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I have the delightful task of providing my clients with bus routes and other “how to” information so they can get to the Musée d’Orsay during their Paris visits.  In addition to the many RATP bus lines the Batobus boat service also includes a stop at the Musée d’Orsay.  Well, ok, on the boat you’ll arrive at river level and will need to ascend the pathway or stairs in order to arrive at the actual entrance to the Musée d’Orsay.

The Batobus is truly my favorite “bus line” and I will recommend that my clients use it whenever feasible.  If that turns out not to be a good option for you then I will gladly find out which street level bus line gets you most conveniently from where you’ll be staying to the Musée d’Orsay.

The "bible" according to Michelin

The “bible” according to Michelin

I’ve been looking through my older versions of Michelin Paris Green Guides in order to see what transportation options they’ve suggested in the past.  The more familiar Michelin Red Guide covers all of France and recommends places to stay, sights to see, and more famously places to eat.  Michelin bestows its highest recommendation by giving something (place, hotel, restaurant) three stars. It comes as no surprise that the Musée d’Orsay receives Michelin’s highest rating for a sight to visit.

Paris according to Michelin

Paris according to Michelin

My 1996 Green Guide lists eight bus lines for getting to the Musée d’Orsay.  It only lists one metro station and one RER station.  Once again there are many more possibilities for getting somewhere using the bus system!

I consulted my oldest Green Guide published in 1985 to find out how many bus lines it suggested for getting to the Musée d’Orsay.  I wasn’t able to find the reference where I expected it.  I finally consulted the index which referred me to the section title “The Chaillot Quarter and Avenue Montaigne”.  Oddly this is an area located on the opposite side of the Seine from the Musée d’Orsay.  In the middle of the page, in relatively small type I finally found the heading titled “Preview of the Orsay Museum”.  It turns out that one of the most popular museums in Paris (and the world!) wasn’t opened until 1986.

I’ve pre-ordered my 2026 Green Guide and am looking forward to visiting this century’s **must visit** Paris sites.  I’m fairly certain the Musée d’Orsay will still be listed.