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Yes, Paris's roads get busy, but a rental car can still be an asset in the French capital, helping to unlock the outer city and surrounding region. Providing you avoid rush hour, you'll have easy access to further-flung attractions such as Versailles and the countryside of Oise-Pays de France.

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 Paris?

The minimum age to rent a vehicle in Paris varies by car hire company but, in general, you need to be at least 18 years of age and have held a full driving licence for at least one year.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Paris?

You will need a valid driving licence, a valid ID such as a passport or ID card, and a credit or debit card. Some rental companies may ask for proof of address or proof of insurance, so make sure to check with your provider before your holiday.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Paris?

You are not required to have car hire excess insurance when renting a car in Paris. However, taking out a policy is recommended for peace of mind, as it will cover most, if not all, of the excess if you get into an accident. Standalone third-party policies, rather than those bought at the desk, can help slash your car hire excess insurance costs.

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

Many car hire companies in Paris – especially the major companies – will allow you to rent a car with a debit card if you have enough to cover the deposit, but always check with your provider before you book.

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

You can find the following rental companies across Charles de Gaulle Airport’s three terminals: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt, Thrifty and TT Car Transit. Some allow online bookings only. Remember to check which terminal you need to visit to pick up your car.

Which rental companies are available at Paris-Orly Airport?

Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, National, Sixt, Thrifty and TT Car Transit can all be found at Orly Airport.

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

If you book online in advance, renting a car at the airport isn’t much more expensive than going off site in Paris. Consider which option is more convenient for your travel plans.

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

Yes. Many car hire companies (such as Sixt, Avis and Europcar) allow one-way rentals from Paris to their locations in other cities. This usually incurs an additional fee.

Can you rent a car the same day in Paris?

Yes, many major rental companies, such as Enterprise and Hertz, have desks in Paris’ airports where you can book a car on the day. However, you’re more likely to find a cheaper deal if you compare online first.

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

Yes. The minimum age to rent a car in Paris varies but some companies will hire vehicles to drivers as young as 18 if they have held a full driving licence for a least a year. Expect a ‘young driver surcharge’ to be added to the cost of the rental. 

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