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It might be one of the most frustrating parts of your vacation. Where do you find the right parking spot when visiting a country? And what are the rules? Traveling to a new destination exciting, but not understanding the parking laws of each country can results in high fines. With this guide “Parking in France” , I provide you will with all the information you will need to find a good parking spot during your next road trip.


Parking regulations in France

Almost all the city street parking in France is regulated by parking machines (horodateurs). The rules can vary from location to location, so please make sure you read the rules before you park.  If you would like to park for more then 24 hours it is only allowed in locations that are specifically for long-term parking. In most small towns, parking is permitted to one side of the street (the side with odd-numbered houses) for the first half of the month and on the ‘even’ side for the second half of the month.

Parking in the Blue zones

For parking in the blue zones you will need a parking disk (disque de contrôle). You can buy these in the small kiosks, garages, gasstation or at the police station. Parking should be done in the same direction of traffic for that side of the street.

It is possible to park for free for one hour between 09.00 – 12.00 and from 14.00 / 14.30 until 19.00, whilst being valid from Monday to Saturday. There is no limit outside of these hours and parking is free on Sundays and public holidays. Always display your disk in clear sight under your windscreen.

Parking in Paris

This is just a nightmare! Do not do it! Park outside of Paris and take the public transportation to get to the city centre. You will not be able to park anywhere and if you are lucky you will see that the prices per hour are ridiculous.

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