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    Explore the best of France with Car Rental

    Throughout its long history, France has enriched the world with many great artists, scientists and influential thinkers. Visit France, and you'll be surrounded by the traces they have left. France hosts the world's fourth-largest number of cultural UNESCO World Heritage sites, so there is plenty to see. Take a short drive from Paris and visit the village where Marie Antoinette pretended to be a milkmaid or spend an afternoon wandering through the gardens of Versailles.

    Feel like a royal on the Mediterranean coast and enjoy the amazing architecture, yachts and vehicles in Cannes, Nice and Saint-Tropez. Drive to the west and pick a surfboard up in Mimizan, before trying the amazing French Cuisine in Bordeaux. Drive further up and enjoy some real champagne in the Champagne region.

    Compare all the major rental car suppliers in France in one place and find a car hire that suits your needs for the best rate available. Book your rental car online today with Auto Europe.

    Standard Inclusions

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

    Auto Europe includes the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection in France’s car rental prices. The CDW and Theft Protection reduce the liability and excess of the driver to a capped amount. Fire insurance is also included in the price of your car rental.

    Auto Europe offers the option to purchase Excess Refund Insurance when you make your booking. If any damage occurs to your rental vehicle during the time it is in your possession, you can be refunded up to $5,000.

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    Car Rental 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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