GREATER PARIS - - [Contents] Sommaire - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

Beau­ti­ful Boa­ting with Ba­to­bus Ba­to­bus : un moyen de trans­port ori­gi­nal

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 nine stops in the ci­ty's lea­ding neigh­bou­rhoods with six 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 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 bap­ti­sed 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, with a one-day pass cos­ting 17€ for adults and 8€ for chil­dren and a two-day pass for two conse­cu­tive days, costs 19€ for adults and 10€ for chil­dren. There is al­so a com­bi­na­tion pass avai­lable in conjunc­tion with the Open Tour bus tours with a two­day pass cos­ting 46€ for adults 21€ for chil­dren and a three-day conse­cu­tive pass at 50€ for adults and 21€ for chil­dren. ■

Com­pa­gnie des Ba­to­bus, Port de La Bour­don­nais (7th) 08 25 05 01 (0,15€ ttc/mn + prix ap­pel)­to­

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