Paris has several tour bus operators. The most renowned are OpenTour, Big Bus Paris and Foxity Sightseeing Tour.
All buses 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:
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.
Paris OpenTour has four different routes with over 50 stops and passengers can choose any of these four lines and combine them without any problem.
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.
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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 (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.
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:
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.
The 1-day ticket is 28,80€ for adults and 14,40€ for children. A 2-day fare is 32,40€ for adults and 14,40€ for children.
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.
The buses leave from the Eiffel Tower and its itinerary is very similar to the Big Bus Paris one.
The timetable varies depending on the time of year. We recommend checking the times on their webpage.
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.
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:
The OpenTour Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is one of the most comfortable and enjoyable ways of exploring Paris: 4 routes, 50 stops and an open top deck, accompanied by interesting English commentary.1,2 or 3 days 39.5$