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Pont Neuf

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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Great boat trip showcasing the Seine
Corinna_P, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Pleasant trip along the river. Told me facts about the various bridges that I didn't know plus a long lingering look at the Effiel tower.
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A good short afternoon tour
Patricia_F, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Easy afternoon. Helpful crew & staff. Enjoyed the cruise and commentary. Great way to see all the highlights and get an idea of layout.
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Noisy Crowd
Shelley_C, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Great view of Paris overall but very hard to hear the guide due to the noise of the crowd. Also quite hard to understand the guide's attempt at speaking English.
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SEINE RIVER !
Sherrie_M, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
The tour guide was absolutely the best part of the trip, his knowledge of history and easy to talk to made the experience A+. We enjoyed the open air ability to take great photos while cruising down the river.
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Good value boat trip
HORLOCK_J, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Good trip and good value. The only quibble was that the booking said from 11am, when we arrived, but the first departure wasn't until 12pm.
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Pleasant and informative
Tanya_C, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Being able to see many beautiful sites from a different perspective. Enjoyed the back story of some of the places that we passed.
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Everything was...
Eleni_M, May 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Everything was perfect,educational as well. Well organized and on time. Highly recommended. Families also
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A well spent hour and an excellent commentary (French & English)
Robert_P, Apr. 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
A well spent hour and an excellent commentary (French & English) Service first class from start to finish - cannot recommend strongly enough
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Amazing way to see the sights of Paris
James_W, Apr. 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Beautiful city, some many sights all accessible on foot, river cruise give amazing views not seen from streets , highly recommended it
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Sightseeing gem
mishs1969, Mar. 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Knowledgeable guide. Nice smooth trip. Reasonably priced. Plenty of room on board so could sit in the sun on deck or inside
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Perfect river cruise
Sarah_M, Mar. 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Gorgeous Seine river cruise, plenty of information give by the love guide. Loads of lovely photo opportunities
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Nice tour of Marais. Lots of history
Jose_G, Mar. 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
We had a great guide, but our group was too large. There was some difficulty keeping the group together.

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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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