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UBER or LIFT or? Within Paris

My husband and I need to get from Eastern Paris (near Michel Bizot Metro station) to a Europe car rental between Gare d' Lyon and Bastille before 11 AM on a Sat. In the past I would've taken public transport but we're older these days and Uber has been recommended, what with our bags and all. Any idea what the cost might be? Is there another, better car ride service in Paris? I've never actually used Uber or the other ride services so I'm pretty uncertain about how to proceed.

Posted by
4211 posts

I think I recall that they don't have LYFT in France. You could check into using BOLT. Ride prices can vary depending on demand/time of day etc. You could get an idea by checking the route periodically. When I've used UBER or LYFT, and the rates seemed to high, I wait and see if the rate is lower in 5 minutes or so.

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20 posts

We've used Uber and Bolt in Paris. Both are great, but Bolt is consistently about 10% cheaper and has a faster response time (probably has more drivers since it's more popular in Europe).

Posted by
2870 posts

Lyft does not operate in France. You could just call a taxi (Taxi G7) and arrange a pick up. Here is a link to their website for an estimate: https://www.g7.fr/en/

Posted by
8282 posts

I had an Uber driver in France cancel by saying I was a no show and try to keep part of the money. Took a taxi that was cheaper than the Uber would have been. Try a taxi, Kay.

Posted by
9546 posts

I vote for G7 too, lol. Download the app to your phone then you can book that way as well as pre-paying.

Posted by
7437 posts

Just for the record, you're going from Eastern Paris to . . . Eastern Paris. Michel Bizot and Gare d'Lyon are in the same arrondissement, even.

I agree with the idea to take a G7 taxi rather than Uber, which has become more and more annoying and useless. Either use the G7 app or use their English-speaking phone line (special number) to reserve

01.41.27.66.99

Better service, more reliable, etc.

Posted by
3625 posts

Alternatively, if the Europcar location is the one on Boulevard Diderot, it is a short ride on bus line 46 from Michel Bizot. No stairs, and no crowds on Saturday mornings.
But since a taxi will be 7.30€ minimum fare + 4€ reservation fee if you cannot hail one, you might as well prefer the comfort of a car.

Posted by
1898 posts

Any of the Taxi Parisians, G7 or Alpha, will work very well for you.

If you like one of the gig economy options, there are either Bolt or FreeNow.

Uber would be my absolute last choice in transportation options.

Posted by
497 posts

Thanks everyone! Sounds like Uber is not a great idea. I'll try to figure out the fare by taxi and maybe compare it to Bolt. Thanks, Balso for the info on bus line 46. No stairs, no crowds sounds good to me. I've been trying to figure out bus lines on the rapt site with little luck. We will be hauling suitcases and such so we were thinking maybe a taxi or rideshare would be a better idea as this is also time sensitive. We have to check out of our rental by 10 AM so it seemed pretty iffy to pick up the car earlier and then drive back to pick up our bags when the apartment owner might conceivably not still be there! We plan to take buses as much as possible thinking that it might be possible to have open windows. Yep, Kim, Eastern Paris to Eastern Paris. I know it sounds absurd but my husband and I are getting older and he now has hip/knee/foot issues, and is not happy with the idea of hauling bags around Paris. So maybe G7 taxi. And thanks, Bets, for the heads up on Uber!

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7437 posts

Kay, if you download the CityMapper app, you can play with some trip planning (if you know the address of your apartment that you will be staying in). You can do a prediction for a morning time trip to the rental agency location etc.

But sometimes it's just easier to take a taxi. (Another reason the taxi may be better than Uber is that Uber probably will decline to pick you up because it is such a short trip, but a taxi kind of has to take you.)

Posted by
2412 posts

I took several taxis last month with no problem, there are plenty of taxi stands around if you don't want to book in advance. Plus there are often special lanes that only taxis (and I guess busses) can use. Use Google maps and look at their various options, as noted you might decide walking isn't so bad.

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497 posts

Thanks again, everyone. Kim, I just downloaded CityMapper and also Metro Paris so special thanks for the recommendation! Good idea, Phred. I will look around we were staying to see if there is a close taxi stand.

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7437 posts

I think walking this distance with luggage is not in the cards. Sure, it's all in the same arrondissement, but the 12th is big.

Kay hopefully you'll find CityMapper useful for your whole stay in Paris ! I use it daily, and I have lived here for 16 years! I use it wherever I go that it's available — London, Rome, etc. I like “looking ahead” and getting a sense of what my options are — and then in real time, it is able to advise you of disruptions/delays and provides alternative options. It's great!