Other than a few rare exceptions, all parking spaces in Paris require payment, including on-street parking. If you wish to park between the hours of 9 am and 8 pm, Monday to Saturday, you will need to buy a parking ticket. The price you pay depends on the zone in question, and can be up to 10€ per hour. Residents of Paris benefit from preferential rates, but this is subject to ownership of a special residents' card. All on-street parking is limited to a maximum of six hours, and is not free anymore in August.
Comparison of on-street parking rates vs parking garage
Previously limited to two hours, road parking has been permitted since January 2018 until six hours on the same site.
In most cases, you will find a parking ticket machine close to your vehicle. However, almost all coin-operated ticket machines were abolished several years ago, so you will need to purchase a prepaid parking card in advance. There are two card values available: 15 € and 40 €. You can buy these at most newsagents and tobacconists in Paris. It is often harder to purchase one of these cards in the suburbs or elsewhere in France. In 2011, Paris city council began introducing credit/debit card payment machines, but these are still rare and security remains an issue (2,000 parking ticket machines installed to date).
With these complex payment procedures, the challenge of finding an on-street parking space, the 6 hour time limit and prices, you will understand why our low-cost parking solutions represent a much more practical option. Our car parks are affordable, and are open and guarded 24/7, meaning you can park your vehicle with complete peace of mind.