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Jun 8th, 2013, 09:45 AM
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Credit cards in cabs in Paris and London

We will have a lot of luggage, so plan to take cabs to and from the airports in Paris and London. Do we need to have a lot of cash on hand or will they take credit cards?
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Jun 8th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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In London, some do: some don't

But no-one with more sense than money hails a taxi off the rank at a London airport, except for destinations east of Oxford Circus from LCY. Search on sites like this for airport car services like just airports from Heathrow, Luton or Stansted, and prebook a car to meet you. From Gatwick, get the train - however much luggage you've got.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Same in Paris, but you won't have a problem getting one at the airport that takes credit cards, you just have to specify to the guy who runs the taxi queue. I think most do. For the return, I presume you'd have your hotel order one, and then make sure they also specify it to be sure.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Taxi from CDG is fine.

Taxi from (I assume) LHR is ridiculous. And if by chance you are arriving at LGW, a taxi would cost as much as your transatlantic airfare (only a slight exaggeration.)

Justairports.com or a similar pre-booked car service would cost half what a taxi would run. Must be pre-booked - can be done on-line.

That is for LHR - for LGW, a train really would be best. Then you could take a taxi from the train to your hotel. This would be faster and much cheaper than a taxi or a car service in from the airport. LGW is 30 miles from London and road travel will take forever.

(Is there a reason you have so much luggage? and is there so much you'll have trouble wrestling it on to the Eurostar?)
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Jun 8th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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In London taxis often charge a 10% surcharge to use their credit card machine so we didn't find it as user friendly as NYC.
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Jun 8th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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No credit cards possible in our recent Paris cab.
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Jun 9th, 2013, 09:35 AM
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I originally thought we would pre-order a car service, but there I read so many complaints about them I was afraid to do it.
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Jun 9th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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>>I originally thought we would pre-order a car service, but there I read so many complaints about them I was afraid to do it.<<

Where did you read that??

Other than the tube, a legitimate car service is the only way I'd ever travel between LHR/London.
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Jun 9th, 2013, 10:04 PM
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Have used Paris Shuttle several times to go to CDG with very good experiences. Prepay online with your credit card.
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Jun 10th, 2013, 02:04 AM
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Have used just airports dozens of times with absolutely no problems.
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