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The taxi rates you can expect to pay in France in 2019

A list of this year's official taxi prices has been published in France, revealing how much you should be coughing up for a cab journey wherever you are in the country in 2019.

The taxi rates you can expect to pay in France in 2019
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The national list shows that the minimum you can expect to pay for a taxi ride in France is now €7.10, which includes extras such as the fee for when the taxi is stuck in traffic. 
 
This year, Toulouse airport in the southern Occitanie region has introduced new standardised pricing for journeys into the city like the ones already rolled out in other popular destinations such as Paris, Cannes and Nice. 
 
The new taxi rates, which will kick in by February 1st, will see prices increase by 1.4 percent, with fees capped at the following rates:
 
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A minimum charge of €4.10 will already show on the metre when you get into the vehicle.
 
If there are more than four of you getting into the cab, there will be an extra fee of €2.50 (€4 in Paris) and the driver can also add an extra €2 per person if they have heavy or large luggage.
 
There is a minimum charge of €1.10 per kilometre travelled.
 
This can rise by up to 50 percent for journeys at anti-social times, such as at night and by 100 percent for journeys that would force the taxi driver to make a return with no passengers or in bad weather conditions, such as in snow or ice.
 
The price could also rise by 100 percent if the driver needs to use snow tires to make the journey.
 
If you book a taxi and ask the driver to wait, you will be charged a maximum of €36.73 per hour.
 
And if you book a taxi you may find that prices go up, depending on the city. Paris taxis can charge €4 for immediate bookings and €7 for advance bookings.
 
While in Nice, both immediate and advance bookings can cost €4 each and in Cannes that drops to €2.
 
Similarly in Lyon, immediate bookings will set you back €2 and advance bookings by €4 while in Toulouse, you may be charged €3 for immediate and €7 for advanced bookings. 
 
Taxis in all other towns can charge €2.50 for the fifth passenger and above and €2 per bulky piece of luggage.
 
Standard airport fees have also been published, including from Paris-Orly and Paris-CDG, as well as Nice and Toulouse-Blagnac airports, with the updated fees coming into force from March 1st at the latest.
 
Paris
 
Paris-CDG to Paris right bank: €50
Paris-CDG to Paris left bank: €55
Paris-Orly to Paris right bank: €35
Paris-Orly to Paris left bank: €30
 
Nice/Cannes
 
Nice-Côte d’Azur to Cannes: €80
Nice-Côte d’Azur to Monaco: €90
Nice-Côte d’Azur to central Nice: €32
 
Toulouse
 
Toulouse-Blagnac to Toulouse zone 1: €15
Toulouse-Blagnac to Toulouse zone 2: €25
Toulouse-Blagnac to Toulouse zone 3: €35
Toulouse-Blagnac to Toulouse zone 4: €45

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Paris aims to beat Olympic traffic with flying taxis

Paris aims to give visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics a flying start by offering airborne taxis to tournament sites straight from the airport.

Paris aims to beat Olympic traffic with flying taxis
An Airbus image showing what the taxis might look like. Photo: Airbus
Arrivals in the City of Light currently face an hour-long haul by train or bus into town from Charles de Gaulle airport to the north of Paris.
   
But if Aeroports de Paris (ADP), Airbus and the RATP regional transport have their way passengers, right after their jets have taxied to a halt on the runway, will be able to take to the air once again with a self-flying urban taxi of the future.
   
The firms used this past week's Paris Air Show to say the Olympics afforded the perfect opportunity to bring into service futuristic Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) machines, and that they would launch a feasibility study.
   
“In 2010, for the first time, more than half of humanity was living in urban zones and we think we shall surpass 60 percent by 2030,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.
   
The time had now come to vault up to “the third dimension” of local commutes — air, he said.
 
“If we have the conviction that in the next five, 10, 15, 20 or 30 years low altitude is a space to be conquered we have to put in place the conditions today,” said ADP Group's executive director general Edward Arkwright.
   
VTOL converts are already sprouting in number as the world looks to move beyond — or rather, above — today's saturated motorways and growing environmental concerns.
   
Back on the ground, the view has been muddied by a delay beyond the Games, to 2025, of the express fast train designed to cut congestion and travel time between Charles de Gaulle airport and the city centre. 
   
For aircraft manufacturer Airbus, airport manager ADP and RATP, which manages Parisian public transport services, the Games are a chance to showcase French savoir-faire in urban mobility.
 
Multitude of projects
 
ADP has until the end of the year to choose a site for a “Vertiport” capable of hosting taxis from one of 10 aerodromes in the region around Paris.
   
The idea is to have the venue ready in 18 months, requiring infrastructure investment of some ten million euros ($11.3 million), says Arkwright. He adds the project will test out the link “via an existing helicopter corridor”.
   
Ideally, the service would see the taxis take off every six minutes.
   
In order to make VTOL a reality by 2024, ADP is working alongside Airbus, which has for some years been involved in full electric propulsion urban mobility schemes.
   
The manufacturer already has two prototype models — the single-seater “Vahana” and the four-seater variant “CityAirbus”.
   
Faury explained that “the two projects will converge towards a vehicle that will respond to first cases of use.”
   
“This partnership is a unique opportunity to develop technological solutions, a product, a regulatory framework, an economic model,” Faury added.
 
'Important stage'
 
“This project reduces constraints not only in terms of infrastructure but also concerning air traffic as it involves experimenting in a specific (air) corridor,” said Jean-Louis Rassineux, head of aeronautics and defence issues for Deloitte. “It is large scale rollout which is going to be complicated,” Rassineux told AFP.
   
Along with required progress on battery power and anti-collision detection he said there were “constraints regarding compatibility and traffic regulation.” 
   
But there is also the issue of the extent to which the concept will gain widespread public acceptance.
   
Rassineux warned there would need to be “security levels as stringent as those for air traffic” as well as “real value added to existing transport” systems.
   
Deloitte estimates the size of the airborne taxi market at some $17 billion for the United States alone through to 2040.
   
Yet “there remains some way to go before a flying vehicle becomes integrated into urban transport,” cautioned France's transport minister, Elisabeth Borne.
   
Borne nonetheless sees moves towards creating an embryonic service in time for the 2024 games as “one of the important stages” towards “the emergence of a complete transport offering” which would be “integrated and which respects the environment”.  
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