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Paris Taxis (2020)

How to use taxicabs in Paris, France

Paris taxi sign

ABOVE: A vacant taxi parisien in traffic.

First, a confession: We haven't ridden a Parisian taxi in decades--not merely out of thrift, but because we'd rather walk or take the Métro, and traveling light with wheeled luggage makes cabs unnecessary most of the time.

Just as important, using taxis can be frustrating (not to mention environmentally insensitive) in a city like Paris where traffic is often congested.

Still, taxis do run 24 hours a day, unlike most forms of public transportation in Paris. And when you need a taxi, it's nice to know how the system works. Here, then, is a basic introduction to les taxis parisiens:

Finally, here's how to know whether a taxi is vacant or unavailable:

For more information on using taxis in Paris (including a list of taxi stands, a fare calculator, and other third-party resources), see the annotated Web links below.

Paris Taxi links

hailing a taxi in Paris

ABOVE: You can hail a cab in Paris, but walking to the nearest taxi stand may be quicker and easier. (Look for a line of cabs and the word "TAXI" in white on a blue sign.)

Paris Tourist Office: Taxis and chauffer-driven vehicles
This detailed page is from the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau's Web site.

Les Taxis Bleus
The largest taxi company in Paris represents some 3,000 drivers. It accepts telephone calls and online bookings.

World Taximeter: Paris
Calculate an estimated fare before you call for a cab. (You can enter street addresses or pick from a list of airports, train stations, and tourist landmarks.)

This site includes a list of Parisian taxi ranks (a.k.a. cab stands) with phone numbers, taxi fares and surcharges, and other useful information.

Also see:
Paris Transportation Index

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Top, 1st inset, 3rd inset photos copyright © Paris Tourist Office.
Photographer: Jacques Lebar.
4th inset photo copyright © Alexander Rybakov.