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Taxi rates are based on location and time. Daytime rates, denoted A (7 am–7 pm), within Paris are €0.96 per kilometer (½ mile), and nighttime rates, B, are €1.21 per kilometer. Suburban zones and airports, C, are €1.47 per kilometer. There's a basic hire charge of €2.40 for all rides, a €1 supplement per piece of luggage, and a €0.70 supplement if you're picked up at an SNCF (the French rail system) station. Waiting time is charged at around €30 per hour. The easiest way to get a taxi is to ask your hotel or a restaurant to call one for you, or go to the nearest taxi stand (you can find one every couple of blocks)—they're marked by a square, dark blue sign with a white T in the middle. People waiting for cabs often form a line, but will jump at any available taxi; be firm and don't let people cut in front of you. A taxi is available when the entire sign is lighted up, and taken when just the little bulb at the bottom of the sign is lighted. They'll accept a fourth passenger for an average supplement of €2.95. It's customary to tip the driver about 10%.
Central Taxi Parisien (08–25–56–03–20 €0.15 per min. www.central-taxi-parisien.com.)
Taxis Bleus (08–91–70–10–10 €0.23 per min; 3609 €0.15 per min. www.taxis-bleus.com.)
Taxis G7 (01–41–27–66–99 for service in English; 3607 €0.15 per min. www.taxisg7.fr.)
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