Daily Car Hire Rates in France
*daily rates in France based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
Facts about car hire in France
All major car hire brands such as Alamo, Budget, Europcar and Hertz are very well represented throughout France. All have rental desks within the major airport terminals and many have regional offices throughout France.
Which is the best car hire agent in France?
Over the last 6 months real customers have provided feedback on our rental agents in France and the results are in.
- Enterprise – 8.7/10 (250+ reviews)
- Alamo – 8.6/10 (100+ reviews)
- Sixt – 8.3/10 (100+reviews)
- Hertz – 8.1/10 (250+ reviews)
- Europcar – 7.7/10 (100+ reviews)
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 CDG Airport, Paris, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Rhino was awarded the prestigious title of Best on the Road in 2018 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
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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.
Customer questions about France car hire
Hi, my son is in France, I have just taken a phone call from him he has broken down on a motorway, are you able to help?
Hi, I am not based there myself... On your car rental voucher with us there should be a local line to the desk you collected the car from who will be able to assist.
Hi, I want to book a car from Lyon airport and need to make sure it has snow tyres or snow chains. How can I do this online?
Hi, winter tyres and snow chains are readily equipped on car hires for all relevant seasons in Lyon.
Hello, is it possible to add an additional driver to my booking?
Hi, yes on the booking page there should be an option to add on an additional driver under the "Add Extras" box.
Useful things to know about France
- 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 2019 is 66,099,000.
- 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.
- In France it's a legal requirement to carry a breathalyser in the car - See Weird Driving Laws
- If you're driving through France you can travel without stopping on French motorways with an Emovis Tag.
Fuel Prices in France by Month
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Car hire in France by Region
Alsace is one of the smallest regions of France and is close to the border with Switzerland. Remarkably it has the only airport in the world which serves three different countries at the same time, Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg airport.
Aquitaine is a region in the south west of France which has borders with the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Pyrenees Mountains. Within Aquitaine there are numerous departments including Dordogne, Landes and Gironde. See them all with car hire Aquitaine.
Auvergne is situated in the centre of France. It is part of the prefecture of Clermont Ferrand and has various departments including Allier, Haute Loire and Puy-de-Dome. The region contains many dormant volcanoes.
Basse Normandie has been known as Lower Normandy since 1956 when the region was divided in two. Located in the north of France it overlooks the Channel between England and France.
Brittany is located in the north of France and was previously both a Kingdom and a Duchy. As one of the six Celtic nations and given its proximity to the United Kingdom across the Channel, it is no wonder that Brittany is often called Little Britain.
Burgundy is a large region more or less in the centre of France. It is famous for its wine production. Both red and white wines are made there. Auxerre is one of the main cities within the Burgundy region which it part of the Dijon prefecture.
The Centre region of France is, unsurprisingly, in the middle of the country. The largest city in the region is Tours and the Centre region also forms around the Loire Valley. See it all with car hire Centre.
Corsica is one of the regions of France so we offer car hire Corsica from this idyllic Mediterranean island. Corsica is the birthplace of the general Napoleon so it is interesting to visit and see his ancestral home.
Haute Normandy or Upper Normandy is the location of an important France port Le Havre. It also contains the Seine Maritime department. Car hire is a good way to travel as the weather can be windy.
Ile-de-France is a northern central region of France. It most famously contains Paris, a great and romantic city. Aside from the City of Light, Ile-de-France is one of the richest and most populated parts of Europe.
Languedoc-Roussillon is a historical region of France in which the main languages used to be Catalan and Occitan. Languedoc-Roussillon is in the south of France and has a Mediterranean coastline.
Limousin is a rural region in the centre of France which is known for producing some of the best beef in the country. Limousin experiences hot summers and cold winters so car hire Limousin keeps you comfortable.
Lorraine is a region in the north east of France which contains the cities of Metz and Nancy. We also have cars for hire at Lorraine airport. It contains departments including Meuse, Moselle and Vosges.
Midi-Pyrenees is one of the largest regions in France and as its name suggests it borders the Pyrenees Mountains at the boundary with Spain. Like Pays de la Loire it is an artificially created region.
Monaco is an independent municipality within France. Monaco is the name of the country and the only city within the principality. It hosts the Monaco Grand Prix and has a reputation for being a playground of the rich and famous.
Nord-Pas-de-Calais is one of the French regions. It is right at the northernmost tip of France at the border with Belgium so if you want to make a cross border journey with car hire Nord-Pas-de-Calais just let us know.
Pays de la Loire
Pays de la Loire is one of the 26 regions of France and it was created relatively recently in the 20th century. As such it is part of some historical regions like Anjou and Maine.
Picardy is located in the north of France. It is made up of the departments of Oise Aisne and the Somme. The latter is where one of the bloodiest battles of World War One was fought in France. Many veterans rent car hire Picardy to reconnect with their past.
Located in the centre west region of France, Poitou Charentes has the city of Poitiers at it capital. Some of the departments are Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux Sevres and Vienne.
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is in the south east of France and has borders with the Mediterranean Sea. This is an exceptionally beautiful part of France and with car hire Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur you can see the French Riviera or drive to the nearby Alps Mountains.
The Rhone Alpes region is defined by the large River Rhone and the Alps Mountains which create the eastern border of France with Switzerland and Italy. Rhone Alpes is in the south east of France and its capital Lyon is the second largest city of France.
France Mini Guide
It is estimated that almost 90 million people visited France in 2018 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
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.