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Parking in Paris

Parking in Paris

 

Parking in Paris is rarely easy and can often be quite a headache. Finding parking in Paris can be one of those exercises in frustration that might seem like it would make a funny story later, but in reality is just frustrating.

 

1st choice: Park your car in your hotel parking. Might look expensive at first, but we strongly recommend it if you want hassle free parking.

 

Street parking in Paris is relatively inexpensive, but difficult to find.

 

paris parking

If you decide to park in the street, please note that as a general rule it is payable from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 7pm. Night time and Sundays are free. On public holidays and during the month of August 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 3 zones, ranging from an hourly rate of €3 in the centre of Paris, to €1 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. Beware...street parking is limited to 2 hours.

 
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, of which there are many in Paris, (map with all parkings) are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for cars and motorbikes. 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.
 

Parkings in Paris

Parkings in Paris

Parkings in Paris

Your comments : Parking

@George
- A Brit Abroad
(4 Jun 2013 - 13:00)
George - they mean parking is restricted to 2hrs in a row, or you can park there for just 2 hours consecutively or when you park, you'll have to move your car to another location after 2 hours from the time you parked. FFS. It's not personal and it's not exclusively French - I think you'll find most major cities operate a system like this in their most central districts. Those medieval European cities...they shoulda known Henry Ford was going to invent the motor car - couldn't they see into the future?
parking is limited to 2 hours?
- George
(30 Jan 2013 - 09:00)
In the text above it says "Beware...street parking is limited to 2 hours." ... what exactly do they mean by this.
Does it mean that when you pay for parking, you can only pay two hours in a row?
If so, are they freaking serious about it??
Parking in Paris
- Marshian
(14 Aug 2012 - 10:15)
Oh dear, parking in Paris a hassle, I couldn't disagree more.

This August (2012) I have just driven in to Paris from a reasonably priced Apartment/Hotel near Ch. De Gaul air port (Sleeps 4 with 2 TVs, Bath & Shower, Kitchenette/Diner, Fridge, coffee maker, sink, cuttelery & crockery AND Free WiFi) all for £53 a night.

A 20 to 25 minute drive in to the centre just behind the Eifel Tower, where parking was available on street AT NO COST (Free every weekend day & Night) and some streets are free in August, it took barely 5 minutes both days to locate a space.

Don't be put off by the hype and scaremongering, most Parisiannens go on hoilday for the first 3 weeks of August, the city is at its quietest then, the only down side is that some restaurants are closed for that period but there are still plenty to choose fro, August is THE TIME to go to Paris, and you can spend a day at the Paris Plague and it feels like you are on a beach holiday.
Parking in the Paris Suburbs
- Jimmy
(25 Jul 2012 - 19:45)
I am going to be in Paris for a few months. Is it possible to park for free in the suburbs of Paris. I am going to be living in the latin quarter, but i just need the car for the weekends.
Ticket Violation parking
- nan
(8 Aug 2011 - 21:15)
how to pay the Ticket Violation parking,
because last end of week on paris but we stay on stuttgart gemany,
can you help me ? how to pay the Ticket Violation parking, can we pay in internet or transfer. pleased help us.

Thank you
car park
- zgripcea
(4 Aug 2011 - 23:00)
please tell me where can I park the car over the weekend 5-7 08 2011 if I live in 61 Rue Brancion, Paris, FR
need to sort their act out
- dave2510
(6 Jul 2011 - 10:30)
Ahhh... so they sell parking cards after all. I was beginning to think they were only available to children born on a tuesday if they first complete an orange form in triplicate at the town hall. A less creative people would have put them in the post office or the supermarket or the cornershop but Paris opted for behind the counter in the tobacconists with no visible signage. Well, get this, I object to setting foot in the filthy places under EU health and safety legislation, so I'm just going to leave my car overnight next to this big green column...
PArking locations
- Ivan
(5 Mar 2011 - 19:00)
what a pity that the parking list isn't based on a map of Paris, and even better, an interactive map. This parking list page, even not following an area order is really a hassle

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