Taxi in France
The rules and tariffs for taxis in France are reviewed every year. Last decision of February 15, 2018 (note: this article was updated in September 2018). There were a lot of changes, we will talk about all this in detail in our article. Price of a taxi from the airports Let’s start with the prices of trips from the airports, as this is the most exciting question for tourists. By a decision of 2018, prices for trips from French airports were fixed. – Between Charles de Gaulle Airport and the right bank of Paris (Seine river bank) – 50 euros; – Between Charles de Gaulle Airport and the left bank – 55; – Between Orly Airport and the right bank – 35; – Between Orly airport and the left bank – 30; – Between Nice Airport and the city – 32; – Between the airport of Nice and the city of Cannes – 80; – Between Marseille Airport and the city – 55 in the afternoon, 65 at night. Attention! No additional payments are made. That is, there is still no need to pay for a large amount of baggage, for a fourth passenger, for animals. The price is now STRICTLY fixed. Rates and prices Calculation of the cost of regular trips in France only by a taximeter. You can’t even try to negotiate a fixed payment for your trip. For such a taxi driver may lose the license, and the license here is very expensive. There are 4 tariffs in total: A, B, C and D. The cost of a trip in French taxis consists of four components: 1. Payment for boarding; 2. Payment for the distance; 3. Payment for a slow ride or waiting; 4. Additional fees. Let’s explain by example, you get in a taxi during the day, tariff A. The counter immediately shows 4 euros – the price for boarding. You drove 2 kilometers at a speed of over 32 km / h. In this case, the meter counts kilometers at a rate of 1.07 euros per kilometer. The counter already shows 6.14 euros. And then they got into a traffic jam. The speed has decreased less than 32 km / h, and in this situation the meter does not count the kilometers, but the minutes at the rate of 35.8 euros per hour. Having stood in traffic for 10 minutes, you have to pay 6 euros. It is not surprising that trips are very expensive, use the Paris metro or the Marseille metro, if possible. In the photo next you can see how the French taximeter looks, click on the photo to enlarge. Four tariffs In any case, the trip will cost at least 7.1 euros, even if the meter shows a lower amount. These are the rules. Tariff A. Valid on weekdays and Saturdays from 10-00 to 17-00. Landing – 4 euros, a kilometer – 1.07 euros, an hour of waiting or a slow ride of 35.8 euros. Tariff B. Valid on weekdays and Saturdays from 17-00 to 10-00, on Sunday from 7-00 to 24-00, on holidays. Landing – 4 euros, kilometer – 1.29 euros, an hour of waiting or slow driving 38 euros. The speed of the car, at which time tariffication begins to be applied (see our explanation above), is reduced to 29 km / h. Tariff C. Valid on Sunday from 0-00 to 7-00. Landing – 4 euros, a kilometer – 1.56 euros, an hour of waiting or a slow ride of 35.7 euros. The speed of the car, at which time tariffication begins to be applied (see our explanation above), is reduced to 22 km / h. Tariff D. It is applied in difficult cases when the client pays not only his trip, but also the driver’s trip to himself. This situation is found in a deep province, in Paris and in the resorts of the Cote d’Azur, this tariff is not used. Additional fees If you order a taxi by phone or online, the fee as soon as possible – +4 euro; If you order a taxi by phone or online, delivery by a certain hour – +7 euros; Please note that call surcharges vary in different cities in France. +4 and +7 are tariffs for Paris. For example, in Nice, these surcharges are +4 and +4 euros, in Cannes – +2 and +2. Surcharge for the 4th passenger in the cabin (we don’t count the driver) – 4 euros in Paris, 2.5 euros in other cities. Surcharge for finding animals in the cabin is not currently charged in Paris, but in other cities it can cost 2.5 euros. The exception is guide dogs for the blind, these dogs always ride free. Surcharge for a large amount of baggage is now not charged in Paris, but in other cities it can cost 2 euros. The norms of weight and volume of baggage for which you have to pay extra are determined separately in each region. How and where to catch Identifying a taxi car in France can be difficult. There are no requirements for the color or coloring of taxi cars here. Let’s say more: almost all French taxi drivers are private individuals who have received a license, they drive their own cars. The only identification mark is a beacon on the roof with the inscription “TAXI” and the region of operation. For example, TAXI PARISIEN is a Parisian taxi, TAXI MARSEILLE is a Marseille taxi, TAXI CANNES is a Cannes taxi. What such a beacon looks like, look at the photo above, click on the photo to enlarge. The easiest way is to take a taxi at special stations “station de taxi”. Look for a sign in the form of a blue rectangle in which the word “TAXI” is written in white letters. Taxi drivers prefer to stand near these stations rather than travel around the city in search of passengers. Such stations are near train stations, metro stations, shopping centers.