Getting around by car, car parks and parking

It is not always easy to drive in Paris or find a parking spot; in fact it can be quite a headache.

Traffic

Voitures Champs-Elysées Arc de Triomphe © DR

Just a few reminders: in France you drive on the right; safety belts are compulsory in both the front and back seats; it is prohibited to sound your horn; and remember to come equipped with your international Green Card insurance. For motorbikes and scooters, the wearing of helmets is compulsory for both drivers and passengers. In the city, it is against the law to use the bus lanes.

Speed limits: urban areas: 50 km/h (30mph); ring roads: 70 km/h (43 mph); main roads: 90 km/h (56mph); motorways: 130 km/h (80mph) and 110 km/h (68mph) in wet weather. There are a few service stations within Paris and you will inevitably find some on the way in to the city.

Parking in the city

Parking in Paris is rarely easy and can often be quite a headache. To park your car, you have the choice between parking on the street or in an underground car park, between the cheaper peripheral “arrondissements” or the city centre. It is strictly prohibited to double park, to park in no-stopping zones (“axes rouges”), and in spaces reserved for the disabled or for deliveries.

In the street

Petite voiture noire en stationnement © Thinkstock

If you decide to park in the street, please note that as a general rule it is payable from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 8pm. Night time and Sundays are free. On public holidays you can sometimes park free of charge in certain streets: this is indicated by a yellow sticker placed on the parking meter.

Tariffs are divided into 2 zones, ranging from an hourly rate of €4 in the centre of Paris, to €2,40 per hour on the outskirts. You pay for parking at parking meters using the Paris Carte (on sale at any tobacconist’s), a credit card or the PaybyPhone app. The machine will give you a ticket in exchange, which should be placed behind your windscreen, clearly visible from the outside. Street parking is limited to a 2-hour duration.

Parking campers or motor-homes in Paris should be avoided, so as not to block traffic. Instead you should head for the designated parking spaces at camp sites. In Paris, it is prohibited to sleep in your motor-home.

Underground car parks

Parking souterrain © DR

Underground car parks, of which there are many in Paris, are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for cars. Some car parks are open for motorbikes too. They can be identified by a white “P” on a blue background, and can usually be found in busy shopping, tourist or business areas. Security is provided by guards and cameras.
  
Tariffs vary depending on the neighbourhood: in the city centre and busy tourist areas, you need to allow around €2.50 for 1 hour, €5 for 2 hours and €20 or more for 12 to 24 hours. On the outskirts of Paris; prices are generally lower and you might pay on average from €10 to €15 for 24 hours. Underground car parks can also offer special tariffs for the weekend or by the week or month.

On the way in to the car park, you press a button to obtain a ticket and open the barrier. You can make your way out via the pedestrian exit. On your return, insert your card into one of the machines in order to pay before collecting your vehicle. Once you have paid, the machine will return your ticket to you, and all you have to do is insert it at the exit to open the barrier.

Saemes

Saemes - entrée du parking

Saemes manages more than 90 car parks and is the second largest parking operator in the Ile-de-France region. In Paris you can choose between 20 public car parks that offer hourly parking close to top sights : Notre Dame car park, under the cathedral square; The Quai Branly-Eiffel Tower car park, under the museum... See the complete list of SAEMES car parks.

You can also take advantage of a number of services: you can have your vehicle cleaned, pay with a Total GR card, access a break-down kit and even book your parking space in advance!

You can find your car parks

OPnGO

OPnGO - Parking, Paris

OPnGO provides more than 300 000 available parking spots to park a car whenever it's needed :

•  Business meeting in the heart of Paris?

•  Monthly subscription in a carpark located near the house or the work office?

•  Travelling a lot and need to park the car close to the train station or the airport?

OPnGO makes it easy to park in Île-de-France:

Off-street parking :

•  No ticket anymore! OPnGO offers a digitalized access to the carparks thanks to the license plate recognition technology.

•  Booking in advance so no worries anymore about finding a spot. 

•  Save up to 50% on public prices

On-street parking :

•  Park a car on street et pay directly through the OPnGO app in more than 20 cities in Îlede-France. No eed to go to the parking meter anymore.

•  To park longer, it's easy to extend your session from the app

•  With OPnGO, pay what you use, so if you come back to your car earlier than what you expected, just press stop and you will pay only for the exact time you stayed.

Visit the website https://www.opngo.com/en/ to discover the offers or download the app (available on Apple Store & Google Play)

You can also check the blog to know more about the latest activities and get some good tips about parking.

Parclick

Parclick - Femme dans un parking, Paris © MKF

Parclick.com is a unique platform that allows you to park in Paris easily and with total security.

Don't waste your time going round and round in circles looking for somewhere to park; thanks to Parclick, you can ensure yourself a place to park with aclick, for the exact amount of time you need.
Parclick makes it so easy! On our website, you can compare the prices of all our affiliate car parks, which form a network of more than 100 car parks in Paris and more that 1000 in Europe. Once you have confirmed your reservation, we ensure the availability of a space, discountedprices, as well as free cancellation/modification of your booking (until the day before your arrival).
Save yourself some time and money when you're going to see concerts, plays, museums or heading off on your holidays!

ParkingsdeParis.com

Parclick - ParkingdeParis 2017, Paris © Lakov KALININ

ParkingsdeParis.com is the only independent website exclusively dedicated to online car park reservations in Paris.

The endless search for a parking space in Paris stops here; with ParkingsdeParis.com, book and park  cheaply and easily, however long you plan to stay.

We guarantee:

  • The availability of a parking spot for the duration of your reservation
  • Negotiated prices
  • Free cancelation and modification of the booking until the night before your arrival

Check out the biggest car park network in Paris, comprised of more than 130 of our partners.

You will find us near hotels, stations, airports, theatres, aquariums, stadiums... Wherever you go, book your spot with ParkingsdeParis.com!

BePark

BePark - Parking Paris

With its connected parking network, BePark offers you the possibility to park your car easily and safely without having to waste your time looking for a space.

You can park directly near your destination or in one of our car parks next to a train station, metro station or airport in order to reach the city centre more easily and without traffic jams.

 Using BePark means:

  • Saving time
  • Attractive price and free cancellation
  • Safety and tranquility
  • Your online car park accessible in 2 clicks

 How?

  • Reserve a place on the BePark website (https://www.bepark.eu)
  • Open the parking lot door with your phone.
  • Park your vehicle
  • Enjoy Paris!

Parking with BePark is extremely simple, you are guaranteed to have a space available for you when you arrive at the car park.

A 24/7 helpdesk number is displayed at the entrance in case you need help. With a strong presence in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, BePark helps you find parking spaces whether you are an individual or an enterprise!

Parclick

Car park/car park reservation centre
9 rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Paris, 75009
Book

Parclick.com allows you to book your parking space at the best price! Eliminate all your worries by guaranteeing yourself a spot......

Saemes

Car park/car park reservation centre
1 rue Léon Cladel, Paris, 75002
Book

Saemes is dedicated to designing, building, and managing safe, modern and welcoming, car parks in Paris and the Paris......

OPnGO

Car park/car park reservation centre
NC, Paris, 75
Book

OPnGO makes parking in the city easy for you. Compare, book, go and pay directly from the mobile application. Enjoy digital......

BePark

Car park/car park reservation centre
37 avenue Ledru-Rollin, Paris, 75012
Book

BePark is a digital parking operator that offers you the opportunity to open private and secure off-street car parks with......