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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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Seine river cruise
Elisa_M, Aug 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
I like how the guide explained key features along the river. It was an hour ride and I thought it was about right
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Wonderful!
Tina_S, Aug 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Had a very good experience, loved the ride and the history told about each place. I would definitely recommend it.
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Great, quick, inexpensive fresh air!
Paulette_M, Aug 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Fun and inexpensive view from Seine. You Got to fit it in. There is a live guide on the boat and he is funny and informative!
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Not to miss tour
Poornima_S, Aug 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
The entire trip and great information shared by the guide. We took the 8.45 pm cruise, it was perfect, maybe the 9.15 pm would have been better as most attractions would be lit up by then.
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Cruise on the Seine River
Nana_A, Aug 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Our tour guide was amazing as he gave good explanation of all the different beautiful sites as we cruised on the boat. It was simply a fantastic experience.
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extra-ordinary
Veronika_H, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
wonderful view of the most interesting landmarks, pleasant crew and captivating stories connected with them
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Perfect! This was a great way to end our trip in France.
Lisa_G, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
The river cruise was amazing! The guide was knowledgeable. It was an extremely positive experience. Our friends, husband and I were in awe by the sights and beauty of Paris.
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Fun and learning
ginger_c, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
The boat has upstairs and downstairs. There is a snack bar at the dock as there are no purchases on board. The tour guide was witty and gave details not included in the pamphlet you also receive. The pamphlet is a map and key info of each point. Great trip even though it was 42 degrees (103 f). Unfortunately, we had a massive whiner seated right behind us. The only downside to the voyage.
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Nice Excursion with Beautiful Views from the Seine
DeeAnna_R, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
This was a lovely little excursion on the Seine. Only one hour bilingual (French & English) and it gave us the opportunity to see a few sights from a different perspective that we wouldn't have otherwise seen. It wasn't terribly expensive and gave us a little Paris magic. I would highly recommend.
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Guide was knowledgeable,...
Maria_Q, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Guide was knowledgeable, friendly with a touch of humor. Great experience. Would recommend to friends
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Gets dark after 22::00,- keep in mind when booking
Claudia_S, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Wish it had a later time since my reason for booking was to see Paris lights, not realizing that it doesn’t get dark until after 10 or so. And your last time slot is nine
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Boat trip in the sunshine
Nicholas_D, Jul 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Great trip, easy entry for a late afternoon visit. Good value for money and a wonderful view in the sun from the upper deck.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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