If you have just landed in Paris and you want to hire a taxi, this article is for you. It’s good to know that the taxis in the city operate 24 hours; therefore, you are guaranteed of getting a car regardless of the time you land.
How to get a taxi
If you are at the Paris airport, there is a specific area where taxis are parked and you only need to head there and choose the car that you want. If you are at Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports, you should look for signs and icons that point to taxi pickup zones.
If you are in Paris and you don’t want to reserve a taxi ahead of time, you can find many taxis around train and transport centers such as Gare du Nord, Gare St Lazare, Gare du Montparnasse, and Gare de L’Est.
If you want to go to Charles de Gaulle airport, you should get a taxi from Gare du Nort or Gare de L’Est. The fares from these points are a little bit cheaper.
If you are going to Orly airport you should hail a cab from Denfert-Rochereau RER station or Gare Montparnasse.
The amount charged by the taxis isn’t cheap, but at the same time isn’t too bad considering you are operating within the city. For example, if you are planning of moving from Charles De Gaulle airport to a hotel located in central Paris you should be prepared to part with €50.
You should note that this amount is bound to change depending on the traffic, location of the hotel and whether you are travelling during the day or night.
Unlike other places in Europe where drivers accept cards, this is not the case with Paris. Due to this you should be prepared to pay in cash. While most of the drivers accept cash, there are a few who accept card payment. Their taxis usually have a sign on the back side window.
It’s not guaranteed that you will have a great experience with the taxi you hire. If you have a complaint, you should let the police know about it. The good side is that the police have an active website where you can leave a complaint. The website also has a phone number that you can call to report dissatisfaction.
This is what you need to know about taxis in Paris. While there are many taxis in the city, you should only work with reputable companies.