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It's our last day in Paris, and I FINALLY took the bus !

It's our last day in Paris, and I FINALLY took the bus !

Mar 19th, 2010, 12:38 PM
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As nukesafe mentioned..Do pick up the Le Petit Parisien 3 plans. Easy to recognize in the shops..dark blue with red and white..there are many different ones,so look for the right one. I use it along with the guide you pick up at the metro station.

Don't know how long you will be in Paris or how often you go, but the Navigo Decouverte are great to have and use. I wish I had stared using the bus sooner!!

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Mar 22nd, 2010, 11:36 PM
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How about the fare ? Bus and metro any difference ?

So can someone recommend some useful route with a bus that sightsee along the way ?
Or an isolated sightseeing place that is just one by itself in the area, so that I can go there with a bus and return within 90 mins ?
I wish to take a bus trip that can take me out to somewhere less touristy, with some interesting views along the way to maybe a neigbourhood area, walk around for half an hour and return with the next bus, all in 1 ticket, really good tour !! Any recommendation ?

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Mar 23rd, 2010, 02:14 AM
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I like the Paris metro as it is easier to navigate and they run on pneumatic tyres rather than metal wheels of the London Underground. Also if you buy a carnet, it is quite a bit cheaper. Sadly the bus and metro systems are not yet integrated so you have to use separate tickets. Given a choice, jump on a bus, you'll see a lot more.
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Mar 23rd, 2010, 04:46 AM
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Fcuklp, you can not use the same ticket for a round trip on the bus unless you take a different numbered bus back. But the price of one ticket is so small that this hardly seems to be a hardship.

In euros, a single bus or metro ticket is 1.70 if purchased on the bus, 1.60 if purchased elsewhere, and 1.17 if purchased as part of a carnet of ten.
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Mar 23rd, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Mar 23rd, 2010, 03:40 PM
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Bus #69 would be a good choice for a scenic ride. Its western-most point is Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower and its eastern-most point is the Pere Lachaise cemetery where many famous people are buried. In the hearr of Paris it parallels the Seine River and passes close by several famous sights. For a zoomable map of the route, go here: http://tinyurl.com/yb4jx5j.
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Mar 25th, 2010, 07:54 AM
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The 69 bus was right near our apt and we took it a couple times. Great sightseeing from the bus!
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Mar 25th, 2010, 08:34 AM
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Everyone likes the 69 bus!! I take it often. I also use the 42 quite a bit..and many others...

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Mar 28th, 2010, 04:00 AM
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Anyone know a website put up by some bus drivers in Paris giving details of one bus number good for sightseeing ?

I am sure it is not 69, it's some numbers with an 8 included.

Anymore suggestion beside #69 ?

How about a bus that go out further to somewhere not touristy but interesting ?
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Mar 28th, 2010, 04:13 AM
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Paris buses are the greatest! Some even have GPS screens so you can see exactly where you are.

When we go we have a carte orange -- loaded onto our Navigo card for our most recent trip -- so you can just hop on/hop off at will.

Also, you can never really get lost in Paris -- just hop on ANY bus and usually within two ro three stops, you see a Metro station from which you can get back to your hotel.

And, as mentioned earlier, the stops all have great maps showing where each line goes. They llok like this:

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan...loc=bus_paris/

...and can all be downloaded here:

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/bus.php

I generally print out the maps that have stops within a couple of blocks from my hotel and take them with me to Paris.

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Mar 28th, 2010, 04:32 AM
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Christabir...

We, too, enjoy the flexibility of the bus -- once we were on our way somewhere (can't remember where - but it was bus 96 going from our hotel on Rue Rivoli to the left bank) and as we passed Sainte-Chapelle we noticed that there was no visible line (which usually can be seen on the street even though the entrance is well within the courtyard) -- we jumped off and got in almost immediately.

Had we taken the Metro, we would have never noticed the rare opportunity to avoid the lines.

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Mar 28th, 2010, 12:04 PM
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Fcuklp ...... it is Bus 38 and the drivers have had a website for years.
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Mar 28th, 2010, 12:26 PM
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Here is the website: http://bus38.online.fr/english2010.html

It is in English.

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Jul 13th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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For those trying to screw up the courage to try the bus, there's another unmentioned advantage over the metro.

Buses usually stop at every 2nd or 3rd street, if not every cross street. Once you master the system and transfers, you can ride to within just a block or two of your destination.

That isn't true of the metro, where we usually walked for blocks and blocks to/from the station.

On the bus, you can often alight right at the door of where you're going.
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Jul 13th, 2011, 06:24 PM
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we figured out the bus system about halfway thru our 10 day visit..loved it and met many nice people on them..used the metro too but preferred the bus..the drivers were so helpful..one time we got off at what we thought was the Eiffel Tower stop and the driver ran after us and made us get back on...turns out we were 5 stops too soon and would`ve had a really long walk..once we got to the right stop everyone clapped and smiled!!How`s that for service~~
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Jul 13th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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I'm glad you brought this post up. I have a fear of Paris buses, too, but want to be able to navigate surface streets next year. I have absolutely no sense of direction and am afraid I'll get on the wrong bus and end up across town from where I meant to be. It's time to give it a try.
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Jul 13th, 2011, 06:48 PM
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Up above, lifes2short posted Robespierre's all-time-best-Paris-bus-thread-ever!!! That's how I started my "bus lessons" many years ago.
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Jul 14th, 2011, 12:37 AM
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I avoid the metro at all times, you can walk further transfering than it would be just to walk. And then there are stairs to climb . I love the buses and it is easy to get your routes from the RATP website before you start out.Some of the lines go past all the sites you might want to visit so are much much cheaper than a HOHO ticket
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Jul 14th, 2011, 12:37 AM
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I avoid the metro at all times, you can walk further transfering than it would be just to walk. And then there are stairs to climb . I love the buses and it is easy to get your routes from the RATP website before you start out.Some of the lines go past all the sites you might want to visit so are much much cheaper than a HOHO ticket
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Jul 14th, 2011, 12:37 AM
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I avoid the metro at all times, you can walk further transfering than it would be just to walk. And then there are stairs to climb . I love the buses and it is easy to get your routes from the RATP website before you start out.Some of the lines go past all the sites you might want to visit so are much much cheaper than a HOHO ticket
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