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Batobus Water Bus In Paris France

The Batobuses are an unusual, yet great way of getting to some of the main areas around Paris and you are on the water rather than land!

Batobuses run all the year round except for when they close for a short break in January and although the times do vary according to the season, once you have a pass, you can hop on and off of these boats as many times as you like, which makes it a very pleasant alternative to taking the metro or wearing out your shoes and legs too much prior to getting to your desired destination or tourist attraction.

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Batobus Water Bus In Paris France

They are strange looking, glass-enclosed trimarans and operate as a river boat shuttle service that goes on a circular route in an anti-clockwise direction along the River Seine and there are five trimaran sightseeing boats that the Navette Batobus operates.

These boats stop at eight different points along the way, but there is no crossing the river, as you will have to cruise along until you get to the stop you want.  There are actually five stops on the Left bank, which are the Eiffel Tower, Musee d'Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Notre-Dame and Jardin des Plantes.  There are also three stops on the Right Bank, which are the Hôtel de Ville, The Louvre and the Champs-Elysees.

The following points will give you more of an idea of how you can access these Batobus stops along the River Seine:

The Louvre
Quai du Louvre is in the 1st arrondissement of Paris between Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel.  You would need to go from the entrance of the Louvre towards the quays, turn right and walk for around 100m, but without crossing Pont du Carrousel.  The steps here will lead you down to River Seine and the Batobus stop.

Hôtel de Ville
This is known as the City Hall stop and is close to Pont d'Arcole, near to the Pompidou Centre in the Marais district of Paris in the 4th arrondissement.   To reach the Batobus from here, when you are in the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville you would take the pedestrian underpass to Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville and then walk upstream along the quay for around 100m where you will find the stop right in the square.

Notre-Dame
Quai de Montebello is in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 5th arrondissement.  You would need to walk for about 100m upstream along the quay from the Pont au Double and take the stairs down to the river.

Jardin des Plantes
The Batobus stops at the Quai Saint-Bernard, which is again in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and is in between Pont Sully and Pont d'Austerlitz.
You would need to take Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard towards the River Seine, then cross Quai Saint-Bernard, which is in front of the Institut du Monde Arabe and proceed down to the river via the ramp or the stairs.  From there you would need to walk upstream towards Pont d'Austerlitz and through the Jardin Tino Rossi, a beautiful open-air sculpture garden.

Eiffel Tower
Port de la Bourdonnais in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, opposite the Trocadéro you just cross the street and walk down the stairs at the right hand corner of Pont de Iéna.

Musée d'Orsay
Quai de Solférino is also in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and upon leaving the Musée d'Orsay you would need to cross the street the quays and go down the steps to the river bank where you will find this pick up and drop off point for the Batobus.

Champs-Elysées
The Port des Champs Elysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris is close to Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and Avenue Montaigne.  To access this stop from Place Clemenceau, you would need to take the Avenue Winston Churchill heading towards the River Seine and make your way down the stairs situated on the left at Pont Alexandre III.

St-Germain-des-Prés
The Batobus stops at the Quai Malaquais, which is near the Institut de France and in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.  You would need to take Rue Bonaparte from Saint-Germain's Church and when you reach the quay, just cross the road and go down the steps to the bank.

You will normally find that there is a Batobus every 25 to 30 minutes virtually all year round and they run during the day times in the winter months, yet during the summer they are in operation up until 10pm each evening.

You can purchase a pass at any Batobus stop, at the Paris Tourist Office, and at several other locations such as airports and you can choose to have a 1 day, 2 day, 5 day or annual pass.  When you get your pass, you can use it as many times as you like, hopping on and off the boats as you go.

Whatever the period of time you choose to get your pass for, they are exceptionally good value for money with a 5 day pass being only around 17 Euros and half that cost for a child under the age of sixteen.


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