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There are actually five stops on the Left bank of the River Seine, which are the Effel Tower, the Musee d’Orsay, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jardin des Plantes and the Saint-Germain-des-Pres area of Paris.

In addition to these, there are also three stops on the Right Bank of the river Seine, which are the Louvre Museum, the Hotel de Ville and the Champs Elysees Avenue, but it does not zig-zag across the river, you just have to wait until the Batobus reaches the stop you want on its normal circuit and to complete one of these circuits would take approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.

The different Batobus stops provide easy access to many different tourist attractions in Paris and not just the ones that are named as the stops like the Eiffel Tower or the Musee du Louvre Museum.  So, by looking at the access to the Batobus stops, you can get a feel for what is in the area within a sensible walking distance of around 15 to 30 minutes or less.  So you could discover areas that are home to landmarks in Paris like the Grande Mosque, Les Invalides with the Tomb of Napeleon and the Arc de Triomphe, tourist attractions like CineAqua and the Trocadero, then you have the monuments in Paris like the palace that was turned in to a prison called La Conciergerie and many, many more.

But at this stage, we would like to point out that being you have to go down to the River Seine in order to reach the quays, unfortunately there are steps to negotiate, which means that this mode of transport in Paris is not realistic or sensible for the disabled or those with very young children.

About the Batobus water bus service

As we mentioned earlier, this is a water shuttle service that operates along the River Seine and is an all year round service, with a Batobus arriving at a stop every twenty or twenty-five minutes, and it is operated by the Bateaux Parisiens company who provide tours and dinner cruises on the River Seine.

From the 3rd September through to 5th April the Batobus runs from 10am through to 7pm every 25 minutes and from the 6th April through to 2nd September these trimarans run every 20 minutes from 10am through to 9.30pm.

Designed specifically for people who are on holiday in Paris, there are a variety of different tickets available, which are valid for that set period of time you choose and be used to get on and off as many times as you like within that time frame.

As of 2013, a one day Batobus pass is €15 for an adult and €7 for a child under the age of 16.  You can also obtain a two day pass, which is valid for two consecutive days and this is a cost of €18 for an adult or €9 for a child under 16.

There is also a five day pass, which again would be valid for consecutive days and as of 2013 this costs €21 for an adult and €10 for a child under the age of 16.

The Paris A La Carte Pass is the other option that provides the hop on and hop off service for the Batobus and its eight stations, along with the l’Open Tour Buses that have four different routes and cover fifty different stops around the city of Paris.

So this means that you can even get to places like the Sacre Coeur Basilica and there is a two day pass available for both, which is a cost of €44 for adults and €20 for children under the age of twelve.  Also as of 2013, the rates for a three day pass for both hop on and hop off tour services are €48 for adults and again €20 for children under the age of 12.

However, children under the age of three travel completely free on the Batobus, plus there are discounted rates available for groups of twenty people or more.

There is a ticket office at each of the Batobus stops and also at the Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est train stations or you can also book online.  But in addition to these, you can also obtain tickets from the l’Open tour Bus service boutique, if you wish to opt for a combined ticket called the Paris A La Carte Pass.

Plus you can book any of these tickets online, however, we would like to point out that if you do book online you have to pick up your tickets from the Musee d’Orsay Batobus station.  Also, the ticket is then valid from either the day and time of purchase or from the day you pick up your pass, so you would want to do this as early as possible, to make the most of the times.

Now we did quickly mention this before, but because there are lots of steps to negotiate in order to get to the quays and boats, wheelchair access is not possible except for at the Eiffel Tower stop where there is a ramp.  However, this is also used by vehicles, so caution is advised!

The other point is young children that would be in a pushchair.  Folding pushchairs are allowed on the Batobuses, as are small items of luggage, but again, it makes life harder trying to negotiate the steps with young children, so it is something you may wish to consider carefully, or even go to one of the Batobus station and seen how you feel once there.

But having said all that, this is a fantastic way of getting to see the many sights, museums in Paris and tourist attractions from a completely different perspective and you will also get to see more of the true Paris, whilst enjoying the leisurely meander up and down the River Seine.

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Batobus water bus in Paris

The Batobus is like a shuttle bus service that stops at eight different points along the River Seine so that people can get to the major tourist attractions in Paris, and is a unique service, which has six boats that constantly cruise up and down and provides a relaxing way of getting around this city of lights.

They are strange looking glass covered trimarans that operate as a hop on and hop off service that go on a circular route in an anti-clockwise direction along the River Seine and they also operate in conjunction with the l’Open Tour Buses that provides a very similar service all around Paris.

The Batobus is not like some of the cruises on the River Seine and other tourist boats like the Bateau Mouches that have commentary, as these trimarans are designed specifically for people who are going on holiday to Paris and do not always wish to utilise the Metro, but want an unusual alternative means of transport in Paris to get around this fabulous city without the need to walk too far.