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Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf, Paris

The Basics

As one of Paris’s most popular destinations, Pont Neuf is often included on small-group walking tours of the city center and highlights along the Seine. As one of the main bridges used to access Ile de la Cite, the epicenter of the city’s medieval beginnings, Pont Neuf is often a highlight on tours of the island, which typically also stop at Notre-Dame Cathedral and Ile Saint-Louis. By contrast, Seine river cruises offer panoramic views from the water of the island, cathedral, and Pont Neuf often missed by visitors.

Themed tours, including music, photography, history, and architecture tours, often include a walk across Pont Neuf and a fresh perspective of the city. While bicycle tours provide a quick and active way to see the highlights, evening tours showcase Paris’s architectural gems illuminated under the night sky. Private tours allow visitors to tack a visit to Pont Neuf onto the day’s fully customized itinerary.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Paris from the Seine Overview
Thomas_L, Nov 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
This boat tour provides a good visual overview of Paris from the Seine. We recommend for a visitor’s first day.
star-5
Pleasant excursion
Raymond_C, Nov 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Nice experience. The tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. A nice way to get an overview of Paris.
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Wonderful
Rafael_F, Nov 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Very beautiful experience, the price is okay for a tour of 1hr. It goes on the main monuments of Paris
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Boat on the Seine
Rebecca_M, Oct 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Excellent service and great commentary you a knowledgeable guide. Perfect to see the beauty of Paris.
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Perfect experience!
Eleni_N, Oct 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
The exciting view! The service , the place, easy to go. I would do it again and again! Ttttttttttttttt
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Overall great overview
Veronika_J, Oct 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Great little cruise. A quick 1 hour tour across all the important landmarks. Only thing that isn’t so great is that you may want to come extra early to get a seat in the top deck, as sitting on the lower deck does not give you all the best views. Maybe the company could do two tiers of tickets, that way people have a chance. Other than that, the staff were great and a great little overview of Paris.
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I enjoy seeing a lots of...
Golsar_M, Oct 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
I enjoy seeing a lots of things without walking or getting a taxi. The view of the Eiffel Tower was beautiful
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Interesting
Olivier_E, Aug 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
A long and nice trip on the Seine with interesting comments. I have been living in Paris for 15 years and still learned a lot during the tour
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Good
Lydia_E, Aug 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Was excellent and the guide was nice she explain professionally the places, nice trip, nice view. Good service.
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Spectacular views of Paris from Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Kathleen M, Nov 2019
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Great crew - everyone courteous and friendly; fantastic views of Paris; excellent narration in English; we were thrilled with the trip!
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Seine River Cruise
Donna_L, Oct 2019
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Awesome, a must do in Paris. The cruise at night was wonderful because we got to see all the monuments lit up at night and went right by the Eiffel tower as it was doing a light show on the hour
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Good trip but problems with tickets purchased on-line
Serge R, Apr 2019
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
I bought tickets from their website day before but for whatever reason the cashier at the entrance could not locate them and the barcode on my smartphone could not be accepted either. They were nice and helpful and did let us on the trip after all. The trip itself was quite enjoyable and the guide entertaining and knowledgeable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pont Neuf is a must for history and architecture buffs, as well as photographers of all skill levels.

  • Don’t forget comfortable walking shoes, as Ile de la Cite and surrounding neighborhoods are best explored on foot.

  • While there are plenty of dining options available on Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis, visitors and locals often picnic on the banks of the Seine.

  • Public restrooms are located in front of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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How to Get There

Centrally located between the First and Sixth arrondissements, Pont Neuf is easily accessible on foot or by public transit. The nearest stops are Pont Neuf on Metro line 7 and buses 24, 58, and 70, and Cité on Metro line 4.

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When to Get There

Pont Neuf is a popular people-watching location for both visitors and locals. While warm weather evenings are more atmospheric as the city buzzes with nightlife, mornings offer a quieter experience and opportunity for unobstructed photos. During the summer months, concerts, art installations, workshops, classes, and kids’ activities are often found on the banks of the Seine from Pont Sully to Pont Neuf.

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The Birthplace of Paris

Stand on the Pont Neuf and look out east over Ile de la Cite. You are standing on what was once the ancient Roman city of Lutetia, the birthplace of Paris established between 250–225 BCE. While Paris owes its status to the ancient Romans, few relics remain besides the remnants of aqueducts, the Arena of Lutetia, and the remains of a bathhouse preserved in the archaeological crypt underneath Notre Dame Cathedral.

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