Best River Cruises in Paris: Boat tours, prices, reviews

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Dinner Cruise in Paris by Bateaux Parisiens
Dinner Cruise in Paris by Bateaux Parisiens

cruise on the Paris Seine River – “the most beautiful avenue in Paris” – is certainly one of the best ways to preview many of the magnificent monuments hosted by the City of Lights. Check out the finest selection of Boat Tours, river cruises in Paris and our reviews.

Simple boat trips, lunch cruise, gourmet dinner cruise, Bateaux Mouches (fly boat), Yachts de Paris or Bateaux Parisiens… Read complete info about boat compagnies, prices, hours and reviews to make your choice.

Sunset river cruise in Paris
Sunset river cruise in Paris

The Seine river has always been a central element of Paris. Parisians have transformed this wide waterway in one of the city’s most beautiful avenues. Cruising the Seine River is a must do and it is not only appreciated by tourists.

When Parisians receive guests, the number one priority is to take them on a bateau-mouche trip on the Seine. And the seduction always operates.

Sight-seeing boats run between the Eiffel Tower and the Saint-Louis Island. You can choose your preferred kind of boat trip (romantic, cultural or familial). We will present you below our review of Parisian boat companies.

Bateaux Parisiens River cruise

Dinner Cruise in Paris by Bateaux Parisiens
Dinner Cruise in Paris by Bateaux Parisiens

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

You could also opt for a dinner cruise with some French gastronomic food, some romantic music, and an amazing view of the illuminated monuments. Whether you decide to try it with your lover or with your family, the Diamant will delight you. It is certainly one of the best river cruises in Paris.

Bateaux-Parisiens Dinner Cruise price

  • Paris Essential : €69 (US$78), €89(US$100) – Departure at 6:15 pm
  • Paris Dinner Cruise with live music: €99 (US$112), €139 (US$157), €169 (US$191) , €205 (US$230) – Departure at 8.30 pm – prices depends on seating
  • Mo :Bir-Hakeim, l.16

Our advice: Book in Advance!

>> Book your Bateaux Parisiens dinner cruise.

Bateaux Parisiens 1h-boat tour

The boats leave their base just north of the Eiffel Tower at Port de la Bourdonnais dock and run a one-hour river circuit (€15 per person( about US$17)). Audio guides are available in many languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian…).

You will be able to enjoy the sight of 35 bridges, 14 monuments (Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Conciergerie, Notre Dame …), 4 museums (Louvre, Orsay, Grand Palais, Palais de Chaillot) and 2 islands.

Bateaux Parisiens Cruise route - Paris
Bateaux Parisiens boat tour route – Paris

One-hour boat tour price

  • €15 (US$ 17) -6 € for kids aged 12 or less-
  • One departure every 30 mins until 10.30 pm from April to September
  • One departure every hour until 9.30 pm from October to March

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Yachts de Paris – the luxury dinner cruise

Luxury dinner cruise by Yachts de Paris
Luxury dinner cruise by Yachts de Paris

Yacht de Paris is a high-class boat tour company. You can try one of their privatized luxury yachts or you can opt for dinner on the Don Juan II, a Yacht dedicated to gourmet cruise on the Seine river.

If you choose the Don Juan II option, you’ll have an unforgettable gourmet dinner (prepared by Lenotre) while enjoying the beautiful sight of Parisian monuments. It very appreciated by Parisian palaces guests.

Departure around 8 pm at Quai Henry IV (Mo Bastille)

Price: €220 (US$249)- €270 with drinks-

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Bateaux-Mouches (fly-boats) Cruises

Paris dinner river cruise

The very famous Bateaux Mouches (fly-boats) company is based at port Conférence, on the right bank of the Seine, just east of Pont de l’Alma. It runs 1000-seat tour boats making it the biggest on the Seine. You have, of course, the choice between many packages from the simple one-hour boat trip to the complete dinning cruise with a gourmet meal and some champagne.

NB: Traveling during lunch time will save you some money!

Prices and departures (Mo Alma-Marceau, l.9)

Paris romantic river Cruise by Bateaux-Mouches

A chauffeur-driven car will pick you up at your habitation in Paris and drive you to the riverboat, where you will be received as special guests. You will be taken to the “Admiral’s table”, where roses and champagne will announce the beginning of a wonderful romantic dinner. Sophisticated cuisine, will be prepared on board by the chef.

Price: €650 for 2, all included. Departure every evening depending on availability – book 48h in advance.

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Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise

A la carte menus including French wine and service fees.
2 menus available: Prestige (95€), Excellence (135€) – Departure at 8.30 pm
Violin and piano music will animate your dinner during the cruise.

(You can save money with the cruise at 6.30 pm: 75€)

Bateaux Mouches Lunch Cruise

The Bateaux Mouches company proposes a lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Prices:  69€ (37€ for kids aged 12 or less)

Departure at 12.30 pm – Duration 1.45hour.

Read more about Bateaux Mouches lunch cruise.

The 1 hour Bateaux Mouches boat trip

Bateaux Mouches - Fly boat trip
Bateaux Mouches – Fly boat trip

The Bateaux Mouches boat trip is the most popular boat tour in Paris. The Fly boats are not too expensive.

Prices:  13,5€ (5.5€ for kids aged 12 or less)

Departure every 15min or 30 min until 11 pm (9 pm in winter) – Duration 1.10 hour.

Read more about Bateaux-Mouches boat company.

The Marina de Paris cruises

Seine river cruise in Paris
Seine boat trip in Paris

The Marina de Paris welcomes you for lunch or dinner cruises on the Seine. It’s an opportunity to discover the city in a new light that can’t be missed. The experience offers wonderful perspectives on Paris most famous monuments, museums, and picturesque bridges.

If you opt for the dinner cruise, you will be comfortably settled for a gastronomic and refined meal while enjoying sights of the Conciergerie, the Louvre Museum, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and, of course, all the Parisian typical bridges crossing the Seine.

Once the night has come, the capital takes the appearance of an immense set whom the beauty seduces visitors of the whole world with its floodlit facades.

Marina de Paris possibilities:

For New Year’s Eve, you can opt for a Special NYE Dinner River Cruise

Departure:

Marina de Paris , Port Solferino, 23 Quai Anatole France 75007 Paris
Metro : Musée d’Orsay (RERC ) , Solférino or Assemblée Nationale (l.12)

The Paris Canal boat trip

Cruise Canauxrama in Canal Saint Martin
Paris Canal Boat tour

Paris Canal navigates between Orsay Museum and Parc de la Villette along the charming Canal Saint Martin and Canal de l’Ourq. The cruise lasts about 2.30 hours and is available from March to October only.

It is very appreciated for its originality due to the fact that it’s a cruise on Parisian canals and tunnels. On sunny days, the view is wonderful. The Canal St Martin recently became a trendy area with many colorful shops on its bank. During the spring and summer times, many young Parisian chose to picnic there.

  • Price: 18€
  • Departure:
    • Paris Arsenal (Mo Bastille, l1) or Bassin de la Villette (Mo Jaures, L2)

Batobus, the river Shuttle

Batobus river shuttle
Batobus river shuttle

The boat shuttles run 8 stops. Each station serves a touristic district or a famous monument: The Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay (quai de Solférino), Notre Dame (quai de Montbello), Hotel de Ville, the Louvre…

You will get a pass that allows you to hop on and off whenever you like no matter the station.

Prices:

  • 1 day, €15 (€7 kids under the age of 16)
  • 2 days, €18 (€9 kids under the age of 16) – annual, €60 (€38 kids under the age of 16)

Frequency: every 20 min Apr. to Oct. – every 25 min Sept. to Mar.

Batostar – Electric Boat

Board an electric boat for a 40 min river cruise through the historic center of Paris, around the Saint Louis Island and the Cité Island.

Departure at the foot of the pont Marie Bridge, port de l’Hotel de Ville dock

Mo Pont Marie l7 or Hotel de Ville l.1 and 11.

Capitaine Fracasse boat tour

Capitaine Fracasse Best value Dinner Cruise in Paris
Capitaine Fracasse New Years Eve Cruise Paris

Capitaine Fracasse is a boat shaped like paddle steamers of the Mississippi which suggests you a long dinner cruise on the Seine while having dinner. An original moment.

The cruise of the Capitaine Fracasse lasts 2 hours. You cross all Paris by boat while dining with your lover or with friends.
The route is beautiful and original. It is one of the best value dinner cruise in Paris.

The boat also proposes offers for special events: St Valentin, Christmas, New Year’s Day .

  • Departure from Ile aux Cygnes, Mo Bir-hakeim at 9.30 .
  • Prices: from €50 to €89.

>> Book your Capitaine Fracasse dinner cruise

Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf

Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf run from the Pont Neuf in Central Paris near Notre Dame and offers many kinds of cruises.

From the simple boat promenade for 14€ to the gourmet dinner cruise, this is certainly one of the best options when it comes to value if you want to sail in the Seine river.

They also propose dinner cruises and promenades during lunch time.

Departures at square du Vert Galant (Mo Pont Neuf)

Les Vedettes de Paris

Les Vedettes de Paris company also propose great choices of tours from the simple promenade to the dinner-cruise.

The company is located close to the Tour Eiffel : Port de Suffren (Mo Passy).

More info: www.vedettesdeparis.fr/

What about you? Have you ever been on a river cruise in Paris before? Which one? Did you like it? Feel free to leave a comment!

7 COMMENTS

    • For simple cruises you don’t have to book in advance but it allows you to skip the line(useful When u are with kids). For lunch and diner cruises, I really advise you to book in advance to avoid bad surprises

    • I agree with Julie, you not necessary need to book in advance for simple cruises. but for events or special cruises it’s best. And you can save money if you book in advance.

  1. We are visiting Paris in family in April and we are looking for activities with kids. Is it possible to have a river cruise with a Baby? does companies accept it? Prices are they reduced ?

  2. I will be with my family in March and would like to know which is the best alternative for a dinner cruise with the Paris night tour or illumination tour as they call it.
    My son is turning 17 that night. I want it to be special but no soooo expensive.
    What would be your suggestion ?
    Thank you !!

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