Car hire in Paris
On this page you’ll find tips and advice on car hire in Paris, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest cost. If this is your first time renting a car in France, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Our car rental offices in Paris
In Paris, there is a very large number of car rental offices scattered across all parts of the city. You can, therefore, pick up your rental car at many different locations. Below you’ll find a list of some of the most frequently visited areas where there are many car rental offices.
- Paris train stations: The two main train stations in Paris are Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est. They are both in central Paris, relatively close to each other. Adjacent to both of them, you’ll find several car rental offices. You’ll also find a considerable amount of offices at the smaller Gare de Lyon train station in southeastern Paris. In short, picking up your rental car upon arrival at a train station in Paris is very convenient.
- Central Paris: There are numerous car rental offices in the most central parts of Paris. For example, car hire is available near the Louvre and Champs Elysees. There are also three big car hire offices by the train station Gare Saint Lazare. You’ll also find a few offices by Etoile Foch. Getting out of Paris to its surrounding areas from these offices is smooth and easy.
- South Paris: There are plenty of good car hire possibilities in the southern parts of Paris. You’ll find seven offices near the train station Gare Montparnasse, located between Montparnasse and Necker.
Car hire at Paris Airport
The three main international airports in Paris are Orly, Charles de Gaulle and Beauvais-Tillé.
The biggest one of these is Charles de Gaulle (airport code: CDG), which is also the second-busiest airport in Europe. It is located about 16 miles from central Paris.
Beauvais-Tillé Airport (airport code: BVA) is quite far away, about 53 miles from Paris. The closest one is Paris Orly Airport (airport code: ORY), which is only about 8 miles south of central Paris.
The major car rental companies have offices at all of these airports, and there are excellent road connections from all of them to Paris.
What to do around Paris
Paris is the city that has everything, but if you want to get out of the big city for a while, a hired car is the perfect alternative. In the vicinity of Paris, there is a myriad of interesting and exciting things to experience. Below we’ll mention some of our top picks.
The world famous palace of Versaille is less than an hour’s drive from central Paris, and is a given destination when visiting France. Here you’ll see grand architecture, and if you are visiting during summer, you musn’t miss a stroll in the magnificent park. There are also many nice places in the surrounding areas that are worth a stop.
The Champagne region is an approximate two-hour drive from Paris. It is, of course, famous for its production of the sparkling white wine that bears its name. Here you’ll find many cute little towns and villages to visit, such as Reims and Epernay. There are also many vineyards and farm shops that are open to visitors and well worth a visit!
If you have an interest in history, you won’t want to miss Normandy. Here you’ll find a constant sense of history. You can, for example, visit the beach where D-day took place during World War II. The city is also an American graveyard. Other than this, you’ll find many historically interesting sites to visit in Normandy and its vicinity.