A cruise on the Paris Seine River is certainly one of the best ways to preview the most magnificent monuments in the City of Lights. Check out the finest selection of Boat Tours, and best river cruises in Paris and our reviews.
Prices can vary from €15 for the simple boat tour by Bateaux Mouches to €300 for the luxury dinner cruise on the Seine River by Yachts de Paris.
We will present you below our review of Parisian boat companies to enjoy the best of the Seine River.
Bateaux Parisiens River 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 (€16 per person( about US$16)). Audio guides are available in many languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian…). This is the boat tour that Parisians prefer.
You will be able to enjoy the sight of 35 bridges, 14 monuments (Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Conciergerie, Notre Dame …), 4 museums (Louvre, Orsay, Grand Palais, Palais de Chaillot) and 2 islands.
One-hour boat tour price:
- €16 (US$ 16)
- €7.50 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
Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise
You could 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.
Our review: It is certainly one of the best Seine river cruises in Paris: the food is very good and the staff is friendly.
Bateaux-Parisiens Dinner Cruise price:
- Paris Essential
- from €89
- Departure time: 6:15 pm
- Paris Dinner Cruise with live music:
- Etoile Menu: €109 (US$110)
- Tasting Menu: €139 (US$140)
- Privilege Menu: €170 (US$170)
- Premier Menu€205 (US$205)
- Departure time: 8.30 pm – prices depends on seating
- Metro :Bir-Hakeim, line 1 and 6
Our tip: Booking in advance is mandatory! Price for kids: €34
Bateaux-Mouches Cruises & Boat Tours
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!
The 1 hour Bateaux Mouches Boat Tour
The Bateaux Mouches boat trip is considered as one the best boat tour in Paris it is the most famous. And, good news, the Fly boats are not too expensive.
- €6 for kids aged 12 or less
Departure every 15min or 30 min until 11 pm (9 pm in winter) – Duration 1.10 hour.
Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise
The Bateaux Mouches company proposes a high class dinner on board its refined boat including:
- A la carte menus including French wine and service fees.
- 2 menus available:
- Prestige: €115
- Excellence: €155
- for kids: €39
- Departure :8.30 pm
- Violin and piano music will animate your dinner during the cruise.
Price for kids: €39
The Bateaux Mouches company offers a good quality dinner cruise , with a refined dinner and comfortable boats. As it is the most famous company, the boats are crowded.
Bateaux Mouches Lunch Cruise
The Bateaux Mouches company proposes a lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
- Prices: €80 (€39 for kids aged 12 or less)
- Departure at 12.30 pm – Duration 1.45hour.
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.
Departures port: Port de la Conférence, 75008 Paris (Mo Alma-Marceau, l.9)
The Marina de Paris river cruises
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:
- A Lunch Cruise (departure 1:00 pm, price €58)
- A discovery dinner cruise (departure 6:45 pm, price €75)
- A gourmet and romantic dinner cruise(departure 9:15 pm, price €139).
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)
Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf Paris boat tour
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 boat tours during lunch time.
Our review: it is a very comfortable boat tour on the Seine rivers in smaller boats with a departure near Notre Dame Cathedral. And it is the less expensive.
- Departures at square du Vert Galant (Mo Pont Neuf)
- Price: from €14
The Paris Canal boat trip
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. It is the most original boat ride in Paris
- Price: 18€
- Paris Arsenal (Mo Bastille, l1) or Bassin de la Villette (Mo Jaures, L2)
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 €74 to €110.
Yachts de Paris – the luxury dinner cruise
Yacht de Paris is a high-class boat 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)
- €220 (US$220)
- €270 with drinks
Les Vedettes de Paris
Its beautiful small boats allows you to enjoy a tour in a more confidential atmosphere.
The company is located close to the Tour Eiffel : Port de Suffren (Mo Passy).
Price : from €20
More info: www.vedettesdeparis.fr/
Other Boat tours in Paris
Batobus, the 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.
- 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.
Is it worth to have a boat tour or a dinner 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-
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). It can seem a little bit touristy but it is certainly a good experience in Paris.
The cheapest boat tour is the Vedettes du Pont Neuf’s one (from €13). It starts from the Pont Neuf, closed by the Notre Dame Cathedral. the Boat are smaller the Bateaux Mouches ones.
We clearly recommend to have a cruise or a boat tour for your first visit of Paris as the Seine is a central element of the french capital . The view from the river is wonderful. A dinner or a lunch onboard a boat is also a unique experience.
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!