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.


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:

In Paris : urban areas: 30 km/h (19mph), sometimes 50 km/h (30mph)

In France : ring roads: 70 km/h (43 mph); main roads: 80km/h (50mph) or 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 prohibited to double park, 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 €6 in the centre of Paris (1st to 11th arrondissements), to €4 per hour from the 12th to 20th arrondissements). If you pay for parking at parking meters, 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. You can use a credit card or the PaybyPhone, ParkNow, Flowbird apps.

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 vehicule.

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. 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 - 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


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


  • Reserve a place on the BePark website (
  • 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!


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

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


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

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