November 19, 2014

Driving in Style with Autolib'

There are a multitude of ways to get from point A to point B in Paris (métro, tram, RER, bus,Vélib',...), with one of the most recent modes of transportation being Autolib’ self-service cars, available in the city and many of its surrounding suburbs.

A few months back, my husband came across a great deal on a yearly subscription. Normally 120€, it was on special for only 72€. Having signed up and tested it out, we're sold, and here's why.

  • Subscriptions are available for the day, week, month or year, and discounts are offered regularly
  • More cost-efficient than maintaining a personal car: 5,50€ per ½ hour of use + the initial yearly subscription fee (Different rates apply depending on the type of subscription
  • Green…It’s electric!
  • Automatic and simple to operate
  • Built in GPS in English and French
  • 24/7 on call customer assistance
  • Cars can be reserved ahead of time (maximum 30 minutes in advance)
  • Guaranteed parking
  • Special weekend deals, like free trips from the suburbs to the city
  • A great way to get an aboveground view of Paris that isn’t possible with the métro

Although an extremely convenient way to travel, we did note a few important points worth keeping in mind when deciding whether or not to use this form of transportation.
  • Only International and European driving licenses are accepted
  • You must be courageous enough to drive in Paris traffic
  • Cars are not always available when and where you need them 

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