0

Are there considerable traffic jams in Paris?

I wouldn't like to waste most of my time in traffic jams. Is taxi a better option for a short term visit of Paris, like 3 days.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Ali Awan, Kate Gregory, choster, user 56513, David Richerby Jun 6 at 19:19

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 8
    To visit Paris? public transportation is much better, and you will see also non-tourists. – Giacomo Catenazzi Jun 6 at 14:31
  • 2
    The best way to avoid traffic jams is to use a combination of Paris Metro and walking. – Patricia Shanahan Jun 6 at 14:43
  • Like every major city, Paris has traffic jams. The fact that they exist, however, means that for some people, driving is better than the alternatives (cf. nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded). Some people abhor traffic, and other people abhor public transportation, but most will choose a mode that makes sense for visiting a particular attraction or neighborhood. Without knowing your travel plans, style, budget, priorities, and so forth, it's hard to make a definitive recommendation. – choster Jun 6 at 15:02
  • 1
    Car no, motorcycle yes. – Dino Jun 6 at 15:19
4
  • Does it make sense to rent a car when in Paris? Most probably, no.

  • Are there considerable traffic jams in Paris? Most definitely yes. Traffic in Paris has always been terrible, and the trend is to try to discourage people from driving, so there are reductions in the number of lanes, roads closed or with arbitrary one-ways which change every other crossing, and more. It can take an hour to drive a few miles.

Also, if you come from most of the US cities for instance, driving in Paris (like in many European cities) can be a nightmare, both in terms of orientation (don’t even try without an up-to-date navigation app) and the way people drive.

And even if/when you get to your destination, you have the issue of parking your car, which can be difficult and expensive.

Taxis can use bus lanes so it helps a bit, but in many situations they’re not quite the fastest option. Taking the metro is often the quickest option. But of course you will usually be more comfortable in a taxi than in a crowded rush-hour train.

Depending on your activities (business or tourism), itineraries, times of travel, weather, personal preferences and budget, the best options may be either a taxi, a “VTC” (Uber and the like — note however they can’t use bus lanes), public transport (metro, bus, RER, tramway, commuter trains), walking, cycling, using an electric scooter (“trottinette”)... It will almost never be using a dedicated car.

A good solution is to check your favourite map app before leaving to see the options. With a caveat: do not trust the RATP app when it tells you to take the bus. It is always waaaaaay too optimistic.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.