Driving in the centre of Paris is quite a story: between the ZCR (the Restricted Traffic Zone), the Crit'Air Stickers and Paris Breathes Scheme, it's hard to find your way around by car.
By now, you have the ZCR (Restricted Traffic Zone) worked out. You have got your the Crit'Air sticker and you think it's settled.
But then the Paris Breathes Scheme comes along... You've heard that you can't drive to Paris on Sundays, from time to time, but not all the time? Are you a bit confused?
Well, let's start again! As we at Parclick love you very much, we're going to give you a few explanations so that you can park in Paris in complete peace of mind!
The Paris Breathes Schemes, what is it?
Driving in Paris at weekends and on public holidays
Introduced on 7 October 2018, Paris Breathes restricts traffic in Paris on Sundays in the centre of the capital and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in certain districts of Paris.
The aim is to improve air quality and provide a car-free space in Paris, just like the car free days in Paris.
The first thing you need to know is that the Paris Breathing Scheme is only effective on certain days of the month, with each district applying different times and days. That's it!
So, which arrondissements take part in Paris breathes?
Read on, we'll tell you everything ;)
All the vehicles are concerned by Paris respire, except for residents of the Paris respire area and disabled people who have a PMR card in particular.
Other vehicles are authorised to circulate such as taxis, transport cars, public service vehicles, etc.
To remember the districts involved by Paris breathes, think that you are not going to pass through Quatre Chemins.
Firstly because Aubervilliers is not included in Paris Breathes, and secondly because this expression will remind you that it is the first four arrondissements of Paris that are concerned.
Not a silly thing to say!
The problem is that that's not all! In all, there are 20 districts of the capital in which traffic is banned for Paris Breathes.
We will give you more information about the districts which take part in Paris Breathes below.
Paris breathes: the centre of Paris closed to traffic on the first Sunday of the month.
Talking about the districts closed to traffic in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, we detail the streets that are closed for each district in the centre of Paris concerned by this measure.
Paris Breathes is activated on the first Sunday of each month in these streets of the 1st arrondissement.
Rue de Rivoli, between boulevard de Sébastopol and rue de Rohan
Rue de Rohan
Avenue de l'Opéra.
In the 2nd arrondissement, the following sectors are concerned:
Place de l'Opéra
Boulevard des Capucines, between place de l'Opéra and Boulevard des Italiens
Boulevard des Italiens
Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle
Note that in the 2nd arrondissement, Paris breathes in the Sentier district takes place every Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round, and until 7:00 pm in summer.
In the 3rd arrondissement, the following streets are closed to traffic:
Place de la République
Boulevard du Temple
Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire
Paris breathes in the 3rd arrondissement is also applied in the Marais district every Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round, and until 7:30 pm in summer.
Finally, the last arrondissement of the centre concerned by Paris is the 4th arrondissement, on the following streets :
Place de la Bastille
Boulevard Henri IV
Pont de Sully
Quai de la Tournelle
Quai de Montebello
Petit Pont (Cardinal Lustiger)
Rue de la Cité
Rue Saint-Martin, between Quai de Gesvres and Avenue Victoria
Avenue Victoria, between Rue Saint-Martin and Boulevard de Sébastopol
Boulevard de Sébastopol, between Avenue Victoria and Rue de Rivoli.
Just as in the 3rd arrondissement, Paris breathes in the 4th arrondissement is also applied in the Marais district every Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round, and until 7:30 pm in summer.
Of course, that's not all (that would be too simple!). As Operation Paris Breathes works rather well, other neighbourhoods have chosen to set it up.
In addition to the centre of the capital, Paris Breathes is applied in the following districts:
Traffic is restricted in the 5th arrondissement in the Mouffetard district on Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round.
Traffic is restricted in the 8th arrondissement on the Champs-Élysées every first Sunday of the month, with some exceptions.
But... We're talking about the Champs-Élysées, so the times and the perimeter may change according to current events or possible events planned in the district. Don't forget to take a look at the news ;)
Traffic is restricted in the 9th arrondissement on Avenue Trudaine every Sunday and public holidays from 2pm to 6pm, and until 7pm in the summer.
The Rue des Martyrs district also applies Paris breathes every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 all year round.
Traffic is restricted in the 10th arrondissement in the Canal Saint-Martin district on Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 to 18:00 throughout the year, and until 20:00 in summer.
The Faubourg Saint-Denis district is also affected by Paris breathing every Sunday and public holiday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round, and until 8:00 pm in the summer.
Traffic is restricted in the 12th arrondissement in the Bois de Vincennes district every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm in summer and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in winter.
The sectors concerned are as follows:
Avenue du Tremblay, between Avenue de Nogent and route du Champ-de-Manœuvre
Avenue de la Pépinière
Avenue de Fontenay
Route de la Ceinture-du-Lac-Daumesnil
Route du Parc
But that's not all for the 12th arrondissement: Paris Breathes is also applied in the Aligre district every Sunday from 10am to 2pm all year round.
Traffic is restricted in the 13th arrondissement in the Butte-aux-Cailles district on Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round, and until 8:00 pm in summer.
Traffic is restricted in the 14th arrondissement in rue Daguerre every Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round.
Traffic is restricted in the 15th arrondissement in the Rue du Commerce on various dates from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm:
Traffic is restricted in the 16th arrondissement every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round.
The sectors concerned by Paris breathes are as follows :
Avenue de la Reine-Marguerite, between Porte de Boulogne and Route de la Grande-Cascade
Route de l'Hippodrome, between the route de Sèvres à Neuilly and the Avenue de Saint-Cloud.
Traffic is restricted in the 17th arrondissement in rue des Moines every Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 all year round.
Traffic is restricted in the 18th arrondissement in the rue du Poteau every Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 all year round.
Paris breathes also breathes in the Montmartre district every Sunday and public holidays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round.
Traffic is restricted in the 19th arrondissement in the Château-Rouge district every Saturday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Paris breathes also applies in the Bassin de la Villette every Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all year round, and until 8:00 pm in summer.
Traffic is restricted in the 20th arrondissement of the city.