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Car hire France

121CarHire.com France is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in France

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in France.
  • For example: Ford Ka
    Mini class
    For example: Ford Ka
  • Popular category
    For example: Peugeot 208
    Economy class
    For example: Peugeot 208
  • For example: Skoda Fabia
    Compact class
    For example: Skoda Fabia
  • For example: Renault Kadjar
    Intermediate class
    For example: Renault Kadjar
  • For example: Opel Insignia
    Standard class
    For example: Opel Insignia
  • For example: Peugeot 5008
    Full-size class
    For example: Peugeot 5008
  • For example: Iveco Daily Cargo Van 20m3
    Luxury class
    For example: Iveco Daily Cargo Van 20m3
  • For example: Peugeot 308 Estate
    Station wagon class
    For example: Peugeot 308 Estate

Popular cities in France

The rates shown above are per day based on a rental period of at least 7 days. Additional costs and taxes for optional extras may apply. Please click here for an explanation of these charges.

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When to book a rental car in France

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Car hire France

Location information for France

France is best explored by rental car. 121CarHire.com has over 624 pick-up locations in France. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.

It is a pleasure to drive in all areas of France, apart from maybe central Paris which can be very busy. But the romantic chateaux of the Loire, the rustic vineyards of the Dordogne, the lofty Alpine trails, or the dazzling Riviera beaches are just a few examples of some fabulous places to visit. There is something for everyone in France and a car is the best way to see as much of it as you can.

Transport

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Charles de Gaulle International Airport (also known as Roissy), situated to the northeast of Paris, is the main gateway. Other main airports include: Paris-Orly, Lille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Toulouse. France is also served by train and ferry from the UK, but it is best to fly here and pick up a pre-booked vehicle at the airport. While France has excellent public transport, it is a large country and the only real way to cover a lot of ground is with car rental in France.

Car Hire France

All major companies are represented at the main French airports across the country, including Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Avis. There are also lots of railway station, town and city depots spread across France which are handy if you just want to hire a car for a day or two near your accommodation. We have great offers on all these suppliers and more, but book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Airports near ski resorts are very busy in winter as well as airports located in the South of France during the summer holidays.

Driving

France has some of the best roads in Europe, with tolled motorways linking the main towns and cities. The speed limit on the motorways is 130km/h, and with over 2000 speed cameras across France's road network, it is advisable not to ever exceed the limits. The major routes are complemented by divine, single-lane country roads. Some of these roads are very narrow, meaning careful driving is required. The busiest areas are Paris, Lyon and Marseille, as well as along the French Riviera. Alcohol limits for driving are very low so best not to drink and drive at all.

Things To See and Do

Paris has a lot to offer and is best seen by metro and on foot, though drives to Versailles and Fontainebleau on the outskirts of Paris are recommended. Top drives include the Loire Valley from Orleans, Provence and the Côte d'Azur from Nice or Marseille, the Alps from Lyon or Annecy, and anywhere around the city of Bordeaux, Brittany or Normandy.

Best Time To Visit

There is a huge variety in France, climate-wise, although the country generally has nice weather. Summer time sees a daily average of 24°C, while the French Riviera is warm year-round, even in winter. Big events include the Cannes Film Festival in May, and Bastille Day and the Champs Elysees finish of the Tour de France in July. January and February are the best times to visit if you are heading to one of the many ski resorts on the French Alps.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Euro
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 km/h
  • Language
    French
  • Popular car category
    economy
  • Popular rental companies
    InterRent

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by 121CarHire.com? at this location
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