Calais car hire

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*Based on an individual aged 31 with no pre-existing medical conditions taking single trip cover for 7 days to France. Cover starts on July 8, 2024 and ends on July 14, 2024. Price correct as of June 13, 2024.

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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 Calais?

You need to be at least 21 and to have held a full driving licence for a year or more to hire a car in Calais. It’s worth noting that the majority of car hire companies will charge an additional fee for those under 25.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Calais?

Many car hire companies in Calais will ask to see a valid EU or international driving licence, a passport and a credit card. You may also need to show documentation that confirms you have fewer than 12 points on your licence, which you can get via the DVLA (known as a ‘check code’).

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Calais?

While car hire excess insurance is not mandatory when renting a car in Calais, it certainly helps with ease of mind during your trip. To save money, shop around for standalone insurance deals in advance – you can often find much cheaper options online compared with buying directly from the provider on the day.

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

While some of the major car hire firms in Calais, such as Enterprise and National, will accept debit cards, others may not. So, as a rule, always check before you make your booking.

Which rental companies are available at Lille Airport?

The closest airport to Calais is Lille Airport. Here, you will find service desks for the following rental companies: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Alamo and National are also found at the main Enterprise desk, plus Thrifty and Dollar are based at the Hertz desk.

Which rental companies are available at Calais Ferry Terminal?

Several well-known car hire companies have a desk within the ferry terminal building in Calais, including Enterprise, National and Europcar. If you are arriving by Eurostar, you’ll find Avis at Calais-Fréthun station.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the ferry port or off site in Calais?

Often, there isn’t a lot of difference. There are car hire companies in locations across Calais, and the prices vary depending on availability and time of year. Use a search tool to find the best car hire deal for your trip.

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

Many car hire companies offer one-way rentals, which allow you to drop off your car in another city within France. Expect to pay more and be aware that some providers prohibit you from taking the car on a ferry.

Can you rent a car the same day in Calais?

Yes, but it’s often cheaper to pre-book online. If you do hire a car on your arrival in Calais, remember to check that you are adequately covered insurance-wise, including a collision-damage waiver.

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

Yes. If you are over the age of 21 and have a valid licence, you can hire a car in Calais and drive throughout France. Be sure to check the terms and conditions when you book, and look out for a ‘young driver surcharge’ – the daily cost of this varies depending on the provider.