Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
November 10, 2002
I am sorry to say that it is really not feasible for anyone who cannot manage the quite steep steps to most, if not all, of the stops.
The cost bit: you can pay for short journeys by the stop, 3.5€ for one stop and 2€ for each further stop. However, it generally makes more sense to get a ticket, which allows you to get on and off at will during its period of validity. For one day, the prices are 10€ for adults [some reductions], and 5.5€ for children - but the best deal, to my mind, is to get the 2 day ticket at 12.5€ for adults and 5.5€ for children.
The boats run from the end of March to the beginning of November every 15-25 minutes 1000-1900 [1000-2100 June to Sept].
There are now 8 stops [7 when we used it and the 8th is near where we stayed!]. These are in order - starting anywhere:
Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hotel de Ville, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, Tour Eiffel, Musée d'Orsay and Saint-Germain-des-Prés - then of course back to Notre Dame. Hotel de Ville, Louvre and Champs Elysées are on the right bank and the rest of the stops on the left. The boats all go in the same direction heading upsream on the left bank and downstream on the right.
You could, of course us Batobus for a single complete trip but unless you are very pushed for time, that would not be best value. However, people sometimes ask what to do if they can only spend a limited time in Paris between flights and the trip would take a lot of beating – if possible combined with a quick visit to Notre Dame. If you have more time, it obviously makes good sense to use the boats to visit the places near the stops, but since you can get on and off at will, why not plan a walk between stops? This is particularly suitable for some of the Left Bank walks which you find in the guide books but you will get more fun from having a look at the suggestions and then planning on your own.
There are other boat trips on the Seine but I think they are considerably dearer and you do not need a commentary if you have a semi-decent guide book.
From journal Citybreak in Paris.