How to read the Taxi roof sign ?
Unlike VTC, taxis can be hailed in the street in Paris like almost anywhere in the world. Nevertheless, one should look at the Taxi roof sign before hailing a cab. Basically : the roof signs provides two informations : Price, and availability.
The four letters below the sign gives you the price of the ride. Basically, taxi prices depend on the time of the day and the day of the week. In Paris, there are 3 prices :
Letter A : €1.06/km + 32,10 €/h when iddle. This is the cheapest price, usually from monday to friday between 7am and 7pm.
Letter B : €1,32/km + 39,02 €/h when iddle. This is the intermediary price, usually from monday to friday before 7am and after 7pm.
Letter C : €1,56/km + 35,80 €/h when iddle. This price applies on sundays or public holiday.
So before getting in the car, check the sign on the roof : it indicates the current price.
This one is easy : if the roof sign is green, the taxi is available and you can hail it. If it is red, then somebody is already in the car or the taxi is on his way to pickup a customer.
Beware no taxi is allowed to pickup clients in immediate vicinity of stations or airports. There is a queue for that. If you hail a cab in front of a station, it will not stop.