Paris bus #69

Old Aug 31st, 2009, 01:01 PM
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Paris bus #69

Which side of the bus do you sit on to maximize the "sites" view from Champs de Pars to Bastille?
How long (on the average with traffic variance of course) should one allow for this trajet?
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 01:05 PM
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be interesting to see if anyone can say which side - i've walked this route many times but could not fathom which side - if the bus ain't full then sit in the rear and hop back and forth
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 01:40 PM
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According to the RATP interactive website, the trip from Champ de Mars to Bastille on the 69 bus takes 26 minutes. Because the bus takes a slightly different route in the other direction, the trip from Bastille to Champ de Mars takes 28 minutes.

You might want to take a look at the interactive transport plan at www.ratp.fr . If you can read a little French, you can click on the departure bus or metro stop, click on a green flag, then click on the arrival stop and a red flag. A form will come up where you indicate bus or metro and the date and time for the trip. It will then tell you the time required for the trip. From this site you can also see and print out itineraries of bus routes, and detailed maps of the neighborhoods (quartiers) of the stops (useful for exact locations of bus stops).

I do read and speak French, so I'm not sure how hard it would be for a non-speaker/reader to use this site, but it may be worth a try. We found it indispensable during our stay in Paris last spring.

As for which side of the bus... Between Bastille and Champ de Mars, sitting on the left side would give you views of the St. Paul church, Hotel de Ville, the Louvre, the Pont des Arts, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Invalides. In the other direction, sitting on the right side would provide views of the Invalides, the Seine, the Pont Neuf, the Conciergerie, and the Ile St. Louis.

Bon voyage!
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 01:46 PM
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How about sitting on the top of the bus?
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 01:49 PM
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I believe that Les Invalides and Isle de la Cite (Notre Dame) will be on your right. The Louvre and Tuileries will be on your left.
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 01:51 PM
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Here's the map: http://tinyurl.com/lpvjha
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Old Aug 31st, 2009, 02:08 PM
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Pick an off-peak period and be able to hop back and forth - with map in hand for upcoming sites.
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