Big Bus Tour Paris

Big Bus Tour Paris

First step into Schengen region

So after an overnight journey in Etihad Airbus 388 having a capacity of 415,  I was in CDG Airport Paris. I couldn’t believe at that moment that I have covered more than 4000 miles crossing Asia and much of Europe in a flash. I was so amazed by the journey that I couldn’t resist myself calling home.

At CDG Airport Paris, you undergo an international check-in. That’s the last hiccup you face. It totally depends on them to allow to you proceed further. If they find anything suspicious they might  deport you. So I would advise you to remain calm and answer their queries very confidently.

They asked me few questions like “Do you have hotel reservations and what is the purpose of your visit?” After giving replies very casually, soon my passport got stamped with entry into the Schengen region. I was filled with enthusiasm and excitement and told myself Alas Well Done! Mission accomplished!

With that stamp you can visit 26 countries in EU.

CDG Airport
At Charles De Gaulle Airport

From airport to reach Paris City best option is to go via Metro. You will see directive boards to reach to the CDG Metro Station. Paris Metro is one of the oldest metro system in the world. Near station you would see automatic vending machines, you can take out the ticket quickly if you know how to read french and easily work on the machine 😛. Don’t waste your time there, get into the queue and take tickets from counters (It costed 5 Euros). You may find large waiting there but one benefit of going to counter is that, they will explain you about which metro lines you have to take and where to change lines. It’s very helpful for first timer because Metro map of Paris City is quite complex (not as simple as Delhi Metro). You can also take hard copy of the map from help desk for free.

Paris metro map
Innumerable stations and so many lines and zones “The Paris Metro Map”

Amazing journey of Red Big Bus

I had a booking of Big Bus Tours that I did online for 33 Euros (Because it was first time for me, next time I will travel by feet and metro only, as metro is pretty cheap 1.9 Euros from anywhere to anywhere in city)  it would give Hop-On-Hop-Off tour of the city on very famous routes.  This was my bus route ⤵

Tour Eiffel – Champ de Mars – Opéra Garnier – Louvre/BigBus Information Centre – Louvre/Pont des Arts -Notre-Dame- Musée d’Orsay – Champs-Elysées – Grand palais – Trocadéro. 

So What’s the first thing come into your mind when you hear about Paris, Think! Obviously Eiffel Tower. Which you see in many hollywood and bollywood movies. You can start your Big Bus journey from any of the stops on the route, I decided to start with Tour De Eiffel Station and boarded first time in the Paris Metro. You can hear the noise produced by the wheels on tracks inside the metro as being the oldest metro and old technology which you don’t hear in Delhi Metro if you have been to.

Paris metro cabin
Paris Metro from CDG Airport to Paris City


After changing 2  metro lines I reached Tour De Eiffel metro and I stepped out of metro in search of Big Bus stop of Eiffel Tower. And what I see after getting out of the metro station, the sky kissing Eiffel Tower, clouded sky and greenery. And amazing weather, cool breeze welcoming me in the city like nothing. From 35 degree in Mumbai to 17 degree in Paris Wao !!! Although it was good that I put on a sweat shirt at the airport.

Eiffel tower view from metro
First look of Eiffel Tower from outside of Tour De Eiffel Metro

After querying from some people about where I will get the Big Bus I finally reached the bus stop. In the picture below you can memorize the scene from Tanu Weds Manu Returns in which Pappi bhaiyya enjoyed with her English girl friend(But they were in London). Enthusiasm was at peak, I took the seat at rooftop of bus and the journey started from Eiffel Tower. I couldn’t get the Eiffel tower pass online because of high demand and it was good for me because it was taking approx 2 hours in the queue to get into the lift of the Tower. I was thinking that there should be some other point in Paris from where I could take a look of  whole Paris City that Eiffel Tower gives. Good thing about Big Bus was getting on-board wifi. I did a video call to my cousin to make him feel jealous 😀. And updated my status on fb.

Big Bus Red bus rooftop Paris
Hop on Hop off Big Bus

As the journey starts in the bus you get to see the very beautiful city, no skyscrappers that destroys the beauty of the place. All the buildings so beautiful, beautiful landscapes and neat and clean roads.
If you haven’t been there you will feel like a big dream coming true. Below pictures will give you a awesome buildings view of the Paris City.

Antique buildings in Europe

Beautiful and antique buildings

Hotel near Louvre Museum
Buildings near Louvre Museum


After having some dry fruits and indian mathri on rooftop of bus and stepped down on the next stop i.e. Louvre and entered the below restaurant. I asked for vegetarian food, I got a small dish but it’s good to travel light.

A cafe near Louvre
Had my first breakfast in Paris

After 5 minutes walking you will see this building which contains the world’s largest collection of ancient European Art and Antiques. But you will be thinking of where is the famous pyramid from Da Vinci Code? That is in the back side of it. You can book tickets of Louvre from museum entry.

The Louvre Museum Front
The world’s largest Museum for European Antiques “The Louvre Museum”

 Famous pyramid at Louvre
Pyramid at Louvre

 Beautiful view of Louvre from a window
Taken from one of the windows in the Museum

Where was Monalisa looking

I had booking for Louvre museum that I did online for 17 Euros. I entered the museum with so much excitement. There you can see ultimate collection of European art, pictures, antiques and world famous paintings. As I don’t have much knowledge about ancient history and culture, I was just curious about the most famous painting which you would be familiar with “The MONALISA”. I queried how to reach to Monalisa and the museum staff person told me that have patience,  walk a mile you will get there and by that info I understood that for thoroughly viewing the museum a day can be very less. I had only few hours. After walking more than a kilometer I finally witnessed the painting and I was surprised, a small painting on a large wall that’s it Oh Man!! And people are missing very fine artwork and paintings for it. And so many people waiting for long time for taking a pic of Monalisa or selfie with Monalisa. I managed to take the following pic after zooming a little bit from my redminote4. And still couldn’t recognize where She is looking. Phew!! So for me it was kind of waste of little money because I had to go to other places and clock was ticking as in evening around 4 p.m. I had bus booking to Brussels.

So if you are an art and history lover then start from the early morning and I am not sure whether you will be able to complete it till closing. You can try. But you will definitely get to see the masterpiece antiques that will amaze you.​

 Monalisa engulfed
The Monalisa

After spending two and a half hour in Louvre I stepped into the Big Bus again and reached to the next destination the famous cathedral in Paris “Notre-Dame”. It is the one of the largest church building in the world. Entry into the church is free. It was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress.

Notre Dame cathedral
Notre-Dame Cathedral

 

Inside Notre dame
Inside Notre-Dame

After spending some peaceful time in church, I felt hungry and had a swiss cheese sandwich at a local road side restaurant just near the church. That was delicious and filled my tummy. An average meal would cost you around 5-7 Euros without drinks. Because of less time I boarded the bus soon and reached Palais de Chaillot. That was the last stop of Big Bus for me. 

From Palais de Chaillot you can have an awesome view of Eiffel Tower. It’s a nice place to hangout and photography. There you can visit also Musee National de La Marine (National Navy Museum) which I skipped.

Palais de Chailot Paris

Palais De Challot

This was the end of the big bus tour in Paris for me, But had to come again to Paris for chasing my biggest dream French Open 2017 and RAFA. I had tickets for Quarterfinals after 2 days.
I then reached to Porte Mallot Metro which is not far from Palais De Challot( It costs 1.9 Euros from anywhere to anywhere in Paris City), and it is the hub for bus services(FlixBus) to various European cities.

This all you can cover in 6-7 hours. I couldn’t post many pics in this blog, you can see more pics at EuroPics. And you can also follow me for breathtaking pics of Europe on instagram.

36 Comments

  • Sumit Singh

    June 30, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply

    Great Bhai… Read all three Posts. I must say you surely have enjoyed a thrilling and amazing experience… Keep it up

  • Sugandh Mishra

    June 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Thank you Dost so mu h!!

  • Nirdosh

    July 1, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply

    Nice blog guruji….

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 1, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

    Thank you Doshi!!

  • devsham

    July 1, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply

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  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

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  • Manoj Mishra

    July 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Great Trip explanation,
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    Jitna enjoy kiya he utna achha explain bhi kiya hai

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Thank you very much big B .. it gives me more motivation.

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    July 3, 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply

    great post dude!! keep up the good work

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 4, 2017 at 2:00 am Reply

    Thanks Iron! It means a lot if coming from you!

  • Udit

    July 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm Reply

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  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Thanks bro for reading!!

  • Roshan Ara

    July 5, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

    Fantabulous . Your writing is able to create nowness . The reader feels connected.
    I felt like I m also travelling in Paris. The Monalisa wala incident was funny.
    I must say one should learn from u how to be economical , I like this habit of u. I relished ur writing n the perfect pictures make it more beautiful and worth reading.

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 5, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply

    Thank you so much Mam! Your comments are really inspiring! I didn't know whether i can write something but know will continue this and update you on my latest blog! Thanks for reading and giving reviews! 🙂

  • Amit Shandilya

    July 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Good job keep going champ…

  • kamlesh

    July 5, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Well written blog very helpful if you are going Europe for the first time. You managed to explain minute details.
    Suggestions : From my experience in Paris you mainly spend money in travelling so better you buy weekly pass which is very cheap. Paris is amazing city with beautiful monuments all around the city. But you need time to get the feel of the city so if you plan for Paris give at least 4-6 days in Paris. I stayed there for 7 days in an apartment booked through Airbnb which was pretty cheap comfortable and well located.

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Thanks Kamlesh for sharing the information. Your reviews will help my viewers to make their journey more beautiful!! It means alot !!

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    July 6, 2017 at 5:34 am Reply

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  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 6, 2017 at 6:06 am Reply

    Thanks Himani

  • Neeresh kumar

    July 6, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply

    Very lively and imaginative narration.

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 6, 2017 at 7:13 am Reply

    Thanks Engineer Sab! your comment means a lot!

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 6, 2017 at 7:17 am Reply

    Thank you bhaiya JI!

  • MohdSameen Chishti

    July 6, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply

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  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 6, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply

    Thank You Sameen Bhai!

  • Unknown

    July 6, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply

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  • Unknown

    July 6, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply

    Just by reading…I also experienced hang out in Paris…Good work man…

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 6, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Thanks!

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 6, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Thanks!

  • prince

    July 8, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

    Very well written…..Keep up the gud work

  • Vikas Sharma

    July 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply

    First of all congrats buddy for your successful journey(alone). I glad to know about PARIS and other ancient places. Your blog enlightened me a lot about journey. Pictures are really awesome.

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 9, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Thanks Vikas!

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply

    Thanks Prince

  • ARUN DEWNA

    July 12, 2017 at 6:29 am Reply

    Great narration buddy….keep up the good work

  • Sugandh Mishra

    July 12, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply

    Thank you Coder of the century! Will keep posting!

  • Mayank

    July 25, 2017 at 6:28 am Reply

    Welcome to the writer’s world

    • sugandh

      July 25, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply

      Thank you writer Sahab 🙂

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