Storage in Central Paris
Luggage / Parcels / Bicycles / Skis / Surfboards
Movement of the above around Paris, to or from Paris Airports
Luggage / Cycle Shipment within Europe

These services are available to all, even if you are not participating in one of our organized trips, or renting one of our Paris apartments.  Details and prices are on this page.   We do not supply quotes for storage (we simply refer you to our price chart, below), but we are happy to confirm your calculation if you are unsure of it.

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Paris Storage

Luggage / cycle / ski / surfboard storage are offered in our Paris office, 150 m (4 city blocks) from Châtelet - Les Halles métro / RER station.
We are linked by direct rail shuttle (“R.E.R.”) or métro line to both Paris airports, to 6 of Paris’ 7 rail stations, and to the Gallieni long-distance coach terminal.  Thes links take you to other pages.

For storage periods of longer than 3 days, also for any storage of 5 items or more, reservations are recommended.
Walk-ins are welcome if space is available (our storage room can fill, especially during school holidays). 

See the bottom of this page for information on how to reserve storage space.

PRICES for Storage
Please note that weight limits are strictly applied .
Occupational health / safety regulations govern the handling of pieces heavier than 23 kilos, which must be charged at higher rates.
Cost of storage, per piece, for...
1 day 2 - 10 days
11 - 90 days*
Bicycle:  standard, not boxed / bagged / crated.
No luggage, equipment, or other belongings attached.
For cost of storing a boxed or crated cycle, see below.

10€ / Cycle
Per Cycle:
10€ fixed charge,
plus

3€ per day of storage
Per Cycle:
30€ fixed charge,
plus

1€ per day of storage
Luggage, maximum weight of 23 kilos / 50 lbs
Size:  61 x 61 x 92 cm / 24 x 24 x 36 inches. 
Also applies to pairs of skis, bagged or not, neither short dimension greater than 12 in / 31 cm
6€ / Piece
Per Piece:
5€ fixed charge,
plus
3€ per day of storage
Per Piece:
25€ fixed charge,
plus

1€ per day of storage
Luggage, weight of 23 - 34 kilos / 50 - 75 lbs
Size:  no dimension greater than 122 cm / 48 inches
Also applies to
empty standard cycle cases, regardless of dimensions

recumbent cycles, regardless of dimensions
snowboards, regardless of dimensions
9€ / Piece
(luggage or board)

12€ / cycle or cycle case

Per Piece or Cycle:
8€ fixed charge,
plus

5€ per day of storage

Per Piece or Cycle:
45€ fixed charge, plus
1.5€ per day of storage
Luggage, weight greater than 34 kilos / 75 lbs
Size:  any dimension greater than 122 cm / 48 in.
Also applies to tandem cycles, adult tricycles, and to surfboards, regardless of dimensions; to boxed or bagged cycles, and to cycle cases which are not empty.
Acceptance of such pieces is at our discretion (boxed or bagged cycles and surfboards are always accepted, provided space is available).
Higher rates may apply to exceptionally large, awkward, or heavy pieces, or to pieces which smell bad or have irritating bumper stickers on them.

12€ / Piece
(luggage or board)

15€ / cycle or cycle case
Per Piece:
10€ fixed charge, plus
6 € per day of storage
Per Piece:
60€ fixed charge, plus
2 € per day of storage

Conditions, Discounts:
- * Storage of 91 or more days:  use the 11 - 90 day rate, then add half the applicabale day rate for days 91 and beyond.
- “Days” run midnight to midnight for the purposes of pricing.   For example, a piece dropped off at 5p on Tuesday, and picked up on Wednesday morning, is charged for two days.

- Access to baggage during its period of storage is not possible.  If you must add items to or remove items from your stored luggage, you must remove the piece from storage, and then re-register it, thus starting a new storage period.  While you do not pay twice for the day on which you access your luggage. 
- Early retrieval of pieces (so, retrieval in advance of the reserved pick-up date):  if your piece was stored for 11 or more days, please notify us at least 3 business days in advance of your new pick-up date.  Long-term pieces are stored off-site, and must be brought to our office for the day on which they are to be claimed.  No special arrangement needs to be made to retrieve pieces stored for 10 or fewer days in advance of their storage term, as they are stored on site.
- Extension of a long-term storage period is possible at the “11-90 day” rate, provided you send your new pick-up date, in writing, at least 3 days prior to the initially-reserved pick-up date.  With less (or no) notice, the piece will return from our long-term storage facility to our office.  Additional days will then be charged as a new storage at the short-term rate until we hear from you.  The storage can then be adjusted to the long- term rate if your dates meet the long-term storage requirements.
- A 25% discount on the total storage price applies to any client who has also purchased a railpass through us.
- A 50% discount on the total storage price applies to guests who, at the time of storage, are booked to travel (or who have already travelled) on one of our escorted cycle or train tours in the same calendar year.  Storage of 1 piece is offered for free to this group if a cycle panier is additionally rented.
- A 10 or 20% “group” discount applies for storage of multiple pieces of luggage (does not apply to bicycles), reserved at least one week in advance, and left for at least 3 days:  10% for 5 or more pieces, 20% for 10 or more pieces.  Additional pieces added within one week of drop-off do not qualify for the discounted rate.   For the purpose of cancellation, each piece is considered to be deposited separately.
Prohibited Articles in Stored Luggage
- Any type of gun, firearm, ammunition, explosive, or weapon.
- Incendiaries, including flammable gases, liquids and fuels.
- Corrosive or dangerous chemicals or materials, such as liquid bleach, tear gas, mace, radioactive and harmful bacteriological materials.
- Batteries with acid that can spill or leak.
- Fragile and/or valuable items, including but not limited to electronic equipment.  Laptop computers and handheld devices may be stored, but we accept no liability for damage.
- Animals.


Payment
• Storage charges are paid at the time of reservation, if storage is reserved, otherwise at the time of drop-off. 
• If luggage is left for longer than the anticipated term, the balance due can be paid when the piece(s) is / are claimed.  Additional days are charged at the normal, short-term rate for your piece(s), unless a long-term storage period is extended with at least 3 days’s advance notice. 

If you leave your luggage past the date of initial storage, tell us you are doing so.  There is a financial advantage to doing so (lower storage cost for long-term pieces).  Moreover, articles and their contents left for more than 30 days beyond their paid storage terms will be sold to pay for their accumulated storage charges.


Security, Insurance
Luggage is subject to inspection upon drop-off (see above for prohibited articles), and a passport or other official identity card must be shown. 

Luggage is stored in a baggage room which is only accessible to our staff, but which is not otherwise locked.  The storage charges shown on this page include 300€ worth of insurance.  This insurance is valid if the entire piece is stolen, or if a locked piece has had its lock forced, and contents removed.  Plastic security seals are not considered locks, as they can be inadvertantly torn off if the piece is moved.  The fact that the piece was locked must be attested on the claim receipt given to you at the time that the piece is left, otherwise the piece is not considered to be locked.  The contents of unlocked pieces are not insured.  Luggage locks can be rented from us for 2€, if desired.  Lost keys then cost 15€, lock cutting is an additional 10€.  Yes, this happens.  Often.

Additional insurance is available at a rate of 10€ per 300€ of insured value, per indivisible 4-week storage period.  This additional insurance must be subscribed when luggage is deposited.

We are not otherwise responsible in the event of a theft of any sort, of your luggage or its contents.  It is probably worth mentioning that, in 25 years, we have never had any sort of theft.  We were angrily accused once, but the accuser’s iPod materialized in his girlfriend’s pocket.  He left in a huff, apparently suspicious that we had planted it there.  But we digress.  Since you will probably be the first victim of a theft, we suggest you not leave objects of high value in your luggage....

Nor are we responsible in the event of damage to your case or its contents.  This is a particular issue if you have packed a flimsy suitcase with 40 kilos of books.  Yes, the cheap plastic handle will break when we move the suitcase to the storage room.  No, we will not buy you a new suitcase, nor pay to repair the handle.  While we exercise reasonable care in moving and storing your belongings, we do not offer any insurance concerning the case itself, nor indemnify you in the event of damage to the case:  you must be sure that your case is robust enough for the use you are making of it.


Getting to Our Office
Instructions on reaching us from airports and rail stations can be found on our contact page
We can also pick up and deliver luggage at airports and rail stations.

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Paris Pick-up and Delivery of Luggage or Cycles
To / From Airports, Rail Stations, Hotels, or Other Paris Locations

We can transfer your luggage, parcels, and bicycles between Paris locations (airports, rail stations, hotels, our office...).
Note that these prices are for the transport of luggage and / or cycles without humans. 
For transport of humans + belongings, see Paris Station / Airport Transfers.


Arriving in Paris:  we meet your flight or train, take your luggage as you come through customs or off the train, and deliver it to the Paris location of your choice.

Departing Paris:  we make the Paris pick-up you request, and deliver to your transport hub or other destination at the time you request.

Service is by reservation, and subject to availability at the time of the reservation.


PRICES (per one-way transfer)

Base Price, for pick-up or delivery in normal business hours (see “Notes,” below, for extra “off-hours” charges)
The “base price” includes the first piece of “normal” luggage, or the first unboxed (rollable) standard bicycle (see “Notes,” below). 

  • Between either major Paris airport (Orly or Charles de Gaulle), and the city center:  78€
    Price also applies from or two any suburban rail station (Massy-Palaiseau, Chessy / Marne-la-Vallée / Disneyland, La Défense, etc.).  Suburban rail stations are defined as rail stations on this map.
  • Between an airport hotel at Orly or CDG, or any suburban location within 500 m of a railway station (other suburban locations on request), and the city center:  98€
  • Between Beauvais airport, and the city center:  138€ (airport hotel at Beauvais:  158€).
  • Between central Paris locations, such as rail stations, rental apartments, hotels, or our office:  58€
    Paris rail stations are Austerlitz, Montparnasse, St.-Lazare, Nord, Est, Lyon and Bercy.

Notes:
- +20€ for a boxed or bagged bicycle, weighing no more than 28 kilos / 61 pounds (+50€ for a heavier boxed or bagged bicycle, up to 34 kilos / 75 lbs.), or for a surfboard.  Note that no other items are permitted inside the cycle / surfboard container, except as necessary for padding. 
- For the purposes of pick-up and delivery, normal business hours are 9a - 7p Monday - Saturday, excluding legal French holidays.  See below for off-hour charges.


Additional pieces
transferred at the same time are charged as follows:

Luggage

  • 16€ per additional piece of normal size / weight, up to 4 (5 total pieces).
    Cost for movement between two central Paris locations is 12€.
  • 10€ per piece beyond 5 pieces.
    Cost for movement between two central Paris locations is 8€.

Bicycles / Surfboards

  • 50€ per additional boxed standard bike, up to 4.
  • 32€ per additional unboxed bike or surfboard, up to 4 (10€ to or from city railway stations).
  • 22€ per bike beyond 4, whether boxed or unboxed (12€ to or from city railway stations).

A 25% discount on these rates is available to participants in our cycle trips
Discount does not apply to the extra charges listed below.

Additional charges apply as follows:

  • Waiting time / no-show charges.
    - Waiting time
    is charged if you do not respect an arranged meeting within 30 minutes:  10€ per indivisible 15-minute increment. Additionally...
    - If we are delivering to you, and you are more than 2 hours late, the articles will be returned to our office at your expense.  A payment for our waiting time (previous term) will also be due for 60 minutes.
    - If you are giving things to us for transport to Paris or elsewhere, and are more than 2 hours late, the meeting will be abandoned by us, and no refund will be due.
    If you are seriously delayed, be sure to call our office, to limit extra charges, or to ensure that we are still waiting, as appropriate!
  • Off-hour meets.  These extra charges apply per meeting, regardless of the number of bags or cycles.
    - Between 7a and 9a or between 7p and midnight Monday - Saturday, all day on Sunday and legal French holidays:  +20€.
    - Between midnight and 7a, any day of the week:  +50€.
  • Paris storage charges apply if delivery is to our office, and the article(s) is / are not claimed the same day.
  • Oversized and / or heavier pieces can be transported at the following prices:
    - Pieces with at least one dimension between 92 and 122 cm (36 - 48 inches); and / or weighing between 23 kilos / 50 lbs. and 34 kilos / 75 lbs, are subject to a 50% surcharge. 
    - Tandem cycles, and pieces meeting any of these three criteria: 
    (1) one or more dimensions greater than 122 cm (48 inches)
    (2) 2 or more dimensions greater than 92 cm (36 inches)
    (3) pieces of over 75 lbs. / 34 kilos
    can only be transported in certain circumstances.  Write to our Paris office, paris@bluemarble.org, with your precise request.  When they can be transported, they are typically charged as two pieces.
    - If only one of several pieces is oversize or overweight, it is considered to be the first piece of the shipment.
    - Higher rates will apply to exceptionally large, awkward, or heavy pieces, such as pianos or vaulting poles.

Prohibited Articles in Transported Luggage
Most of these are solidly in the “duh” catagory, but note the proscription on prescription medication.

  • Any type of gun, firearm, ammunition, explosive, or weapon.
  • Incendiaries, including flammable gases, liquids and fuels.
  • Large, sharp objects such as axes, ice picks and swords.
  • Corrosive or dangerous chemicals or materials, such as liquid bleach, tear gas, mace, radioactive and harmful bacteriological materials.
  • Batteries with acid that can spill or leak.
  • Fragile and/or valuable items, including but not limited to electronic equipment.  Laptop computers and handheld devices may be packed, but we accept no liability for damage, and they are not insured for transport.
  • Animals.
  • Prescription medication.  Such medication may be packed if (and only if) it is sealed in its original, unopened container.   We accept no liability for damage, and such medications are not insured for transport or against late delivery.

Service Guarantee
If luggage is delivered more than 15 minutes late to any meeting for a reason other than force majeur / act of God, a full refund of the delivery cost is made.  If luggage is delivered more than 30 minutes late, double the delivery cost is refunded.  The same damage / theft insurance applies as during storage (see above). 

No further damages / compensation for late delivery can be provided, in any circumstances.  It is worth pointing out:  in 25 years of operation, we have never been delayed even 15 minutes in any delivery.  We understand the importance of on-time delivery, and make all reasonable efforts to ensure that we provide it.


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European Luggage Shipment, European Cycle Shipment

We can ship luggage and / or bikes within what used to be called “Western Europe” (except for the U.K. and Ireland) whether or not you are travelling on one of our organized trips.
We can only ship on the continent, and to (not from) London St.-Pancras station. 
We do not offer shipment between Europe and other continents, from the British Isles or Ireland, nor to the British Isles or Ireland (other than to London).
You may ship items to us for reception and storage.  Here is information on our parcel reception service.  Storage charges apply separately.


Discussion
This is an expensive service.  Package express service always costs more that human transport for the same trip, but that surprises people until they stop and think about it.  Consider the cost of shipping a 80 kg. DHL or Fedex package, versus the cost of buying a train ticket for the same journey for an 80 kg. person.  The former is twice as expensive, because humans have legs, packages do not.  So humans can walk themselves on and off trains and planes, while parcels have to be carried.  There is a cost associated with that.

Few people who ask about this service solely to improve the comfort of their journeys (and nobody whose only goal is to escape an airline’s offensive baggage charge), actually wind up ordering it.  If you have a lot of baggage, travel by train, and carry it.  We spend a lot of time gently letting down people who hope that they can bring us their suitcase on the way to the airport, have us move it across Europe, handle customs declarations & shipping manifests, and deliver it to their hotel room within an hour of their arrival, all for 25€.  We can’t.  Shipments are rarely much under 100€, and international shipments can be quite a bit more.

Clients for our service are usually shipping more than one piece (single-piece shipment can be economical within France, or between France and Switzerland or Germany).  Additionally, you fall into at least one of these 4 catagories (if you don’t, there is really no point in enquiring further): 

  1. You are making multiple stops, and only need the bag at the end.  So, for instance, you have 2 days in Amsterdam, 3 days in Frankfurt, a day in Prague, and are winding up in Vienna.  You have 8 train connections, and really don't want to haul your bag(s) thru all of that.  Or...
  2. ...you are comfortably well-off, travel first class, and don’t mind hiring people to make your trip a pleasant one.  Or...
  3. ...you are taking a trip which involves a biking segment (but is not all by bike).  You thus need to acquire or get rid of bikes or luggage mid-trip.  Or...
  4. ...you have a physical infirmity, very heavy luggage, or both, and so have little choice. 


Parameters that influence cost include:

  • Urgency.
    The longer you give us to ship the piece, the lower the cost of doing so.
  • Advance notice.
    The further in advance you order your shipment, the more likely we are to be able to handle it economically. 

  • Pick-up conditions.
    The service is more expensive if we have to claim your bags from you, in person, at a precise place and time, than if we have a less-precise window during which we can pick up the bag (for instance, “my bag will be waiting for you at the hotel’s reception at any time on Tuesday or Wednesday”).  If you must hand the bag(s) to us in person, it is typically less expensive to do so at a railway station (or at our Paris office) than elsewhere.
  • Delivery conditions.
    The service is more expensive if we have to hand the bag to you, in person, at a precise time, than if we have a place to deliver it to during a less-precise time band (for instance, “to my hotel any time on Tuesday or Wednesday”).  If we must hand the bag(s) to you in person, it is typically less expensive to do so at a railway station (or at our Paris office) than elsewhere.
  • Size, weight, and number of pieces (in the case of luggage only).
    First price is for pieces of up to 23 kg.  +50% for pieces 23 - 30 kg.  Pieces heavier than 30 kg cannot generally be transported via our service.  Prices are digressive if more than one piece is sent in the same shipment. 
  • Boxed or not (only applies if you are shipping a bicycle or bicycles).
    Perhaps surprisingly, shipping unboxed, and thus rollable, bikes is generally less expensive.
  • Distance of the shipment.
  • Season.
    Shipments outside of France are typically less expensive between May and October than otherwise, as our volumes are higher, and we can pass along lower bulk rates.  Within France, and also from France to some neighboring countries, seasonality has no influence on price.

Additionally, shipping costs are generally lower if Paris is a start or end point of the shipment, and / or if the origin / destination is in the immediate vicinity of a railway station.

If you would like a quote, please tell us the shipment you would like, giving us detailed information concerning each bullet point in the above list.  No quote can be supplied unless all points are addressed.

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How to Reserve (or Cancel) services on this page

Reservations
Reservations allow you to guarantee that our storage facility (or transfer service) will be available for you. 
Storage space is guaranteed to be available until 5 days prior to drop-off date
Within 5 days, it is generally available, but we must occasionally refuse long-term pieces which have not been reserved for storage, as our storage room can fill.
Reservations are neither necessary nor available for the storage of 4 bags or fewer, for 3 or fewer days, unless you wish to ensure our presence in the office during our off-season.  See our office opening hours for details.  Otherwise, we can always fit short-term storage items in somehow. 


To reserve luggage storage or transfer, please write our Paris office, paris@bluemarble.org.

  1. Tell us what you would like to reserve (baggage storage, airport pick-up, etc.)...
  2. ...and for what dates.
  3. If you are coming to see us in our off season, we advise that you make an appointment.  Criteria for doing so are here:  making (and guaranteeing) an appointment
    Appointments are essential (and carry an extra cost) if you need to come and see us outside of our regular opening hours.
    Appointments can be made without charge during our regular hours. 

  4. Pay for the service you are reserving.  You may pay securely online in €uros, by credit card.  Alternatively, you may pay by cheque / check, posted to the appropriate office.
    For amounts under 50€, you may also communicate your credit card information / make your reservation by telephone.
    If you pay by check / cheque, the reservation is considered to be made when you inform us that the check / cheque has been posted.  The check / cheque must be received prior to the start of storage, however.

We will promptly acknowledge receipt, and confirm the service’s availability to you.



Cancellation
Cancellation charges for individual travellers (not participating in our cycle trips) are as follows:

  • At least one week in advance:  whichever is greater of 5€, or 10% of the service contracted.
  • Between 6 days and 2 days prior to the date of the reserved service: 
    - Luggage storage, whichever is greater of 5€, or 10% of the charge. 
    - Luggage transfer or shipment:  whichever is greater of 10€ or 20% of the charge.
  • On the day prior to the date of the reserved service:
    - Luggage storage, whichever is greater of 5€ or 20% of the charge.
    - Luggage transfer or shipment:  50% of the charge.
  • No refund can be made if the contracted good or service is not claimed / used on the date for which it was contracted.

Services which are discounted for travellers on our cycle trips are subject to the same cancellation terms as the trips themselves.  Those conditions may be consulted here.  Non-discounted services carry the cancellation terms specified above.

If you must curtail or cancel a reservation for a service charged by the day, such as Luggage Storage, cancellation penalties apply only to the first 5 days cancelled. 

  • Example 1:  a bag or bags reserved for 30 days' storage, and for which storage is canceled on the day prior to drop-off, would have a cancellation cost based on a 5-day storage period:  10€.
  • Example 2:  a bag is stored for 30 days.  It is claimed 10 days early, on day 20, without prior notification.  Day 20 is charged.  Days 21 - 25 are subject to the cancellation charge of 5€ or 20% of the storage charge, whichever is greater (5€ in this case).  Days 26 - 30 are refunded in full. 

For the purposes of cancellations and refunds, days are indivisible.

In the event of a “no-show” (you simply do not arrive on the pre-arranged date to claim a service you have reserved, nor do you cancel the service), services charged by the day, such as Luggage or Cycle Storage, are considered to be canceled on the day following the first date of the reserved period.  Conversely, the reserved service is guaranteed to still be available on that date.  You may thus arrive a day late without warning us of your late arrival, and without risk of losing your reserved service.

Example:  luggage storage reserved from April 15th would be considered to be cancelled on April 16th if you did not arrive by the end of that day.  No refund would be due for April 15th or 16th.

Cancellation charges for whatever period follows, starting on the 17th, would be the greater of 10€ or 20% of the rental or storage cost as calculated from the 17th, and for a maximum of 5 days.





































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