BA­TO­BUS, LIVE PA­RIS IN A DIF­FERENT WAY

GREATER PARIS - - [ Escape] S'évader - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

Ba­to­bus, a shut­tle boat ma­king stops like a bus, is a great way to wend your way through Pa­ris while ta­king in the great mo­nu­ments and buil­dings li­ning the Seine all the while of­fe­ring an ori­gi­nal way to tra­vel around town. Crea­ted in 1989 du­ring the bi­cen­te­na­ry ce­le­bra­tions for the French Re­vo­lu­tion, the sleek boat ser­vice makes ten stops in the ci­ty's lea­ding neigh­bou­rhoods with se­ven stops on the Left Bank and th­ree on the Right Bank.

The shut­tle boats, which of­fer a pa­no­ra­mic view have ports of call at the Eif­fel To­wer, the In­va­lides/ Pont Alexandre III, the Mu­sée d'or­say, Saint-ger­main-des-prés, Notre Dame, Jar­din des Plantes (the Bo­ta­ni­cal Gar­dens), Hô­tel de Ville (Ci­ty Hall), the Louvre, the Champs-ely­sées and Beau­gre­nelle. The mul­ti-lin­gual staff of ti­cket agents, sai­lors and cap­tains wel­comes pas­sen­gers on board and vi­si­tor in­for­ma­tion is avai­lable on board and at the stops and you can even trans­port a bi­cycle on board to fur­ther ex­plore the ci­ty when going ashore.

Ven­dôme, Tro­ca­dé­ro, Bas­tille, Ri­vo­li, Odéon and Dau­phine, evo­king places in Pa­ris, are the names of the six tri­ma­rans in the Ba­to­bus fleet, each with a ca­pa­ci­ty for 200 pas­sen­gers, while the com­pa­ny's two launch boats holding up to 110 people have been bap­ti­zed with the names of French ce­le­bri­ties Jean Ga­bin and Yves Mon­tand.

A won­der­ful way to (re)dis­co­ver the French ca­pi­tal with your part­ner, friends or fa­mi­ly for some sightseeing, vi­si­ting or shop­ping.

The boats ope­rate se­ven days a week and run eve­ry 20 mi­nutes in the high sea­son from 10am un­til 9:30pm and eve­ry 25 mi­nutes in the low sea­son from 10am to 5pm, do note ho­we­ver that all of these times are sub­ject to change. A Ba­to­bus pass gives you un­li­mi­ted tra­vel on the boats. Price: a one-day pass (avai­lable 24 hours): adult: 17€, child: 8€ ; a two-day pass for two conse­cu­tive days (avai­lable 48 hours), adult: 19€, child: 10€. There is al­so a com­bi­na­tion pass avai­lable in conjunc­tion with the Open Tour bus tours: a two-day pass: adult: 46€, child:21€ ; th­ree-day conse­cu­tive pass: adult: 50€, child: 21€

Com­pa­gnie des Ba­to­bus, Port de La Bour­don­nais (7th) +33 (0)1 76 64 79 12 www.ba­to­bus.com

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