Do you intend to travel to Paris by car? Paying close attention to traffic conditions and parking is highly recommended. The Parisian agglomération contains over 10 million residents. It also receives 42 million visitors each year, several of whom arrive by car. According to Insee, nearly three quarters of tourists who visit France and come from neighbouring countries such as Germany or the United Kingdom arrive by car. Due to Paris’ size, this results in numerous bottlenecks and difficulties with parking.
However Paris abounds with car parks. And even better, Parclick suggests planning your trip and reserving a parking space immediately. Doing so will ensure that you are able to avoid problems which are faced by car owners in the capital: fines, stress, wasting time. You can take a look at our car park and book a space in the one you find the most suitable, right away.
Driving in Paris
Getting around in your car
Getting around Paris by car is particularly difficult. This is due to the large number of tourists and commuters resulting in a large number of bottlenecks and exceptionally high levels of pollution. To the extent that prefectural measures are taken on occasion to reduce traffic during serious cases of peak pollution levels. This results in road space rationing banning driving in the Parisian city centre and its small crown of vehicles with even or odd registration as required in order to reduce atmospheric pollution.
There are also road closures due to on-going works or events such as Paris’s half-marathon in Bois de Vincennes. The initiative Paris Respire, dedicated to reducing pollution is also worth mentioning. As a result, certain quarters are closed to cars on a weekly basis, usually one Sunday for most of the day. Depending on the circumstances, such closures may recur throughout the year or simply during the summer. Berges de la Seine, Montmartre quarters as well as Bois de Boulogne are particularly affected by these arrangements. At total of about fifteen quarters are involved in the Paris Respire initiative.
Parking in Paris
Parking spaces in Paris are both rare and must be paid for. There are two categories of parking. There is visitors’ parking limited to two consecutive hours, while residential parking may last up to seven consecutive days (on the condition that the necessary steps to obtain a resident’s permit costing € 45 per annum, be taken) . Visitors parking is significantly less convenient, and should not be considered if you are visiting as a tourist. Its rates are a lot higher than if you were located in Paris’ city centre. There is also the fact that failure to adhere to parking regulations may result in your being fined or impounded.
Booking a parking space is certainly the easiest option. Car parks are actually quite numerous in the city but due to constraints involving street parking and the really high numbers of visitors by car, they are often full. By planning your trip and reserving your parking space in advance, you will avoid all these issues: the scarcity of parking spaces, time limits, fines and impounding. There are several options available with regards to transport in the city of Paris, including the underground and Vélib (self-service bicycles),as well as buses, trams, and even Batobus, a permanent shuttle service on the Seine.
Are you coming to Paris to catch a plane/train? We recommend you book a space in one of our car parks!
If you are travelling to Paris in order to get to a station or an airport, Parclick has several car parks close to them. As a result, you can book parking spaces in the capital’s six stations:
Several car park spaces can also be found in airports which you can book through Parclick. There are fourteen airports and aerodromes in Île-de-France, including:
Thanks to Parclick, booking your car park space is really easy. As a result, you will be able to catch your train or flight and leave when you want to without having to worry about the safety of your car.
Where to go in Paris
It is simply impossible to make an exhaustive list of the places and monuments worth visiting in Paris. The city certainly is not the source of as many fantasies and tourists, for nothing!
Paris is an incredible concentration of squares and monuments which bear witness to a history which has been both rich and eventful since ancient times.
The most famous are the Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l'Etoile, the Eiffel Tower and the Champ-de-Mars at its base,'Île de la Cité and in particular Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. Paris also contains catacombs which can be accessed from Denfert-Rochereau Square, or Basilique du Sacré-Cœur on Butte de Montmartre. Some of these key points of interest even provide you with a spectacular view of the city: the Eiffel Tower, Butte de Montmartre, as well as Montparnasse tower which was the highest tower in the capital for a long time.
Other spots which are certainly worth a visit include Conciergerie, Opéra Garnier and the Panthéon. Finding a place in which to park your car will be easy for you thanks to our numerous car parks.
There are also several museums in the capital. And the most important are worth an instant mention: Musée du Louvre and Musée Grévin. You could also visit Musée Dapper which focuses on African and Caribbean cultures. The Louis Vuitton house (which itself is an architectural masterpiece made from glass) also provides another opportunity to admire artistic works. You can also visit Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, close to the Eiffel Tower, which displays paintings by painters as famous as Matisse or Picasso. Last of all, there is also Musée du quai Branly, which focuses on non-western cultures and possesses a permanent collection in addition to various exhibitions.
Events and matches in Paris
Paris: exhibitions with festivals
Throughout the year, numerous events especially those involving culture and festivities enliven the capital. Hence in January, the 13th arrondisment celebrates the Chinese New Year; in summer the quays of the Seine are prepared by Paris Plages for artificial beaches, entertainment activities and even palm trees. As can be expected a military parade takes place on the 14th of July on Avenue des Champs-Elysées. The city also hosts the Marché de Noël in December. Nuit Blanche which focuses on art is also held in Paris each year.
In addition to these events, spectacles and concerts are also held throughout the year. There is something for everyone including ballet, the opera or one man shows. The most famous venues include Palais Garnier, Palais des Sports, Théâtre du Châtelet, Zénith.
Numerous exhibitions are also held in Paris; some are also free such as those held in Jardins du Luxembourg, on Champ-de-Mars or Champs-Elysées. As for international trade shows, over 400 are held each year. Porte de Versailles is one of the favourite locations for these shows, is one of the favourite locations for these salons specifically Livre Paris and Salon international de l'agriculture.
A City dedicated to sports
There are several clubs dedicated to various sports in Paris. Several of them even possess teams which are particularly successful. For the rugby union there is Stade français Paris (whose home ground is Stade Jean-Bouin), or Racing 92 (whose home ground is Stade olympique Yves-du-Manoir). For football, there is Paris Saint-Germain FC with Parc des Princes as their home ground. Another club worth mentioning is Paris Volley, dedicated to volley-ball, based at Salle Charpy; there is also Paris Saint-Germain Handball club and its Stadium Paris-de-Coubertin.
Paris also hosts international matches. In 2016, the city also hosted the UEFA European Championship 2016 (or Euro 2016). Stade de France hosted the first and final matches of the tournament. It is important to book your parking space with sufficient time to spare during such events in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
In addition to these amazing monuments, several events are held throughout the year in Paris. Driving in the capital which frequently welcomes large numbers of individuals can be difficult during periods of peak pollution levels or events which are held frequently. That means that your car can turn out to be as much of a liability to you as an asset. Fortunately, there are several car parks which Parclick can offer you in the city of Paris. You can plan your trip, and book your place in one of our car parks; when the time comes you will be able to enjoy your trip in one of the most beautiful cities in the world without having to worry about parking issues, fines or parking times.