Enjoy some time to discover the Musée d'Orsay. Housed in a former train station, the Musée d'Orsay is a magnificent setting to showcase the world's largest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist artworks. Admire masterpieces such as "Le Moulin de la Galette" by Auguste Renoir, "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe" (Luncheon on the Grass) by Edouard Manet, "Nuit étoilée " (Starry Night) by Vincent Van Gogh and "La Petite Danseuse de 14 Ans" (Little Dancer Aged Fourteen) by Edgar Degas.
Big Bus Paris offers two routes allowing you to explore the must-see sites of Paris. Aboard an open-top bus, you'll enjoy stunning views of Paris and discover the breathtaking beauty of this capital city.[readmore]
Hop on and hop off at any time at the different Big Bus stops located throughout Paris and spread over two distinct itineraries.
The first "Red" tour will allow you to visit the historical city center where the major Paris landmarks and districts are located. With ten stops, you can go from one point to another without getting tired and explore the city at your own pace. The tour includes an admission ticket to the Musée d'Orsay, which you can easily visit by getting off at stop no. 7, located right in front of the Museum.
You can also take advantage of this break to visit other attractions near the Musée d'Orsay. In the Tuileries Gardens, which are typically in the French style and the oldest gardens in Paris, you'll find the Musée de l'Orangerie which houses the works of Picasso, Monet and Matisse. A little further away is the Musée Rodin which has exhibited the works of Auguste Rodin since 1919. From there you'll be able to see the Tour Montparnasse, which is the tallest skyscraper in Paris.
If you wish, you can then continue your tour through Paris by taking the sightseeing Big Bus Paris on this same red route along the Seine. While listening to audio commentary in the language of your choice, you can admire the architectural beauty of the buildings along the banks. You can visit other iconic Paris sites by getting off at any of the nine other stops.
The Red Route
The red route gives a glimpse of the famous Parisian monuments in the city center. So you can see the Louvre, the famous Champs Elysées, Invalides, Notre-Dame de Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
Buses run every 5 minutes in the summer / every 15 minutes in the winter.
First departure: 9:15 a.m. from the Big Bus Agency at 11 avenue de l'Opéra (stop no. 4)
Last departure: 4:30 p.m. from the Louvre-Pont des Arts (stop no. 5)
End of service: 6:30 p.m. at 11 avenue de l'Opéra (stop no. 4)
Length of the full tour: 2 hours 20 minutes
The Blue Route
The blue route will take you across the Bohemian district of Montmartre. You will pass the legendary Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge, and go up to the top of the hill. There are stops so you can hop off to visit the superb Sacré Cœur basilica, discover la place du Tertre with its portrait painters and cartoonists, wander through the picturesque and charming streets of Montmartre.
Buses run every 30 minutes.
First departure: 9:30 a.m. from the Gare du Nord (stop no. 11)
Last departure: 5:30 p.m. from the Louvre-Pyramide (stop no. 4)
End of service: 7:05 p.m. at the Gare du Nord (stop no. 11)
Length of the full tour: 1 hour 10 minutes