A pretty good option to DISCOVER PARIS is to take a ride with the OPENTOUR, busses with an OPEN UPPER DECK offering a great view on sunny days. You may choose a tour all around the city, or one focusing on MONTMARTRE and the GRANDS BOULEVARDS, or MONTPARNASSE and SAINT-GERMAIN-des-PRES, or NOTRE-DAME, BASTILLE, the MARAIS and the new district of BERCY.
They provide commentaries in several languages, including english, of course.
A one day pass costs 26 euros, 29 euros for two days, it is free for children under four and 13 euros for children under eleven. You can hop in and out the busses as many time as you wish.
Tickets are available at the Open Tour shop, 13 rue Auber 75009 Paris, or in the busses. You will find their stops near all famous sites or monuments, such as Trocadéro, Concorde, Louvre, Eiffel Tower…Busses every 10 or 20 minutes (summer and winter schedules)
Informations at 33 (0) 1 42 66 56 56 or web site http://www.paris-opentour.com
Another option is BATOBUS, which offers to discover PARIS from the SEINE. A round trip on the river with 8 stops in selected places : Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, Saint-Germain -des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hotel de Ville, Louvre, Champs-Elysées.
One day pass costs 12 euros (6 for under sixteen), 2 days pass is 14 euros (7 for under sixteen) and a 5 five days pass is available for 17 euros (8 for undre sixteen). You can get on and off board as many time as you wish, and at any stop.
You can buy tickets at the Opentour shop and at every stop. Boats every 15 or 30 minutes.
All informations on : http://www.batobus.com
You’re the independant type and wish to go wherever you want without following any tour?
You might consider the RATP offer PARISVISITE : a pass for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days, valid in metro, RER, suburb trains, busses, tramway as many time as you wish. Fares vary from 8,50 euros a day for zones 1 to 3, to 17,05 euros for zones 1 to 6. (For example, Versailles is in zone 4 and Roissy Charles de Gaulle in zone 5).
10 ordinary tickets ( a “carnet”) costs 11,10 euros. Each ticket is valid for one fare (you can change lines in the metro, but you’ll have to pay another ticket when you change busses).
You can buy PARISVISITE passes at metro employees in any main subway stations ( where several lines cross). In all stations tickets and passes are available at automatic machines with an english menu.
You can choose different options according to your plans for each day.
Prices and informations on : http://www.ratp.fr