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Whether you’re looking to explore the mountains of the Midi-Pyrenees or the wine region of Bordeaux, France offers something for every intrepid traveller. Its great roads and varied scenery make it a driver’s dream, too, so why not hire a car for your 2022 trip and see it all at your own pace?

Language: French | Currency: Euro (€) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr 15 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in France?

While many car hire companies operating in France set their minimum age requirements to 21, it’s possible to rent a car if you’re younger. The best thing to do is review your rental company’s age policy in advance. Be aware that if you’re under 25, certain classes of car will be restricted.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in France?

Just the usual documentation. This includes a valid driving licence, an additional form of ID – your passport is recommended – and preferably a credit card (although debit cards will be accepted by some car hire companies). Other supporting documentation may be required, so do check in advance what else is required. An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in France?

When you hire a car in France, the cost of your rental typically comes with a basic level of cover. That protection is limited, meaning that in the event of an accident, you could still find yourself seriously out of pocket, as you will be liable to pay the excess. So, while it’s not obligatory, car hire excess insurance provides added security. Our advice is go with a standalone provider and pay upfront – on-the-day extras are pricey.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in France?

You can rent a car with a debit card in France, but do try to avoid it as it’s the least practical and cost-effective way of paying for a hire car. As a general rule of thumb, many car hire companies in France prefer customers to pay with a credit card.

Which rental companies are available at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport?

You’re certainly not short of choice. Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt, Thrifty and TT Car Transit all offer services at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Some only take online bookings.

Which rental companies are available at Paris-Orly Airport?

There are plenty of rental companies available at Orly Airport. They include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt, Thrifty and TT Car Transit.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in France?

Book in advance and you should find a great deal on a hire car both at the airport and off site – with very little difference in price. What matters most, perhaps, is which option is more convenient for your travel plans.

Can you rent a car in one French city and drop it off in another?

Absolutely. Many major car hire companies can be found throughout France, meaning you can pick your hire car up in one city and drop it off in another. There’s usually a fee with a one-way rental.

Can you rent a car the same day in France?

Yes, you can hire a car the same day you arrive in France – you’ll find rental companies scattered throughout the country, often in convenient places. Search online for your nearest car hire company.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in France?

The good news is that for many major car hire companies in France, 21 is the minimum age you have to be to be able to rent a car. You just need to have held a full driving licence for at least a year, sometimes two. As with everyone else under 25, you’ll be subject to a ‘young driver surcharge’.

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