by David Applefield
It´s rare to see people faire du stop (hitchhike) in Paris itself, but you may see hitchhikers (with signs), called autostoppeurs, at the entrance ramps to the beltway around Paris called the périphérique, especially at the Porte d´Orléans and Porte d´Italie, where the Autoroute du Sud feeds in. Hitchhiking is illegal on the autoroute ramps themselves. This is essentially the only route to Lyon, Orléans, and the rest of central France (Midi) and the south of France. Hitchhiking is not ill-advised but it tends to be slow in that Europeans are rather cautious and slightly distrustful about letting strangers into their cars, or houses for that matter.
A much better solution exists in most European countries: an organized hitchhiking agency that dispatches riders with drivers for a small fee. For 70 FF Allâ"¢-Stop will find you a seat in a car leaving for most destinations at around the same time you want to leave Participation in the expenses for gas and tolls depends on the driver but tends to be standard. Weekend bus trips one-way to Amsterdam for 245 FF (225 FF for those under 26) and London for 360 FF (300 FF for those under 26) are also organized by Allâ"¢-Stop. Round trip price for Amsterdam and London are respectively 400 FF/360 FF (under 26) and 530 FF/480 FF (under 26).
Allâ"¢-Stop 84, Passage Brady 75010 PARIS 01.42.46.00.66