Car Hire in France

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
£ 9.77 / per day
Bordeaux Airport
Economy
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
£ 11.37 / per day
Angers Railway Station
Compact
MG 5 or comparable
MG 5
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
£ 13.45 / per day
City Centre
Intermediate Commercial Van/Truck
Renault Trafic Cargo or comparable
Renault Trafic Cargo
  • 3
  • 15
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
£ 18.68 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Lille Europe Railway Station
Standard
Volkswagen Passat or comparable
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
£ 21.81 / per day
Lyon Saint Exupery Railway Station
Full-size
BMW 3 Series or comparable
BMW 3 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
RentScape
£ 29.87 / per day
Bourges North
Compact Elite
BMW 1 Series or comparable
BMW 1 Series
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
£ 35.28 / per day
Geneva Airport French sector
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or comparable
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
£ 39.47 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 06:59 on 2024-04-10.

Travel Information

Languages
French
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+33
Average car hire price
£ 22 per day
Average car hire length
6 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
9.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.59 per litre or £ 6.02 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.45 per litre or £ 5.51 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.71 per litre or £ 6.48 / 1 gallon

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 £ 312.86 per day
  • From France to Spain - 260 offers from £ 80.62 per day
  • From France to Germany - 285 offers from £ 56.11 per day
  • From France to Switzerland - 81 offers from £ 61.00 per day
  • From France to Netherlands - 48 offers from £ 143.31 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 £ 47 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 18 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 17 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 13 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 24 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 28 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 10 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 16 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.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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In which month is car hire in France the most affordable?

Our data shows how prices for hiring a car in France fluctuate depending on the season. This graph can help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in France
£ 28.23
January
£ 36.54
February
£ 37.43
March
£ 40.87
April
£ 47.26
May
£ 51.81
June
£ 59.87
July
£ 46.66
August
£ 44.56
September
£ 38.52
October
£ 29.48
November
£ 40.44
December
The best month to hire a car in France is January — when the average price for a hire is £ 28.23 per day. This is 32% less than the yearly average and 53% less than hiring a car in July (when the average price is £ 59.87 per day).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

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

Car hire lengths can vary according to the time of year. Longer periods of car hire are more common in July with an average of 8 days. Shorter periods of car hire are more common in February with an average of 5 days.
Average number of hire days in France
6
January
5
February
6
March
6
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
7
August
7
September
6
October
5
November
6
December

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

Given the number of customers searching for a car in France, the month in which the highest number of people search for a hire car is August, while February is the month that sees the lowest demand for them.
Monthly Car Hire Searches in France Compared to the Yearly Average
73%
January
63%
February
68%
March
76%
April
89%
May
117%
June
137%
July
152%
August
136%
September
117%
October
81%
November
90%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 635
Airport locations 50
Popular suppliers Keddy, Goldcar, RentScape, Alamo, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price £ 10 per day
Cheapest supplier Ok Mobility

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
RentScape Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 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 Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
RentScape Peugeot 2008 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

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United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
10 February 2024
Family illness, not great, but the car ran well
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
6 November 2023
We loved touring Provence and the hilltop villages of the Luberon (Bonnieux, Gordes, Ménerbes, Roussillon) and the spectacular mountain range of the Alpilles.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen T-Cross
30 October 2023
we explored the surrounding area, weather was fabulous as was the food
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
17 October 2023
Visit to holiday property
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
16 October 2023
lovely area, also historical
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
13 October 2023
We have a second home in St. Jean de Monts, Vendee, therefore we had a most enjoyable time as usual. Great weather and good food and wine.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
4 September 2023
Lovely scenery
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
17 August 2023
Saw almost the castles, visited gorges and lakes and loved the villages away from Carcassonne (Mirepoix, Camon, etc.)
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
3 August 2023
Visited amazing beaches and beautiful Provençal villages
United Kingdom
Citroen C3 Aircross
18 June 2023
We went into the hills of Provence and we went to a market, wine tasting and to the lavender fields. We also had a brilliant lunch out.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308
4 June 2023
Relaxin time with family
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
3 May 2023
Bordeaux was an absolutely beautiful city, gorgeous parks and driving out to cognac to vine yards was lovely.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
31 March 2023
Went to the Alpes on the rented car and had a fun time:)
United Kingdom
Opel Mokka X
21 January 2023
I was on a skiing trip - the skiing was excellent, but the worry about the safety of the car on summer tyres when it was snowing and the roads were ice had an impact on overall enjoyment.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
9 December 2022
It’s the south of France!
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
16 September 2022
Bordeaux, chateaux, Medoc Marathon, lake and beach all very enjoyable. Beware of restaurant wine list pricing - 3,500 euro bottle tucked in amongst wines one tenth of that price.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308
2 September 2022
4th time on campsite, love it, boat trip to collioure was fantastic
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
30 August 2022
St jean demont was our destination. Beautiful. Visit po du fou, fantastic, local Sunday horseracing and the whole area!!!!
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
28 July 2022
Went to Erquy and Dinan… loved the short break and the people
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
19 June 2022
Lovely area and lots to do especially the visit to Fresseline for the Monet exhibition. Dun le Pallestel was lovely too.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
10 November 2021
Nothing more to add - many thanks
United Kingdom
Opel Mokka X
28 September 2021
Visited various towns and villages across Dordogne, beautiful countryside
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
20 September 2021
Town of bagneres de luchon , ideal all year resort

Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
SIXT
8.3 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
RentScape
7.1 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
196
Total rental companies
19
Average daily price
£ 22.46
Lowest daily price
£ 9.77
Total cars available
22046

Top 19 Suppliers in France in 2024

SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 1 068 reviews
161 location
£ 25 - £ 316
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.2 / 1 759 reviews
77 locations
£ 18 - £ 237
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.2 / 602 reviews
298 locations
£ 18 - £ 190
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 939 reviews
176 locations
£ 18 - £ 253
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.1 / 189 reviews
177 locations
£ 26 - £ 136
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.1 / 125 reviews
240 locations
£ 26 - £ 126
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 1 816 reviews
259 locations
£ 13 - £ 143
Budget
Budget
Very good 8 / 270 reviews
65 locations
£ 27 - £ 188
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.9 / 1 777 reviews
6 locations
£ 11 - £ 43
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.9 / 227 reviews
4 locations
£ 10 - £ 89
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 328 reviews
284 locations
£ 16 - £ 291
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.8 / 27 reviews
4 locations
£ 31 - £ 50
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
138 locations
£ 30 - £ 292
National
National
Good 7.7 / 164 reviews
77 locations
£ 24 - £ 247
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.7 / 118 reviews
23 locations
£ 23 - £ 159
LOCAMALIN
LOCAMALIN
Good 7.6 / 1 review
2 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.4 / 268 reviews
110 locations
£ 25 - £ 111
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.2 / 204 reviews
11 locations
RentScape
RentScape
Good 7.1 / 830 reviews
20 locations
£ 12 - £ 141
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