Paris Travel Planner   City Buses in Paris, France (RATP)
Paris's RATP city buses are convenient and mostly fun to ride: you can see the city as you go.


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Paris city buses can be highly useful for visitors: unlike on the Métro, which is mostly underground, you can see the sights as you ride a city bus, and some bus routes take you easily by routes the Métro doesn't go.

The drawback is traffic. Paris traffic jams capture buses as well as other vehicles, and occasionally you may sit and not move for 5, 10 or even 15 minutes. Some bus stops have displays that predict the arrival time of the next bus, but these estimated times may be changed by heavy traffic.

Bus 72: Rolling Tour!

Bus 72 along the Seine is a virtual rolling tour of Paris, connecting many of the sights you'll want to visit: Hôtel de Ville, Musée du Louvre, Jardins des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Pont d'Iena (with its Seine cruise boats), Jardins du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot, and the Eiffel Tower. Warning: the bus is sometimes crowded and slow. Here's a map of the route.

Tickets & Passes

You can take Paris city buses using the same Métro tickets you bought in a carnet of 10 tickets to get the substantial discount. You are allowed to transfer from one bus to another on the same ticket within 90 minutes of beginning your journey. You can buy a ticket on the bus for cash, but it'll cost more, and not be valid for a transfer, so it's thriftiest to buy your tickets in advance. Here's more on buying tickets.

System Maps

  Bus ticket validator, Paris, France
  Stick your ticket into this machine to validate it when you get on a Paris city bus.

Bus stops are well marked and equipped with detailed system maps, route plans and schedules. Some bus stops have electronic displays telling you the number of minutes until the next bus comes. More...

Bus routes can be a bit complicated, so it pays to study a bus route pocket map (available at most Métro ticket offices for free) before you travel. If you can't, look in the bus shelter for detailed plans of each route, and maps of the entire bus system on the back side if the shelter.

You may find a few bus routes that are quite convenient to your hotel and the places you want to visit.

Bus 40

To climb the slopes of Montmartre, take Bus 40 to the basilique du Sacré-Coeur and artist-filled Place du Tertre. More...

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City bus, Paris, France

A Paris city bus.

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