France is an extremely popular tourist destination and many of its millions of visitors every year choose to hire a car so they can fully explore this magnficent country. Whether you are travelling on business or taking a romantic break in the beautiful city of Paris, then Rhino will have a hire car to suit your needs and budget. We have numerous locations to collect your hire car from in France including Paris Airport, Paris, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Rhino was awarded the prestigious title of Best Car Hire Website in 2010 and we continually strive to source the best deals and cheapest prices on car hire for our customers. We compare prices from all the main suppliers such as Avis, Europcar and Sixt to find you the best deal and price. If you need any help when making a booking or have any questions, we have a knowledgeable customer services team on hand to help.
Minimum Age Requirements for Car Hire in France
The minimum age to rent a car in France varies by rental agent. The minimum age to drive, generally in France is 18. Drivers under the age of 25 will be subject to a young driver supplement. The amount varies amongst rental agencies. If you are under 25 and wishing to hire a car in France, the table below contains the information you need for many of the leading rental agents in France:
Car hire supplier
Young driver supplement/day
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.
France Car Hire - Did You Know?
- France is often referred to as L'Hexagone (The Hexagon) due to the geometric shape of its territory.
- The president of France is François Hollande.
- The population of France estimated in 2012 is 65,350,000.
- France is ranked as being the most popular tourist destination in the world.
- 3.7 million tonnes of bread is consumed every year in France.
France Mini Guide
It is estimated that almost 80 million people visited France in 2008 alone. Some of the most famous attractions within Europe are located within France such as Mont St Michael, the Eiffel Tower, and the many stunning examples of mediaeval and renaissance castles in the Loire Valley.
France is also a gifted with some of the best skiing on the globe in the Alps and with some of the finest beaches along the French Riviera and the Cote d'Azur. It's easy to see that this diversity has been a major influence upon the success of France as a tourist destination; no other European nation seems to offer such an array of world-class vacation options in a single package.
To the south lays the Mediterranean Sea, which defines the French Riviera along with the small principality of Monaco. In the West can be found at the Atlantic coastline and to the north the English Channel meaning France is water locked on three of its four sides. The low lands of France had been formed by four river basins, the River Garonne and the River Loire flow west, and the River Seine in the North, with the River Rhône flowing down from Lake Geneva into the Mediterranean Sea.
In many ways France is a country defined by water, its major industry and agriculture has been shaped by these rivers and the coast line. There are several key areas or provinces within France, each of which seems to exhibit a character all of its own. Dordogne in the South West is famed for its medieval towns and castles, and it also contains some of the most prolific prehistoric park to be found anywhere on the globe. Provence is one of the major tourist destinations within France, benefiting from an excellent all-round climate.
Normandy is often named the garden of France, the landscape features opencast is picturesque villages, along with impressive examples of Renaissance architecture. Brittany is steeped in myths and legend, predominantly spread along the coastline featuring cliff tops and hidden coves, Brittany leaves an impression of ruggedness and long history.
Of course we cannot speak about France without speaking about Paris. The capital of France often named the City of Light; it sits upon by the shores of the River Seine and provides a fascinating glimpse into French culture. Originally constructed by the Romans it was redeveloped by Clovis of the Franks into something similar to the Paris we see today. Paris receives more than 30 million tourists each year, attracted by Paris's reputation as a city full of art, romance and sophistication. In 1889 the Eiffel Tower was constructed to the universal exhibition, and to this day remains one of the most visited attractions in Paris.
There are two more equally spectacular sights that every visitor to Paris should not miss, these being the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. These three landmarks define the shape of tourism within Paris and form a trinity of unique architectural constructions unlike anything else to be found in the world. Using out new cross border booking engine, you can now drop off at Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland.
Can I hire a car in France and drive to Spain (and visa versa)?
The majority of car hire companies allow travel across borders in Western Europe. Therefore it is fine to take your rental car from France to Spain
and back again. You must inform your rental agent of your planned itinerary however, as additional daily fees may apply. The fees are to cover the cost of any additional insurance you may need. It is also worth bearing in mind that different countries will have different requirements as to what you must carry with you, for example Spain states that you must carry a high visibility vest. Therefore it is advisable to check these requirements with the rental agent at the time of booking.
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