Frequently asked questions

When is a taxi available? Tipping? Some advice for getting around Paris by taxi.

Impossible: the entire Paris metro network is a no-smoking zone.

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If the sign on the roof is not covered.

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If the sign on the roof is lit up.

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The minimum fare for a journey by taxi is 2.60* euros, including additional charges.

Supplements to be paid (listed on the back of your fare receipt) in addition to the amount shown on the taximeter are:

  • €3 for every adult starting from the 4th;
  • €1 euro starting from the 2nd item of luggage (suitcase, parcel or any bulky object: skis, pushchair, etc.) weighing more than 5 kg placed in the boot of the vehicle

(* prefectoral decree n°2016-00022 of 6 January 2016)

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Yes, if he has a credit card terminal in good working order.

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It represents the cost of the standing charge (€2,60, price as at 6 January 2016), plus the cost of the journey to the pick-up point from the place where the taxi was at the moment it received your booking.

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Yes, if the taxi rank does not have a queuing system.

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Yes, if his vehicle has a sign clearly visible from the exterior indicating that he does not accept this form of payment.

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No, unless the customer is consulted and does not object.

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  • Yes, if the customer wishes to travel outside the zone covered by Parisian taxis (Paris, Hauts de Seine, Seine Saint-Denis, Val de Marne, Orly, Le Bourget, Roissy and Parc des Expositions de Villepinte) unless he is at Roissy CDG airport where he is obliged to accept all destinations.
  • Yes, if the customer is obviously inebriated.
  • Yes, if the customer’s luggage cannot be carried by hand, except in the case of a folding vehicle for the disabled.
  • Yes, if the passenger’s clothing or luggage would visibly soil or damage the vehicle’s interior.
  • Yes, if the customers have animals with them, except in the case of a guide-dog for the blind

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No, not at all. He can accept them, however.

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Yes, it is obligatory for all journeys of €25 or above and also if the customer requests one for a journey costing less than that amount. The customer is advised to check that the receipt is correctly filled in (dates and times of departure and arrival, place of pick-up and set-down, the fare and the tariff or tariffs used and, if applicable, the supplements) and that the information shown thereon (in particular the vehicle’s registration number) effectively corresponds to the journey made and to the vehicle’s number plate.

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Article R.412-1 of the French Highway Code states that the wearing of seat belts is not obligatory for any taxi driver in service, that is, when the illuminated “TAXI” sign on his vehicle is not covered by an opaque hood.

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No. However, as a service is being provided, drivers are recommended to show a certain courtesy towards their customers.

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Article R.412-1 of the French Highway Code states that the use of an approved child restraint system is not obligatory for a passenger under 13 years of age travelling in a taxi, in a chauffeur-driven vehicle or any other vehicle used for public overland passenger transport, or in a public transport vehicle. Therefore, a person accompanying a child under 13 years cannot insist that a taxi driver be equipped with an adaptable seat for the transport of children. Similarly, a taxi driver cannot refuse to accept a passenger accompanied by a child under 13 years of age, on the grounds that he does not have an approved child restraint system at his immediate disposal.

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Write to:

Préfecture de Police
DCTC
Service des Taxis Parisiens
36, rue des Morillons
75732 Paris Cedex 15
France

 Website : Préfecture de Police de Paris 

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  • Yes: - from the 2nd suitcase, package or large object weighing more than 5kg placed in the boot: €1/per item (price as at 6 January 2016)
  • No : - for the transport of an animal; - for pick-up at a station; - for people with disabilities : there is no extra charge for transporting a wheelchair or the animals that accompany them.

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No, he is obliged to take them but there is a supplement to be paid from the 4th person onwards: €3 per adult (price as at 6 January 2016), a child under 10 years counts as ½ an adult.

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No, as there is a fixed minimum journey charge. When the cost of the journey (including supplements) plus the standard pick-up charge comes to less than €7, the driver can request €7 (price as at 6 January 2016).

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You just missed the last Metro (between 00.40 am and 1 am) or you’re too early for the first one at 6 am? Taxis are one way to get back to your hotel when night-time traffic is smooth.

There is a night bus network (Noctilien) consisting of 18 lines starting from the Place du Châtelet and heading out in different directions to the suburbs. (up to 30km from Paris, direction Paris-suburbs).

This service is available every day, including Sunday and public holidays, from approximately 1 am to 5.30 am with a departure every 30 minutes.

 Metro, Bus and Noctilien night bus network in Paris

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