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The Montmartrobus buses in Paris
The Montmartre area of Paris is a quaint and old part of the capital city of France and has lovely winding and narrow cobbled streets, and the history of Paris in this area goes back many centuries from the Gauls to the Roman temples.
Hill of Montmartre
Montmartre can be found in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris and the name translates to the Mount of Montmartre or the Hill of Montmartre and it is the highest point in Paris, with the name going back to the martyrdom of Saint Denis who was the first bishop of Paris.
But there have been many saints visit Montmartre over the centuries including the famous Joan of Arc and today this area is one of the major tourist attractions in Paris with its panoramic views, but also a place of pilgrimage, as it is home to the beautiful and impressive Sacre Coeur Basilica.
However, if you want to reach the top of Montmartre and go to the Place du Tertre, the Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre or of course visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, then it can be quite hard going, especially on the knees.
Yet there are alternatives, as you have a funicular that cuts out lots of steps, but there are also dedicated buses called Montmartre Buses or Montmartrobus, that are run by the RATP group who provide public transport in Paris and these are smaller buses than you will find in the centre of Paris, that are suitable for the narrow and winding streets of the Montmartre area.
The Montmartrobus starts at Place Pigalle by the Metro station, which is actually very close to where the Moulin Rouge famous cabaret venue in Paris is located, and these buses are easy to spot as they have a basic black image of the Sacre Coeur Basilica with a blue background that is on the side of the buses.
Now the Montmartrobus has a specific route that will be able to take you all around the Montmartre area of Paris, stopping at all the important points such as Place du Tertre, opposite the Saint-Pierre church, close to the Sacre Coeur Basilica and down to Place Jules Jofferin and the city hall.
These Montmartre buses have different times depending upon the day of the week and they also depart on one route from Pigalle to the city hall, or the other from the Mairie city hall in the 18th Arrondissement back to Pigalle, each with set times at the Place du Tertre in between and taking a slightly different route.
Depending upon which way you are travelling, the Montmartrobus starts at just after 7.30am and continues throughout the day until just after midnight and the cost is the same as a Metro ticket, which is approximately €1.70, but if you have purchased a Paris Visite card for travelling around Paris, then the fare for these buses are covered with this card.
You will also be pleased to know that these buses run all year round, so it does not matter what the weather is like, it will not spoil your fun and your sightseeing trip when on holiday in Paris.
Plus they run approximately every ten to twenty minutes depending upon the time of year, but if you want to check on specific times for this or other means of transport like the Metro, the Balabus, etc, then you would need to either go to the RATP website or contact them via phone on +33 (0) 8 92 68 77 14. However, we would like to point out that this is a cost of €0.34 per minute from a normal phone, yet can cost more from abroad or on a mobile.