Taking a Taxi in Paris

Why is it that Paris taxis have such a bad rep? Why is it that you can never seem to get a taxi when you need one? Why is it that they don’t stop when you flag them down? What does a normal taxi look like? What does the taxi cost from point A to B? All these questions come into the minds of tourists when traveling to Paris. Some of these questions are even in the minds of locals who could probably offer their fair share of taxi horror stories but they are not all bad.

Here are a few helpful tips and facts to help make your next Taxi Parisien trip go smoother or at least provide you with peace of mind.

What You’ll See on a Licensed Taxi

  • Light globes with three repeaters (small bulbs) setting forth the rates A, B, and C. These are lights on top of the taxi that indicate the fare rate being applied: A, B, or C. These rates vary depending on the time of day and location (e.g., within the city, suburban areas, or nighttime rates). The presence of three small bulbs or repeaters helps passengers identify the current fare rate before entering the taxi.
  • An opaque sheath (to cover the light at the end of service).
  • Inside the vehicle, a counter horokilomรฉtrique (the taximeter) showing the tariff applied. This device calculates the fare based on the distance traveled and the rate in effect. It ensures transparency in pricing for passengers.
  • This is a notice inside the taxi, typically affixed to the left rear window. It provides passengers with a summary of the taxi’s regulations, fare rates, and the vehicle’s registration number. This placard is meant to inform passengers and ensure compliance with local taxi regulations.
  • A black plaque on the right front fender of the vehicle with the word PARIS number and a parking permit. This plaque displays the word “PARIS,” a unique identification number for the taxi, and a parking permit. It serves as an official marker, identifying the vehicle as a licensed Parisian taxi.

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How to recognize when a taxi is free

A taxi is free when the light “taxi” is on (or more recently when the light is green). When off, only the light color indicating the rate in effect will remain lit – this therefore means the taxi is reserved or occupied. When the taxi is no longer in use, its light is covered with an opaque sheath.

Prices for Parisian Taxis 2024

  • Pick-up Charge: โ‚ฌ3
  • Minimum Journey Fare: โ‚ฌ8
  • Supplement per Person from the Fifth Passenger Onwards: โ‚ฌ5.50

Tariffs

  • Tariff A:
    • Per KM: โ‚ฌ1.22
    • Per Hour: โ‚ฌ37.90
  • Tariff B:
    • Per KM: โ‚ฌ1.61
    • Per Hour: โ‚ฌ50.52
  • Tariff C:
    • Per KM: โ‚ฌ1.74
    • Per Hour: โ‚ฌ42.10
  • Flat Rate Pick-up Charge from Paris:
    • โ‚ฌ4 for immediate bookings
    • โ‚ฌ7 for advance bookings (only if a booking has been made)
  • Flat Rate Pick-up Charge from the Outer Suburbs:
    • Application of the hourly tariff (A, B, or C) (only if a booking has been made)

Tariff Application Times

  • Monday to Saturday:
    • Midnight to 7 am: B
    • 7 am to 10 am: B
    • 10 am to 5 pm: A
    • 5 pm to 7 pm: B
    • 7 pm to Midnight: C
  • Sunday:
    • Midnight to 7 am: C
    • 7 am to Midnight: B
  • Public Holidays:
    • Midnight to Midnight: B (Paris Urban Zone and Outside the Suburban Zone), C (Suburban Zone).

 

URBANย 
Paris to Boulevard
device, the latter being included in the zone.
SUBURBAN AREA
Territory of Paris located beyond the beltway, within the towns of
Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne has acceded to the status of Paris taxis, serving airports Orly and Roissy – Charles de Gaulle; Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

 

BEYOND
THE SUBURBAN AREA
Monday to Saturday Monday to Saturday C. Whatever the date and time
10 am – 5pm A from 7 am to 7 pm B
from 5pm to 10 am B 7pm to 7 am C
Sundays (including holidays) Sundays and holidays
from 7 am to midnight B Day and night C
From midnight till 7 am C
Holidays
Day and night B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The meter automatically applies the hourly rate instead of the kilometer rate when the taxi is stationary or moving slowly. The suburban zone includes the Paris taxi zone outside Paris and service to Orly, Roissy CDG, and Villepinte airports. For disabled passengers, no extra charge will be made for transporting their wheelchair.

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For direct taxi fares between Paris and the airports (Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly) in both directions, the fixed rates in 2024 are:

  • โ‚ฌ56 between Charles-de-Gaulle Airport and Paris’s right bank.
  • โ‚ฌ65 between Charles-de-Gaulle Airport and Paris’s left bank.
  • โ‚ฌ44 between Orly Airport and Paris’s right bank.
  • โ‚ฌ36 between Orly Airport and Paris’s left bank.

Additional Insights to be in the know!

If you have a preferred route let the driver know. Maybe you can google map your route ahead of time if you like but most of the drivers will use a route they know or that they think is faster.

Service Refusal

An interesting thing to know about Parisian taxis is that they are not allowed to refuse a course. Now many people reading this line will probably laugh but it is true. A taxi driver risks a fine of up to 1500 euros for refusing a passenger. However do not be surprised if you are refused if you are less than 50 meters from a taxi stand. They can refuse you if you are drunk or if you are with a dog that risks dirtying their car (except guide dogs).

They are also not obligated to take you if they are at the end of their service (time on the back), and your route will take them far from their final destination.

If their registration allows them to take more than 3 people in their car, they are not allowed to refuse you there either. Note that there is a surcharge for the number of passengers over 3. 2 children count as one adult (this I did not know).

Extra Charges

There is a surcharge for any ride starting at a train station or airport.

There is a surcharge for a 2nd bag in the trunk.

Taxi drivers are under the obligation to provide a receipt for any course that is over 25 euros with the date, the time of day the license plate number etc.

Reserving a taxi ahead of time will cost more money because the meter will be running from the time that the taxi is on its way to you. That said, during rush hour, it can put your mind at ease to know that you will have a taxi for you and not have to find the nearest stand or call and discover there are no available taxis in your area.

The Drivers

Now for the most part the taxi drivers are friendly and professional but admittedly there are far too many who are rude and obnoxious and thus give the entire bunch a bad rep. I’ve heard a few scary stories when it comes to taxis but I have also heard a few great ones including drivers going out of their way to return keys that a guest left in their taxi – thank goodness I had my number on there.

To file a complaint against a Parisian taxi contact the Prรฉfecture de police 36 rue des Morillons, 75732 Paris Cedex 15.

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Are Taxis Your Only Option?

Navigating Paris extends beyond just taxis. For those looking to explore the city through different modes of transportation, we’ve got you covered. Dive into our other guides to get a comprehensive understanding of how to traverse the City of Light:

While in Paris you can also alternatively choose to use the Uber app which is in use throughout the city.

Whether you’re hopping into a taxi, catching a bus, gliding through the metro, or pedaling across the city, Paris offers a multitude of options to see its famed streets and hidden gems. Each mode of transportation offers a unique perspective of the city, enriching your Parisian adventure.

Sources:
Dossierfamilial.com
taxilib.com

So with all this knowledge in hand, take your taxi ride in stride. For an estimated cost of taxi fares around the world try the World Taxi Meter.

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