If you’ve ever taken a taxi, you probably think you know the drill in Paris. Well, sort of. Like everything else, the folkways and legalities of traveling by taxi in Paris may be just a bit different than those in your home town. Fortunately, Heather Stimmler Hall, longtime Paris resident and author of both the blog, Secrets of Paris, and the Naughty Paris, has all the details in her informative post: What You Don’t Know about Paris Taxis.
One thing that Heather mentions but bears repeating is that, if you call a taxi to pick you up, the driver is allowed to begin the meter from his point of departure, not from where he picks you up. Heather mentions that this may be as much as 5 euros; I’ve seen it as high as 16 euros. Moral of the story: if you have the ability to get to a taxi stand and you are confident that taxis will be there, do so.