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Why rent a car in Paris?

Paris is one of the world’s greatest cities. One part glamour, one part romance and one part bohemian decadence, there’s nowhere quite like the twinkling ‘City of Lights’ on the Seine river. Paris is also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Versailles, Saint Denis and Chantilly.

How to get to and around Paris?

If you’re arriving via Paris Orly Airport then it’s an 14-mile drive by rental car to Paris. En route, you could take a detour to visit the stunning Verrières Forest, a former hunting ground of Louis XIV. If you’re arriving via Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport then it’s a 21-mile drive by rental car to Paris. On the way, you could take a detour to visit Bois de Boulogne, a massive park with lakes, botanical gardens and nature trails.

Hiring a car in Paris city centre

Finding a hire car in Paris is simple. You can rent a car from a range of providers at Paris Orly Airport, Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and within the city centre itself. There are many 24-hour underground parking facilities in Paris which include security surveillance. Paris also has a wide variety of hotels to suit a range of budgets, including Hotel Regina, Lyric Hotel Paris and Hotel Brittany Opera. Many hotels offer free parking so do check before booking.

What brands are available?

There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including InterRent, Autoclick and Firefly. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and a shuttle service to your rental car.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Paris

There is much to see and do by hire car in Paris. This endlessly fascinating city includes legendary attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees and Montmartre. You can also sample some of the world’s best restaurants, watch the world go by while sipping coffee in a cafe, or stroll along the Seine river to see pavement artists at work. Other attractions to visit by rental car in Paris include the Moulin Rouge, a classic entertainment venue since the late 19th century, the Opera National De Paris, and Shakespeare & Co, an English bookstore that’s been an icon of Paris’s bohemian Left Bank since 1951.

The city of Versailles is a 13-mile drive from Paris by rental car. The highlight of the city is the sumptuous Palace of Versailles, former home of the French royal family. Other attractions include a sweeping central gallery known as the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel of the Palace of Versailles with its frescoed ceiling, and Petit Trianon, a small chateau in the grounds. The palace is surrounded by the finely manicured Gardens of Versailles.

Chantilly is an elegant and historic small town in the Nonette valley in northern France. It’s a 31-mile drive from Paris by hire car and is surrounded by Chantilly Forest. Key attractions include the Chateau de Chantilly, which houses the Living Museum of the Horse, Le Potager des Princes gardens on the Canal St Jean, which includes a zoo, and Parc Asterix, an amusement park based on the popular comic book character. The city is also home to the prestigious Chantilly Racecourse.

Tips and tricks for driving in Paris

If you’re visiting Paris by rental car then bear in mind that traffic in the city can be hectic, so perhaps aim to travel during quieter times. In France, it’s a legal requirement to carry one high-visibility vest per person inside your car’s passenger compartment in case of a breakdown, so it’s worth checking with rental car providers to see if they include this. Remember that France is right-hand drive.

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Travelling to Paris

Those arriving to Paris by plane will most likely find themselves at the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), which serves as the city’s main international and domestic airport. This transport hub provides easy access to the hotels and attractions of central Paris, via train, TVG, bus, or taxi, also features a car hire service centre. Those hoping to travel to more distant locations can choose between catching a train or hiring a car.

If you plan to be visiting the region’s many attractions, then renting a car could save both time and money, especially if you book with the help of the Expedia search tool.

Hiring a Car from Charles de Gaulle Airport

Many consider rail to be the easiest mode of transportation for travelling around Europe, as many of the continent’s towns and cities are well connected to train services that run quite frequently. However, if you happen to be doing a lot of travel in and around Paris, then hiring a car could prove to be both cost and time effective. A hire car will also make it far easier for you to access more out-of-the-way attractions. The Charles de Gaulle Airport has a car rental service centre that features a number of well known brands, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Hiring a Car from the Paris City Centre

Those arriving to Paris by train or bus will find it easier to hire a car from the city centre as opposed to making their way to the airport. There are a number of locations throughout the city that can provide visitors with a car for touring the city and surrounding regions, such as Île-de-France, where the Palace of Versailles is located. Again, all the recognised rental companies listed above are available, as well as Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Tour Île-de-France or Visit Disneyland Paris

Visitors to Paris who rent a car will quickly discover that there are many attractions available to discover just outside of the city, including such iconic sites such as the Palace and Gardens of Versailles, a 17th-century estate that was a former residence of the French royal family. Other points of interest outside of the 20 arrondissements include Disneyland Paris, the theme park that makes for a wonderful day of family activities.

To begin planning your visit to Paris, and to reserve hotel rooms and research attractions to enjoy along the way, simply use the Expedia search tool now.




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