Are you thinking about coming to Paris? More importantly - are you thinking about driving and parking in Paris? Whether it's your next destination for a quick weekend break, or you have recently moved to Paris, you may be eager to find out more about this wonderful city! You are in the right place, as at Parclick, we want to make your trip to Paris as enjoyable as possible, whilst also giving you a local insight into the city of love. So, before you go and visit the beautiful Eiffel Tower, explore the winding streets of Montmartre or enjoy a romantic stroll down the banks of the Seine, make sure you read this article we have prepared for you, to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises in this spectacular city!
You may have heard the terrifying stories about driving in Paris, whether it is the crazy Parisian driving, navigating narrow, one-way streets or the dreaded finding of a parking space. You do not have to stress about this last problem however, as we are here to give you the lowdown about parking in Paris
Don’t worry if you are new to driving in Paris, as we will tell you everything you need to know about driving here, starting with the basics! In France you drive on the right, within Paris itself, you must stick to the most important rules of the road such as not driving in bus lanes and sticking to the speed limit, which is 50km/hour (30mph) on city roads, 70km/h (43mph) on ring roads and 90km/h (56mph) on main roads. On motorways the speed limit is 130km/hour (80mph) and 110km/h (68mph) in wet weather. Perhaps one of the most important pieces of information you should know before driving in Paris is the environmental traffic restrictions and how you can drive around Paris without getting a fine. Under the Paris ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) scheme, you have to get a Crit’Air sticker in order to drive in Paris. It is therefore essential that you check your car has one of these, and if not order one for the make and model of your car. If you need to drive around Paris and you don’t have a sticker, order one and keep the receipt in case you are questioned. It is also important to note that emergency restrictions can be put in place which restrict car use if pollution rises over a certain level. There are also sometimes car-free days which are promoted by the city council around September time. Events can also take place, such as the Paris Marathon, which can close off certain areas of the city to cars. It is therefore essential that you look up possible current restrictions which could affect your trip. If these restrictions worry you, or you would prefer not to have to bother with a sticker, have a look at our Park and Ride Car Parks, which are car parks located on the outskirts of Paris near to good public transport links. We will explain all of these options later in the article.
In Paris, there are two ways you can park your car - using on-street parking or using car parks. The advantages and disadvantages of both options can depend on the area you wish to park, so it is important you plan your parking ahead of your trip. On-street parking in Paris is relatively expensive compared to other European cities. On-street parking is divided into two price zones, the central zone which costs €4/hour to park and the outskirts, where on-street parking costs €2.40/hour. Parking tariffs apply between 9am and 8pm and you can pay for your on-street parking using the nearby parking meters or designated mobile phone apps. On-street parking is expensive and often hard to find, and to make matters worse, it is often limited to only two hours if you haven’t got a residence permit. To save yourself the headache of finding parking, why not prebook your parking space with Parclick? Booking in one of our car parks not only saves you time, but is often the same price or cheaper than on street parking. What’s more is that your car will be in the security of a car park, which avoids on-street parking problems such as vandalism, robbery and damage to your car.
One of the most obvious questions you probably have is how to park your car for free in Paris! We want to be transparent about how difficult parking for free can be in Paris, however it is by no means impossible! The best part of Paris to find free parking is in the Bois de Vincennes district, particularly around the Daumesnil Lake, Route de la Pleine and L’avenue du Bel Air. This free parking is handy, however it is located on the outskirts of Paris and if you are in Paris for a short time, it may be more convenient to park in other areas of Paris in order to be able to make the most out of your trip. On street parking in Paris is free on Sundays, however it can be incredibly limited and difficult to find. If you are looking for parking in a particular area, especially around the centre of the city, you are better off to prebook one of our many cheap car parks which are in excellent locations across Paris! This way, you can reserve your guaranteed parking space, at the best possible price, and completely forget about the stress of finding a parking space in Paris! It really is a no-brainer...
Paris has an amazing public transport system for you to enjoy, from its world-renowned metro system, to a wide network of buses and even the Batobus, a shuttle bus which runs down the Seine. RER trains are also high speed, overground trains which service Paris and form part of the public transport network. You can even use the city bike rental scheme known as Vèlibs, which allow you to rent out bikes at a cheap rate and return them to stations across Paris. We have the perfect solution to car restrictions, Crit’Air stickers and traffic nightmares in the centre of Paris. Many tourists and visitors to Paris choose to park in one of our Park in Ride car parks. These car parks are located on the outskirts of the city and are wel