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Paris River Cruise Ports

How to reach your ship if you're embarking on a Seine river cruise, and how to reach the sights of Paris from the Port de Grenelle and the Port de Javel Bas.


ABOVE: Two river vessels are moored at the Port de Javel Bas with the Eifel Tower behind them.

Port de Javel Bas ParisParis is one of Western Europe's leading river-cruise ports, with more than a dozen weekly sailings to towns and cities along the Seine (often with excursions to the World War II landing beaches in Normandy). For more on this topic, read: Seine River Cruises from Paris.

Viking longship at Port de Grenelle, ParisMost river-cruise vessels arrive and depart at either of two mooring locations along the Seine: the Port de Grenelle, near the Eiffel Tower, and the Port de Javel Bas a few blocks to the southwest.

(Note: A few ships are too large for the city quays and must moor in the outlying suburb of Le Pecq, which is beyond the scope of this article.)

Uniworld ship at Port de Javel Bas, ParisOn the following pages, we give step-by-step illustrated walking directions to the Port de Grenelle and the Port de Javel Bas from the nearest stations of RER Line C, the commuter-rail line that runs along the Left Bank of the Seine.

We've also provided advice on reaching the center of Paris from your ship on days when you're sightseeing.

Please note:

  • Mooring sites can change, so don't rely on TripAdvisor, Cruise Critic, or other forums for information on where to find your ship. Instead, go to the port location specified on your official cruise documents.

  • When the port is crowded, ships may tie up next to each other, and you may need to walk through another ship to reach your vessel. (This will be obvious--just look for your ship's name on the stern or bow.) Usually, staff from each ship will be keeping an eye on the pier to help passengers with luggage.

  • If you're going to your ship by taxi from a hotel or the airport (figure 70 euros or more for the latter), you won't need our walking directions. The taxi can deliver you to the pier, alongside your ship.

  • If transfers are included in your cruise fare, or if you've paid extra for a cruise transfer, the cruise line will get you to or from the ship on time.

  • For an overview of the ports, with markers showing nearby RER Line C stations, click here. An annotated Google satellite map will open in a separate browser window. You can drag, scroll, and zoom for better views. (This is a large map, so it works best with a fast Internet connection.)

  • Tip: If you're coming directly from Charles De Gaulle Airport, take RER Line B to St Michel-Notre Dame, transfer to RER Line C, and travel westbound to Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel (for the Port de Grenelle) or Boulevard Victor-Pont de Garigliano (for the Port de Javel Bas). See Paris CDG Airport Ground Transportation: Trains for more information, and be aware that not all Line C trains go to Boulevard Victor-Pont du Garigliano. You'll want a train headed for Versailles - Château (a.k.a. Versaille - Rive Gauche) or Saint-Quentin-en-Yvellines.

Next page: Directions to Port de Grenelle

In this article:
Paris River Cruise Ports (Overview)
Directions to Port de Grenelle
Directions to Port de Javel Bas
Directions to central Paris from your ship

Also see:
Aerial Ports Map (in new browser tab)
Seine River Cruises from Paris

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2nd inset photo: Viking