Taxi in Paris

Jan 29th, 2007, 04:16 AM
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Taxi in Paris

Could anyone tell me if we can pre-book taxis or minicabs in Paris. There will be 12 of us with a suitcase each and we need to transfer from Gare du Nord to Gare d'Austerlitz. We don't want to risk there not being enough taxis available, causing us to miss our connection to the sleeper train. Also, any idea on cost?
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Jan 29th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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I don't know of any pre-booking of taxis, but there are always 30 of them at the taxi ranks outside the terminals at CDG. Each one will cost €40 to €50, depending on traffic delays.

Have you considered a shuttle or the commuter train?
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Jan 29th, 2007, 08:51 AM
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I never heard of such a thing, unless you hire a private car and driver or something, but that seems a bit excessive. I don't know what you are referring to as a "minicab".
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Jan 29th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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Yes, you can prebook taxis with no problem, which is what a lot of Parisians do.

G7 (www.taxisg7.fr) is one of the main companies, and you can book online. Note: the site is in French only.
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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(There is a big secret underground parking lot for prebooked taxis at Gare du Nord, next to the rental car counters. They sit there luxuriously, almost directly beneath the big queue for taxis outside the station building. I was there this morning returning a rental car and noticed all of the people holding G7 signs with names on them, waiting for the Eurostar and the Thalys.)
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:04 AM
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With a party of 12 you will need a couple vehicles - two minivans might work. though there are usually some around, you cannot absolutely rely on there being two available when you arrive at GdN.
An alternative would be to jump on Metro line 5 at GdN (direction Place d'Italie) and ride to the Gare d'Austerlitz? You could buy a carnet of 10 tickets plus two additional to cover the transit.

Robespierre - they are arriving GdN, not CDG. Taxi would be much less, maybe 10-15 euro per cab max.
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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Don't want to advertise, but I was visiting the G7 website, and it has an online fare estimator for those of you always wondering how much a taxi will cost between point A and point B.
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:35 AM
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Christina, when I visited London I learned there is a whole system of minicabs which appear to be an alternate system of taxis that you call and order rather than the black cabs that you hail on the street. They are less expensive than the black cabs and they are not necessarily small, that seems to be just the name they go by. Julie has a UK e-mail address, so I'm guessing that she is wondering whether there is a similar system in Paris.
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:42 AM
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If we wanted to take the train to Gare d'Austerlitz, how difficult is it to get from the Eurostar area to the train. Don't want to have to kill myself dragging luggage up & down flights of stairs even though there are only 2 of us. We also were considering a taxi. Thanks
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Jan 29th, 2007, 09:43 AM
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If you are traveling in first class you can book it onboard the train.
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Jan 29th, 2007, 10:05 AM
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As Seamus said, the metro is direct from Gare du Nord to Austerlitz. Yes, there are a few flights of stairs, but all going down -- you go down to line 5 at Gare du Nord, whereas live 5 arrives on a bridge ABOVE the Austerlitz station -- so you walk DOWN to the train station from there. It's a snap.
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