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For 145 euros, it’s now attainable to admire the banks of the Seine, from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, aboard a water taxi. Launched with a view to the Olympic Games, the “Taxi Seine Paris” experiment will then be perpetuated.

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Sailing on the Seine aboard a ship between the 2 most visited monuments of the capital, for 145 euros: the experiment of the “Taxi Seine Paris” was launched, Thursday June 13, in view of the Olympic Games (July 26 – August 11) earlier than being made everlasting thereafter.

Proposed by the vacationer workplace (Paris je t'aime), the Paris Port Community (CPP) and the port (Haropa), this new service would require 10 boats that may transport teams of as much as 6 folks between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

A journey of 15 to twenty minutes, bookable on-line as much as twenty-four hours upfront and which the boats agree to simply accept or not inside a couple of minutes.

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These small boats belong to non-public cruise corporations like that of Philippe Fournié, who plans to make his Venetian motorboat from the Nineteen Sixties obtainable.

“The idea is to match potential demand from customers who want to travel differently, and companies who may have periods of inactivity between classic cruises,” he explains to AFP.

Around fifty boats on this “fixed line” deliberate finally after the Olympics

As for the value, “it must remain motivating and attractive for operators”, he underlines, recalling {that a} “cruise of one hour, one and a half hours costs between 400 and 1,000 euros depending on the boat” .

“Divided by 6, that’s 25 euros. A traditional cruise ship (bateau-mouche, Editor’s note), it’s between 15 and 20 euros for a one-hour tour,” agrees Olivier Jamey, president of the Port Community, who says he was additionally impressed by “what was done in Venice”, a reference metropolis for personal river transport.

This service is being launched a number of weeks earlier than the Olympics, throughout which 15 million guests are anticipated within the capital, notably on the Concorde check websites and the Eiffel Tower.

With 8.9 and 6.3 million guests respectively in 2023, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are essentially the most visited monuments in Paris, which welcomed 36 million vacationers final yr.

Ultimately after the Olympics, Olivier Jamey sees on this “fixed line” a “potential of around fifty boats when the service is up and running”.

In the experimentation part, he considers it “probable” to watch “that there is not enough availability”.

With AFP