Taking a Seine River Cruise is both – the most loved and despised activity in Paris. It is of course touristy and so much cliche but truly; it is also SO nice! If you talk to a Parisian about it, they probably will spit out and say “Mais.. non, pas les bateaux mouches, putain!” but honestly, most Parisians never took that trip and they don’t even know what they’re missing.
When I took a cruise on a Bateau Mouche (that’s how the excursion boats are called), I already lived in Paris for years. I knew the city already quite well back then. But I was enchanted to see my favourite city from such a different perspective and I am still thinking about this wonderful afternoon. Even my Parisian husband admitted that he enjoyed it! It’s for me certainly the most relaxed and impressive way of seeing Paris.
We had a great time while taking a river cruise on the Seine an I recommend this activity warmly to everyone who wants to see Paris from a different angle. Lean back and take in the special view on Paris’ most famous sights like Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower or the Pont Neuf. It truly changes everything.
Seine River Cruise – practical info
Good news for everyone on a budget: while Paris is generally quite pricy. The standard Seine river boat price is rather reasonable: the 1 hour boat trip costs around 15€ (as at February 2018) click here to see schedule and to purchase tickets
If you purchase a standard Seine river cruise ticket online, your ticket is valid on your chosen date but you do not reserve a certain time slot. This means that at very busy times you might have to wait for the next boat. However it grants you also a lot of flexibility when planning your day in Paris.
Tip: don’t underestimate the weather: pack enough water and sunscreen on sunny days, especially for waiting times until boarding. You might stand in the sun for a bit and summers can get really warm in Paris. If you are less lucky and your Paris vacation is rather rainy and grey than bright, don’t worry. Every boat has also a covered or indoors area.
The standard Seine cruise runs throughout the whole year with early closing on 24th and 31st December and 14th of July (get more info here)
April to September:
From 10am to 10.30pm every 30 minutes (except 1 pm and 7.30 pm)
October to March:
From 10.30am to 10pm minimum every hour
Due to the late closing times, you can book the tour also as a Seine river boat tour at night without paying an extra charge.
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