I feel I need to put in a good word for the taxi drivers of Paris. I have had bad experiences with taxis in other European cities but never in Paris and as good as the Metro, RER and buses are, there are times when a taxi is the best option. For example, very early in the morning when you have a train to catch from Paris de l'Este and you are staying in Montparnasse. I took a taxi at 6.30am which cost just 10Euro80. the driver was very pleasant and helped me with my luggage into the station. Similarly we travelled to Orly from Porte d'Orleans at 4.30am and the cost which we had been told would be in the region of 30 Euro was in fact, 23 Euro. So don't be afraid to take a taxi in Paris, you won't be ripped off.
Paris taxis come in all colors but all have the same white sign on the roof "Taxi parisien".
You can see if a taxi is available when the white sign on the top is lit. You can't hail a cab in the street if less then 50 meters from a taxi rank: go to the rank and take the 1st cab of the line (but you can chose an other eg if you need a larger one)
Most taxis work by GPS, generally you get the cab within 10mn after calling. It's a bit more expensive than going to a rank since the meter starts running from the time the taxi is called not from the time it picks you.
The rates are fixed by the 'prefecture de police' ( the fare card is displayed on the rear left window of the car), controlled (the coloured lights under the roof sign are rate indicators) and shown on the meter and trough the back window.
Extra charges apply for 4th & 5th passenger, luggage, bulky items (none for wheelchair).
Taxis accept cash in € (Visa or Mastercard for some equiped ones).
Some prices - normal traffic,no supplements:
Between 2 Parisian railway stations less than 15€.
From Paris downtown to CDG airport :40-45 € by day and 45-50 € by night.
From Paris downtown to Orly airport : 25-30 € by day and 30-35 € by night
You have the right to choose your itinerary and, the driver must give you a receipt if you ask for one
A taxi can refuse a drunk person, refuse you in the last 30 minutes of his shift if your destination is not on his way to his garage or if your destination is out of the parisian taxis area
Not all taxis are fluent in english (and many tourists mispronounce french names): Have the address you want to go to written down for the driver
List of taxi ranks www.paris-taxi.com/page41.html
Taxis G7 - 01 47 39 47 39 -www.taxisg7.fr (taxis for disabled people available)
Taxis bleus - 08 25 16 10 10 - 01 49 36 10 10 www.taxis-bleus.com
We had booked an early morning easyjet flight that was leaving Paris at 7.00am and we had to be at the airport an hour before.
Taxis G7 were very reliable, we booked the night before and our driver was waiting downstairs 5 minutes before our booking. We made our flight and there was no traffic on the road at 5.30am!
To speak to an english operator; +33 (0)1 41 27 66 99
Taxis are the worst form of transportation in Paris, for a tourist who doesn't speak French.
Taxis really will rip you off big time. My friends, Paris has a great city planning and the best metro in the world, use the Metro. The French metro is inexpensive, practical and functional.
I have to say the Swiss public transportation is spotless but expensive, punctual as their watches.
I am a Airline Pilot and I have seen this trick pulled on tourist it makes me so angry. The Bus ride from the CDG airport is the best deal but, when you head to the bus Taxi drivers will offer to take you for a few dollars less tellin you it is a better, faster ride; "why wait for the Bus?" If you accept he will take your luggage & lock it in the Taxi trunk. When you get to the hotel the driver will demand from $50 to $100 more for your luggage which he will keep locked until you pay. Expect no help from the Paris Police. The Poloice think it is a funny game played on stupid Americans. The hotel employees are no help either. I've seen tourist cry, scream and one guy punched the cab driver and was arrested. TAKE THE BUS. IN TOWN USE THE METRO (SUBWAY). AVOID THE TAXIS>>
Taxi rates in Paris vary by time of day.
Here is a link with information:
Or see the link below in the Website field where you will find phone numbers to call a taxi.
The fares differ per which part of the day you travel.
Now the fares itself are set by the Paris government (police department):
http://www.prefecture-police-paris.interieur.gouv.fr/documentation/publication/taxis.pdf(obviously in French and dates from January 2007). Or click here
As of January 2007:
the starting fee is 5,60 euro
Tarif A: From 10-17 hrs: km. price = 0,83 euro.
Tarif B: From 17-22 hrs: km. price = 1,10 euro.
Tarif C: From midnight - 7 hrs: price = 1,33 euro.
For Sunday rates only Tarif B and C apply and for public holidays, Tarif B applies.
Tip originally written in January 2008.
If you will take a taxi in Paris , you have to pay minimum Eur.5,70 even taximeter shows less than Eur.5,70 when you get out of taxi.
From Orly Airport to Opera area by taxi at 23:00 , I had paid only Eur.35. But from Opera area to Orly I had paid Eur.45 in the afternoon.
When flying in from another country into Paris you have the option of taking the train, or getting a taxi. If you have more than one small bag, and there's more than one of you, I would recommend taking a taxi to your hotel. It's no fun dragging your bags through the subways. If traffic isn't especially heavy you should be able to get to Paris center for about 30-40 EUR - and it's totally worth ever penny!
For getting around Paris, for me i thought it was worth it for a few areas that would have just taken a little to much time to walk or it was too cold - when you're traveling with one or two people it only ends up costing a couple Euros per person anyway. If convenience is a priority for you then i think the taxis will serve you well, as they did us.
TAXI STANDS: Be sure to look for your taxi at the designated stand, otherwise, they will not stop for you.
We had a 6:00 a.m. flight to Nice so we had no choice but to take a taxi ... from the Plaza de Vendome to Charles de Gaulle Airport it cost 65 Euro's ...
The metro and RER doesn't start running that early in the morning.
It takes about 35 minutes from central Paris to the airport.
We also paid a 10 Euro overnight fee ... so without that fee it would have been 55 Euro's
We just had family visit us in Paris and they had to pay over 100 euros to take a taxi from the CDG airport to our home in the 15th arrondissement for 3 people and 6 bags.
For their return trip to the CDG airport, we booked an airport shuttle with Paris Shuttle. The total price for the 3 people and 6 bags was drastically better as they only paid 57 euros. This seemed to be a much better option as the pick-up could be for a private residence and the driver showed up on time. The company uses VW vans, so there was plenty of room for passengers and lots of luggage.
G7- taxis must be best taxis in Paris. You can order it advance and it REALLY IS there just in time.
About 50EUR from Paris to CG Airport, but it may be more if there are lot of traffic.
Also, very nice drivers and they can talk english too (they really asked if we like to have english-spoken driver)
Taxi was our choice of transportation to get from the airport to the hotel. We found a tai relatively quickly after claiming the bag and off we went. The ride was smooth and virtually traffic free since it was so early in the morning. The tipr cost 40 Euros but was worth it to not have to lug luggage on public transport.
many ways to come into Paris, taxi,shuttle, RER trains, buses, and rental car. The exact train fare is at RATP.FR site .
At that time late at night it is best as suggested to take a taxi. And if take the trains avoid Chatelet,its not a good station to try Paris, very long corridors, and tunnels and many lines connect there.
overall the best is the taxi, about 40 euros for two ,small luggage, extra luggage you paid a bit more about One euro per luggage.at night you add on a tab.
The Taxi 7 are very good and reliable and can be book in advance.
Apparently you can't pick and choose your taxi. This was my first time in Paris so after getting through customs at CDG, I thought it'll be quicker to grab a taxi rather than a bus. I had picked a driver that didn't look shady but the airport person said I couldn't pick but instead had to get the next taxi that was in line at this taxi station. Being American, I figure if I'm going to pay for something I should be able to choose but I was told I couldn't do that. Then another French men who was on another flight said in France a person had no right to pick their cabbie and I had to get whoever was next in line. The guy that was next in line, a Nigerian, looked really shady that's why I didn't pick him but had too anyways. The ride from CDG to my hotel cost 70 euros and the traffic was horrendous. The driver ended up being lost even with a GPS and he didn't roll up the window or turn the ac on. I believe he got lost on purpose to drive up the fare. It would've cost half the fare had I taken the shuttle at CDG.
Paris also has green taxis: the bicycle taxis.
The Cyclotour, Urban Cab and Cyclobulle companies provide the Paris bicycle taxi sevice.
The rate is about 1.50 Euros per person per kilometer travelled with a minimum rate of 3 Euros. That rate goes up to 2.50 Euros per person on Sundays and public holidays.
Sightseeing rates : From €25 for a 30 minute ride.