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Note: Licensed taxis have a sign saying “Taxis parisiens” on them. If you are arranging scheduled transportation, make sure to verify that the company you are dealing with has the proper credentials.
It’s not easy to find a taxi in Paris. Nothing like the yellow cabs in New York City! You are more likely to find them at taxi stands or on large avenues than on small dark street.
Taxis don’t have a common color or type, you’ll recognize them by the taxi sign on top of the car. If it’s lit up, it means that it’s available whereas if the sign is not lit up, it is occupied. There are several taxi companies that you can call: Paris Taxi, Les taxis bleus, Taxis G7… All taxis apply the same rates, which vary according to the time range and the day of the week. There is a starting charge of 2 euros and a minimum fare of 5.20 euros. You don’t have to tip taxi drivers
Main Paris taxi services:
Paris Taxi : http://www.paristaxi.fr
City Cab Paris : http://www.citycabparis.com
Les taxis bleus: http://www.taxis-bleus.com
Taxis G7 : http://www.taxisg7.fr/index.php
Royal Cab : http://www.royaltransfer.com
Taxis 75 : http://www.taxis75.fr
RENT A CAR: However, renting a car is also really not a good idea in Paris. It is very tough parking in the city and if you find a parking spot, not being a resident, it will cost you a lot. Besides, Paris is a very busy city and you will get nuts in the traffic! Also, the City of Paris has been trying to encourage the use of public transportation for environmental reasons, so they have set up bus lanes almost everywhere which has made the traffic even heavier in the last few years. A car could only be useful if you plan to go around Paris, in places that are nor reachable by train.
You will find car rentals (Avis, Hertz, Rent a Car, Budget, Ada…) in every train station or at the airports. Prices vary from 85 euros (Hertz) to 230 euros (Holidays Auto) for a week-end.
Rental vehicle return
If you intend to drop-off your rental vehicle in Paris, allow a couple of hours driving time just to drive from the outskirts and into the city. The extra day charge for late return (Europcar defines this as being more than 29 minutes late) is over 100 Euros after the processing fee and tax are added.
Van drivers should avoid Gare de l'Est train station for vehicle drop off. When driving to the bottom of five basement levels, the top rear of an unloaded van may scrape the ceiling in the lower levels. If at all possible, insist on returning the van at basement level one where the hire offices are located at this station.
Useful to visit the rental car brokers, as the deals of major ( THRIFTY, AVIS, EUROPCAR, BUDGET, HERTZ, SIXT, NATIONAL, ALAMO ) and local car rental companies (suppliers) can be compared in one site. They offer online booking possibility, live support and 24 hour hotline.