Big Bus Paris
Big Bus Paris
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Hop on board an open-top bus with 360-degree views and explore all that Paris has to offer ! From historic sites and iconic architecture to bustling streets and the world famous Eiffel Tower – immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the French capital. Explore Paris and enjoy the ultimate freedom to take in the city at your own pace. A choice of live guided commentary in English on our red route or recorded commentary in 11 languages are available.
Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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JalynCameron
Vancouver, Canada207 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
So Worth it! We loved using the big bus as part of the Paris Pass!

We bought big bus tickets for Paris and London. Our London experience wasnt the best- the busses came way less often (around 20 min wait each time), the busses were always full so standing room only (cant listen to historical info) and when you do get a seat, the ear phone jacks dont work.

But in Paris, we completely utilized every aspect of the busses and tour routes!! None of the earphone jacks had issues and the busses came very frequently. No more than a 7 min wait throughout our 3 days in Paris. We always got seats!

It was so perfect t to just check off all the landmarks so effortlessly and enjoy the historical info as we drive under the Eiffel Tower! So worth it. Saved our feet!
Written June 19, 2020
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Dear Jalyn, Thank you for sharing your experience with Big Bus Paris on TripAdvisor. We are glad to know you enjoyed your experience and learned a lot about Paris. I will pass your remarks to our London colleagues about your experience there. We will be happy to see you once again. Best regards, Your Big Bus Paris team
Written June 22, 2020
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WeHa 98
Aschaffenburg, Germany247 contributions
Jun 2021
I do these buses in every city I visit as it's such an easy way to see the entire city with ease. The full loop was around 2 hours and took in all the main sites which was great. Of course then you can always just get off where ever you wish so it was so easy getting back to my hotel near the tower :) The customer service assistant was very friendly too and went out of her way to say hello at the end of the tour which was very nice.
Written June 19, 2021
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Dear visitor, Thank you for your feedback on on your experience with Big Bus Paris. We are glad to hear you had a great time on the Bus Tour. Many thanks for your kind words towards our staff member and for choosing to explore Paris with our company. Warm regards, Your Big Bus Paris team
Written June 21, 2021
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Jaideep Josan
Chandigarh, India209 contributions
Jan 2020
We took a two day tour with Big Bus which included the cruise tour too.
It went well except the below problems:
1. Once their electrical vehicle had some malfunction and we were made to want for 15-20 minutes to change to another vehicle.
2. Regarding boat trip they don't give enough information and one has to struggle to reach the right boat trip counter to collect tickets.
3. At many stops they just halt for 15-20 minutes without any reason. Over 1 1/2 hours they make you spend in a stand still bus during entire trip.
However, their frequency and service seems to be better than many other players.
Written January 24, 2020
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Rene F
Horsham, UK1 contribution
Jan 2020
We were in Paris for my husbands 50th birthday on the 19th January. Got the train in and got off at Arc de Triomphe. It was already past midday and we decided to buy tickets on the Big Bus to be able to get the Paris experience and see the big sites in a short amount of time. Our 2 daughters were very excited to learn more about this beautiful city. We paid €116 for the 4 of us. When we purchased the tickets the guide said the bus might not be able to go over the bridge at the Eiffel tower due to a demonstration taking place. No other disruptions were talked about. Well.... we hopped on the bus which started driving down the Champ Elysees. Then it suddenly detoured and all the information was replaced by music. We finally got to the Eiffel tower and was dropped off on the other side of the bridge. No problem really but this is where it all went pear shaped. After spending an hour or so visiting the Eiffel tower we went back to the bus stop only to wait and wait and wait.... No reps in sight we looked on the map and decided to walk to another stop not so far away. There we stood for an hour with about 20 other tourists before a bus turned up. There was a rep on the bus that came to the top and said the tour would have to take an alternative way and when asking for a refund he said we would have to email head office.I have indeed emailed their head office who is offering us a 50% refund, not good enough!
Written January 29, 2020
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pj pleasants
Boston, MA58 contributions
Jul 2021
I like to do a sightseeing tour of a city to get an overall sense of where to return. Big Bus Paris was okay, but the headset didn't work, so there was no audio for the tour and more of a bus ride around the city. It wasn't easy to find the location, but once we did, the staff was helpful and our driver even let me onboard to get a seat while my husband was in line getting the tickets! That was above and beyond necessary on his part AND he let me dash in to the market to grab a cold water before we headed out! Thanks for the kindness!
Written July 26, 2021
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Kimberly M
Jacksonville Beach, FL50 contributions
Dec 2019
Big Bus has a special Christmas lights night tour that was superb. They provide a blanket and cocoa. The city of lights has an extra special sparkle at Christmas time. The Eiffel Tower has a Christmas eve night twinkle that should not be missed.
Written January 3, 2020
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missorange11
glasgow49 contributions
Oct 2019
Terrible service, even though there was a large sign advising live english audio on the bus I have yet to find one bus with Live audio and I was on many over the two days I was in Paris. The audio was more music than talk and I could have found out more about the areas on my own. what did I learn about Big bus Paris? They are terrible, What did I learn about Paris? Nothing from this bus tour.
Written January 2, 2020
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Hi, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we take negative reviews very seriously as this is the only way we can improve our service. To address some issues, our Live Guides are present on 1/3 of our buses, we advise customers to download our Big Bus app in order to track which buses have a Live Guide to ensure that all our customers get to have this experience. Regards Customer Service team
Written January 3, 2020
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Michael H
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We've used Big Bus happily in San Francisco and New York. We bought the 2 day ticket with River Cruise. There are at least 4 open-top bus operators in Paris. Here are our comments:
* By comparison with the other operators, Big Bus is more crowded and you sometimes can't get a seat upstairs.
* Big Bus is more expensive than some of the other operators.
* They all go roughly the same routes, to the same spots.
* Big Bus buses spend a lot of time sitting at the bus stops, even when there seems to be no reason not to leave. As a result, the lap around Paris takes an unnecessarily long time, and even just going a few stops takes forever.
* The commentary is pretty basic, although it does synchronize nicely with your location. There are long periods of time when they are playing music to you, which is a waste, considering that the time could be spent telling you interesting facts about Paris.
* The Montmatre loop is a waste of time. There isn't anything to see that you don't see elsewhere, except for the drive along Bvd de Rochechouart / Montmatre and Sacre-Coeur itself. Their timetable resulted in huge waiting (wasting) times. Your best option is to get the Metro up there.
* River cruise is great but you can buy one of many cruises a number of other ways.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Check out the other operators before you choose Big Bus. Take a look at Open Tour and Foxity and compare.
Buy your tickets on line, not at the bus stop. You get discounts on line.
Don't bother with the Montmatre loop.
Consider the hop-on-hop-off boat on the Seine, a better way to avoid Paris traffic snarls.
Written April 26, 2018
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ziggysmum
Newcastle Australia51 contributions
We found les Cars Rouges to be a really good way of orienting yourself in Paris. Had no trouble with the headsets and the English commentary (by an actual English speaker) was helpful. Buses come along every ten minutes or so, and when one of our party got left behind (his fault, not the bus driver's) he hopped on the next bus and we, having left our bus at the next stop, got on the second one when it arrived a few minutes later and were reunited with him. Tickets last for 2 days so we used the bus again the following day, hopping off at different places and picking it up again when we were ready. Found it a good way to get around the major sites. The Metro's a good system but you can't see anything underground. Even though it rained when we were sitting upstairs, we all had waterproof jackets so it was OK. Vision is very limited downstairs.
Written May 20, 2009
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Sne2013
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Loved it! The best way to see Paris. It let's you take a piece of Paris in your heart :) So soulful. I had the best time, so mesmerized by the sights and the air just fills you up with so much bliss!

Could I pls. have the song list that is played on the bus? Have been trying to get hold of the songs but no luck :(

Cheers!
Sneha
Written September 30, 2015
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Dear Sneha, Thanks for the review! we are overjoyed that you had such a great experience with Big Bus Paris. As requested, here is our music playlist : - La Foule from Edith Piaf - La Bohème from Charles Aznavour - Hier encore from Charles Aznavour - For me For me Formidable from Charles Aznavour - J’aime plus Paris from Jacques Dutronc - Ça balance pas mal à Paris from Jennifer - Try me from Esther Philips - L’amour est un oiseau rebelle from Maria Callas - Duet flowers from Claude Debussy - Tandem from Vanessa Paradis - Joe le Taxi Vanessa Paradis - Aux Champs-Elysées from Joe Dassin - Get Lucky from Daft Punk - Parisienne Walkways from Gary Moore - A Paris from Zaz - Diamonds from Josef Salvat - Comptine d’un autre été from Yann Tiersen (BO Amelie Poulain) - La Valse d’Amélie from Yann Tiersen (BO Amelie Poulain) - J’y suis jamais allé from Yann Tiersen BO Amelie Poulain - Les P’tites femmes de Pigalle from Serge Lama - Lady Marmelade from Christina Aguilera & co - La complainte de la Butte from Cora Vaucaire - Schindler's List Ringtone from The Theme Tune Kids - Les Baisers perdus from Mika - Relax, Take It Easy from Mika Warm Regards, Big Bus Management
Written October 2, 2015
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