Many people dream of wandering the streets of Paris. It is a romantic notion that we all have and there really is nothing like seeing the city of Paris from the footpath but is there another way to see this amazing city? While in the heart of Paris, we decided it was time to do a Seine River Cruise and discover Paris by boat. It can get very hot in Paris and we needed ways to keep cool as well as seeing all the sights quickly.

One form of transport we had not used in Paris was the Seine River cruise hop on hop off boat. We both thought it would have to be one of the most scenic river cruises in the world and it would also get us out of the built-up oven that Paris was that day. When you are visiting a place like Paris getting easily around the city is extremely important.

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Boat rides in Paris are a great way to see the city. This picture appears courtesy of

We had started our day at Notre Dame Cathedral when we came across the information board about the river cruise. The fact that the BATOBUS cruise was a hop on hop off service suited us well. BATOBUS stops at 8 locations along the Seine River giving you access to the most popular sights in the heart of Paris. Because of this, it has to be one of the best sightseeing tours in Paris.

The Paris hop on hop off boat stops at

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • The Louvre
  • Beaugrenelle
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Notre-Dame
  • Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design
  • Champs-Elysées

Batosbus takes in all the sights in the heart of Paris and it will have you gazing in awe at how different everything looks from the Seine River while you cruise.

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Where can I buy tickets to Paris by boat Seine River Cruise?

We went down the stairs to the riverside dock to have a look at the type of boat we would go on. It would take us to all the places that we wanted to go and it was a type of transport we had not used in Paris before. We purchased our tickets from the booth there.

You can also buy tickets to the Batobus Seine River Cruise from any of the stops along the way but you do have to have that ticket before you board the boat. While we waited there was a little vending machine in the ticket office so I bought some special treats and a cold drink just in case there was none were available on the boat. There was a toilet in the office but none on the boat itself.

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Cruises on the Seine are very popular with families

When is the Batobus Paris boat tour operating?

A hop on hop off river cruise Paris is a great way to see the city. You do have to be aware that the hours of operation differ during the seasons.

Off-peak season: Boats leave about every 25 minutes Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Friday-Sunday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM.

Peak season: Boats leave about every 20 minutes between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM. 

What is the Batobus boat like inside?

Plenty of people got off at our stop and we had no problems getting a seat altogether. The boat was very spacious and you would have no trouble getting a pram onto the boat but I am unsure what the rules and regulations would be to have it on there.

You could sit at the front of the boat in the open air but when we boarded all the seats were taken. We sat in the enclosed section of the boat which was all glass so it was warm in when the boat was stationary. Once the boat started moving down the river the breeze it made was so refreshing.

If you have kids and are thinking of taking them on the Batobus Seine River tour you must be aware that there are no toilets on board the boats. There is also no food and beverages on sale so you must come prepared.

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Batobus is the best Seine river cruise

Is a Batobus Seine River tour worth it?

On a hot day, there seems to be no escaping the heat in Paris. This is where the hop on hop off boat worked so well for us. It got you off the hot roads, out of the bus and onto the water which did seem to provide some relief from the heat.

Would a boat trip be good in Paris with kids?

A Batobus Paris by boat tour is a fantastic way to see Paris for anyone. You could see so much of the city from the boat with views we had not seen before. Our kids liked it as they had not been on many boats in their lifetime and it was a treat.

We found it easy and a great way to see the city of Paris and we would highly recommend it for travelling families.

While we waited for our boat to come back, the girls had the chance to sit on the edge of the Seine and dip their feet into the river so they could cool down. Watching them sit and eat an apple on the banks of the River in my favourite city was a real treat! It was a memory I am unlikely to forget.

Are the stops close to the sights in Paris?

We found the stops to be pretty good or within a small amount of walking from where the boat dropped you off. We got off at The Louvre stop and walked up the Champs Elysee to the Arc Triomphe.

We caught the metro a few stations to the Trocadero metro stop. If you get off here it provides you with one of the top views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from above it. We strolled downhill over the bridge and gazed up at this amazing iconic structure that is synonymous with all things Paris. We then got back onto the boat and continued down the Seine to see more.

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Seine river hop on hop off sightseeing cruise in Paris was a hit with the kids

Where we stay in Paris

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What will all day cruising the heart of Paris cost you?

Batosbus Paris Prices

BATOBUS PASSES Passes are valid for one day or several consecutive days:

• 1 day: €16 (€7 for children less than 16 years old, Privilege rate, €10(1))

• 2 days: €18 (€9 for children less than 16 years old, Privilege rate, €12(1))

• Annual(2): €60 (€38 for children less than 16 years old)

“PARIS À LA CARTE” PASSES “Paris à la Carte” passes can be used at the 8 Batobus stops and on OpenTour buses with their 50 stops (4 circuits)

:• 2-Day Pass: €45 (€20 for children less than 12 years old)

• 3-Day Pass: €49 (€20 for children less than 12 years old)

Get your Batobus Tickets

Explore the sights of Paris at your own pace with a 1-day or 2-day pass to the Batobus shuttle service along the River Seine, and jump on and off at 8 strategic stops to see sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, and more. Cruise through the heart of Paris, admiring landmark monuments along the river bank from the comfort of a glassed-in boat. Then, stop to explore further at leisure.

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We spent the whole day getting on and off the boat at different stops around the city. From exploring museum’s to monuments to iconic Parisian neighbourhoods. Batobus was great for family travel moving along through the heart of  Paris. The kids loved it, we loved it.

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Bec Wyld is a mother, wife and once reluctant traveller. Bec has been to over 30 countries across the globe. I have planned and stressed in all of these places. Becs writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel and as a guest poster and contributor on many other travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids

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