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Paris Bala Bus

Old May 14th, 2005, 12:59 PM
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Paris Bala Bus

Has anyone ridden on the Bala bus in Paris? I know that you pay according to how long you ride, but do you pay with the regular "t" tickets or is there a special ticket or do you pay as you go?
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Old May 14th, 2005, 01:41 PM
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I thought it was Batabus. Maybe I'm wrong.
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Old May 14th, 2005, 02:02 PM
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Do you mean the BatoBus (as in bateau-bus)? If so, you go to one of the 7 (I think) boat landings and pay there. Don't know what a "t" ticket is, but métro tickets are not good on the BatoBus.
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Old May 14th, 2005, 02:47 PM
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The Balabus is a Sundays/Holidays-only bus service that runs from the Grande Arche to Gare de Lyon from Noon to 9:00 PM. It is tariffed in "sections" and requires one, two, or three "t" tickets depending on how many sections you travel. Mobilis and Carte Orange passes for Zones 1-2 cover all of it except from the river to La Défense. You can download the route here:

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/tous_plans_pdf.php
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Old May 15th, 2005, 08:53 AM
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Thank you Robespiere for the ticket information! The website however states that the Balabus operates Monday through Friday except holidays (sauf jours ferices).
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:05 AM
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What's the URL where you see Mon-Fri? I'm looking at the bus maps at

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/tous_plans_pdf.php
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:24 AM
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Robespierre, the address is
http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan...8doc=bus_paris
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:30 AM
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I think your URL got garbled somehow, because I get a 404. But try this:

http://www.ratp.fr/ParisVisite/Eng/Pla_q/Pla_r/Pla_r_rsx_g/balabus.htm
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:36 AM
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Robespierre, now I am confused. If you go to the first address you gave me and click on Balbus, then zoom in on the blue box in the left hand corner, it reads Monday through Friday except holidays. But the last address you gave says Sundays and holidays only???
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:37 AM
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The blue box tells when the RATP's phone information service is active: Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 except holidays.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:46 AM
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Thank you again Robespierre. I feel stupide! I guess I will have to find another way to get around.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:52 AM
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Hey, the regular bus routes duplicate most of the Balabus itinerary. See here:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34568214
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