Paris France bus tours are a most popular way to get your first glimpses of the city’s myriad attractions, especially if you’re pressed for time or just need a bit of an introduction to the city.
There are literally dozens of tour companies in Paris offering both general and theme tours of Paris, though the most popular tour bus company is Cityrama. Along with various charter tour buses and special excursions and tours, Cityrama runs l’OpenTour: open-topped, double-decker tour buses that cover the majority of Paris’ highlights.
When you buy a one- or two-day pass for l’OpenTour, you can hop on and off the buses as you wish, which, with 50 stops, allows you to discover all of Paris at your own pace. Your pass also gives you access to l’Opentour’s four routes: Paris Grand Tour, Montmartre-Grands Boulevards, Bastille-Bercy and Montparnasse-St Germain.
As you ride around, you will have your own set of earphones which will provide you with information about all of the sights and attractions you see. The commentary is available in several languages.
You can also sign up for special – and, of course, pricier – packages, such as a morning Cityrama bus tour with a visit to the Louvre Museum, a half-day tour to Versailles or Chartres or a tour of nocturnal Paris.
Another option is to hop on the Balabus, the white-and-orange, big-windowed buses that are run by RAPT, which also operates the city’s regular public transportation. These buses are cheap, requiring between 1 and 3 bus/Metro passes, and pass by all the major tourist sights between the Gare de Lyon and the Grande Arche de la Defense.
The only drawback is Balabus’ limited operating times, as these buses only run on Sundays and holidays between mid-April and mid-September. You can find Balabus buses by looking for the “Bb” symbol printed on the sides of the buses as well as on signs posted along the route of the Paris bus tours.
Paris Bus Tour Companies
Cityrama – Paris l’OpenTour