Whether it is your first time in Paris or you are returning to the city, a Paris bus tour is really a must do! A bus tour is one of the best things you can do during your first few days in Paris as it helps you orient yourself and gives a great overview of the city. You can discover many of Paris’ main places and get an idea of what or where you want to explore more. There are two main types of bus tours to consider: classic bus tour or private bus tour.
Classic Paris Bus Tour
A classic bus tour involves being with a group of individuals. This type of bus tour comes in many forms. There is the double-decker hop on, hop off bus tour where you can choose to get off the bus and explore certain areas or attractions of Paris that interest you. When you’re done, just hop back on at any of the indicated locations to continue the tour.Credit: Open Tour
You have the option of choosing a tour, which only runs one loop, or you can choose a tour where there are multiple loops run by the buses and you can change loops at will to see a larger and different areas of Paris. If you are looking for a quick overview of Paris at a lower cost, we recommend the one loop bus tour. If instead you want to be able to explore more and see more of Paris, it is definitely worth looking into a tour with multiple loops. If you are looking for a quicker version (around 2 hours), you can also consider a Paris bus tour that doesn’t stop and you ride the whole circuit.
It is also very important to consider the differences between companies who provide the hop on, hop off bus tours. There is a significant difference in quality of the buses. For example, whether the bus has the ability to provide rain protection through the form of an expandable roof to cover the top deck. There are also noticeable differences in the quality of the audio guide provided. (You have headphones, which you plug in and listen to the pre-recorded guide.) At ParisByM we have pre-selected the companies with the highest quality so that you can have the best experience on your Paris bus tour.
Classic Paris Bus Tour – Specialty FocusCredit: Bustronome
There are also Paris bus tours which are classic in a sense that you are with a group of other individuals, but have a special focus or offer. One such example is a tour where they provide either lunch or dinner and you enjoy the views of Paris from the comfort of the bus seats (not hop on, hop off). An elegant lunch or dinner is provided as you watch the bustling Parisian streets.
You could also choose to have a history-focused Paris bus tour. This tour is a lot of fun and you can learn more about the history of Paris with a personal guide. This bus also is very tech savvy and can project historical images and short movies to provide visual aids.
Private Paris Bus TourCredit: GetYourGuide
While a private bus tour is more expensive, this is a great option for large families or groups traveling together. The biggest advantage to this option is that you can design your bus tour such as length and route for all the places you want to see. With complete control over your itinerary, you can maximize your time in Paris by choosing what is most important for you to see. ParisByM will work with you to design the best itinerary for your group. For half a day you should expect to budget approximately 600 euros for up to seven people.
If you want to reduce the price you can decide to join a group of people going in a minibus, however you will have less flexibility with this option.
Another Option to ConsiderCredit: ParisByM
Perhaps you want to have a tour of the city, but being with a group of other people is not what you’re looking for. Consider hiring a private driver in a traditional French car. This can be a quieter and perhaps, if you’re traveling as a couple, a more romantic way to view the city.