will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"PARIS BY CAR" Paris Transportation Tip by Lady_Mystique

Paris Transportation: 1,526 reviews and 1,581 photos

  Paris Traffic
by Lady_Mystique
  • Paris Traffic - Paris
      Paris Traffic
    by Lady_Mystique
  • Michelin Map of Paris Streets...including one-way - Paris
      Michelin Map of Paris Streets...including one-way
    by Lady_Mystique
  • Another good Michelin map for those Paris streets - Paris
      Another good Michelin map for those Paris streets
    by Lady_Mystique

"One driver out of every twelve in Paris has killed a man.
On foot, the Parisian is as courteous as the citizen of any other city.
But mounted, he is merciless."
~ Irwin Shaw ~

The infamous rotary at the Arc de Triomphe is a perfect example of this: police are stationed on the Champs-Elysées side to keep unwitting tourists from walking directly across eight lanes of traffic to the Arc.

As a rule, the fastest and biggest car wins.

'Priorité à droite' gives the right of way to the car approaching from the right, regardless of the size of the streets, and Parisian drivers make it an affair of honour to take this right even in the face of grave danger.

La plupart des automobiles du monde marchent à l'essence.
Les autos françaises marchent au klaxon. Surtout quand elles sont arrêtées.

Translation: Most of the automobiles in this world run on gasoline.
The French autos run on horns.
Especially when they're stopped.
~ Pierre Daninos ~

Technically, drivers are not allowed to honk their horns within city limits unless they are about to hit a pedestrian, but this rule is often broken. The legal way to show discontent is to flash your headlights.

If you don't have a map of Paris marked with one-way streets, the city will be impossible to navigate.

BTW Parking is expensive and hard to find. But you probably aleady knew that!

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Aug 23, 2006
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 4 3 7

Have you been to Paris?

  Share Your Travels