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Car rentals in FranceDiscount car rental prices for hire cars in France from top national and regional rental companies including, Sixt car rentals, Europcar and local specialist car rental firms.
One way rentals can be arranged from many locations in France. Please call our reservations staff so that they can advise you and tailor make a quotation for you.
No obligation instant quotes for car rentals throughout France, from train stations, International and regional airports and city centre pick up points. Hire an economy run around, a saloon, a family estate car, a mini-van or people carriers. 4x4 and sports convertables are included in the selection of rental cars offered.
Booking a hire car onlineIn order to book a hire car in France you must have the following to book online:
A full driving licence that has been held for at least 12 months.
If you wish to hire a car in France, a valid International driver's license is required for those who wish to drive in France. The minimum driving age is 18 years old in France, however in order to hire a car you must be at least 20 years of age and have held a driving licence for at least twelve months. Children must be restrained in approved child seats: rear-facing infant seats for children less than nine months old; child seats for children from nine months to four years old; booster seats for children from four to ten years old.
Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to travel in the front seat of a hire car in France. As in the UK, seat belts should be worn front and rear of the hire car.
The French drive on the right and overtake on the left. You must take great care in driving your hire car on the opposite side of the road to when you are driving in UK check out our hire drive in France tips. Headlights must be switched on when driving a hire car in France in the fog, mist or when there is poor visibility during the day. Do not drive your hire car on sidelights, it is not permitted in France. Remember that right of way is given to ambulances, fire-engines, police motorcycles, Police, public utility cars and indeed any vehicle coming from your right.
Distance in France is measured in Kph, 1 mile=1.6 km, 1 km=0.6 miles Be especially careful when setting off in your hire car from service stations in France - on the left side of the road.
Take care when overtaking in your hire car - allow more space between you and the car in front so you can see further down the road ahead. In France, Speed limits very are very strict about speeding. They use Radar traps - Beware! In France, anyone caught driving a hire car at more than 25kph above the speed limit can have their licence conviscated on the spot and are subject to on-the-spot fines.
Transport options in France are excellent. Many low cost and schedule flights arrive at regional and International airports, travellers arriving by sea come in at the various ferry ports and train travellers have station options available for fast entry and exit points in Europe.
Cars can be hired at the following railway stations in France; Angers, Annecy, Avignon, Bordeaux, Brest, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Lille, Marseille, Massy, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy Gare Nice, Nimes, Paris, Paris Eurostar, Pau train, Perpignan, Poitiers, Quimper, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulon Toulouse and Valence railway stations.
Rent a car at International airports and regional Airports in France;
Agen Airport Angers Airport Annecy Airport Avignon Airport Beauvais Airport Biarritz Airport Bordeaux Airport Brest Airport Caen Airport Carcassonne Airport Chambery Airport Cherbourg Airport Clermont Ferrand Airport Dinard / Saint Malo Airport Geneva French Side Airport Grenoble Airport La Rochelle Airport Limoges Airport Lorient Airport Marseille Airport Massy Gare Station Airport Metz Nancy Airport Montpellier Airport Mulhouse Airport Nantes Airport Nice Airport Nice National Airport Nimes Airport Paris Orly South Airport Paris Orly Term 1 Airport Paris Orly Term 2 Airport Paris Orly Term West Airport Pau Airport Perpignan Airport Poitiers Airport Quimper Airport Reims Betheny Airport Rennes Airport Saint Etienne Airport Saint Tropez Airport Strasbourg Airport Tarbes Airport Toulon La Valette Airport Toulouse Airport
Vehicles can also be rented from the ferry ports - saving you the expense of the car ferry! It is often much cheaper to travel as a foot passanger and hire a car at each side! Ferry ports with car hire locations include; Calais Ferry Port, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille Port and Saint Malo Ferryport.
In normal conditions the following speed limits apply when driving a hire car in France;
Speed limit on Motorways in France: 130kph
Speed limit on Major roads in France: 110kph
Speed limit in Towns in France: 50kph
In wet conditions the following speed limits apply when driving a hire car in France;
Speed limit on Motorway in wet conditions in France: 110kph
Speed limit on major roads in wet conditions in France: 90kph
DO NOT DRINK AND DIVE YOUR HIRE CAR.
The blood/alcohol limit in France is 50mg. If you are caught driving a hire car over this limit you could face fines of up to 30,000ff and two years in jail. Your license can also be confiscated.
The most unfamiliar aspect of driving in Europe for British motorists is the rule that gives priority to traffic coming from the right, unless signs indicate otherwise, this must be strictly observed. Expect random checks for your paperwork, and don't forget that country sticker. Motorways bear the prefix 'A' and national roads 'N'. Minor roads (marked in yellow on some roadmaps) are classed as 'D' roads. Drive your hire car in the middle lane in the towns as there is often a filter on the right. When negotiating your way round towns, if there is any doubt follow the routes for all directions which tend to guide the driver around the town rather than straight through it.
The French rules for priorité à droite (yield right-of-way) are the opposite of the U.S.A. For car hire USA please see our cheap rental prices.
A vehicle entering from the right has priority in cities and towns. Outside these areas, indicated by a yellow diamond sign, traffic on the more major road has priority.
U-turns are not permitted, nor is crossing a solid white line.
Never cross a solid yellow line, this is a very strong rule in France.
Drivers must carry driving permits, international insurance cards, and vehicle registration cards. For drivers of hire cars, the last two documents are provided by the rental company. The fines for not wearing seat belts, driving through a red light, driving while intoxicated, and driving without a license are extremely high, even including confiscation of the vehicle.
When driving your hire car in France, you may find these expressions helpful;
All directions - Toutes directions
Adapt your speed for safety - Vitesse adapteè sècuritè
Beware of traffic signal - Attention au feu
Beware roadworks - Attention travaux
Other directions - Autre directions
Trucks not allowed - Barrière de dègel
Bumpy road ahead - Chaussèe dèformèe
Cars - Voitures
Closed - Ferme
Exit - Sortie
Follow - Suivre
Give way (Give priority to the other road) - Cèdez le passage
Keep to the right - Serrez a droite
Police station - Gendarmerie
Loose chippings - Gravillons
Mountain pass - Pas
No pedestrians - Interdit aux piètons
No toll at next exit - Prochain èchangement gratui
Open - Ouvert
On - Sur
One lane road - Voie unique
One-way - Sens-unique
Potholes - Nids de poules
Remember - Rappel
Road closed - Route barrèe
Town center - Centre ville
Turn your lights on - Allumez vos lanterns (or feux)
France is a vast area, and we try and cover it all with our car hire France branch location network, including all major Airports;
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Aeroport De Dinard / St Malo
and neighbouring Spain at car rental Spain take a look.
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