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PARIS FRANCE TRANSPORT - TRANSPORT IN PARIS FRANCE

Paris MetroParis Transport - Driving in central Paris is not advised. Most of the hotels do not have garages and parking is difficult. If you are parked illegally your car will be towed away. There are terrible traffic jams and they are very frequent. During those congested times you will travel at only 11 mph, but if you take the metro its average speed is 17mph.

Here are some other means of Transport in Paris to get you around the city that we advise you to do rather than driving.

The Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens tel: (08) 9268 7714 in English or (01) 4346 1414) is an integrated, five-zone system of bus, métro and trains that are cheap and efficient. They do go on strike often.

Paris TransportThe Metro is the city's subway system and it was opened on July 19, 1900. Engineer Fulgence Bienvenüe oversaw the construction phase, while architect Hector Guimard designed it. The system has 124 miles of track and 15 lines. There are 368 stations. A total of 3500 cars transport 6 million people per day, while the system itself employs 15,000 employees. Every building in Paris is within 3/10 of a mile of a métro station and the system connects the city with its outlying suburbs.

Taxis can be hailed at airports, stations and at taxi ranks but can be hard to find, especially when most in demand mainly on Friday and Saturday nights. A yellow light displayed on the roof shows that the taxi is available for hire. When the light is orange it shows the taxi is in use.

The minimum age for car rental varies from 21-25 years. Drivers must have held a National Driving Licence for at least one year. It is usually requested that the cost is paid for with the driver's credit card.