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A Guide to Car Hire France 

Embark on a memorable journey through France with Rhino Car Hire, your trusted companion for convenient and affordable car rentals. Whether you're exploring the romantic streets of Paris, cruising along the sun-kissed French Riviera, or discovering the charming countryside of Provence, having your own vehicle offers unparalleled freedom and flexibility to explore this diverse and enchanting country at your own pace. With a wide selection of vehicles to choose from, competitive rates, and transparent pricing, Rhino Car Hire ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience from the moment you pick up your car. Our dedicated customer service team is available round-the-clock to assist you with any inquiries or assistance you may need during your rental period, allowing you to focus on creating unforgettable memories on your French adventure. Book your car hire with Rhino Car Hire today and unlock the freedom to discover the beauty of France in comfort and style.

Hiring a Car with Rhinocarhire:
Pick-up Points: With outlets at all major airports, cities, and tourist hubs, Rhinocarhire offers flexibility in where you begin your journey.

Required Documents:

Valid driver’s license (with a translation if not in English or French).
Passport or EU ID card.
Credit card for security deposits and payments.
Age Restrictions: Generally, the minimum age is 21. However, for high-performance cars, it may be higher.

French Driving Etiquette and Customs:
Drive on the Right: Like most European countries, drive on the right-hand side of the road.

Roundabouts: In France, vehicles already in the roundabout usually have the right of way, unlike some other countries.

Speed Limits:

Urban Areas: 50 km/h
Outside Built-up Areas: 80 km/h
Dual Carriageways and Non-urban Motorways: 110 km/h
Toll Motorways: 130 km/h (110 km/h in rain)
Parking: Blue zones are for short-term parking. Use a 'disque' (available at tourist offices) to indicate your arrival time.

Priority to the Right: This old rule means that unless indicated otherwise, vehicles coming from the right have priority.

Safety and Recommendations:
Alcohol Limit: France has strict drunk-driving laws; the limit is 0.05% (lower than some countries).

Equipment: A warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest are mandatory to keep in the vehicle.

Tolls: Many motorways (autoroutes) have tolls. Keep cash or a card handy.

Zones à Circulation Restreinte (ZCR): Some areas, particularly in Paris, restrict older, more polluting vehicles to combat pollution.

Popular Driving Routes:
The Alsace Wine Route: Journey through picturesque villages and vineyards.

The Loire Valley: Discover beautiful chateaux and historical sites.

Route Napoleon: Trace Napoleon's 1815 march from Cannes to Grenoble.

Provence and the Côte d'Azur: Lavender fields, azure waters, and beautiful coastal towns.

First Time in France? Here's What You Should Know:
Language: While many speak English, especially in tourist areas, learning a few basic French phrases can be beneficial.

Cuisine: Don't miss out on regional specialties. Each area has its distinct culinary traditions.

Tipping: Service charge is included in your bill, but leaving small change is appreciated.

Shopping: Shops might close for a few hours in the afternoon, especially in smaller towns.


A car journey through France allows for an intimate experience of its varied landscapes, history, and culinary offerings. With preparation and awareness, your French road trip with Rhinocarhire will undoubtedly be a journey to remember. Whether you are travelling on business or taking a romantic break in the beautiful city of Paris, we 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 CDG Airport, Paris, Nice Airport, Toulouse and Bordeaux.  

Bon voyage!

Cheapest car hire in France

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 16.45 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 115.15 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 16.45 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 115.15 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500 Electric

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 22.97 EUR/day
Fiat 500 Electric

7 Days rental at 160.80 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

DS 3 Crossback

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 22.93 EUR/day
DS 3 Crossback

7 Days rental at 160.52 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

DS 3 Crossback

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 22.93 EUR/day
DS 3 Crossback

7 Days rental at 160.52 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Megane

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 26.92 EUR/day
Renault Megane

7 Days rental at 188.50 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 19.02 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 133.15 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 19.02 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 133.15 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot E - 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 20.84 EUR/day
Peugeot E - 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 145.93 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Espace

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.92 EUR/day
Renault Espace

7 Days rental at 377.47 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Espace

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.92 EUR/day
Renault Espace

7 Days rental at 377.47 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Espace

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.92 EUR/day
Renault Espace

7 Days rental at 377.47 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Jeep Compass

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 28.10 EUR/day
Jeep Compass

7 Days rental at 196.73 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Jeep Compass

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 28.10 EUR/day
Jeep Compass

7 Days rental at 196.73 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 508

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.39 EUR/day
Peugeot 508

7 Days rental at 254.77 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.29 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 345.04 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW iX3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 135.71 EUR/day
BMW iX3

7 Days rental at 950.00 EUR from 22/04/2024

  0 |
  Manual |
  No

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 117.25 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 820.80 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 41.27 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 288.95 EUR from 21/03/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.90 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 300.30 EUR from 21/03/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla Hybrid

7 Days rental at 365.33 EUR from 24/01/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in France

  • Research and compare car rental companies in France to find the best deals, considering factors such as price, vehicle selection, insurance coverage, and customer reviews.
  • Understand the different insurance options available, including collision damage waiver (CDW), theft protection, and liability insurance, and consider purchasing additional coverage if needed for peace of mind.
  • Familiarize yourself with French driving laws and regulations, including speed limits, road signs, parking rules, and alcohol limits, to ensure compliance and a safe driving experience.
  • Plan your routes in advance and use GPS or navigation apps to navigate unfamiliar roads, especially when driving in cities or rural areas with limited signage.
  • Be mindful of toll roads and have cash or a credit card ready for payment, as many major highways in France are tolled, and consider obtaining a toll tag for convenience if you plan to use toll roads frequently.
 

Popular car hire destinations in France

Laws and rules of the road when driving in France

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    110-130kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    EUR  1.77/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in France

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Flizzr
120
9.0/10
2,856
€ 37.64
€ 43.60
€ 51.75
€ 78.04
 Sixt
153
8.7/10
149,735
€ 16.45
€ 22.93
€ 28.10
€ 40.67
 Enterprise
122
8.5/10
65,769
€ 29.28
€ 30.66
€ 36.76
€ 37.86
 Alamo
69
8.5/10
42,865
€ 27.81
€ 31.85
€ 36.39
€ 37.48
 National
67
8.4/10
4,622
€ 33.08
€ 33.75
€ 38.58
€ 39.74
 Budget
75
8.4/10
49,785
€ 36.42
€ 47.60
€ 51.25
€ 78.34
 Keddy by europcar
146
8.4/10
115,700
€ 25.52
€ 29.44
€ 47.97
€ 82.53
 Key n go
4
8.4/10
242
€ 49.47
€ 57.49
€ 73.17
 Europcar
320
8.4/10
370,442
€ 22.97
€ 26.92
€ 42.65
€ 48.14
 Thrifty
15
8.4/10
2,625
€ 38.40
€ 53.48
€ 67.20
 Avis
352
8.3/10
154,017
€ 23.57
€ 32.15
€ 37.12
€ 48.00
 Hertz
128
8.2/10
48,440
€ 24.14
€ 30.97
€ 57.13
€ 71.42
 Dollar
16
8.0/10
1,431
€ 39.08
€ 47.31
€ 101.78
 Rentscape
19
8.0/10
8,639
€ 30.91
€ 37.96
€ 41.26
€ 46.80
 Goldcar
4
7.8/10
1,239
€ 29.70
€ 37.03
€ 51.17

Car rental agent statistics in France

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    9.4/10
    Highest rated agent:
    KEDDY BY EUROPCAR
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    6.7/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    1,018,413
    Total number of reviews in
    France
  • Most Locations Icon
    306
    Most Locations in France:
    AVIS
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    22
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in France

ItemPercent
January€ 51
February€ 58
March€ 52
April€ 62
May€ 58
June€ 61
July€ 86
August€ 76
September€ 60
October€ 57
November€ 54
December€ 58
ItemPercent
January€ 46
February€ 50
March€ 46
April€ 52
May€ 48
June€ 51
July€ 69
August€ 64
September€ 50
October€ 49
November€ 46
December€ 51
ItemPercent
January€ 86
February€ 99
March€ 86
April€ 106
May€ 98
June€ 106
July€ 135
August€ 116
September€ 106
October€ 93
November€ 92
December€ 98
ItemPercent
January€ 68
February€ 73
March€ 67
April€ 81
May€ 76
June€ 78
July€ 116
August€ 102
September€ 87
October€ 80
November€ 76
December€ 78
ItemPercent
January€ 88
February€ 103
March€ 93
April€ 109
May€ 111
June€ 125
July€ 157
August€ 116
September€ 99
October€ 98
November€ 88
December€ 96
ItemPercent
January€ 37
February€ 42
March€ 39
April€ 43
May€ 41
June€ 44
July€ 59
August€ 54
September€ 43
October€ 42
November€ 40
December€ 43
ItemPercent
January€ 76
February€ 87
March€ 77
April€ 91
May€ 84
June€ 91
July€ 131
August€ 110
September€ 87
October€ 84
November€ 77
December€ 85
ItemPercent
January€ 96
February€ 102
March€ 95
April€ 117
May€ 114
June€ 100
July€ 141
August€ 115
September€ 111
October€ 114
November€ 101
December€ 98

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in France

DieselUnleaded
Mar , 2023

€ 1.81

€ 1.86

Apr , 2023

€ 1.81

€ 1.91

May , 2023

€ 1.66

€ 1.82

Jun , 2023

€ 1.67

€ 1.84

Jul , 2023

€ 1.68

€ 1.80

Aug , 2023

€ 1.81

€ 1.90

Sep , 2023

€ 1.93

€ 1.94

Oct , 2023

€ 1.91

€ 1.91

Nov , 2023

€ 1.78

€ 1.78

Dec , 2023

€ 1.75

€ 1.77

Jan , 2024

€ 1.73

€ 1.77

Feb , 2024

€ 1.79

€ 1.81

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb , 2024 1.79 1.81
Jan , 2024 1.73 1.77
Dec , 2023 1.75 1.77
Nov , 2023 1.78 1.78
Oct , 2023 1.91 1.91
Sep , 2023 1.93 1.94
Aug , 2023 1.81 1.90
Jul , 2023 1.68 1.80
Jun , 2023 1.67 1.84
May , 2023 1.66 1.82
Apr , 2023 1.81 1.91
Mar , 2023 1.81 1.86

Car rental price statistics in France

  • Average Price Icon
    € 115.15
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 535.94
    Highest daily price:
    Renault Arkana
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    13,651
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    979
    Most popular model:
    Fiat 500
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    172
    Location with most cars:
    Lyon - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 16.5 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    SIXT - Arpajon - City Centre
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Lyon
€13.9
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €13.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.9 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €15.3 per day
Marseille
€20.2
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €23.1 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €31.4 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €20.2 per day
Paris
€13.9
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €13.9 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.9 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €15.3 per day
Toulouse
€20.1
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €20.1 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €27.3 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €23.6 per day