Hop Aboard These Open-Topped Buses To See the City Al Fresco

Open-topped buses cruise the streets of Paris on a number of routes. These are great ideas if you want to take in a quick overview of the city, and also a fun way to get around. These are not, we want to emphasize, coach tours. They circle their routes so you can hop-on and hop-off whenever you feel like it. (Make sure the bus has stopped, though!)

To ride these buses you need a pass — available in multi-day versions. We usually recommend a 2-day pass because one day is just too short to see everything. But, if you want to use the hop-on buses for your main means of transportation, then go for a 3-day pass.

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L'OpenTour Hop-On Buses

L'OpenTour Hop-On Buses

"Go at your own pace" is the them of L'OpenTour and that's really what these open-topped buses are all about.

L'OpenTour stops at all of the central Paris sights so you can catch everything you want to see. Buses depart frequently, so there's virtually no waiting time. A 2-day pass (the one we recommend) costs only €12 more than the one-day pass. By the way, this bus has been renamed to "Tootbus" but we absolutely refuse to call it that!

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The Top Paris City Tours

Nighttime Tour of Paris in a Vintage Citroën Traction Avant
Feel like you're in a 1940s movie set in Paris as you tour the famous sights in a classic car. This is truly retro luxury from another era.
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VIP Twilight Tour: Champagne Cruise + Eiffel Tower
See Paris at night, with monuments all aglow, while sipping on champagne. Next: view the lights of the city from atop the Eiffel Tower!
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Big Bus Paris 1-Day & 2-Day Passes

Big Bus Paris

A good reason to choose a 2-day pass over a 1-day pass is to save money! Instead of being twice the price, a 2-day pass costs only about one-third more. The Big Buses travel two routes and between them they cruise by all the famous monuments and sights in central Paris — from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre to Musée d'Orsay to Île de la Cité to… well, you get the idea.

You can also choose combination tickets that include the one- or two-day Big Bus Pass plus a river cruise or a ticket to the Arc de Triomphe.

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See the Magnificent Castles of the Loire Valley

Small-Group Loire Valley Chateaux & Wine Tasting Trip from Paris
Visit the magical castles of the Loire Valley in a day that also features a guided tasting of the best regional wines. Travel in a luxury Eurovan.
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Private Loire Valley Chateaux by Minivan from Paris with Hotel Pickup
Visit 3 of the best castles in the valley with a knowledgeable and passionate guide who brings 700 years of history to life. Wine tasting included.
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Hop-on Boat Pass

2 Day Hop-on Bus + Boat Pass

This is seriously fun. Did you know you can get around Paris by boat? The Batobus makes a watery circuit with 8 stops, from the Eiffel Tower to the zoo at the Jardin des Plantes with the Louvre, d'Orsay and other key stops in between. This pass allows you to get on and off whenever you please, as many times as you want. Hint — the 2-day pass costs only three bucks more than the 1-day pass.

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