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Paris taxi guide: tips and useful info…

Paris is not among the big cities with the most taxis. So here is a small guide about taxis in Paris…

Parisian street with taxi - Photo by Earth on Unsplash

Paris taxi basics

You have basically 3 things to know about taxis in Paris…

  1. They’re available when they have their green light on top (red light = busy)
  2. They won’t be hailed if they’re too close to a taxi station (some taxis do stop, but it’s seen as unfair by most taxis so they usually show you the direction of the nearest taxi stand)
  3. There are some times when it’s pretty difficult to get one, especially from 10 pm to 1 am, because it’s when most people come out of restaurants, theaters, cinemas… So better ordering a cab from an app at those times (even though it’ll probably be a bit more expensive).

Other useful info about taxis in Paris

The 3 most popular taxi operators in Paris are: G7, Freenow and Uber. But best thing to do is to check the location of the nearest taxi stand.

A tip of 5 to 10% is usually appreciated, though not a rule (many people just give the price and that’s it, especially now that most people pay by credit card or phone).

From/to airports, there are fixed rates:

  • €55 between Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris right bank;
  • €62 between Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris Left Bank;
  • €41 between Paris-Orly airport and Paris right bank;
  • €35 between Paris-Orly Airport and Paris Left Bank.

Check here for updated official rates…

Do NOT accept taxis who are trying to hail you when going out of an airport or a train station, always go to official taxi stands. Otherwise you might get scammed or pay a higher price.

And if you don’t find a taxi, do use public transports, which are very handy in Paris…

Frequently Asked Questions about taxis in Paris

How do I hail a taxi in Paris?

In Paris, you can hail a taxi on the street, go to a taxi stand, or book one via phone or a taxi app. Taxi stands are commonly found near major tourist attractions, train stations, and airports.

Are Paris taxis metered?

Yes, all official Paris taxis are metered. The fare includes a base charge, distance traveled, and time spent in the taxi. Make sure the meter is running when you start your journey.

What are the typical taxi fares in Paris?

The fare structure includes an initial charge of around €4, plus approximately €1.10 to €1.60 per kilometer depending on the time of day and the area. Additional charges may apply for luggage, pets, or trips to/from airports.

Do Paris taxis accept credit cards?

While many taxis in Paris now accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to confirm with the driver before starting your journey. Having some cash on hand is also recommended.

Are there additional charges for luggage or traveling with pets?

Yes, there may be additional charges for large luggage, pets, or traveling during peak times or public holidays. It’s best to ask the driver about any potential extra charges before starting your trip.

What are the main taxi companies in Paris?

Some of the main taxi companies in Paris include:
G7: +33 (0)141276699
Taxis Bleus: +33 (0)891701010
Alpha Taxis: +33 (0)145858585

How do I get a taxi from the airport to the city center?

Taxis are available at taxi ranks outside the terminals at Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY), and Beauvais (BVA) airports. Follow the signs to the official taxi ranks and avoid unauthorized drivers.

Is it customary to tip taxi drivers in Paris?

Tipping is not mandatory in Paris, but it is appreciated. A small tip, usually rounding up to the nearest euro or 5-10% of the fare, is common.

Can I request a specific type of vehicle or driver?

When booking a taxi in advance, you can request specific types of vehicles, such as larger cars for groups or vehicles with baby seats. Some taxi services also allow you to request English-speaking drivers.

What should I do if I leave something in the taxi?

If you leave something in a taxi, contact the taxi company immediately with details of your trip (date, time, and route). Providing the taxi’s license plate number or receipt can help them locate the driver more quickly (If you booked it through an app, it’ll be easier of course).

Is it safe to take taxis in Paris at night?

Yes, it is generally safe to take taxis in Paris at night. Official taxis are regulated, and drivers must adhere to safety standards. Ensure you take a licensed taxi from a designated taxi rank or book through a reputable service.

Do all taxis speak English?

Not all taxi drivers speak English fluently, but most will understand basic phrases. It can be helpful to have a few key phrases written down in French, just in case (or a translation app).