Paris City Bus Tours

Paris has several tour bus operators. The most renowned are OpenTour, Big Bus Paris and Foxity Sightseeing Tour. Find in-depth information about what each company offers and choose the best option.

All sightseeing buses in Paris are open-top double-deckers and include an audio guide in English.

We provide you with information on each of the different tour bus operators so you can choose which one you prefer:

Paris OpenTour

The OpenTour bus is yellow and blue and allows its passengers to hop-off and hop-on as many times as they want during the validity of their ticket.

OpenTour Paris, itinerarios
OpenTour itinerary

Itinerary 

Paris OpenTour has three different routes with over 34 stops and passengers can choose any of these 3 lines and combine them without any problem.

  • Blue line: Rides past the top landmarks of Paris, like the Louvre Museum, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides…
  • White line: Travels down the left bank of the River Seine. It passes by the Catacombs of Paris, Boulevard Montparnasse, St. Germain-des-Prés and the Pont Neuf, among others.
  • Red line: This line includes the main attractions on the right side of the Seine, like the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre and République, among others.    

Schedule & timetable

The routes and schedules of the OpenTour buses vary depending on the route and time of year. Between April and October, buses run from 9:30 am to 8 pm approximately and from November to March from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Buses leave every 10 – 15 minutes in spring and summer and 20 – 30 minutes during autumn and winter.

Fares

Paris OpenTour Fares
Validity Adults Children (ages 4-11)
1 Day 33€ 17€
2 Days 37€

Adults with a Paris Visite travel card have a 4€ discount for the 1-day Open Tour, and children under 4 travel for free. Those who want to combine the Batobus with an OpenTour bus tour can purchase a special rate for a 2-day pass for both means of transport. 

Big Bus Paris

Big Bus Paris (used to be called Les Cars Rouges) is the oldest tour bus operator in Paris. These buses are red, as its name used to suggest.

Itinerary 

Paris is extremely well lit up at night and it is worth discovering the city after  dusk. This is why the Big Bus operator includes a tour of Paris at this time of day, when visitors will be able to see the main monuments illuminated. 

Big Bus Paris has one line that takes a little over two hours with eleven stops. Passengers can hop-off and hop-on at any of the following stops:

Itinerario de Big Bus Paris
Big Bus Paris itinerary

Schedule & timetable

The Big Bus Paris runs approximately from 9:30 to 8:30 pm. The last bus leaves Notre Dame at 6:13 pm.  There is a tour every 10 – 30 minutes, depending on the season.

Fares

The 1-day Big Bus Paris ticket is 31.50€ per adult (online price - on the bus the ticket costs 35€), and 15,80€ per child (17€ on the bus). A 2-day fare is 35,10€ for adults (39€ on the bus) and 18€ for children (20€ on the bus).

Foxity Sightseeing Tour

Foxity Sightseeing Tour was the last tour bus to arrive in Paris. At first, this company only included a bus tour without having the hop-on, hop-off option. However, due to pressure from tourists, it now allows its passengers to hop-on and off.

Foxity also organizes night tours. 

Itinerary

Itinerario del Foxity Sightseeing Tour
Foxity Sightseeing Tour itinerary

The buses leave from the Eiffel Tower and its itinerary is very similar to the Big Bus Paris one. 

Schedule & timetable

The timetable varies depending on the time of year. We recommend checking the times on their webpage

Fares

A single-ticket costs 20€ for adults and 12€ for those who are less than 25 and over 65. Children under 12 travel for free. 

What tour bus to choose?

All of the above companies offer very similar services, although we recommend Paris OpenTour, as it has more routes and more stops, and therefore offer a more complete tour.

You can find more information on the different operator’s webpages: