Climbing aboard the best river cruise in Paris is the ideal way to explore the beautiful city. With many options to choose from, INSIDR has compiled our top ways to explore the River Seine as well as the canals of Paris. In this article, you’ll find our recommendations for different cruises which will help you find the best Paris river cruise experience in the city, tailored to your tastes! We’ve also included other important details like the schedules and the typical Paris river cruise price to help you have the best Paris river cruise memories! Looking for more ideas on how to spend your days when you visit Paris? You must download our Free 4-Day Paris Itinerary!
Vedettes de Paris is, in INSIDR’s view, the best river cruise in Paris. The smaller to medium sized boats give you a nicer feeling when compared to the traditional 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! So, while getting to enjoy the best river cruise in Paris, you can also get some of the best views of Paris!
INSIDR Hack – Batobus
Slightly different from the best river cruise in Paris; one of our top Paris tips is to hop on and off the Batobus all over Paris! These river boats provide a series of shuttles and stations all along the River Seine allowing you to get off when you want to explore, and also to jump back on to go somewhere else! 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.
River Limousine offers the best tailor-made private river cruise in Paris, 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.
Booking this exclusive River Cruise in Paris enables you to 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, making it one of the best and most flexible options for a river cruise in Paris. 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.
The Best Paris River Cruise… of a different Kind!
Marin d’Eau Douce
We’ve got another INSIDR Hack or one of our off the beaten track top tips for Paris! Marin d’Eau Douce offer electric self-driving boats for rent that you can use without a license, so perhaps you can captain the best river cruise in Paris! 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