Bus routes for L’OpenTour buses in Paris
L’OpenTour provide bus tours in Paris on large open topped double decker buses, and covering different routes that get you to some of the more unusual places, this is an ideal way of getting to see many of the different tourist attractions and monuments that you may never get experience any other way.
Running every day of the year including on Sundays and French National holidays, there are actually four different routes that you can travel, and being a hop on and hop off service, you can disembark to visit one of the landmarks in Paris and then jump on another bus to see more.
The Paris grand tour
The Paris Grand Tour starts at 13 Rue Auber, which is where the office is situated within the 9th Arrondissement of Paris, and this particular tour will take you to some of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris. And for a point of reference, the buses have the colour code green on the windshield for this tour circuit.
Located here you will find the Musee du Parfum, the famous Printemps for shopping and then you proceed towards the Palais Garnier Opera House and the Place Vendome, and on again to the Palais Royal and its gardens.
The next stop after these is the Musee du Louvre, which has got to be the most famous museum in Paris, if not the world, and while here you can also visit the Jardin des Tuileries Gardens, the I M Pei Pyramid of the Louvre, the Jeu de Paume and the triumphal arch known as the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
From here you would travel to the Pont Neuf, which is actually the oldest bridge over the River Seine where you can then get to the Conciergerie and the Saint Chapelle that are located on the Ile de la Cite island, then onto the impressive architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral and if you wish, over to the Ile Saint-Louis.
The Paris Grand Tour on the OpenTour buses then travels onto the Musee d’Orsay and from here you can then discover the incredible Place de la Concorde with the oldest monument in Paris called the Luxor Obelisk and the Musee Orangerie.
You can then discover the Champs Elysees Avenue where there are actually three different stops en route starting with the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, then the Avenue Montaigne and by the Metro station called the George V, which is right by The Lido, which is the famous cabaret in Paris that is home to the Bluebell Girls. Carrying on you get to the Arc de Triomphe and the tomb of the unknown soldier with its eternal flame and from there you go to the Jardins du Trocadero where you can enjoy the Palais de Chaillot, museums such as the Musee de la Marine and the spectacular view across to the Eiffel Tower.
The most famous landmark in Paris has got to be the Eiffel Tower, and this is the next stop on the Paris Grand Tour with L’OpenTour and you can also experience the Champ de Mars, the River Seine with the tour boats and the Musee du Quai Branly.
From there you carry on to Les Invalides, which is home to the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte I and several museums including the Musee de l’Armee, plus the Musee Rodin located within the Hotel Biron that was the prior residence of this sculptor is also close by.
The tour then takes you to the boutiques of the Rue Saint-Honore and then finishes at Place de la Madeleine with the Eglise de la Madeleine church, so as you can tell, this is a very comprehensive tour circuit of some of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris.
However, this is just scratching the surface, as there are three other tour circuits you can discover with the L’OpenTour bus tours in Paris.
Montparnasse - Saint-Germain tour
The colour code shown on the windscreen of the OpenTour buses for this route is orange and the tour starts at 4 Rue du Petit-Pont in the Latin Quarter and the first stop is the Luxembourg Gardens and the Musee du Luxembourg, plus you can also discover the Pantheon close by.
From here you could then discover the Observatoire or the Musee Zadkine, yet perhaps travelling a little further to experience the incredible catacombes would be more interesting to you. But then you can continue to the Tour Montparnasse that is the only skyscraper with its spectacular views and home to the highest restaurant in Paris, plus this tour stop is also close to the Musee Bourdelle.
Now this is where you can swap to a different circuit if you wish, as you will now arrive at Les Invalides, which is also home to the Musee de Plans Reliefs or you can continue and discover the Saint-Germain area with the Musee Maillol then to a different part of the Latin Quarter with the Thermes de Cluny, the Musee National du Moyen-Age and the Roman Arena called the Arenes de Lutece.
Montmartre - Grands Boulevards tour
The Montmartre - Grands Boulevards Tour is recognised by the colour yellow shown on the windscreen of the OpenTour buses and again this starts from the main office at 13 Rue Auber and takes you first to the Montmartre area of Paris where you can see the Moulin Rouge with its famous red windmill.
You then have a stop by the Funicular that takes you up to the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Place du Tertre and there is also the Espace Dali museum close by, but continuing on your journey you see the Gare du Nord train station where the Eurostar arrives and the Gare de l’Est, with the Musee du Cristal nearby.
Continuing on to the Republique and then the Grands Boulevards where the Musee Grevin waxwork museum is located, then the L’OpenTour bus tour continues to the Opera Garnier, then to the place Place Vendome and lastly to Madeleine and its church.
Bastille - Bercy
The colour code for this tour route is blue and starts at the Notre Dame Cathedral the it stops at Petit-Pont in the Latin Quarter by the Eglise Saint-Severin, and this is where you can also change buses to the orange route of the Montparnasse Saint-Germain tour.
Anyway, if you continue on the Bastille - Bercy bus tour you will then get to the Musee de la Prefecture de Police, then the Institute du Monde Arab and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. And from there it continues on to the Place de la Bastille and the new opera house in Paris called the Opera Bastille.
You then get to see the Gare de Lyon train station and the Viaduc des Arts followed by the Gare d’Austerlitz and the Jardin des Plantes, which is where the Musee National d’Histoire Naturelle can be found, plus the Arenes de Lutece and the Therms de Cluny are also located nearby.
Back around a bit and you will see the Rue Saint-Antoine, the museum called the Maison Victor Hugo dedicated to the writer who produced the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the Colonne de Juillet or July Column. This is then followed by the Marais area and Place des Vosges, the Rue de Rivoli and the Musee Carnavalet.
This particular bus tour circuit has a stop close to the Musee Picasso and the Hotel de Sully, then finishes at the Hotel de Ville close to the Pompidou Centre, which is also known as the Beaubourg and the Les Halles area.
So as you can tell, the circuits of the L’OpenTour Bus Tours in Paris are very varied and you will be able to get to see far more of this incredible city, all with commentary available in different languages, and they are a great way of getting around, especially if you have a limited time on holiday in Paris.