Several of the Paris tourist information sources I review are (finally) starting to recommend using the (fabulous) Bus System. A couple of the sources have even named specific Bus Lines, calling them **the Best Tourist Bus in Paris**. Great! But the sources don’t agree on which Bus Line is the best. First and foremost, the Bus Line that takes you from where you are to where you want to go is obviously “The Best”. I am ready, willing and able to provide you with specific point-to-point and Bus Line information that will make your Paris bus excursion The Best! Contactez-moi.
The information sources that I think are the most useful have named Bus Lines 69 and 21 as “The Best Tourist Bus Lines”. My personal favorite mentioned elsewhere in this blog is Line 21. It’s the Bus Line I enjoy the most and is very convenient to my usual Paris ramblings.
As with the metro/subway, Bus Lines are described by both a number and the two terminals (end points). Bus Lines are also color coded, making for a more artistic and user friendly system map. Here’s some specific Bus Line information for #69 and #21 gathered from RATP.
Line 69’s terminals are Champ de Mars–think Eiffel Tower, and Gambetta–think the Père Lachaise Cemetery. Both of the Line’s terminals are popular tourist destinations, although the Eiffel Tower is most certainly more visited than the Cemetery at Père Lachaise. Then again, many of my American cohorts make a pilgrimage to Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise. During my first visit to Père Lachaise I was there to pay homage to Abelard and Heloise (seriously).
Line 21 has one terminal at Gare Saint-Lazare and the other at Porte de Gentilly. It crosses La Seine at Cité-Palais de Justice and travels parallel to the river with a fabulously open and unobstructed view of the area when traveling eastward. I pinch myself for that part of the ride.
All the buses on all Bus Lines are mobility (UFR) accessible. Sometimes/rarely a particular stop isn’t. If that’s true, that stop will be designated as such.
Another tourist information source suggested that Bus Line #73 is the best because it runs right down the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe…
OK, I take it all back – the Bus Line that I’m on at the moment becomes my favorite when I’m in Paris.