The famous Canal Saint Martin’s cruise

Both the majesty of river Seine monuments and the charm of Canal St Martin in one unique cruise.


Everyday, two 2h30 cruises departing from Musée d’Orsay or Parc de la Villette

Discover Paris in a very lovely and unusual way, streaming-up the canal St Martin through a series of locks and swing bridges.

Travel through the Bastille underground vault, with natural lighting (2km), give kisses under the romantic bridges, cross the 9 different locks that will lead you to the « Bassin de la Villette », to  the Arsenal Harbour, or along the Notre Dame  Cathedral and the fabulous Orsay Museum.
Live an experience like no other !

You will :

  • Cruise on the canal Saint-Martin
  • Go through 9 locks, 2 swing bridges & 1 underground vault
  • Discover the bassin du  Parc de la Villette
  • Cross over the Port de plaisance de Paris (Bastille)
  • See major Paris monuments : Notre-Dame, l’Ile Saint-Louis…
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promenade en peniche sur la seine

Rates :

Adult : 22 euros
Child up to 3 years jusqu’à 3 ans : free
Child (4-14 years) : 14 euros
Youngster (15-25 years) : 19 euros
Sénior (+60 years) : 19 euros
Family offer : 2 adults/séniors + 2 children/youngsters  = 18 euros off on the total price
Groups from 15 people : Special rates – Contact us

Paris Canal loves families. We give them a helping hand proposing 18 € off for all réservation of 4 people including 2 (adults or seniors) + 2 (children or youngsters).

Practical Information

Length of cruise : 2 h 30
Possible Departure spots :

  • Port de Solférino (Musée d’Orsay)
  • Parc de la Villette

Arrivals : Parc de la Villette ou Port de Solférino (Musée d’Orsay)
Languages : Comments in French & English

The canal Saint Martin’s cruise is available everyday

From march the 20th to decembre the 15th

09h45 : Departure from Musée d’Orsay / Arrival at Parc de la Villette
14h30 : Departure from Parc de la Villette / Arrival at Musée d’Orsay

During high season, two additional schedule might be propose (Check on agenda)

10h15 : Departure from Parc de la Villette /Arrival at Musée d’Orsay

14h25 : Departure from Musée d’Orsay / Arrival at Parc de la Villette

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From Paris Seine…… To canal Saint Martin !


The cruise starts on the river Seine : Board at « port de Solférino », at the base of Musée d’Orsay, then discover the most representative monuments of Paris cruising by le jardin des Tuileries, le Louvre, l’île de la Cité, Notre-Dame et les hôtels particuliers de l’île Saint-Louis. Then you head for port de l’Arsenal at the foot of le génie de la Bastille. You mat know the monument, but you probably never went under it…


Le boat then rushes through the famous underground vault (2km), a pass with astonishing natural lighting. Then you encounter the locks of canal Saint Martin : Temple’s lock, Récollets’ lock, Morts’ lock… Then the boat goes through the last lock, the Jaurès one and you enter Bassin de la Villette. Right after the lift bridge of « la rue de Crimée », you arrive by the Parc de la Villette where you can access to numerous cultural activities :


You have a passion for cinema, de sciences, or music ? Discover La Géode, la Cité des Sciences or la Philharmonie de Paris and will have had a real cultural journey.


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passage sous la bastille

From canal Saint Martin… to Paris on the Seine !


Boarding is in une center of Parc de la Villette, right behind the restaurant « My Boat ».
The cruise starts by passing the Crimée lift bridge and then along the Bassin de la Villette. Vous You live unbelievable moments crossing swing bridges and locks (écluse de Jaurès, écluse des Récollets…), driven with caution by the boat’s captain, all the way through the port de l’Arsenal’s lock, cruising under la Bastille.

At some point, the boat rushes through a mysterious underground vault, with natural lighting before entering the river Seine. Then, the most gorgeous monuments of Paris parade under your eyes : les hôtels particuliers de l’île Saint-Louis, la cathédrale Notre-Dame, le Musée du Louvre, le jardin des Tuileries… It is a ferric trip, magic and enchanted  … You then arrive at the feet of Musée d’Orsay, a few steps away from Saint-Germain-des-Prés.


You can go on and pursue the journey in one of the mythical places : Le Café de Flore, le Café des Deux Magots or la Brasserie Lipp, places where you can almost feel the presence of renown artists and intellectuals such as Rimbaud, Sartre, Verlaine, Simone de Beauvoir.


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A fabulous cruise for every public !


The cruise is well suited to all ages, it is an ideal activity for a family, and will please both children and grand parents; so romantic for a lovers’ week end ; it is an ideal way of to get a global overview of the city of lights under its different aspects ; you can Offer it as a gift for a birthday or a wedding…

The famous « canal Saint Martin »

The canal Saint Martin is 4,55 km long, and goes from Bassin de la Villette to the port de l’Arsenal (port de plaisance de Paris) with an opening to the river Seine. It is rich of 9 different locks and two swing bridges with a slope of 25 meters. On the canal St Martin, you will feel a warm and friendly ambiance, passers-by along the banks, anglers and numerous terraces, cafes and restaurants in particular in spring and summer. It used to be very popular and grass-rooted, but is now very trendy, hip and cool, with an authentic and romantic twist to it.

For more than 40 years, Paris Canal offers the most amazing cruises on the parisien channels and on the river Seine such as  the Guinguette Diner Cruise.

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