Traffic and car parks

Driving and parking in Paris is rarely easy and can often be quite a headache.


Circulation sur les Champs-Elysées, Paris © Thinkstock

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. Parking meters do not accept coins and only take the “Paris Carte” card, available in tobacconists for €10 to €30. 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 2 hours.

You are not allowed to attach bicycles and scooters to street fittings (poles, fences, etc.). Make sure you have a robust anti-theft device. Parking of two-wheeled vehicles on the pavement is tolerated, as long as you are not blocking the way for pedestrians. Be careful though, fines are more and more frequent. So we recommend that you use the special parking areas provided for two-wheelers.

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 à Paris © Thinkstock

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 - 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

More info : Notre Dame de Paris.

The ParkingsdeParis network includes several dozen car parks in Paris located in some of the capital’s most popular sites: near the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Pompidou Centre, the Louvre, the Aquarium de Paris, the Champs-Elysées, Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Les Halles district and the Latin Quarter to name but a few

The online reservations for these car parks are managed by the reservation centre, which has negotiated the most competitive prices in the market for its clients.

More info :



OnePark publicite

Onepark allows you to book a spot in more than 130 strategically located parking lots in Paris: Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, Grands Magasins, Montmartre, Parc de la Villette

Having partnered with numerous parking lots, from public garages to hotels’ and corporations’ private parking lots, Onepark negotiates prices in advance and always offers you highlyattractive prices to park your car.

Whether you are looking to park for an hour, several days or a few weeks, be sure to find the cheapest way to park in Paris simply by entering your parking dates on Onepark’s website.

No booking fees, free cancellation, secure online payment, guaranteed spot availability… Onepark makes parking a child’s play.

More info :


Q-Park - Paris Champs-Elysées © OTCP

Reserve your parking spot online?  With Q-Park-resa, it’s simple and easy!  With just a few clicks, you can reserve your parking place in France and Belgium.  By reserving online, you can quickly access parking and be guaranteed a place to park.

Situated in the heart of the city, close to train stations or airports, tourist and cultural attractions, Q-Park car parks are always ideally situated for parking your car.

You can reserve your parking place up to a year in advance and you can make sure you receive the best parking offer by reserving on the secure online platform Q-Park-resa. Adhérent

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