Seine River
Seine River
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Hop on a river cruise or stroll alongside this famous waterway—it flows through the heart of Paris and separates the city's left and right banks.
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  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore10,218 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely view and got so much interesting things to see!
    The Seine River cuts through the "heart" of Paris, it is the epicenter of the vibrant city. Visitors to Paris will surely not miss this! The gentle waterway is an integral part of the city and its fascinating history. Lined up with many traditional booksellers and bordered by the beautiful boulevards, historic cafés, shops, open air markets and the charming neighbourhoods, the river is one of the most popular attractions in its own right. Visitors can walk leisurely along the banks of the Seine or take a cruise tour down its waters to get acquainted with the city of light. You will come across many beautiful and historic bridges, along with the iconic French buildings and monuments that include the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The scenery is awesome and wonderful!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • CAROLYN H
    Orlando, Florida25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Contained River
    My hubby and I walked down the side of the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum. It is like a big canal because it is contained within cement banks. I think that because it is so historic and runs through the middle of the "City of Love" the idea of the Seine is more that the reality of the river itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 13, 2023
  • MrPKI
    Bellevue, Washington979 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The culture of Paris but it is very polluted
    It is one of the best ways to see the city of Paris. Especially if you rent a bike and ride along the bike lines. It is very safe and fast way to see all the famous sites. But do not touch the water, it is very dirty!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • travellinggypsy04
    Makati, Philippines78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seine arover Cruise at Night
    It was my 2nd time doing the Seine River Cruise, I highly recommend doing it between 5-7pm so you’ll see the beauty of the Eiffel Tower with it’s twinkling lights at night. Went there last December when it was shivering cold but the boat cruise has blankets to warm us up. If you come by a little later than 7pm, it’s already hard to see the nice structures surrounding the river. Also, purchase the tickets several days before and come by the station a little early.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • RYOKO
    California12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must
    Very easy to organize. Several different companies. Better to do it at the begining of the stay to identify places you want to go. Best way to admire what is simply the most beautiful city of the world. You have to be on the upper/open deck. No point going inside. If you have time, take the longer tour.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Kapil Garg
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Seine River Cruise
    A must activity for all going to PARIS. Whether you take a normal cruise or one with Dining options but it is so lively and fun loving activity, you would cherish for lifetime. We boarded a normal cruise from the bottom part of Tower and it was a fantastic 1 hour cruise.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • NovaHawk
    Williamsburg, Virginia77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    River scenery rough looking.
    The river cruise was great. The scenery along the river was rough between small villages and cities. Not much of a view. Two stops were small villages with little to do or see. Even the end location of Omaha Beach was not more than 15-20 minutes. Not enough time to see and read the info plaques. I was disappointed. If you want to see D-Day beaches, drive and visit them all.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Tracy S
    Sterling Heights, Michigan16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see while in Paris
    Another must do while in Paris. We went on a day time tour. I would've loved to go on a nighttime tour. We did take the hop on hop off night tour that took us along the river bank. There are many restaurants and house boats along the river and people walking and sitting on the bank.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
  • SOQ2010
    Massachusetts3,765 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    O Seine O Seine
    Like most Europeon cities Sien also runs through Paris and gives the romantic vibes to the city. Taxis charges are seperate on the Right and the Left bank. Notredam church was built on it centuries ago.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • David
    Lille, France1,830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great.
    The Seine is a magnificent sight, with the excellent 'canalification' appearing quite spectacular and giving the impression of a might river tamed. Worth walking along the bank at night. Great views.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 6, 2023
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Imagine floating peacefully down the Seine River and seeing all the grand buildings. It used to be that way. Now the riverboats are packed with noisy guests from tour busses who move from one side of the boat to the other to see the sights. If you have the money it's a better idea to take a dinner cruise on a smaller vessel and see Paris illuminated at night. A more affordable alternative in good weather is to have a night time "pique-nique' on the quays along the river. My favorite area is still the quais between the Pont Neuf and Pont Saint-Michel bridges. It close to night life and near metro stops.
The highlight upstream on the Seine has always been Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged severely by fire in 2019. It's obvious, sorrowfully, that things have changed.
Written February 16, 2020
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Not a very pretty river, very dirty and not scenic at all. Also, water was too high and this changed all of the routes and made it not as useful. Don't bother with Batobus hop on hop off river cruise as not worth it as transportation. Use Uber instead of taxis when you can, especially if you are on Wifi and then don't even need to pay for cell service. Watch out if you do take taxis as got ripped off several times. They say they don't speak English and make sure they use the meters, not flat rate.
Written February 13, 2020
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scotgrl3
Chatham, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We took the Seine River cruise through the Big Bus company. The cruise took us up river for approximately 1 1/2 hours. It was a nice way to see the city from the river but it was also a little challenging because of all the people standing on the deck blocked much of the view.
Written May 10, 2020
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Dinithi Dabare
Kandana, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My one of the most favorite part which we done in Paris was taking a boat ride in Seine river. It was actually a very breath taking and wonderful experience. During the boat ride they explained very well detail about the history behind this river and city .It was a two hour boat ride but in the end of journey we gained a massive knowledge.
I was actually very surprised when I knew that the service this river had done both good and bad period. It's very admirable. Now I understand why so many great Parisian writers use this river to nourish their stories😃✨😃.
Written December 20, 2020
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Arvind Kumar Yerram
Hyderabad, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Seine river is right around Paris and is home to numerous bridges. Many cruise companies provide services and if you are an outsider, cruise is the best way to get first hand information about all the spots. Pick a single entry hourly cruise or a multi entry cruise but it is worth the amount and time.
Written January 14, 2020
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Nikki W
Tucson, AZ
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We walked around during the day, it was beautiful. It is cold in the winter with the breeze coming off the water. Watch out for foreign people (not French locals) who will try to insist you sign a campaign for the death. Once they try to get you to sign, they demand a donation, and they start yelling at you and telling you they know you have money.
Written March 2, 2020
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Renado G
Palm Springs, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We did an evening cruise during our stay in Paris. January in Paris can get very cold at night so dress for the weather (even though the cruise boats have inside seating as well as outside on deck seating). Cruising at night is amazing as you always have a view of the well-lit Eiffel Tower as a backdrop and the beautiful street lighting from the Parisian bridges and riverside restaurants. You pass within feet of many historical buildings including Notre Dame (seeing where the fire occurred will bring you to tears), the Louvre and other smaller museums, beautiful architecture of the many million dollar+ riverside apartment homes and of course the Eiffel.

Cruise rates were cheaper than we expected, just $15 usd per person for a 60 minute cruise. Lines were not long as January is off-season. Also, very romantic for couples on honeymoon or anniversary. Loved It!
Written February 24, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This important river has always been the lifeblood and focal point of the city. It's the transportation artery still to this day. But now also a lovely tourist attraction. I highly recommend a boat cruise, especially a dinner cruise to see the sites and the bridges. Or just walk along the banks which have recently been reclaimed from highways.
Written February 16, 2020
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Mia018
Sweden
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We walked along the Seine and enjoyed all the powerful buldings that line it´s shores. One is more pompous than the other and you have to find out what they are in your Google map. There are also salesmen along the shore, that sell books, souvenirs and such. There is always something to look at, parisians on an evening stroll for example, when you get tired of walking the city streets.
Written January 1, 2020
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METALLICA25
Bronx, NY
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Lovely. One of few attractions worth visiting in Oaris especially since striking so you could Not leave the country, much less the city. I was Very lucky to get back to the USA. The water was Beyond disgusting to view. You drop something in there, don't bother to retrieve it. It's just Not worth your life.
Written January 14, 2020
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