The good thing about this particular firm is that there are
individual headphones supplied, that provide commentary in around eight different
languages, which include French, English, German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and
It is a standard two day pass that you purchase, so that you don't have to just do the
tour, but you can utilise these buses to get around to many of the main tourist attractions and museums in Paris.
Once you have your pass, you can hop on and hop off of these buses as much as you want
with no time restrictions or restraints, so that you can explore the area and its
attractions at your leisure, and then you just catch another bus when you are ready to go
on to the next place.
You can purchase the passes directly from the driver on the bus itself, which are around
22 Euros for an adults pass and approximately half this cost for a child, or you can also
purchase these from the tourist information centres and you do not need to make
The route for Les Cars Rouges starts at the Eiffel Tower,
then on to the Champ de Mars to the Musée du Louvre.
From there you travel to the Notre Dame Cathedral,
continuing on to the Musée d'Orsay and then the
Opéra/Galeries Lafayette, then you will travel to the Avenue de Champs-Elysées, but
beware of the trees when up top as you turn the corner onto the Champs Elysees, because if you are on the
right-hand side near the front, you could end up getting a few branches hitting you!
But from here you get to see the Grand Palais and then the Trocadéro where the tour.
The Cars Rouges buses run every day of the year and start from most stops between 9.30am
and 10.20am, with the last complete tour starting from the Eiffel Tower at 6.50pm.
In the summer time, the buses run approximately every 10 minutes, but in the winter months
this is around every 25 minutes at any of the nine different stops.
The open air double decker buses are great for getting about Paris, and are well worth the money as you can get to
all the main sights. The Cars Rouges buses are cheaper than the L'OpenTour buses but do not do as many different
stops, as the L'OpenTour buses generally follow similar routes to the metro, but these are
slightly slower as well.
So if you are not in a hurry and have children with you, then these buses and the tours
are absolutely fantastic, whereas the metro is quicker, providing you are good at map
Just one point, remember to take your headsets with you when you leave the bus as you will
need them when you get back on at a later time to listen to other commentary of where you
are next travelling to.