes
    Full loop: 2 hours 15 minutes

    Blue Montmartre Route
    First bus departs at 10am and the last bus departs at 5.30pm
    Frequency: Every 30 minutes
    Full loop: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Meeting Point

    You can board the bus at any of the stops.

    Ending Point

    You may leave the bus at any stop.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    This hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect introduction to Paris. 16 well-placed stops and 2 routes provide easy access to the most important attractions. The open-top double decker buses provide excellent views of the city throughout your tour, while an audio commentary in ten languages lends historic context and cultural significance to the sites you are passing.

    Jump on and off the bus as often you like to explore the sights further, go shopping, or to tuck into a baguette or two. Alternatively, stay on the bus for a full loop to get a greater, overall feel of the city.

    See the iconic Eiffel Tower and admire the Gothic majesty of the great cathedral of Notre Dame. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Latin Quarter. Check out the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile in the Louvre and the fabulous impressionist paintings in Musée d'Orsay.

    Walk in the Tuileries Gardens and ponder the momentous events that occurred there during the French Revolution. And visit the Conciergerie, the splendid palace where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned.

    Looking for a more in-depth tour? Then you may prefer the comprehensive bus tour which boasts more than 50 stops. For more information click here

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    Explore the French capital in comfort and style on the Introductory Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Paris. With 16 stops and 2 routes covering all the main attractions of the city, this bus tour is ideal for first time visitors to Paris. You can jump on and jump off the bus at any of the stops as often as you like granting you the freedom to plan your sightseeing itinerary to your schedule.

    An excellent audio commentary is available in 10 languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

    You may board and redeem your booking voucher on the bus at any of the stops around the city.

    To find the location of the stops please refer to the map.

    The stops in the Red Classic Route include the following:
    Stop 1: Tour Eiffel
    Stop 2: Champ de Mars (closed during Euro Cup event)
    Stop 3: Opera Garnier
    Stop 4: Louvre-Pyramide
    Stop 5: Louvre-Pont des Arts
    Stop 6: Notre-Dame
    Stop 7: Musee d'Orsay
    Stop 8: Champs-Elysees
    Stop 9: Grand Palais
    Stop 10: Trocadero
    Stop 11: Gare du Nord

    The stops in the Blue Montmartre Route include the following:
    Stop 1: Louvre-Pyramide
    Stop 2: Pigalle - Moulin Rouge
    Stop 3: Sacre Coeur
    Stop 4: Gare du Nord
    Stop 5: Musee Grevin

    Your tour ends at your convenience.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 1 or 2 day hop-On, hop-Off double-decker bus tour
    • Pre-recorded audio commentary in 10 languages (French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Arabic)


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and Drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    The tour is operated by Big Bus Paris

    You can exchange your booking voucher at any of the stops on the tour

    Guide dogs are accepted but other animals cannot be taken on the bus

    Paris is a capital city and therefore political events, demonstrations and celebrations can disrupt the route at any time, especially during summer and at weekends. While every effort is made to ensure a smooth and frequent service there may be delays, reduced frequency and route alternations due to traffic and road closures.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    One third of the buses offer space for wheelchairs however there is no ramp for getting on and off the bus.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Nothing short of amazing thanks tons...

      Menachem Deblinger, United States, 05/May/2017
    • Good tour

      Hop on hop off tour is ideal for getting around Paris and seeing all the main sights. Never had to wait long until the next bus....

      Natalie Wilson, United Kingdom, 24/Apr/2017
    • Great Tour

      It was a wonderful way to learn amazing history and see the beautiful sights of Paris....

      Beverly McColl, United States, 16/Apr/2017
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