French Travel PlannerTaxis in France
Taking a taxi in France can be much the same as taking one in the United States, but there are a few differences. For example in only a few select cities can you hail a taxi. This includes Paris and I believe Marseille and Lyon. In all other areas you have to either call for or find a taxi stand. Normally you can find a taxi stand and a waiting taxi at most train stations and airports. If you can’t find a taxi or a taxi stand you will then need to call one. Many taxi stands will have a telephone to call a taxi.
Taxis in France are regulated and all taxi drivers must pass a training course. Taxis in France are considered a public service and you should never be refused service.
If you take a taxi the minimum charge will be 6.20€ (2011) no matter how far you travel. Taxis in France charge per kilometer depending on the time of day. The price is set by each department. There is also a ‘prise en charge’ a start amount when you enter the taxi. This is also set by department.
How tariffs are calculated and can be divided into two groups, Paris (Taxis Parisiens) and the rest of France (Taxis Provinciaux).
Taxis outside Paris (Taxis Provinciaux)
Day hours very but are more or less 7-8 am to 7-8 pm.
Taxis in Paris (Taxis Parisiens)
The kilometer/hour price is set up to three passengers, after that there could be a surcharge. There could also be a surcharge for excess baggage.
Taxis-de-France.com has a page with a list of tariffs. I’m not sure how up to date the page is but it seems to be accurate when I’ve used it to calculate taxi prices.
Here is how to read the page:
PC JOUR/NUIT: ‘Prise en charge’ start amount when you enter the taxi.
TAXIS PARISIENS: Paris Taxis
KM A et Heure A: See A above in Taxis in Paris
KM B ET Heure B: See B above in Taxis in Paris
KM C ET Heure C: See C above in Taxis in Paris
TAXIS PROVINCIAUX: Taxis outside Paris
KM A: See A above in Taxis outside Paris
KM B: See B above in Taxis outside Paris
KM C: See C above in Taxis outside Paris
The table on the page has each department ‘DÉPARTEMENTS’ in France and their taxi rates. The last two columns under ‘HEURE’ are the idle price per hour during the day ‘JOUR’ and at night ‘NUIT’.
* The zone suburbaine includes towns and cities outside Paris whose taxis are part of the Paris taxi network.