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Strasbourg is the prefecture and largest city of the Grand Est region in eastern France. The city is located on the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace and is the prefecture of the Bas-Rhin department. Strasbourg is best known as the official seat of the European Parliament. But apart from that, the city has a very rich and long history and there are many things to see and do in this wonderful French gem.
Strasbourg has been divided into two parts thanks to the Ill River that crosses the city. Grand Île represents the old town and here you will find many historic buildings that are well worth a visit. One of the most famous buildings is perhaps Strasbourg's Notre-Dame Cathedral. But there is much more to see and do in this fabulous old town, which by the way is protected by UNESCO. You will enjoy exploring the network of narrow streets with medieval houses and small squares. You will simply fall in love with this part of the city.
On the other side is the more modern part of the city. There is a lot of industry here and the large river port also plays an important role in the financial success of the city. Strasbourg is now one of the most important financial, business, and commercial centers in France. Certainly also thanks to the many European institutions that have their headquarters here, such as The European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.
Many would say that Strasbourg is a little France or the Petit France, as one of the old quarters here is called. You can find almost everything in Strasbourg that you can find in other parts of France. There is so much culture in this small city that you can not help but feel and live the spirit of this city. So if you are taking a road trip through France, you should visit Strasbourg. You will not regret it. With its great museums, theatres, galleries, restaurants, shopping, recreational areas, historic buildings and much more, it is an absolute must to visit this city!
Basic info and car hire in Strasbourg
- Location: Alsace, eastern France
- Population: 284,677
- Official language: French
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Strasbourg has an oceanic climate
- Holidays in Strasbourg: For public holidays in France follow this link
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Strasbourg are in good condition.
- Car hire in Strasbourg: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Strasbourg is at Strasbourg airport and Strasbourg 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 Strasbourg!
Driving in Strasbourg
Traffic in Strasbourg can be quite heavy at times, especially during rush hour. Public transport works very well, so you can leave your car in one of the many car parks in the city and explore Strasbourg on foot, using a bicycle or other public transport. The old town is a pedestrian-only area, so you'll have to explore it on foot anyway.
The city council has decided that there should be strict measures regarding emissions in the city, so they have come up with a plan that will be implemented from 2022. Strasbourg will establish an environmental zone covering Strasbourg and its motorway network:
January 1, 2022, only vehicles with a Crit'Air sticker 4 allowed, this will be enforced from 2023
January 1, 2023, only vehicles with a Crit'Air sticker 3 and better allowed, this will be enforced from 2025
January 1, 2024, only vehicles with a Crit'Air sticker 2 and better allowed, this will be enforced from 2027
January 1, 2025, only vehicles with a Crit'Air sticker 1 and better allowed, this will be enforced from 2028
So you will sometimes need a bit more time to get from one place to another in the city by car, but once you leave the city you can explore Alsace on many fantastic roads. Many mountain villages are located near these scenic roads. The views as you drive will leave you speechless. The roads are also in good condition, so all you have to do is buckle up and drive safely.
- 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 Strasbourg
Most popular car hire at Strasbourg
The most selected hire car in Strasbourg is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Strasbourg are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Strasbourg
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 Strasbourg. 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.
Strasbourg-Haguenau (35km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)
Strasbourg-Colmar (72km with approximately 50 minutes of drive)
Strasbourg-Nancy (160km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
Strasbourg-Stuttgart (150km with approximately 1,5 hours of drive)
What to see in Strasbourg
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame
The construction of this Gothic cathedral began at the beginning of the 11th century. The present look is the result of numerous renovations and restorations that have been carried out on this cathedral during its existence. The cathedral has suffered so many destructions and attacks that it is a miracle that it still stands in this place in the old town of Strasbourg. The facade of this architectural masterpiece deserves special mention. The facade of this cathedral consists of hundreds of small statues that form an impressive relief.
Parc de l'Orangerie
In the northeast of the city, opposite the European Parliament, is the oldest park in the city. The park was named after the 140 orange trees planted here during the French Revolution when they were taken from the Chateau de Bouxwiller. There are only three of these orange trees left in this park. There is also a zoo, a small lake and many other attractions in this park. If you are in Strasbourg, you should visit the Parc de l'Orangerie.
Thanks to its location, Alsace has a very turbulent history full of conflicts and border shifts. All these events that have taken place here in the past have left their mark on the people of this region. If you want to learn more about the history of Alsace and the way people lived here, you should visit the Musée Alsacien.
Museum of modern and contemporary art
This great museum offers a high-quality collection of works by artists such as Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Brauner. But it also pays special attention to new and emerging artists, so you can see the works of great artists from the past to works of today's artists from all over the world.
Drive your rental car beyond Strasbourg
If you are planning a road trip through France or even Germany, Strasbourg should be on your bucket list. But once you are done exploring this unique little city, you need to take your time and drive through the beautiful countryside that surrounds Strasbourg. There are so many wonderful places to explore that you will be left speechless. Active holidaymakers and families with children will especially enjoy themselves here. You can indulge in so many different activities, such as hiking through the countryside, mountaineering, climbing, horseback riding, cycling...
There are also many nature parks here in Alsace, one of which is La Petite-Pierre. It was named after a small town located in the centre of this nature park. You can visit many historical sites here and do many activities while exploring beautiful nature. A visit to the town of Neuf-Brisach is like stepping back in time. This medieval town was built to protect the border between the French and Roman empires. One of the unique events in this town is the Christmas market, which is something special. The vendors are dressed in 17th-century costumes and the setting is also all medieval style. You simply have to experience this. Alsace is also famous for its quality wines. When you are here, you have a great opportunity to visit the Alsace Wine Route from Marlenheim in the north to Thann in the south. There are many interesting towns and villages along this route. You will not only enjoy great wines but also delicious food typical of this region.
Enjoy the culture in Strasbourg
Where to eat, drink, and party in Strasbourg
Alsace is known as one of the best places in France for all foodies. There are many great places to visit here and enjoy the fantastic cuisine. You will find many traditional French dishes here, but also some dishes that are unique to this region, such as: Choucroute garnie, Tarte flambée, Baeckeoffe, Bredele, Kougelhopf, Pâtes d'Alsace...
The food here is mainly based on local ingredients, which gives it a special freshness and delicious taste. As everywhere in France, you can enjoy all kinds of cheeses here in Strasbourg. But one of the most important ingredients of the cuisine here is wine. Alsace is known for producing some of the best wines in France, so it's quite obvious that they know how to use this delicious product here. Wine here is not only used for drinking but also cooking. For example, a traditional dish here is Coq au Riesling, which is chicken cooked in wine (with some herbs and vegetables alongside). You should try this!
Best restaurants in Strasbourg:
Les Plaisirs Gourmands
Dans Le Noir ? Strasbourg
Les chauvins Pere et Fils
Elite Steak House
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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