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Paris: traffic, parking and car parks

If you plan to drive to Paris, we should inform you in advance about the parking conditions in the capital. Indeed, it is not easy to travel in Paris with your own vehicle, let alone to park there. Fortunately, Parclick helps you!

Driving in the city of Paris

In addition to the traditional traffic jams, accidents, blocked streets because of protests or events (such as the half-marathon of the Bois de Vincennes), the city of Paris faces a particularly worrying challenge: pollution.

In order to fight against it, each week, some neighbourhoods prohibit the use of the car for part of the day on Saturday or Sunday, or both. The schedules are typically from 10am to 6pm, but sometimes it´s only the morning, or the afternoon. This trend is in the name of the operation "Paris Breathes". In summer, more neighbourhoods organize this traffic restriction. Among the areas concerned, we can name the banks of the Seine facing the Ile de la Cité, the Marais district, the Montmartre district, the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes…on the weekend, so be particularly aware.

In addition, during pollution peaks, the administrative centre may decide to set up alternating traffic. Although this measure is rare, it is no less restrictive. In such a situation, the vehicles are allowed to drive if, as the case may be, their license plate is even or odd; some are exempt from this constraint, such as electric cars or those carrying more than three persons; others, on the contrary, are prohibited in the city centre and in the inner suburbs, whatever their registration: this is the case of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and those without a catalytic converter.

The parking puzzle in the capital

If traffic is complicated in Paris, parking is a real challenge. There are two types of parking, both paying:

residential parking: it facilitates the parking for residents. It allows you to park your vehicle up to 7 days in a row, excluding public holidays. Residents benefit from highly advantageous rates, provided they have a residential card (it costs 45 € per year). To find out more about the procedures to follow, you can consult the official website of the city of Paris;

visitor parking: also called "rotating parking", it is limited to six consecutive hours...but from two o'clock the price skyrockets! The hourly rate varies between € 2.40 and € 4 depending on the area.

On the other hand, there are two types of routes in Paris:

mixed lanes: you must pay for parking from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday; however, it is free on Sundays and public holidays. Both types of parking, residential and visitor, are allowed;

rotating lanes: parking is also paid from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 8pm. Only the visitor parking is possible.

It´s good to know, since January 1 2018, the City of Paris supports the issue of paid parking. Important changes should be noted, such as more expensive sanctions in case of non-payment (up to 50 €). On the other hand, we now talk about FPS for "post-parking package" and no longer a fine or a ticket. 

The ZCR de Paris

Another problem to take into account if you want to move or park in the capital is the existence of a restricted traffic zone in inner Paris since January 15, 2017

The parking solution: simpler, safer

As you can see, parking is tricky business in Paris. Visitor parking can quickly become very expensive, not to mention the constraints related to the time limit, the difficulty of finding a place or even the safety of your vehicle.

With Parclick, you have a way to park easily. Just enter our website and search our available parking lots in Paris. You can compare our different offers based on their location, their rates and services offered. Once you have chosen the car park that best suits your needs, you just have to book it!

The variety of transport services offered, from the metro to the bikes, will allow you to reach your destination from your car park. This way, on the day of your arrival in Paris, you will be able to park easily thanks to Parclick, without risking a fine, without fearing the scarcity of places, for the duration that you wish. Take advantage now of our car parks in Paris!

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