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Hop on hop off tours

Perth, Australia
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Hop on hop off tours

Are the Hop on hop off buses the best way to see the main sights of Paris? or is it cheaper to travel around on your own?

Which is the best Hop on Hop off bus to use?

Main sights I would like to see are Eiffel tower and Notre Dame.

Any info would be appreciated.

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SeaTac, Washington
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1. Re: Hop on hop off tours

HOHO buses are not The best way to get around because they are slow and often get stuck in traffic. You also spend a lot of time waiting for the buses when going from one sight to another. Public transportation in Paris is easy to use and relatively cheap. The Metro can whisk you across a Paris in minutes. A carnet of 10 tickets costs less than €15, and also work for public buses. There are several companies, including Foxity, that give 1 to 2 hour narrated orientation tours. It is also easy to walk to many sights in Central Paris.

With a good guidebook and map, it is very easy to see whatever you want to see.

Perth, Australia
4 posts
2. Re: Hop on hop off tours

Thank you :)

Houston, Texas
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3. Re: Hop on hop off tours

No avoid them at all costs for Paris.  The Metro is best way to travel in Paris

Scarborough, Canada
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4. Re: Hop on hop off tours

We used the batobus for visiting the sites this past week instead of the hop on hop off bus. Family pass was 44 euro for 24 hrs. The boats Run along the seine from 10 am to 10 pm and the longest wait for the next one seems to be 10 minutes. Travelling the Seine like that was a lot of fun and while it wasn’t a tour it was quite informative I thought. There's people watching along the banks and the many houseboats of course. And one gets a clear picture of the lay of the land from the boat where the bus just weaves the streets. Generally we’d get 2 sites per 24 hr period. Stops included musee Dorsey, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hôtel de Ville (city hall - tourist office) etc

The metro worked well of course for those sites far from the river where the walk would be too long - Sacre Couer and Montmartre for example

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