“Please raise your hands if you have travelled on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses before,” I said. I count a few hands being raised over here, some over there. “Good, good.” Let me tell you a secret, told to me by Rick Steves’ Paris guidebook and it involves a bus too — Bus #69.
Say you are at the area near to the Eiffel Tower, there is still plenty of sunlight and time is on your side before it gets dark. Please make sure it is not a Sunday, nor is it after 9pm. Have at least 2 Métro tickets at hand and you could be enjoying a different kind of hop-on hop-off experience.
My suggestion? Pick one of the evenings when the lights are up and stay on the bus for the whole duration
My suggestion? Pick the evening when the lights are up, stay on the bus for the whole duration and have dinner near Gambetta (where the line ends or starts). A one-way travel would take around 1 hour, including traffic, so do not worry about your ticket expiring. You could also do the trip early and tie in with a visit to the Père Lachaise cemetery. Your call.
The line starts at Avenue Jospeh Bouvard, which is the second street before the Eiffel Tower if you are facing the tower itself. I can guarantee you that you will be the only tourist on board and if you are planning on people watching on the bus, guess what? People will be watching you too! That was what I felt when we were on the bus.
It is easy to find the bus stop, just look for the number 69 and the clock will show you when the next bus will arrive. Please remember to validate your ticket behind the bus driver and try to get your tickets in advance, buying on the bus would not allow you to hop-on hop-off within a 90-minute limit.
Tip: Sit on the right side of the bus and get a window seat.
Here are some of the places that you can hop-on hop-off as needed:
- Eiffel Tower
- Ecole Militaire
- Rue Cler
- Les Invalides
- Louvre Museum
- Ile de la Cité
- Ile St. Louis
- Pompidou Center
- Père Lachaise
We ended our trip at Gambetta, the weather throughout the bus journey was fine but dark clouds gathered again as we stepped off the bus. We took a few photos and then set of towards the Métro. This was our final night in Paris and unfortunately, it would rain so heavily that we had to skip dinner altogether. Ended up having macarons for dinner.
As you all knew, or know by now, we rented a studio via AirBnb which was located at Rue Tiquetonne. The studio comes with a queen-sized bed, satellite TV, attached shower, washing machine, microwave oven and cooking stove, among the amenities offered. Internet connection came at no extra cost.
The location is along a quiet lane, there are a few bars and restaurants around the area. At night it is quiet and we were not even disturbed by any unwanted noises. It is quite near to the Métro station and this made travelling to and fro easy for us.
The host, Danielle left us with plenty of instructions on how to use the electrical appliances, not to mention numerous free guides that she picked up from the tourist center.
Day 3 Verdict
Our itinerary was literally washed away in the Parisian rain. It rained non stop from lunch hour right up to dinner time. This was not the typical light shower that we had in the preceding days. We were soaking, our socks and shoes were soggy and we were extremely cold. What a way to end the Paris leg of the tour.