If you live in Paris or visit often, you’ve probably experienced the agony of waiting for a taxi that never arrives, or that arrives full of smoke with a grumpy driver who obviously took a coffee break with the meter running. Now there are alternatives to taxis, private cars which you hire, pay for, and even follow via GPS, all on your smart phone. One is SnapCar and the other is Chauffeur Privé, both which offer services slightly more expensive (well, not always!) than a taxi but not as expensive as a regular private car and driver. They have €15 minimums (and they give you the estimated price before you start), so not so economical for short trips across town, but at night, on weekends, and when you absolutely have to get to the airport on time, give them a try.