Car Hire in Paris
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to hire a car in Paris
Car rental companies such as Avis, Ada, Budget, Hertz, and Holiday Autos could be found in every single train station and airport in Paris, France. These companies have pickup locations near airports and transports terminals in the city like the Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport, and Gare du Nord. Customers can choose from a variety of car options from small, compact, intermediate, and economy cars to SUVs, vans, and even luxury cars. Car rental companies indicate the capacity of each rental vehicle and how many bags/luggage it can accommodate.
What to expect when hiring a car from Paris
Car rental and driving in Paris is indeed a challenge since it has very busy streets but for travellers staying longer in the city and planning to visit places which could not be easily reached by public transportation, renting a car is still an alternative. Aside from the fact that driving requires a lot of patience, parking is also difficult because of so many cars in the city. When driving, be cautious of pedestrians just walking by despite a number of cars using the road. Also remember that vehicles in France drive on the right and Paris roads have an 80-kilometre per hour speed limit. It is also prohibited to use designated bus lanes. Be mindful of wearing your seat belts since French law dictates that all occupants of the vehicle should have their seat belts on while travelling. Individuals could be fined for violations this and for other violations like beating the red light, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without licence. As for parking, it is only allowed in white-painted spaces while those painted with yellow are for official and commercial vehicles. Some side street parking slots should be paid at counters located at the street intervals. Parking anywhere in the city is not advisable since your car could end up towed and you will be required to pay a fine.
Getting to your destination
Paris is considered to be the most beautiful and romantic city in the world because of its rich history and captivating arts and culture.
This world famous structure has become the identifying landmark of Paris and it does capture the minds and the hearts of visitors and locals alike. The tower is a 30-minute drive from the Charles de Gaulle Airport. When near the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower, motorists are advised to park their cars at the Quai Branly car park or Joffre École Militaire.
The museum is one of the most historic and largest museums in the city. It has also become one of the landmarks in Paris and can be found on the Right Bank of the Seine. To reach this tourist attraction, you can drive for about 35 minutes from the Charles de Gaulle Airport via the A1 route.
Notre Dame Cathedral
Located at the eastern half of the Île de la Cité, the Notre Dame Cathedral may not be the largest in the world but its Gothic architecture is truly stunning and should not be missed by visiting foreigners. Without traffic, driving to the cathedral could only take about 33 minutes if you are using the A3 route.