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Car Hire in France

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Lorient Railway Station
Compact
Peugeot 2008 or comparable
Peugeot 2008
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£ 14.39 per day
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Bergerac Airport
Economy
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£ 14.85 per day
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Cannes - Mandelieu Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 15.60 per day
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La Môle - Saint Tropez Airport
Mini
Toyota Aygo or comparable
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 16.20 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Caen Airport
Economy
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 17.05 / per day
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St Malo Railway Station
Mini
Renault Twingo or comparable
Renault Twingo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
£ 17.12 / per day
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La Môle - Saint Tropez Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or comparable
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 17.34 / per day
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Grenoble Alpes–Isère Airport
Mini
Peugeot 108 or comparable
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
£ 17.62 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 20:27 on 2021-07-30.

Travel Information

Language
French
Currency
EUR
Dialing code
33
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why hire a car in France?

France is a great country to travel around 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 hiring a car in France, don't miss our complete guide.

France

One-way Car Hire in France

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

  • From France to Italy - 366 offers from £ 312.13 per day
  • From France to Spain - 260 offers from £ 80.44 per day
  • From France to Germany - 285 offers from £ 55.98 per day
  • From France to Switzerland - 81 offers from £ 60.86 per day
  • From France to Netherlands - 48 offers from £ 142.98 per day

Top ways to enter France

  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Largest in France and one of the busiest airports in Europe.
  • Nice Airport: Best way to reach southern France’s Cote d’Azur. 
  • Bordeaux Airport: Serves not only the city of Bordeaux, but also much of the coastal Southwest France.
  • Marseille Airport: Serves France’s second city in the country’s south. 
  • By land: If your car hire provider permits it, you can pick up a car in a neighboring country and then drive 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 vairous locations including the United Kingdom in ferry ports like the Cherbourg Ferry Port.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Paris: The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, and the Notre Dame Cathedral are just some of the world-famous landmarks and sites of Paris.
  • Cote d’Azur: Relaxed and picturesque, this coastal stretch along the Mediterranean is the perfect place to enjoy life.
  • The Alps: France’s high mountains offer stunning landscapes and opportunities for winter sports while valley towns like Chambery are among the most picturesque you’ll find anywhere in Europe.
  • Southwest France: From wine-making Bordeaux to surfing paradise in Biarritz and the foothills of Pyrenees, this part of France is just as captivating as some of the more famous destinations.
  • Brittany: Home to a proud local culture and beautiful Atlantic beaches, Brittany is one of the calmest and coziest places in all of the land.
  • Dijon: The capital of Burgundy is about 340 km south east of Paris. Dijon is a good place to visit for a day or two with its relaxing historic center. Visitors should also be sure to try the Burgundy wine. 

Most popular hire car

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

Most popular types of hire car

The most hired car type in France is an economy, followed by compact and mini.

Top driving routes

  1. Paris - Brussels (325 km / 202 mi) Brussels, the capital of the European Union (EU), can be reached in less than four hours, and other Belgian cities like Antwerp and Ghent are just a little bit further. Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car hire company in advance to make sure they permit it.
  2. Nice - Milan (317 km / 197 mi) The Italian metropolis is at the foothills of the Alps, but you can reach it from the Mediterranean Coast in only four hours. It’s also possible to visit Monaco on the way. Note that to visit Milan from Nice (or vice versa) you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car hire provider first to make sure they permit it.
  3. Marseille - Barcelona (507 km / 315 mi) Second cities of France and Spain are just five hours apart, though you may want to explore the nature reserves and the Costa Brava beaches on the way. Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car hire provider first to make sure they permit it.

Car Hire Prices

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 73 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 57 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 48 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 36 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 70 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 88 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 28 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 71 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

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

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

Top 18 Most Popular Cities in France

  1. Car Hire in Paris starting at £ 17.06 per day
  2. Car Hire in Nice starting at £ 16.68 per day
  3. Car Hire in Marseille starting at £ 17.29 per day
  4. Car Hire in Lyon starting at £ 27.13 per day
  5. Car Hire in Toulouse starting at £ 17.06 per day
  6. Car Hire in Ajaccio starting at £ 20.85 per day
  7. Car Hire in Bastia starting at £ 20.85 per day
  8. Car Hire in Montpellier starting at £ 19.65 per day
  9. Car Hire in Figari starting at £ 34.79 per day
  10. Car Hire in Bordeaux starting at £ 24.51 per day
  11. Car Hire in Toulon starting at £ 17.19 per day
  12. Car Hire in Nantes starting at £ 17.91 per day
  13. Car Hire in Perpignan starting at £ 22.88 per day
  14. Car Hire in Grenoble starting at £ 17.62 per day
  15. Car Hire in Biarritz starting at £ 20.71 per day
  16. Car Hire in Béziers starting at £ 17.12 per day
  17. Car Hire in Strasbourg starting at £ 20.71 per day

Top 13 Most Popular Destinations in France

  1. Car Hire at Paris Orly Airport South starting at £ 17.19 per day
  2. Car Hire at Pau Pyrenees Airport starting at £ 17.12 per day
  3. Car Hire at Nice Railway Station starting at £ 17.12 per day
  4. Car Hire at Marseille Port starting at £ 17.19 per day
  5. Car Hire at Valence Railway Station starting at £ 20.85 per day
  6. Car Hire at Massy Railway Station starting at £ 17.29 per day
  7. Car Hire at Beauvais–Tillé Airport starting at £ 20.85 per day
  8. Car Hire Manduel Railway Station starting at £ 24.33 per day
  9. Car Hire at Tours Airport starting at £ 17.06 per day
  10. Car Hire at Bordeaux Railway Station starting at £ 24.51 per day
  11. Car Hire at Morlaix Railway Station starting at £ 19.65 per day
  12. Car Hire at Nantes Railway Station starting at £ 17.91 per day

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in France?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in France fluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in France
£ 42.65
January
£ 41.53
February
£ 35.17
March
£ 39.65
April
£ 42.89
May
£ 49.25
June
£ 54.90
July
£ 44.66
August
£ 39.43
September
£ 39.48
October
£ 55.43
November
£ 56.01
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in France is March with prices starting at £ 35.17 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is December with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 56.01. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 45. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

How many days do people keep their hire cars, on average, in France?

Hirers picking up a car in France keep them for an average of 9 days during in January, while those picking up their cars in August keep them for an average of 5.
Average Hire Length in France
9
January
9
February
9
March
8
April
8
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
5
September
5
October
7
November
8
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in France?

Though France is popular for travellers all year long, the month for which the highest number of people search for a hire car is in November. in October is the month that sees the lowest demand for hire cars.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in France Compared to the Yearly Average
10%
January
9%
February
10%
March
11%
April
14%
May
14%
June
17%
July
16%
August
9%
September
9%
October
912%
November
168%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Peugeot 108 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Interrent Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Peugeot 208 4 2 Small cars
Interrent Peugeot 108 3 1 Small cars
SIXT Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars

Top 14 Hire Companies in France in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Remarkable 9.5
+33180202262
Parking P6, Rue Henri Potez, 06 200 Nice, France
Working hours
Mon:10:00-17:00
Tue:10:00-17:00
Wed:10:00-17:00
Thu:10:00-17:00
Fri:10:00-17:00
Sat:10:00-17:00
Sun:10:00-17:00
National
National
Remarkable 9.2
+330493218275
Boulevard Jacqueline Auriol Inférieur, 06281 Nice
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.8
0495235715
AEROPORT DE CAMPO DELL ORO,
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.7
+33820007498 / +33495300518
Aéroport de Campo Dell'Oro, 20090 Ajaccio
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.6
+330495235701
CAMPO DEL ORO AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.6
+330495235701
Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport, 20000 Ajaccio, France
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+33495235690
Aeroport Napoleon Bonaparte
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
+330495235663
Ajaccio Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:07:00-23:30
Sun:07:00-23:30
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
0495235715
Aeroport De Campo Dell Oroa
Working hours
Mon:10:00-14:00
Tue:10:00-14:00
Wed:10:00-14:00
Thu:10:00-14:00
Fri:10:00-14:00
Sat:10:00-14:00
Sun:10:00-14:00
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.7
+330826102219
Aéroport International de Nice Parking 6 - Rue Henri Potez
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.5
+330493545557
6 Bis, Rue Lamartine
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Rhodium
Rhodium
Great 7.4
+33185654704 / +33180202262
Goldcar, Centre des loueurs Aéroport, Avenue René Couzinet, 06700 Nice
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Alamo
Alamo
Great 7.3
0495235715
AEROPORT DE CAMPO DELL OROA,
Goldcar
Goldcar
Great 7.3
+33185654704
Car Rental Center, 06200 Nice
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
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