Double-decker bus in Paris “The Red Buses”

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A Double-decker Bus

It is a bus that has two storeys or decks.
Red double-decker buses are used for mass transit in London. Double-decker buses are also used in other cities in Europe, Asia, and former British colonies and protectorates such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

This kind of bus is very popular in certain European big cities as Berlin where they appeared by 1906, and same in certain parts in Asia as in Hong Kong, appeared in 1949.

But the city whose these bus are a symbol is the town of London, where they appeared in 1910.

The idea seemed excellent, but it aroses a problem : where to acquire the double-decker buses?

Abdallah El-Azm wanted second-hand vehicles, but there were none in France. London buses had the steering wheel on the wrong? side, and few other European cities had opted for this type of bus. In the end, the first buses were bought from Austria ? from the Viennese city authorities.

The project was then accepted by the organisation overseeing Paris public transport, which authorized the Bus Reds to exploit a regular line of bus in Paris.

This was a first ? up to then the RATP (the Parisian Transport Company) had had a monopoly in this field.

Thus, it was on 27th July 1991, that the four first Cars Rouges began a bus service.

Each had about 60 seats and a sliding roof on the upper floor, and had been entirely refitted to conform to French safety standards.

Practical information

Departure times

The early bird catches the worm, but Les Cars Rouges caters for both early and late risers!

Timetable details*

When?
Stops Start End Last complete tour
Eiffel Tower 9:45 19:01 16:55
Champ de Mars 9:50 19:06 17:00
Louvre 10:11 19:27 17:21
Notre-Dame 10:04 19:37 17:31
Orsay 10:20 19:53 17:47
Opéra 09:28 20:09 18:03
Champs Elysées-Etoile 09:29 20:30 18:24
Grand Palais 09:45 20:44 18:38
Trocadéro 09:30 20:52 18:46

*schedules subjects to modification **Weekday: Monday to Thursday - Weekend: Friday to Sunday

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