Ron's Self-guided Paris City Bus Tour

Aug 13th, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Ron's Self-guided Paris City Bus Tour

Here is a self guided circular city tour of Paris using 4 bus lines, starting at Opera. Of course one could start anywhere along the route.

There are buttons to push when you wish to disembark. Like the Metro, every stop has a name and names at the ends of the lines.

Walk down the Ave. de l’Opera and left on rue du Quatre Septembre [second street] and board the 29 bus [direction Gare du Nord]. You will pass the Bourse, Place des Victoires, Centre Pompidou...into the Marais...passing Musees Cognacq Jay, Picasso & Carnavalet; and the Place des Vosges.

Get off at Bastille [the stop after Bastille-Beaumarchais], walk a few steps to the next stop, and take the 69 [direction Champ de Mars]. This is the best of all the bus routes.

A better idea is to get off before Bastille at the Place des Vosges [stop after Payenne] and walk through, maybe stopping for a coffee at Ma Burgoyne. Proceed through the center south exit and down the street to the corner and left a few steps to the 69 bus stop on rue Saint Antoine.

Soon you’ll be on the rue de Rivoli, passing the Hotel de Ville and close to the Palais Royale before going left through the Louvre complex [between the pyramid and the Arc du Carrousel] and crossing on the Pont Royale. Now it’s past the Musee d’Orsay, through the Place des Invalides, past Rue Cler and into the Champ de Mars.

Get off at the end of the line and walk to the Eiffel Tower, then straight across the boulevard and board the 82 bus [direction Neuilly-Hopital Americain], getting off at Porte Maillot. Then walk around the corner to the right and board the 73 bus [direction Musee d’Orsay].

You will be going around the Arc d’Triomphe [thankful that you’re not driving a car] and then down the Champs Elysses. Get off at the Rond Point Champs Elysses and board then 42 [same stop].

Now it’s down down past the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais and through the Place de la Concorde. Then up Rue Royale to the Madeleine and back to Opera.

Further information on the bus routes, pick up a copy of “Le Bus,” little blue booklet with maps and routes and transfer points to other lines and Metro.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 07:46 PM
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You might want to add the trip report flag, as that is essentially what it is.
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Aug 18th, 2012, 01:52 PM
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Thanks Ron. Am going back to Paris in April for the 5th time but still too much to see, so adding it to my bucket list for a months trip, so saving your info for that.
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Aug 19th, 2012, 07:04 AM
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ttt - valuable info, Ron Z
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Aug 19th, 2012, 12:12 PM
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Smart idea... Thanks for posting.
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Aug 19th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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brill - thanks, Ron.

I've yet to get to grips with Paris buses so this would be a good place to start.
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Aug 19th, 2012, 12:43 PM
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Aug 19th, 2012, 03:21 PM
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This is great information...and you can use a single bus ticket for 90 minutes, getting off and on. [Correct me if I am wrong about this...but I'm pretty sure.]

With 2 or three tickets, you can hop off at various sights for a closer look, spending the better part of an afternoon sightseeing.

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