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Paris, the capital of France and, many would say, the capital of romance is located in the Île-de-France region of central France. It is the largest city in France and one of the most important cities in the world due to its economic and cultural power. Paris is considered one of the most popular destinations for all travelers. If you are on a road trip through France, you must make a stop here, if you are hitchhiking, you must head to this city and if you are backpacking, you cannot miss Paris. No matter how you travel, Paris should be on your list of destinations.
No matter who you are or what you like to do, this city has something for everyone. If you like art, Paris is the place for you. With so many theatres, operas, museums, galleries, concerts, etc., you are sure to find something you like. If you are into sports, you'll find it here too, from the Paris Open to the last leg of the Tour de France to the Paris Saint Germain Games... If you are interested in history, you can visit one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre. Besides the Louvre, there are many other museums in Paris and if we talk about history, there are many architectural relics from the past here that you simply must visit. Paris is also considered to be the capital of fashion. So if you are interested in fashion, you will love Paris.
It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cultures from all over the world mix here, which adds to the charm of this lively and fun city which never sleeps and you can do something at any time of the day or night.
You will have no trouble finding accommodation in Paris. There is a wide range of accommodation, from private rooms and apartments to hotels, hostels, motels, etc. However, you should book your accommodation in advance because the city is full of tourists all year round, so do not wait until the last minute. Paris is considered the second most visited city in the world, just behind London. Any time of the year is the right time to travel to this unique city. If you plan your trip for winter, you probably will not spend much time in the beautiful parks and spend romantic evenings on the banks of the Senna River. But you will have other benefits that you will not have in the spring and summer. In December, you can visit the magical Christmas market or go ice skating on the many outdoor ice rinks. All in all, the city is beautiful in December, with all the lights and decorations throughout the city. You just fall in love with it.
The interesting thing about Paris is that you usually walk through the crowded streets and visit sights, which of course are full of tourists waiting for a good photo. But if you avoid these big crowded streets, you can walk through small romantic streets with small squares and small bars or restaurants. Paris is also a great culinary destination, as you can enjoy the best wines from all over France and dine in some of the best restaurants in the world. Of course, there are also many more affordable and equally delicious restaurants throughout the city if you do not want to eat at prestige restaurants. If you are a shopping addict, you will have a hard time here. There are so many different shops and malls that you just can not walk past them.
Basic info and car hire in Paris
- Location: Île-de-France region, France
- Population: 2,175,601
- Official language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Paris has a typical Western European oceanic climate
- Holidays in Paris: For public holidays in Paris follow this link
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Paris are in good condition.
- Car hire in Paris: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Paris is Paris CDG Airport and Paris Orly Airport, Paris Lyon Railway Station, Paris Montparnasse Railway Station, Paris Gare du Nord Railway Station.
Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Paris!
Driving in Paris
Driving in Paris can be quite a challenge at times. Especially if you are not prepared and do not use a navigation system. There are a lot of narrow one-way streets and a lot of roundabouts, so you have to pay attention all the time. Traffic can be quite heavy in many parts of the city, and the further you get to the center, the more cyclists, pedestrians, scooters, and other motorbikes show up. There are also many pedestrian areas in the city. So pay attention to the signs on the side of the road and be careful not to drive your car into one of these zones. Driving in Paris at night is a special experience. There is much less traffic than during the day and you can see Paris from a whole new perspective. It is really special to drive on the streets of this city full of lights and pass by the tourist attractions that are not crowded at this time of day.
The best parking solution is a parking garage. There are many of them in Paris, and you can park there and be sure that your car is safely parked in the garage. There are also many parking lots on the street, but you must be careful and always read all the instructions about the fees per hour or minute.
Also, note that there are not many gas stations in the city, and gasoline and diesel are more expensive at these stations than at the gas stations outside the city. So, if you are coming to Paris by car, it is advisable to fill up your tank before going into the city.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
- Additional requirements: High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
- Children in the car: Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
- Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.
Car Hire in Paris
Most popular car hire at Paris
The most selected hire car in Paris is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Paris are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Paris
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Paris. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.
- Paris-Versailles (24km with approximately 40 minutes of drive)
- Paris-Le Havre (197km with approximately 2-2,5 hours of drive)
- Paris-Chartre (93km with approximately 1-1,5 hours of drive)
- Paris-Rouen (135km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
What to see in Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris
This famous cathedral is located on the Île de la Cité. It was built in the 12th century and is considered an example of French Gothic architecture. It is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world and with its walls decorated with sculptures, and with historic organs and famous bells, Notre-Dame Cathedral is truly special. It is the site of many funerals of former French presidents and Napoleon's coronation also took place here in this church. During its existence, several restoration works have been carried out on the church. The last one is still in progress after the fire in 2019 caused great damage to this symbol of Paris and the whole French people.
This monumental tower is a landmark of Paris or maybe even of all France. It was built by Gustave Eiffel at the end of the 19th century. It is 324 meters high and is considered one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. The tower has 3 floors from which you can observe the surroundings. Of course, the best view you have from the 3rd floor at 275 meters.
The former royal palace is now the most visited art museum in the world. The Louvre Museum is located in the center of the city and if you are in Paris, you simply must visit it. One of the most famous paintings here at the Louvre is undoubtedly Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa. The Louvre has eight departments with different collections:
Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art
Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Sculpture
Champs Elysées / Arc de Triomphe
This magnificent work of art is dedicated to the glory of the French armies and was built at the end of the 19th century. On the arch are engraved the names of 558 generals and all the great victories of the imperial army, built by order of Napoleon. And this majestic monument is also part of the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs Elysées, which begins at the Arc de Triomphe and ends at the Place de la Concorde.
This is a hill in the north of Paris. It is 130 meters high and famous for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which stands at the top of the hill. At the beginning of the 20th century, Montmartre was the center of French art. Many famous painters came here to exhibit or even work.
Palace of Versailles
If you are in Paris, you should take the time to visit this amazing palace. This most majestic and luxurious castle in France was built in the 17th century. Today, it is open to tourists and offers a truly wonderful experience. The gardens of the castle deserve a special mention. These famous gardens are a true reflection of the Baroque period in France.
Not just for kids or families, Disneyland is a fun place for everyone. If you have time, be sure to visit this fantastic theme park.
Drive your rental car beyond Paris
If you have decided to take a road trip through France, you absolutely must visit Paris. But there is also a lot to see outside of this beautiful city. France is a beautiful country with many faces. You can go to the beautiful coast or climb the mountains or go cycling in the mountains etc. And between the coast and the mountains is a beautiful country that you can explore by car on the beautiful French roads.
You can drive on long highways or you can opt for smaller local roads that will give you a different experience of France, especially when you visit villages and hang out with the people, you will discover a whole new France that does not exist in the big cities. But besides these villages and landscapes, there are also some great cities and their surroundings that you should not miss on a road trip through France.
If you start in Paris or drive-through and have a car, you can visit some beautiful places near the city. One of them is the Château de Fontainebleau, a true masterpiece of the French Renaissance. The château was built in Italian style and is now open to visitors as one of the best-preserved châteaux in France. It has a large collection of artwork and is surrounded by beautiful forests. Mont Saint-Michel is another place worth visiting. This iconic island with large churches on its top was an important pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. There is also a well-preserved village on the island and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. The D-Day battlefields and landing beaches in Normandy are especially popular with American tourists. There is also a museum about the D-Day battle that is worth seeing. You can also discover one of the many wine roads, which are very popular with tourists from all over the world. Provance is also a destination that you should not miss. If you like skiing, you will surely have a lot of fun in the Alps as there are many good ski resorts in France.
So, you will find something for you in France at any time of the year. It depends on you what weather you prefer and what activities you like to do the most. One thing is for sure, you will not get bored in France. There is plenty to see and do, the roads are in good condition and all you have to do is buckle up and drive safely.
Enjoy the culture in Paris
Where to eat, drink, and party in Paris
People in France enjoy food very much. Food is an essential part of French culture. Everything in France has to do with food. This means that you can enjoy every meal here in Paris. There are so many different restaurants in Paris that you need a lot of time to try them all. But one thing is for sure, almost every one of them has something delicious to offer you. Let us start with the simple croissants, which are simply stunning here in France. You have to try them. Then you have escargots: A national icon. The main ingredient is snails, add garlic and lots of herbs and it's something you'll enjoy. If you like sweets, you will enjoy macarons. It's a wonderful cookie with a fluffy shell and delicious filling that you'll enjoy eating. And then there are French cheeses. This has become a work of art here in France. There are so many cheeses you can try, and they are really good.
One of the prides of the French is also the wine. You can enjoy French wines from all parts of the country. Not to forget the famous champagne and cognac. And speaking of drinks, we can also mention parties. In Paris, there is a wide range of different places to party. You will find something for every musical taste. Throughout the year there are many concerts, but there are also many clubs and discos in Paris where you can dance and enjoy the sounds of electronic music.
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What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in France?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.
Do I need car insurance in France?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in France?
Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.
How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.
What is the cheapest rental car in France?
You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in France?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar.
What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?
Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
How to hire a car in France?
You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire.
How much is it to rent a car in France?
It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day.
Can you rent an automatic car in France?
Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle.
Can I rent a car in France?
Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)
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