There are so many ways to travel around Paris these days. Taxi, Métro, Bus, Bat-o-bus, and the more recent Vélib bike program are just a few great options. Not to mention one of my most recommended ways – good old fashioned shoe leather!
But, did you know that Paris has been testing its own water transport system, called Voguéo, for the past three years?
Well, it has and apparently it has been a success! So much so, that the city is planning to expand its water boat transport system in Paris and beyond. Though it won’t be exactly like Venice’s vaporetto, it is certain to be yet another great way to get around Paris and France.
After three years of testing, it was decided to move forward with the expansion of the Voguéo network, which if the current plans materialize, will connect the Seine and Marne rivers in Paris.
Currently, the Paris ferries (which run every 15-20 minutes depending on the day and rush-hour times), connect the Gare d’Austerlitz to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, the Port de Bercy and the eastern suburbs. Single tickets cost a mere €3 and children under 4 years of age ride free.
Slated for a 2013 debut, the new Voguéo network will include three lines that run daily and coordinate with the bus, Métro and RER networks in Paris and will cost 7€ for a one-way ticket. There is also talk of the Voguéo being included in the Navigo Paris pass, which is a transport pass for the city.
Though the Voguéo ferries will not likely operate in very inclimate weather, I think this is a great option for those who prefer to stay above ground and see the gorgeous scenery as opposed to heading underground to travel around Paris.
What do you think? Is this exciting news and would you use Voguéo?
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Source : Bonjour Paris