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    Explore more of France with Car Hire

    Save on your car hire in France when you compare all major suppliers with Auto Europe. Explore all that France has to offer by car, and relax knowing that Auto Europe can take care of all your rental needs. Book your car hire in France with Auto Europe and save!

    Country Essentials

    French motorists drive on the right-hand side of the road. Each country can have slightly different driving rules, so be safe. Ensure you familiarise yourself with the legal driving requirements, road symbols and stick to the legal speed limit, which can change during poor weather.

    Standard Inclusions

    All of our rental bookings include Value Added Tax (VAT) and third-party liability insurance. You can also have peace of mind with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and 24/7 phone support.SUV Rental


    Driving in France

    Say Bonjour! to gourmet food, Champagne, the Eiffel Tower, the Alps and much more on your French escape. On the outskirts of Paris, you can walk in the footsteps of French royalty and spend an afternoon meandering through the Gardens of Versailles, just one of the thirty-four cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered across France.

    The beautiful French Riviera - the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast of France (including Monaco) - includes many well-known seaside resorts such as Nice, Cannes and the yachting paradise of Saint-Tropez. If you feel particularly adventurous you can treat your taste buds to the French cuisine of snails and frog legs. If these dishes are too hard to swallow, you can sip on world-class wines in the Bordeaux region in the west and enjoy Champagne produced in the historic province 160km east of Paris.

    Licence Requirements

    It is a requirement that visiting motorists carry their valid Australian State or Territory driving licence in addition to a valid International Driving Permit which must be obtained before leaving Australia. The minimum age to rent a car in France is 18 years, though some suppliers may charge a fee for young drivers (25 and under).

    Tolls and Freeways

    Many of the main roads in France that connect the major cities are toll roads. PĂ©age means "toll". These roads are well maintained and useful when driving between cities, but if you have time, driving on the smaller roads will give you the opportunity to drive through small towns and grab a baguette or croissant from a true boulangerie.

    Border Crossings

    If you plan on visiting more of Europe than simply France, there are a few things to bear in mind. You will need to inform us of the countries you intend to visit at the time of booking and when you pick up your rental car. In general, travel across borders is permitted between west and central European nations.

    Each provider has slightly different rules regarding travel in to certain countries and it is advisable to make sure that your planned driving route is in accordance with any international restrictions in place. Fees may also be payable to the supplier, the main reason for this is to cover the insurance based on the safety of the area you are travelling to, and locally at border crossings.

    Fleet Guide

    You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in France by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available at all locations.

    Useful Distances 

    • London to Paris (450km approx. 5hr 30min)
    • Paris to Calais (290km approx. 3hr)
    • Nice to Marseille 205km approx. 2hr 15min)
    • Saint-Tropez to Monaco (130km approx. 1hr 50min)
    • Bordeaux to Toulouse (246km approx. 2hr 20min)
    • Calais to Lille (110km approx. 1hr 15mins)

    Car Hire in France with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in France with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top France Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in France. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Aix En Provence Aix En Provence Car Hire Annecy Annecy Car Hire Bordeaux Bordeaux Car Hire Cannes Cannes
    Car Hire Marseille Marseille Car Hire Montpellier Montpellier Car Hire Nice Nice Car Hire Paris Paris
    Car Hire Perpignan Perpignan Car Hire Strasbourg Strasbourg Car Hire Toulouse Toulouse

    France Driving Inspiration

    To make your France self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's France Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in France events and itineraries check out our blog.

    France Driving Guide       France on the Blog                                                      

    DRIVING DISTANCES IN FRANCE

    • Aix En Provence to Avignon - 90 kms (1 hr)
    • Avignon to Marseille - 105 kms (1 hr / 10 mins)
    • Biarritz to Bordeaux - 205 kms (2hrs / 10 mins)
    • Biarritz to San Sebastian (Spain) - 55 kms (45 mins)
    • Bordeaux to Toulouse - 245 kms (2hrs / 20mins)
    • Marseille to Nice - 205 kms (2hrs)
    • Montpellier to Lyon - 300 kms (2hrs / 50mins)
    • Paris to Calais - 400kms (3 hrs)
    • Toulouse to Montpellier - 250kms (2 hrs / 20mins)

    LICENCE REQUIREMENTS

    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

    AGE RESTRICTIONS

    Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    RULES, LAWS AND REGULATIONS

    General driving, laws rules and regulations in France;

    • Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
    • Overtaking is on the left hand side of the road.
    • Seat belts are mandatory by all.
    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.
    • Radar detect devices are prohibited.
    • Bus lanes are reserved exclusively for taxis, buses and bicycles.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.
    • Dipped headlights to be used at poor daylight visibility.

    EQUIPMENT

    It is mandatory to carry the following equipment in your vehicle, which is to be used in the event of an accident, incident or breakdown:

    • Warning Triangle - to be used at the event of an accident or breakdown to warn following traffic.
    • Visibility Vest - must be worn before stepping out of the vehicle in the event of a breakdown, incident or accident.

    Motorists are also required to carry a spare set of bulbs and fuses.

    CHILD SAFETY SEATS

    Children under the age of 10 years old are required to be seated only in the back seats of the vehicle and be wearing a seat belt or fasted in an appropriate restraint.

    SPEED LIMITS

    Speeding is taken very seriously in France, with many speed camera's in operation around the country along with hidden mobile police radars. Below are the speed limits in France, unless posted otherwise.

    • Low Visibility (less than 50m): 50km/h
    • Urban Roads (built up areas): 50km/h
    • Rural Roads (outside towns): 90km/h and 80km/h when raining
    • Dual Carriageways: 110km/h and 100km/h when raining
    • Motorways: 110-130km/h

    DRINK DRIVING

    The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in France is 0.05g/1L. There are plenty of police out on the roads who have the authority to pull over drivers for checks, so stay sober to avoid any sort of infringements or imprisonment.

    TOLLS

    Highway tolls are applicable on most Autoroutes marked with 'A'. Tolls are determined on distance travelled and payments are accepted in cash and with most major credit cards.

    ROAD SIGNS

    Road Signs in France adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in France are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols.

    • Warning Signs are generally triangular in shape with a red border, white background or yellow and a symbol in the middle.
    • Prohibitory Signs are signs which motorists must follow. These signs vary in shapes from a circle, octagon and a box. You will find these signs in either blue with a white symbol in the middle and white with a red border.
    • Information Signs are indicated with a blue or green background and white text providing motorists with information.

    PARKING

    Within many large cities in France, parking is generally on a fee basis. Parking is only permitted in spaces marked in white and those marked in yellow are only permitted for commercial vehicles. Parking is to be paid for if you see a sign saying 'Payant'. Parking tickets are to be purchased from machines located along the street, which accept cash and most major credit cards. Tickets can be purchased up to 2 hours and will need to be displayed on the front windscreen of the vehicle. For extended parking there are many parking lots readily available but can get quite costly. Parking is strictly monitored, vehicles found without a ticket, over their time limit or illegally parking may find having their vehicles towed and left with a fine.

    VISA INFORMATION

    Visa, Passport, and entry requirements for Australians visiting France:

    • Australian passport holders do not require a visa for the purpose of tourism and business for stays up to 90 days. Contact the France Consulate in your local state for special visa's or stays exceeding 90 days.
    • A valid passport is required with at least 3 months validity left on return into Australia.

    WINTER DRIVING

    Winter driving in the mountains of France - particularly the French Alpine regions and the Pyrenees - can involve snow and ice conditions. As well as preparing for a mountain or ski trip, it is worth remembering that a vehicle will also be affected by the cold and snow and should be well-prepared. 

    Top France Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in France. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Aix En Provence Aix En Provence Car Hire Annecy Annecy Car Hire Bordeaux Bordeaux Car Hire Cannes Cannes
    Car Hire Marseille Marseille Car Hire Montpellier Montpellier Car Hire Nice Nice Car Hire Paris Paris
    Car Hire Perpignan Perpignan Car Hire Strasbourg Strasbourg Car Hire Toulouse Toulouse
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