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About Compagnie Bateaux-Mouches®

About Compagnie Bateaux-Mouches®

A veritable tourist institution of Paris, the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® attracts millions of visitors every year...its success makes it the 4th highest yielding tourist attraction in the capital.

Company history

Jean BRUEL created “Bateaux-Mouches®” from a quirky idea that had a real ring to it: “explore Paris from its best avenue of them all: the Seine”. By purchasing one of the last steamboats, used during the universal exhibition of 1900, in 1949 he introduced a novel activity to the Seine: guided tours without stops, departing from a fixed port and returning to the same place. To promote his new endeavour, Jean Bruel arranged an avant-garde PR operation: On the 1st April 1953, during the inauguration ceremony of his new boat the “Jean-Sébastien Mouche”, the Minister for Transport of the time unveiled the bust of an illustrious, fictitious character, with the same name as the boat and introduced him as the creator of the famous Bateaux-Mouches®.

Bateaux Mouches in figures

  • A tour-boat can carry 1000 passengers.
  • Over 450 people work at the site during peak season.
  • Every year, Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® welcomes over 2,500,000 passengers, making it the 4th most visited paying attraction in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Georges Pompidou Centre of Arts and Culture.
  • The fleet is composed of 15 ships that sail an annual distance equal to travelling around the planet 5 times.
  • Since its beginnings in 1949, it has welcomed over 150,000,000 passengers on board.

Quality and Expertise

Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® is known for its quality of service and its expertise: A comfortable reception room awaits to welcome you before boarding for dinner and lunch cruises. All our tables are next to windows and offer a direct view onto the Seine and the monuments running alongside it. All our boats have open-air top decks, so you can enjoy some fresh air during the cruise whenever you wish. All our dishes are cooked by our own chefs using seasonal products in our boats’ modern kitchens.

A company of the future

Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches® is committed to protecting the environment and to sustainable development. The constant updating and renovation of our equipment and our fleet means we can strengthen our position as a leader in technological innovation, in navigational safety and in passenger comfort all whilst minimising our energy consumption levels. Some of our projects: Constructing 100% recyclable boats that run on clean energy in a bid towards a “zero emissions” fleet.