Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise

Paris, France

From US$43.79

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Make sightseeing in the French capital easy with a Big Bus tour of Paris. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off access at any stop along the route, and soak in the views from an open-top, double-decker bus. See sights like the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge cabaret club, and the iconic Eiffel Tower as you listen to informative audio-commentary, available in various languages.
  • Create a personalized itinerary of the sights you want to see
  • Listen to informative audio commentary aboard the open-top bus
  • Choose between the 24 hour or 48 hours sightseeing bus pass
  • Upgrade to enjoy a Seine River cruise

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is one of the few bus tours that offers multiple upgrades, including a cruise and entry to the Arc de Triomphe.

What's Included

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • New engaging audio commentary in a choice of 6 languages
  • Arc de Triomphe entrance ticket (if option selected)
  • Priority Access of the Eiffel tower (if option Evening panoramic tour selected)
  • Wifi on board
  • Seine river cruise (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission to the landmarks

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour around Paris gives you access to all the main attractions, an overview of the city and a means of getting around all in one convenient package. With an open-top, double-decker Big Bus, you get the added bonus of an excellent vantage point for panoramic views.

Your ticket is valid on the red route through Paris, which includes stops at the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Champs-Elysées, Palais Garnier, and Musée d’Orsay. The route includes informative audio commentary, available in 11 languages, while you see the sights.

Choose a 24-48 hours option ticket, valid starting the first time you use it, and disembark at any of the stops to explore further on your own. Climb aboard the next bus when you're done sightseeing on foot to continue your circuit of the city. See the Itinerary section below for a list of all the Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour stops.

Choose to upgrade your sightseeing experience by adding a Seine River cruise to your 24 hours ticket.
Red - Classic Route

10 Stops

12 Points of Interest

Duration: 2 hours

Operating Schedule: You can hop on and off from our Paris Red Route tour from 10 different stops. Tune in to our pre-recorded commentary, available in 6 languages via complimentary headphones. Customers are advised to visit our website or download our app to find out more about updated service information. Your River cruise tickets will be provided by a Big Bus agent when boarding on the bus they will then tell you where to board

Eiffel Tower

Champ de Mars Eiffel Tower

Palais Garnier

Big Bus

Musée du Louvre

Notre Dame

Musée d'Orsay


Grand Palais

Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre

Points of interest passed by on this route

Musee d'Orsay

Eiffel Tower

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Louvre Museum

Seine River

Palais Garnier


Le Trocadero et son esplanade

Grand Palais

Big Bus Paris

Parc du Champ de Mars

Pont des Arts

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Redeem your voucher at any of the designated Big Bus stop
  • Infants (age 0-3) can go on the tour free of charge
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please download the Big Bus app to find out more about real-time bus tracking information.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

It is best to start early in the morning and give yourself time to explore the various sights.
As there are many bus tour operators, please be more specific as to which bus to look for.
Recommend getting the 2 days pass ; take the bus around the first day and decide the second day your sites to visit.


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Nice and comfortable way of city tour
AnaCristina_B, Sept 2023
Pleasant and nice experience of how visiting a city! A lot of iconic places to see in few moments and well seated, along with interesting historical comments!
Bad experience
Ronald_F, Sept 2023
The bus never showed up and no notice. King Charles was in town so we assume that is reason tour didn’t take place but notification would have been nice.
Nice to get off our feet
Jamie_G, Sept 2023
This was nice to sit for a while. We only rode it for a bit~ line was kinda long but they do have several buses. We ended up walking most of the sights once we got to stop 1 from Eiffel Tower. Bus was clean and comfy, we sat on the top deck & vireos were nice. They give you headphones to plug in to wall unit for translation of commentary to multiple different languages. It was nice to hear about the stuff as we were passing by.
Nice tour
Jorden_B, Sept 2023
The hop-on hop-off was a great way to see the city on our first day in Paris. Traffic did make the tour take longer than we expected.
Was bad all around.
Debra_B, Sept 2023
It was not a good experience. Very crowded and wait times were long. Once on the bus it took forever to get from one stop to the other. We never found our river cruise. I would not recommend this tour. Terribly disappointing.
Great way to get your bearings in a city
Patricia_A, Sept 2023
The hop on hop off bus is a great way to get an overall idea of the city and then return for personal favorites
Could be better organized
Mia_P, Sept 2023
I had booked this quite a while ago and understood from the info provided at booking that I would get more information prior to actually doing the tour. I contacted the number provided and was asked a series of questions which I answered but I was not given a meet point in time, just told it was around Le Louvre somewhere. We wandered around the museum for over an hour before finally finding the ticket office. There wasn’t enough time to go up the Eiffel Tower. Disappointing and frustrating therefore would not recommend. There are other bus tours that seem better organized.
It was ok.
Biruk_B, Sept 2023
I’m happy that the tour bus is available and it is convenient to see Paris. We were on a bus that half of the seats' audio system didn’t work, and the driver was rude from the start when we were addressing our concerns. We are happy the bus was charged, and we moved to a different bus for the remaining stops.
Mouvielle_C, Sept 2023
Best way to see all the landmarks at a great price and time saving. Friendly staff and on time buses every 5 minutes we rarely had to wait long for a bus to arrive. Also the add ons are great bought the entrance to the Arc de Triumph and skipped the long line at the place.
Arrive early with a plan
Steve_B, Sept 2023
Others have written that buses sometimes are over an hour late. They need to read the schedules better. Big Bus was on time nearly the entire route even with all of the traffic congestion. It is a great way to see all of the main highlights of Paris especially from the top deck of the bus. You do need to get on early to get a prime seat. It is definitely worth riding the entire route first before deciding where to exit and explore further.
Very good arrangement
Tin_S, Sept 2023
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off trip is very convenient and Tour guide explained in 6 languages about City. We were very happy and took a lot of photos along the trip.
Rude driver. Had to call...
Rita_D, Sept 2023
Rude driver. Had to call person in charge who finally get issue resolved...took time away from sightseeing
Trashy tours from Viator
Janeice_S, Sept 2023
The utter disasters of getting my excursions since Viator does not represent itself at destinations. That paid in advance vouchers were refused. That tour guide at Roman forum and coleseum lost us and we were not allowed our lower level colleseum tour.. That this small size tour (approx 28 adults). Nothing good to say about this joke of a tour company.
Help help help
James_W, Sept 2023
Try to get in touch with this service. I lost our tickets offer iPhone no one contacted me yet. Ticket was for Friday. This is Saturday.
Big Bus
Judi_S, Sept 2023
Was a lot of fun- great circuit, gave us a hood “exposure” to key sites in Paris. Fit our needs for getting familiarized with the sites and layout if the city!
Too crowded.
Kerrie_M, Sept 2023
It was impossible to get a seat up top and being inside made it very hard to see. The earphones were difficult to hear from.
Waste of time
Bonnie_C, Sept 2023
I tried to use the ticket for the extra price paid for Arch of Triumph and was rejected after waiting in line and told to go back to Big Bus driver, who knew nothing. I spent metro ticket to go to main office which was closed and no one helped me. I am so disappointed that I wasted my time and will request a refund if this can’t be corrected. I don’t trust the River cruise ticket either. Bad experience overall.
See the sights book Hop-on Hop-off tour of the city
Magdalene_C, Sept 2023
It stormed, we got soaked to the skin and the audio stopped working. We were a buss full of happy wet people. Some of your drivers have better routes than others.
Rebecca_H, Sept 2023
The Big Bus company office in Paris are so rude! I had my voucher from a text that I had just received and they accused me of altering it! They were unfriendly and dismissive while trying to work out the problem. Ended up finding my reservations which had not been altered or changed but the staff need to be fired for unprofessional attitudes for this company.
Danielle_M, Sept 2023
The drivers of two of three busses we used were miserable. The headphones with the guide on kept cutting out and the bus had a jagged metal strip which ripped my clothes! Not happy. We did get to see the bulk of the sites but considering I have to buy a new top not worth the money!

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