about hiring a car in Paris
planning a trip to Paris, followed by a journey to other parts
of France, hiring a car in
Paris is not necessarily the best solution (see alternatives
below); but if
you do want to hire a car in Paris, look at the different options
before making your choice.
If you are
planning to stay a few days in Paris before heading
hire a car when you first arrive at the airport or train station. You
won't need the car while you're in Paris, as public transport is so
good, and generally faster than trying to get round Paris by car, even
if you know the city. And you'll just be wasting you money paying for a
hire car you don't need, and parking space for it too.
If you are
planning to fly out of Paris at
the end of your stay, then it makes sense to pick up your rental car at
the airport from which you will be leaving.... unless you're going to
spend another night or two in Paris before leaving. In this case, and
in all other cases, finding the best place to hire your car will depend
on where you're going.
quite happy with driving in Paris
, then pick your rental
car up somewhere close to your hotel (See Paris
car hire pickup locations
on the table below); but if you'd rather not use the streets of Paris
to get your first experience of driving in France, then it makes sense
to pick up your car on the outskirts of Paris, or even further.
to picking up a hire car in central Paris
a) For short excursions outside Paris:
If you are looking for a way to take a short excursion outside Paris,
for instance to visit the D-Day beaches, or the Champagne vineyards,
you might find it easier to choose a guided minibus trip with pick-up
and set-down at your hotel. See the options on the Paris City Vision
b) Pick up a hire car on the outskirts of Paris:
travellers heading south
the most convenient car hire pickup location is Orly airport
in the form below); Orly airport is located right beside the two main
routes to the south and west, the A6 and A10 motorways (for Lyon and
Bordeaux respectively), and the airport can easily be reached by taxi
or RER "B" express suburban train.
For travellers heading east
in the direction of Strasbourg and Alsace, the best option is to take a
taxi or the RER "A" express suburban train to Marne la
(Disneyland) station, which is right next to the A4 motorway for Reims,
Strasbourg and Germany. (Select Marne la
If you are planning to drive north
in the direction of Lille and Belgium, take a taxi or the RER "B"
express suburban train, and pick up your hire car at Charles de Gaulle
airport, which is right beside the A1 motorway to the north. (Choose Charles de Gaulle airport
in the form below).
Finally, if you are planning to visit Normandy
two possibilities are to pick up your car at Versailles, on the RER "C"
line, or even take the train to Caen, and pick up the car at the
station in Caen. (choose Versailles
in the booking form below)
c) Take the train
Take a TGV
high speed train
to a city in provincial France, and hire a car when you arrive; it'll
be less driving, and you'll get there quicker than by car. Cars can be
hired at all main railway stations.
box below will search through the offers of a range of car hire
companies, and offer you a range of solutions, from the cheapest to the
Select your hire point from the drop-down list
Place cursor in date box, and use the calendar that opens up.
Use the search box below to find a selection of cheap car hire options in France,
including EasyCar (a sister company to EasyJet), Carhire3000 and
others. Do not
use this box if you prefer to hire from one of the big car hire
use this box if you want to pick up a car in one country and return it
in another. Use one of the big international operators such as Hertz.
Choose "Paris" in the "locations"
Within Paris, you can choose from among a large number of pick-up points
Compare offers from a range of suppliers, including
To hire a car in France you must be at
least 21 years old; some car rental firms will not hire
vehicles to drivers under 25. You must hold a valid drivers license,
and you must have held this licence for a year
Drivers from other European
Union countries and some other countries do not
need an International
Tourists from Asia,
Australia, Africa, and many parts of the Americas
(including some US states) must have an International Driving License.
It is advisable to check with your local driving organisation, tour
operator, or the local French embassy if you are in any doubt about
this document. An international driving license is a document you will
need to obtain in your own country, before coming to France. It is not
possible to obtain this document once you have arrived in France.
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travellers to compare cheap car hire options offered by a number of
companies and/or brokers, and to book car hire on line using the
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reputable low-cost car-hire operators throughout France and worldwide.
By using this service, you will have a choice of cheap car hire options
from several different companies, often including unbeatable rates.
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specific make. This is true even with the largest operators, except
when specific terms of contract guarantee a particular make of vehicle
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