Paris City Buses

Paris City Buses

One of the easiest and most convenient ways of getting around Paris is by bus. The buses in Paris travel 60 day routes and 40 night ones.

This means of transport can sometimes be faster than the RER or the Metro, as in many cases it can be the shortest distance between two points in Paris and passengers get to enjoy the views, while the bus rides by many of the city’s top attractions and neighborhoods.

We suggest getting the subway or RER at rush hour, since traffic jams are notorious in the capital of France and you might get stuck for several hours in one, instead of enjoying the city. These two means of transport are also good for longer distances.  

Schedules & timetables

The schedules & timetables of buses in Paris vary greatly depending on the different bus routes. Generally, they start at 5:30 am and finish at 8:30 pm from Monday - Saturday, although the main bus routes run until 12:30 am. Furthermore, Certain buses don't run on Sundays or on public holidays.

To find out about a specific route we recommend checking the bus stop of the line you're interested in. Here, you’ll find information on its frequency, the daily schedule, and the first bus and the last bus of that line.   

Night buses (Noctilien)

Noctilien are night buses that run from 12:30 am until 5:30 am. During the weekends, buses normally run every 10 – 15 minutes, and during the week every 15 – 30 minutes. They have an N in front of their usual number.

Interactive bus map

The following map shows the different bus routes in Paris including the day buses, the buses that run from 8:30 pm, noctilien (run after 12:30 am), and the lines that run on Sundays and public holidays.


There are different types of transport tickets: the single-journey called t+ ticket, and the weekly or monthly travel cards called Paris Visite and Passe Navigo.

We recommend purchasing the bus ticket before getting on the bus at any of the subway stations or in a newsagent. If you don’t have a ticket, you can purchase one directly from the bus driver with an extra charge of 0.20 (US$ 0.20). However, these tickets cannot be used on other transport systems.