A river cruise is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful city of Paris. With many choices to choose from, INSIDR has compiled our top ways to explore the River Seine as well as the canals of Paris.
River cruise in Paris – our recommended company
Vedettes de Paris
Vedettes de Paris is one the best River Seine cruises in Paris. This smaller to medium sized boats gives you a nicer feeling to the tradition sightseeing cruise! Vedettes de Paris offers many different boat cruises along the Seine including with stops and without and allows you to see Paris by day or night. The regular Sightseeing Cruise lasts one hour and embarks from the Eiffel Tower, the other types of cruise you can find on their website under cruises. They offer multilingual recorded commentary which gives you the history of the Parisian monuments as well as some original fresh anecdotes! The boats Paris Iéna and Paris Trocadéro have a bar on board serving snacks, drinks, French crêpes and much more! This will give you some of the best views of Paris!
INSIDR Hack – Batobus
One of our top Paris tips is to hop on and off the Batobus all over Paris! This series of river boats is series of shuttles and stations all along the River Seine allowing you to get off when you want and explore and get back on to go somewhere else – great if you want to see the best of the Paris. The panoramic boat allows you to get to 9 different locations of Paris’ main districts and monuments which are: Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes / Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre, Champs-Élysées and Beaugrenelle! You can buy your Batobus passes online or at one of the 9 batobus ticket offices.
The perfect proposal spot in Paris!
River Limousine offers a unique, tailor-made private cruise down the most beautiful waterway in the world for any special occasion. Ride in style along the River Seine aboard the luxurious Venetian style water taxi. You will discover Paris as never before as your private cruise takes you past the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Notre Dame de Paris, for a magical viewpoint on the City of Light. Paris by dawn, Paris by day, Paris by night – the choice is yours! This will truly be a romantic experience you’ll never forget and could be the perfect place to propose in Paris! River Limousine is recommended by our Romantic Paris expert Lily Heise from the amazing Jet’AimeMeNeither.
When you book this exclusive River Cruise in Paris you can personalise your hire between 1 and a quarter hours to 1 and a half hours and specify the number of passengers (up to 6). This service is available day or night, 7 nights a week and in all weather conditions. The package includes a complimentary bottle of Champagne as well as soft drinks and there is a mini-bar on board. The embarking point is located at the Champs-Elysées Batobus stop, between the Pont Alexander III & the Pont de la Concorde.
Off the beaten track river cruise in Paris
Marin d’Eau Douce
Another INSIDR Hack or one of our off the beaten track top tips for Paris is something more off the beaten track! Marin d’Eau Douce offer electric self-drive boats to rent you can use without a license. Their base at Bassin de la Villette allows you to discover the basin itself, the Canal Saint Martin, the Canal de l’Ourcq and the Canal Saint Denis. This is a great idea for a special picnic, family gathering or for friends on an adventure in Paris! This is truly something that lets you explore Paris like a local and is one of the best ways to feel non-touristy while exploring the beautiful canals of Paris.
Times, Prices and Address:
Open 7 days a week 9.30am to 10pm
There are plenty of options to choose from and personalise with their service
Bassin de la Villette
37 quai de la Seine – 75019 Paris