How to ride a bus in Paris, with route maps. Enjoy the different scenery on a bus trip.

Would you like to travel around Paris by bus? You’ll get to enjoy a different view than if you took the subway or walked!
We will explain how to buy tickets, how to get on the bus, how to read the route map, and what to look out for when riding the bus, so you can use it with ease.

When it comes to getting around Paris, the first thing that comes to mind is the subway (metro).
It is indeed very frequent, fast, and convenient.

But why don’t you take a bus once in a while?
The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the streets of Paris can be seen from the bus in a different way than you would normally see them.

Why we recommend taking the bus

Enjoy the scenery outside

The best reason to take the bus is that you get to enjoy the scenery outside!
The subway in Paris is convenient, but most of the time you can’t see the outside scenery. On the bus, you can see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and other typical Parisian scenery outside the window.
I have seen the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe many times, but I still get excited when I see them from the bus (laughs).

“Ah, the Eiffel Tower!”

(laughs)

You’ll see a different Paris.

Another advantage of being able to see the outside scenery is that you can immediately find the place where you want to get off.
This will prevent you from getting lost or finding yourself in the wrong place.
This is especially useful for people who go around taking pictures.

Easy to get on and off

The drawback of the subway is that there are many stairs to go up and down. Especially in Paris, the subway is often not equipped with escalators or elevators, so it can be quite a hassle when you are carrying large luggage.
On the other hand, with buses, you can get on with just one step from the street, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of the subway.
There is also a bus that goes to Charles de Gaulle Airport, making it easy to get around in many situations.

Security

The subway system in Paris is a bit darker than in Japan, and it can be a bit scary (once you get used to it, it’s not that scary at all lol).
But with buses, the windows are bigger and the interior is brighter, so you feel safer.
But with buses, the windows are bigger and the interior is brighter, so you feel safer.


There’s even wifi on some buses!

When I was looking at the route map inside the bus, I was asked “Where are you going? When I was looking at the route map in the bus, the bus passengers would immediately start talking to me, asking where I was going (laughs).

How to buy a ticket and get on the bus

Tickets you can use

Basically, they are shared with the subways (except for tickets to the airport, etc.).
You can also use carnet and navigo.
You can also buy them on the bus, but they cost a bit more (usually €1.9 -> €2.0 on the bus).


Carnet


Navigo is very convenient and affordable!

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How to buy a ticket

Buying a ticket on a bus: Ask the driver and buy the number of tickets you need (for the number of people).
When buying tickets in advance at a subway station, use a ticket machine (see also How to Ride the Paris Metro).

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How to take a bus

The bus system in Paris is the same as in Tokyo, “front on, back off”.
When you get on, you must first
In the case of Carnet: Insert the ticket into the yellow ticket machine next to the door to activate it.
In the case of Navigo, touch the yellow ticket gate
.

If you forget to do this, it will be considered riding illegally, so please be careful.
If you’re not sure if the bus you’re on will take you where you want to go, ask the driver before you put in your ticket!

How to change buses

If you are transferring between buses or between buses and streetcars, the same ticket is valid, so there is no need to buy another ticket.
However, it must be within 1 hour and 30 minutes of the first use or it will expire, in which case you will need to purchase another ticket.

Explaining the route map and how to read it

Route map


Reference: RATP official website

How to read the route map

1. First, figure out where you are and find the nearest bus stop.
2. Figure out which bus (look at the route number) will take you to your destination.
3. Move to the bus stop where the bus you need to take runs.
The route map does not show all the bus stops, so it is recommended to aim for the bus stops that are shown (e.g. transfer stops to the subway) as they are easier to find.

Recommended routes that are fun to ride

Among the many bus lines in Paris, I particularly recommend the No. 24 bus line, which runs from the Isle de la Cité, where Notre Dame Cathedral is located, along the left bank of the Seine to Gare Saint-Lazare.
The last stop is at Saint-Lazare station, which is close to the Opera and other central locations, so you can relax and enjoy the ride.

Transit Window Introduction

1. Take the bus from the bus stop near Notre Dame Cathedral. There are many used bookstores and grocery stalls in this area, so you can enjoy yourself while waiting for the bus.


This is what the bus stop looks like.


There is also a cafe nearby ♪

2.If you sit on the right side of the bus, you can see the Seine River, and if you sit on the left side, you can see the Eiffel Tower. Sit in the seat of your choice and enjoy the view.

3.After passing in front of the Musee d’Orsay, the bus will cross the Seine River to the right bank. At this time, you can see the Eiffel Tower diagonally in front of you on the left.

4.Passing by the Champs-Elysées, we went to the Saint-Lazare station. This station is also famous for Monet’s paintings.

5.You can take the subway from here to the Opera, but it’s also a short walk, so a stroll is recommended.

Attentions

Beware of traffic jams in the mornings and evenings: In Paris, the roads are congested during the morning and evening rush hours, and it can take many times longer than usual. In Paris, the roads are congested during the morning and evening rush hours, and it can take many times longer than usual. It is recommended that you allow plenty of time to get around, or use the subway if you are short on time.

Beware of sudden suspensions: Sometimes buses are suspended without notice (either by themselves or by the routes themselves). It is not possible to find out information about bus cancellations on the Internet, so you need to go to the bus stop, which is a bit inconvenient.

Beware of pickpockets: Buses are brightly lit and seem to be safer than the subway, but pickpockets are everywhere, so you must be careful.

Summary

・It is recommended for those who want to enjoy a different kind of Paris.
・It’s easy to get on and off the train, so it’s a good choice if you have a lot of luggage.
・It is convenient that tickets can be shared with the subway.
・It takes a long time if you get caught in traffic. If you get caught in traffic, it will take much longer.

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