europe Parking is strictly regulated in urban areas, and is permitted only in spaces painted in white. On-street parking is limited, long term parking is set to car parks. Many cities have modern and secured (underground) parkings. Rates in car parks are higher than parking on the street, but they do offer more space and longer parking periods.

Paid parking France

In the white area with the word Payant a parking fee must be paid. You can buy your ticket from the ticket machines located along the street, where coupons may be purchased for 15 minutes to 2 hours of parking time. This ticket must be visible through the windshield on the driver's side.

No-parking in France

Parking in areas yellow curbs are reserved for commercial and official vehicles only, though drop off or pick up passengers is still allowed along dotted yellow lines. No parking is permitted on certain main routes through the center of Paris, labeled axes rouges (red routes).

Blue zones in France

In the ‘blue zones’ (zone bleue, indicated by blue street markings) you may park free for one hour between 09.00-12.00 and from 14.00-19.00 from Mondays to Saturdays, with no limit outside these hours or on Sundays and public holidays. No restictions apply for parking between 12.00 and 14.00 hours. For parking in a blue zone you must display a parking disc (disque de contrôle/stationnement) in your windscreen.

Parking disabled drivers France has adopted the European Model Parking Card but local variations on its use can apply. With this card you may park on parking spaces reserved for card holders only.
In many cities (Paris), you may park without payment at a paid parking places and exceed the maximum time allowed. Elsewhere, you must pay to park and not exceed the paid-for time.
In many areas, you may exceed the time limit on a road where parking is free but is restricted by time.
Do not park on a road where parking is prohibited and do not drive or park in a pedestrian zone.