Founded in 1998 as the result of an alliance between RATP Développement and PARISCityVISION, L’OpenTour Paris was the first to introduce the concept of a regular tourist line with open-top double-decker buses in France.
The company and the service it offers.
L’OpenTour forms part of the Tourism and Leisure sector in Paris proper and offers a commented tour on board open-top double-decker buses.
Since it was founded, the L’OpenTour network in Paris has gradually been expanded to meet customers expectations by giving them more freedom. Today it offers 4 routes and a fleet of 36 buses. Its lines were meticulously planned to serve not only the main highlights of the capital, but also to offer its users a frequent transport service with 50 stops. All buses are equipped with automatic ticket machines and audio guides with commentaries in 10 languages for adults and 3 languages for children.
The principle is simple: buy a pass for 1, 2 or 3 days to access all 4 routes, and hop on and off whenever you want at any of the 50 stops.
L’Open Tour Paris currently offers its customers a wide range of products to meet different user profiles. In view of the complexities in peak tourist seasons, the offer of services sold on board has been simplified and cut down to 5 basic products (bus pass, bus + boat, bus + city lights, bus + Louvre, and Disneyland Paris). However, at the L’OpenTour shop at 13, rue Auber 75009 Paris, customers can find all the necessary information and tickets to make their visit a success.
Since June 2015, L’Open Tour is 100% owned by RATP Development a subsidiary of RATP Group established in 2002 to export the group’s operations and maintenance know-how outside the historical network of urban transportation operated by RATP in the Paris region.
Currently, RATP Dev is one of the few public transport operators in the world to boast know-how and experience in sightseeing through subsidiaries: L’Open Tour Paris, The Original Tour of London and Bath Bus Company in the United Kingdom. In order to establish a common brand to different cities, the Extrapolitan brand was created.
Extrapolitan is the official global network of hop-on hop-off city tours by RATP Group, the fifth largest urban transport operator in the world.