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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Lyon St Exupéry Airport Car Rental
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$11.93 per day
Paris Pontoise Car Rental
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$23.32 per day
Downtown Car Rental
Compact Commercial Van/Truck
Renault Kangoo or similar
Renault Kangoo
  • 2
  • 8
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$26.88 per day
Bordeaux Airport Car Rental
Intermediate Monospace
Dacia Duster or similar
Dacia Duster
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$45.36 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Mulhouse Airport Car Rental
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$56.42 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Audi A4 Aut. Estate or similar
Audi A4 Aut. Estate
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$83.19 / per day
Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
Citroen DS3 or similar
Citroen DS3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$101.25 / per day
Ploermel Downtown Car Rental
Luxury Van
Toyota Proace or similar
Toyota Proace
  • 9
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$45.14 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 16:11 on 2023-05-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
Average car rental price
$49.19 / per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h
50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
Average gasoline price
$2.04 per liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.14 per liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.82 per liter

Why rent a car in France?

France is a great country to explore by car. From its capital, Paris, to other historic cities, the Atlantic coast in the west, the Mediterranean in the south, and the Alps in the east, you could explore it for weeks or even months without growing bored.

If you want to know more about renting a car in France, don't miss our complete guide.

France Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in France

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in France and drop off in another country:

  • From France to Italy - 366 offers from $392.03 per day
  • From France to Spain - 260 offers from $101.03 per day
  • From France to Germany - 285 offers from $70.31 per day
  • From France to Switzerland - 81 offers from $76.44 per day
  • From France to Netherlands - 48 offers from $179.58 per day

Top ways to enter France

  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: One of the busiest airports in Europe, CDG offers links with destinations all around the world. Other airports serving the capital region include Orly Airport just south of the city and Beauvais Airport, a small airport in northwestern France about 85 km (53 miles) from the capital that specializes in serving low-cost airlines.
  • Nice Airport: Serving the Mediterranean metropolis of the same name, Nice Airport is the largest in the southern part of the country. Other notable airports in the region include Marseille Airport and Montpellier Airport.
  • Toulouse Blagnac Airport: Smaller than the previous two, but nonetheless well-connected with destinations around Europe, Toulouse Airport offers access to the southwest of France. Other airports in this region include Bordeaux Airport and Biarritz Pays Basque Airport.
  • By land: If your rental car supplier permits, you can pick up a rental car in a neighboring country and then drive it to France. Some large airports near France include Barcelona Airport in Spain, Brussels Airport in Belgium, and Geneva Airport in Switzerland.
  • By Sea: Ferries arrive from various locations, including the United Kingdom, at ferry ports like the Cherbourg Ferry Port.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Paris. Located in the northwestern part of the country, Paris is by far the most visited place in France. Home to world-famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacré Coeur, and Musée d'Orsay, Paris can be explored for weeks.
  • French Riviera. Home to many of Europe’s rich and famous, as well as sun-loving visitors from around the world, France’s Mediterranean coast is another tourist mecca. The region has plenty of scenic coastal towns like Antibes, Cannes, and Toulon, but also interesting day-trip destinations like the historic city of Avignon and the impressive Verdon Gorge.
  • The Alps. One of the highest mountain chains in Europe, it is also one of France’s most visited regions. The region is naturally popular for its many winter resorts, but most of them can be equally fun to explore during the summer months. The large eastern city of Lyon offers great access to much of the French Alps and is a worthy destination in its own right.
  • Find more places to visit in this guide to France's top weekend break locations!

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in France is the Renault Twingo, but travelers also love the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta.

Driver's license requirements

  • France recognizes driver’s licenses from all the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) as long as they are valid. Other licenses in the Latin alphabet are generally also recognized, provided that you have been in the EU or EEA for less than one year. If you’re visiting on a longer trip or are a permanent resident of the EU or EEA, you need to acquire a local driver’s license.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in a non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you also need to keep your original license on you as you might be required to provide both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • Most suppliers require that you have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

France has land borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain, and Andorra. All of these countries are either members of the Schengen Area or permit free movement with their Schengen neighbors, so there are no border restrictions in place between France and any of them. One-way rentals between France and other European destinations are quite popular. You can find car rental companies that permit international one-way rentals by entering your pick-up and drop-off locations when searching for a car.

Many popular French destinations are near the border with a neighboring country (e.g., Strasbourg and Germany and Switzerland, Lille and Belgium, Nice and Italy). Because of this and since there are no border checks, many travelers may want to visit the neighboring country with a rental car and then return to France. However, if you plan to visit a neighboring country during your trip, you should ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it as rules for this vary from company to company.

There are a few car rental companies that permit one-way rentals between France and the United Kingdom (the trip between Paris and London takes about six hours). However, you should keep in mind that the United Kingdom is not a member of the European Union nor the Schengen Area. Citizens of the EU and many other Western countries can visit the UK visa-free, but citizens of many other nations might need a separate visa for each country/region.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in France is Economy, followed by Compact and Mini.

Top driving routes

  • Brittany. A proud and historic region, this Western peninsula is one of the most underrated destinations in all of France. Brittany’s Celtic heritage can be found not only in the still spoken Breton language but also in Arthurian legends and distinct culture and folklore. While very different from France’s southern coast, Brittany’s rugged and dramatic coastline is another ace up its sleeve. Last but not least, the region has some of the best seafood in all of Europe.
  • Burgundy. Made up of bucolic farmland, rolling hills, and thick forests, Burgundy is another region that’s a joy to explore with a car. Located just a couple of hours drive from Paris, it is known for picturesque towns like Auxerre and Besancon, wines of Chablis, and the Morvan Natural Park.
  • Southwest. Made up of a few quite distinct regions, the Southwest is one of the most diverse parts of the country. This shows not only in different cultures and languages but also nature which includes everything from Europe’s best surfing waves in Biarritz to the countryside around Bordeaux and the impressive peaks of the Pyrenees.
  • Provence. In Provence, you’ll drive past idyllic villages perched on cliffs and lavender fields in full bloom, as well as along roads with views of the Mediterranean. The landscape here is rocky, rugged, and breathtakingly gorgeous. From the coastline views of the Calanques to the mountainous views in the Luberon, it’ll be a beautiful drive anywhere you go.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $45 per day
  • Station wagons - from $37 per day
  • Large cars - from $26 per day
  • Medium cars - from $22 per day
  • Vans - from $45 per day
  • Premium cars - from $51 per day
  • Small cars - from $12 per day
  • SUVs - from $40 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in France:

  • Compare rates of different rental suppliers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit in the month when the rental prices are the lowest. According to our data, visiting France is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 20% cheaper than the yearly average and about 38% cheaper than renting a car in December.
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Top 20 Most Popular Cities in France

  1. Car Rental in Paris from $20.93 per day
  2. Car Rental in Nice from $59.77 per day
  3. Car Rental in Lyon from $11.93 per day
  4. Car Rental in Marseille from $49.95 per day
  5. Car Rental in Bordeaux from $28.41 per day
  6. Car Rental in Toulouse from $37.85 per day
  7. Car Rental in Nantes from $37.65 per day
  8. Car Rental in Mulhouse from $34.08 per day
  9. Car Rental in Rennes from $47.10 per day
  10. Car Rental in Carcassonne from $44.38 per day
  11. Car Rental in Montpellier from $48.08 per day
  12. Car Rental in Figari from $41.49 per day
  13. Car Rental in Beauvais from $53.94 per day
  14. Car Rental in Béziers from $56.34 per day
  15. Car Rental in Strasbourg from $34.08 per day
  16. Car Rental in Avignon from $48.08 per day
  17. Car Rental in Bergerac from $35.61 per day
  18. Car Rental in Biarritz from $40.26 per day
  19. Car Rental in Perpignan from $36.70 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in France?

The cost of renting a car in France varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day in France
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in France is January — when rental costs average $41.80 per day. This is 31% cheaper than the yearly average and 56% cheaper than renting a car in July (when prices average $94.37 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in France?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in July — an average of 9 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in January — an average of 6 days.
Average rental length in France

What's the most popular month to rent a car in France?

Based on how many customers search for a car in France, the most popular month is May, while the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in France by pick-up date relative to the average

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 461
Airport locations 45
Popular suppliers Keddy, Goldcar, Alamo, RentScape, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs
Lowest price $12 per day
Cheapest supplier Europcar

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Peugeot 108 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
RentScape Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Fiat 500X 4 2 Medium cars
Keddy Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
RentScape Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Fiat 500
February 23, 2023
Markets in France
Renault Twingo
December 8, 2022
It was amazing, and very nice. I visit niece and Khan and Monaco and Marseille it was wonderful.
Citro?n Space Tourer
October 19, 2022
Picked up car in Paris and drove to Normandie and down through Lemans, Bonneval, Limoges, Toulouse and Toulon. 3600km. Don’t follow Apple Maps into small medieval villages looking for coffee, they are not built for cars. France is a wonderful experience with amazing history and scenery, with friendly people from top to bottom.
Fiat 500
October 3, 2022
stayed in Haute_viennes lovely walks, history and very peaceful and beautiful surroundings
Renault Clio
July 28, 2022
Overall visiting family in Provence. Great stay in Nice with friends.
Fiat 500
July 19, 2022
If you want to rent a small electric car like I did (FIAT 500 electric) for a long trip (480km in one way) then you really need to plan your stops for charching the batteries to not get into trouble.
Audi A4 aut.
July 14, 2022
the car was amazing, navigation system was too good. comfortable level. everything was as above our expectations.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
May 22, 2022
The whole Côte-d’azure-Provence region is amazing! Can’t wait to go back!
Fiat 500
July 17, 2021
Fantastic alsatia
Peugeot 208
May 28, 2021
Its : days after returning the car and I still haven’t received the invoice and mail confining that the car was returned in correct confirmation. I was told it will come in half an hour. It was Tuesday before 10:00 am. It’s also hard to contact the office in Lyon. It seems that the only available phone number is extrapaid like premium numbers/connections, so contact is limited.
Skoda Kodiaq
April 18, 2021
South-West France is simply marvelous to visit. You almost wish to get lost when driving around to discover what there is off the beaten track. Never mind the glorious food!!
Toyota Aygo
October 6, 2020
VW T-Roc
September 25, 2020
Very good location. There is a direct and free shuttle from the terminal to the office of SIXT. Fast service. Cars are a few meters from the rental office
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
August 19, 2020
Parking in towns is reasonably priced. Tolls can be very expensive. Non toll roads are of course very slow. City centre hotels charge for their own parking. In Nantes, you have to use multi storey car park for any city centre hotels.
Peugeot 308
August 17, 2020
Easy to reach from train staion.
United Kingdom
Opel Combo
July 21, 2020
Make sure you know how to get to return car park and nearest filling station on return.
Toyota Aygo
July 7, 2020
It didn't go to Paris, but driving there and parking are very difficult tasks....
Citroen C3
March 5, 2020
Pleased customer
Peugeot 208
December 25, 2019
Everything ok
South Africa
Opel Astra
October 19, 2019
As a complete stranger to the area keep your eyes open to see where to pickup the vehicle.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
September 4, 2019
Travel a few miles north east of Toulouse to find paradise
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
August 12, 2019
Hiring the car in Nice allowed us to visit Cannes, Monaco and Verdon Gorge. Navigating and parking was easier than expected.
Opel Astra
August 6, 2019
parking it tough. we rented it to drive out of the city
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
July 30, 2019
From what we saw of Bergerac city centre it looked very nice, this was through a rainy windscreen 🤣We stayed near chalais in the Charente region, truly stunning and the town of aubeterre sur drone was magnificent!
United Kingdom
Peugeot 3008
July 26, 2019
It was really and straight forward. We were on the road in no time
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
June 23, 2019
Amaizing food
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
May 17, 2019
South of France is a beautiful place and roads are much better than UK.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
October 19, 2018
lovely part of France
United Kingdom
Opel Vivaro
October 9, 2018
Narrow streets, parking for a minibus difficult to find
United Kingdom
Renault Megane
July 22, 2018
Visited family in the south
Renault Twingo
June 28, 2018
I'm from Paris I would just advice you to visit Paris by night and on the day all museum and famous places Paris it's the most beautiful place in the world.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
June 25, 2018

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
9 / 10
Lowest rated company
7.3 / 10
Total number of reviews
Total rental companies
Average daily price
Lowest daily price
Total cars available

Top 18 Suppliers in France in 2023

Exceptional 9 / 921 reviews
154 locations
$49 - $532
Excellent 8.8 / 394 reviews
295 locations
$12 - $331
Excellent 8.8 / 672 reviews
160 locations
$27 - $310
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Excellent 8.8 / 33 reviews
9 locations
$51 - $173
Excellent 8.7 / 229 reviews
123 locations
$37 - $337
Excellent 8.7 / 1042 reviews
200 locations
$21 - $134
Excellent 8.7 / 21 reviews
4 locations
$49 - $122
Excellent 8.7 / 1341 reviews
77 locations
$38 - $265
Excellent 8.6 / 48 reviews
74 locations
$34 - $173
Excellent 8.5 / 106 reviews
73 locations
$35 - $365
Excellent 8.5 / 176 reviews
86 locations
$34 - $365
Excellent 8.5 / 101 reviews
77 locations
$42 - $300
Excellent 8.5 / 146 reviews
60 locations
$44 - $363
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Excellent 8.5 / 1 reviews
1 location
Excellent 8.3 / 1214 reviews
7 locations
$28 - $104
Excellent 8.1 / 206 reviews
11 locations
Very good 7.9 / 323 reviews
17 locations
$31 - $213
Very good 7.3 / 271 reviews
8 locations
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