How much can cost a taxi in France


It is well known that France is one of the most expensive countries in the world, and taking some vacations there could represent a very notable loss of money (a hard punch for our pockets); however, people still go to France because it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and of course, being in the country of the romance, the Eiffel Tower, the Arch of the Triumph, the Louvre Museum, the Gothic cathedrals and streets that composed the cities in France will definitely cost a lot of money. There are many ways of spending money in France for tourists, because it is a touristic country at the end, and, as many European countries, part of its economy is mostly based in the incomes that are obtained from the people who come from other countries to visit or to spend the vacations. Buying gifts, jewelry, perfumes, clothes, and more in the different shops that are distributed in the cities; buying food at local restaurants in order to taste France’s national dishes and learn about its cuisine; paying the staying in the hotel (if it is necessary a place for staying) where you are going to be with all its expenses; going to places where it is required to pay the access, such as museums, parks, gardens, houses of important people of the history, and more other attractions; however, the transportation around the city is something indispensable, as well, and it is one of the most important thing in which the money has to be invested, because this is the key factor of enjoying France. Of course, I am talking about the taxis in France.

And you might be wondering in this moment: how much can cost a taxi in France? Are taxis ( ) really expensive there? Am I going to lose all my money by just taking taxis in France?How can I identify the taxis in France? All the questions and more are going to be answered in this article, where you will learn a little bit more about these services in the country of romance. These are doubts that a person who is thinking on visiting France should clarify before arriving, in order of moving from one point to another in the French city which the person who will go there plans to visit. Taxis in France are considered as the best way of moving around the cities for tourists, although they are even more expensive than the public transportation. Yet it is more comfortable and suitable, because for tourists who come and go from one place to another, it could be a little bit complex. Just by imagining a new tourist arriving to Paris alone at night with his luggage and the hurry feeling of getting as soon as possible to the hotel, take a shower, and rest in the bed in order to know the city in the next day without the taxi factor, the struggle can be seen. He could get lost trying to look for the public transportation stop or asking for the directions of the hotel, or worse. So, indeed, the taxi services are very important for the tourists, and for many local people, as well.

Cities like Paris count with more than 20,000 taxis working on the streets the 24 hours of the day, excepting at some hours of the night (this depends on the zones and also on the drivers) and if it is a rush hour or not; so, it is not so complicated taking a taxi in France. As in Spain, taxi drivers must take you to the place that you want to go. Unfortunately, some of them can choose to not stopping or not taking you to your destination for personal reasons, or simply, because they do not want to. Taxis in France are regular cars, as in other countries, with not specific color, they are different, and the only thing that identifies them is the triangle sign located on the roof of the car with the word “TAXI” written on it, which identifies also if the taxi is occupied (when the sign is illuminated) or not (when the sign is turned off). On the inside they must have a taximeter in a good condition and a license plate that identifies the number of his driver license. The prices vary, of course, with the time of the trip, the function of the hour and day of the week, and the destination from a specific point in the city. There are three rates in function with these parameters, they are: A, B and C. Each one of them are identified with the colors white, orange and blue, respectively. The sign of the taxi must have illuminated one of these three colors, identifying the valid rate to charge for that moment.

The common rate in which the taxi starts offering its services varies between 2 € and4 €;and the minimum rate for service can be either 5.20 € or7.10 € including all its supplements. The rate for each kilometer from Monday to Saturday using the rate A from 10:00 to 17:00 varies between 0.96 and 1.07 €. On the other hand, the rate for each kilometer from Monday to Saturday using the rate B from 10:00 to 17:00 has at price that varies between 1.17 and 1.29 € and on Sundays the price varies from 1.21 and 1.29 € from 07:00 to 00:00. Yet, the rate C is known for being applied only on Sundays and it has a price that can be either 1.47 € or 1.56 € from 00:00 to 07:00. However, the supplement for a fourth person varies from 2.70 € to 4 €; the supplement for including the baby carriage to the taxi is charged and 1 € or 2 €; the supplement for having luggage that weights more than 5 kilos has a price of 0.90 €; the supplement for pick up and left in stations or airports is charged with 0.70 €; and the supplement for transporting a pet, like a cat or a dog, in the vehicle has a price of 0.60 €. For each hour keeping the taxi waiting the rate can increase to 30.33 € and 35.05 €.

“When I came here I didn’t understand so much the rates of the taxis, it’s so different than in Chile, the country where I come from. The charge you for this, and for this, and for this, but it doesn’t matter, I’m here in Paris, and this is a dream that I’ve always wanted to achieve” said a Chilean woman when she was asked about the rates of the taxis in Paris. The prices of the taxis are the same either if it is stopped in the street, called for a service or taken in a specific stop (in Paris, for instance, there are 490 existent stops where taxis can be found). They always remain the same and it is something that taxi drivers in France respect so much. At night it could happen that taxis are complicated to find, because not many of them work at late hours of the night. Yet it is recommended to walk to the closest avenue or to a main street, because they tend to pass by over these streets with more frequency. In the day is more common to find a taxi faster; nevertheless, this recommendation also works for these cases if it turns difficult to find a taxi in your location. “I was scared because I lost my friends after a show at the Moline Rouge, I left for some minutes, and my phone had died and I didn’t know how to get from that place to the hotel where I was staying. So I was waiting for a taxi, but I didn’t see any one at that hour, it was 2 o’clock and the streets were alone!” said an American man who was asked about the issue of taking taxis at late hours at night in Paris.“So I asked a French couple who was near me, in my pathetic French, where I could take a taxi, and they took me to a main street where the traffic was a little bit fuller. And that’show I could take a taxi, and I arrived at the hotel in some couple of minutes. My friends were there and they almost decided on calling the police ha, ha, ha. That’s how I learned that I must go to the nearest avenue or main street to take a taxi at late hours at night.”

It is preferable avoiding taking a taxi in the morning until 11:00, and in afternoons from 16:00 to 20:00, because the streets are crowded and the traffic is really heavy, so it could take an eternity to go in a taxi to one place to another! Some taxi drivers tend to take advantage of his passengers, in case that these ones are tourists, by not turning on the GPS device, and this gives a reason to distrust the taxi driver; because it is law, and a well-known traffic rule for taxis, that the GPS must be turned on at the moment that the passenger is in the vehicle and gives the specific destination. “I’m loyal to my job and I prefer not to do such of things, it is a dishonor! I know some people who have done, and it is ok, if they want to do it, the world is free. But I prefer to create a bond with my passengers, especially if they are tourists, talk with them and telling them a story about the city, there’s nothing more beautiful than the satisfaction of a good client smiling at you while they give you the money, trust me! So, as soon as the passenger tells you the destination, you turn on the GPS.” said a taxi driver from Lyon when he was asked aboutthis issue.

In case of having a pet, it is preferable of notifying this previously to the taxi driver, because it could happen that they do not like to transport animals in their cars. So it is better to be prevented with this if we want to take out our pets in a trip around the city or if we, as tourists, brought our pet from our country in order to know the Eiffel Tower (it could happen). There are so many rules respecting with taxi services in French, they do this and charge you for this, so, it can be a little bit complicated understanding this at the beginning, but with experiences in the country, driving around the cities, exploring each part of the towns and villages, we are going to get used to these rules in a short period of time. After all, taxis are still the best way to know and learn about the French city in which we are without knowing anything about it. I mean, if we’re tourists, the most conscious thing to do is taking taxis to go from one point to another one in the city, we are not so crazy to take the public transportation once we give our first step in the country, right? “I prefer to take taxis, thank you, I’m not so crazy to do this at the first time, or at the second time, or at the third one… I just prefer to go around the city in taxis, that’s all.” said an American lady when she was asked about this. France has its stipulated system when it comes about taxi services, and it is something that we have to learn and adequate to in case of going, or planning going to the country. And as we said at the beginning of this article, France is one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe, and if we have to move around Paris, or Lyon, or Marseilles, or any other city of France, we have to do it with taxis. So don’t be stingy and just pay for the ride!