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The Seine river or Le Seine bisect the city from east to west winding through the heart of Paris. If you are visiting Paris for the first time, book a Seine river cruise to experience the city from a different perspective and spot some of the famous landmarks in Paris along the way. One can see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée Orsay, the Conciergerie and more on the way and this is especially beautiful at night when these historic monuments are lit up. Some of the Seine river cruise includes sightseeing only where some others include dinner and music for a magical experience.

How Does It Work?

  • Many river cruises working in the Seine river follow similar itineraries with difference only in starting point, options and the experience onboard.
  • The river cruises are more or less the same for all companies, from 10.00 am to 10.30 pm.
  • All the cruises have wheelchair accessibility. 
  • The Seine river cruise only for sightseeing normally lasts from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. They are available for every day of the week. Some of these cruises offer a glass of Champagne and snacks as an option. 
  • A Seine River dinner cruise usually lasts from 1.15 hours to 3 hours and it comes with or without music. Most of these cruises offer vegetarian and vegan dishes, and this is something that you need to mention during the booking process.
  • Seine cruises might be canceled if the water level is too high or too low to operate. In this case, you will be given a couple of options, including a full refund.

Locations Covered

  • The Seine river cruise covers the part of the river that goes through the central Arrondissements of Paris, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris 7 to Ile de Saint Louis in Paris 4.
  •  Boats go downstream following the Seine’s Left Bank, and they turn after Ile de Saint Louis to go upstream following the Seine’s Right Bank.
  • Along the way, visitors can admire the following top sights: the Eiffel Tower, Assemblée Nationale, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Cité de la Mode, Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Concorde, Grand Palais, and Palais Chaillot.
  • With some companies, and usually with the Seine River dinner cruises, the boats sail further to the Statue of Liberty, on the Ile-aux-Cygnes.

Best Seine River Cruise for Sightseeing

Bateaux Mouches

The iconic Bateaux Mouches is today the 4th most visited paid attraction in Paris, only after the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. The Bateaux Mouches can transport up to 600 passengers.

Duration:  1 hour 10 minutes.

Bateaux Parisiens

The Bateaux Parisiens propose similar boat tours to the Bateaux Mouches. The fleet consists of fully glazed boats for an amazing panoramic view, and they can transport up to 250 passengers. 

Duration: 1 hour.

Vedettes de Paris

The Vedettes de Paris are elegant and smaller boats, which transport fewer people.

Duration: 1 hour.

Departure /arrival point: Port de Suffren, Paris 7 Left Bank.

Batobus Paris (Seine River Cruise Hop- on Hop- off)

This is the best Seine River cruise for a more local experience. Batobus Paris is designed as an alternative to the Parisian Metro. It is possible to get on the Batobus as often as you want over a specified period of time without buying new tickets.

Duration: 1 day or 2 days, with unlimited trips.

Departure /arrival point: passengers can hop on and hop off the boat from any of its 9 different stops: Eiffel Tower, Invalides/Pont Alexandre III, Musée d’Orsay, Saint Germain des Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes /Cité de la Mode, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre, Champs-Elysées. 

Best Seine River Cruise - Night Option With Dinner

A Seine river night cruise with dinner is one of the top things to do in Paris at night. Enjoy the views and some of the famous foods in Paris while sailing through the city’s most beautiful avenue. Some boat companies propose two Seine River dinner cruises a day, the first starting at 6 pm and the second starting at 8.30 pm.

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Bateaux Parisiens offers a Seine River cruise, night option with dinner, starting at 8.30 pm. The dinner cruise comes with live music and lasts 2 hrs 30 min.

  • Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise

Bateaux Mouches offers a romantic dinner cruise lulled by the sound of the piano and violin with dinner starting at 8.30 pm. 

Things To Know Before You Go For Seine River Cruise

  • You can buy tickets for most of the sightseeing cruises the same day at the dock.
  • You may be able to save money by purchasing it online in advance. 
  • If you are purchasing the ticket online, be sure to print it out and take it with you to claim your ticket at the dock.
  • On a Seine night cruise with dinner, it is worth paying a little extra to be seated by the window and enjoy a better view.
  • Tickets for sightseeing cruises do not have a seat assigned so try to arrive well in advance to find a good seat to admire the Seine River.


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The price for a 1-hour cruise on the Seine in Paris is about 16 euros per person. The price for a cruise on the Seine with dinner (evening) is between 70 and 100 euros per person.  
Popular boarding points are at the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Neuf. The tour boats usually run from the Eiffel Tower to Île Saint-Louis and back. They also usually all follow roughly the same route. 
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