France is one of the top holiday destinations for tourists from around the world. Everyone wants to see Paris, the fashion capital. France is associated with ultimate elegance, arts and the best wine. Thousands flock to see the country's landmark, the Eiffel Tower. France lures visitors with its charm, culture, abundance of historic sites, romantic cities, lavender fields and splendid wineries.
Whether you are visiting France on holidays or for a business trip, Auto Europe will help you find the perfect car for your travel needs. With pick-up locations in over 400 cities and towns, we have the possibility to accommodate various rental requests and offer low rates for your car hire in France. We have developed a strong business connection with both international and local suppliers. Therefore, our offer comprises a large selection of vehicles in numerous locations across the whole country and the best car rental rates.
Driving in a foreign country may be stressful and feel chaotic at times if you are not used to the local driving rules. See below for some general information to help you feel confident when driving your car rental in France.
For more road rules and speed limits please visit our driving information section.
We would like to help you plan the perfect French adventure. We have hand-picked some of the most alluring places and things to see and do in France. Take a look at the below list and feel inspired!
Take a look at below travel ideas for inspiration to plan the perfect French adventure. Get a glimpse of interesting travel itineraries and hit the road!
Age restrictions apply for young drivers looking to rent a car in France. Drivers must be at least 18 years old (the minimum age may differ by rental company). Some suppliers apply additional "young driver fees" for drivers up to 24 years old - the information is available on our booking engine as well as on the rental voucher. Please also remember that the main driver must produce a credit card in his name for the security deposit bond at the time of the vehicle pick-up.
Motorways in France, called 'autoroutes', are toll-roads. When you enter the motorway, you collect a ticket and based on your distance, you pay at the exit gate. For example, a drive from Paris to Bordeaux costs approximately 55 euros. Allowed payment methods include cash, Mastercard or Visa. Drivers may also pay by an electronic transponder called télépéage. Cash-payment toll booths are marked with green arrows. Credit card logos indicate toll gates where you can only pay by credit cards. You can conveniently check the tolls in France online.
France has a rich history, being a country which has had profound impact on the European culture through the works of great artists. Today, we cannot imagine the world without the paintings of Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, or influential writers like Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, and genius composers like Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel or Georges Bizet. As a colonial empire, France changed the geopolitical world order; it had lands in both the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Antarctica. As a result there are now 29 countries where French is the official language. France witnessed revolutions and was at war with the British Empire. It was part of the allied powers during the Second World War and is now the largest country in the European Union.
France is a part of the eurozone, having introduced the euro on the 1st January 1999. This new currency gradually began to replace the French franc and is, nowadays, the only official currency used in France. Throughout the country, there are cash machines where UK citizens can withdraw banknotes using debit cards. It is advisable to contact your bank and enquire which ATM machines are best to use abroad, as additional withdrawal fees may apply.
Continental France and Corsica lie within the Central European Time Zone and are one hour ahead of Great Britain. Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday of March and lasts till the last Sunday of October, when the clocks go back one hour.
The French are known for their attitude towards their language. If you are planning to stay in France for a couple of days, perhaps the best tip we could give you is to learn some basic French vocabulary.
Hello - Salut
Good morning - Bonjour
Good afternoon - Bon après-midi
Good evening - Bonsoir
Where is the closest police station? - Où se trouve le poste de police le plus proche?
Where is the closest hospital? - Où se trouve l'hôpital le plus proche?
Where is the closest ATM machine? - Où se trouve le guichet automatique le plus proche?
Can I pay by credit card? - Puis-je payer par carte de crédit?
Can I pay by debit card? - Puis-je payer par carte de débit immédiat?
How much does this cost? - Combien ça coûte?
Thank you - Merci
Keep the change - Gardez la monnaie
Sockets in France are designed to transmit electricity between 220 and 240 volts; however, they differ in shape from the sockets in the UK. Therefore, if you want to use some of your home electrical appliances (mobile phone or laptop charger) in France, you need an adapter. Make sure to bring the correct one that fits into three electric socket types common in France: "Type C" Europlug, "Type E", and "Type F" Schuko.
British Citizens do not need a visa to enter France; however, a valid passport is required. Driving licenses are not accepted as a form of ID; you must have a valid passport when travelling to France.
British consular help may be obtained from the following embassies and consulates:
35, rue du Faubourg St Honoré
75383 Paris Cedex 08
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 00
Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 09
16 rue d'Anjou
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 00
Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 27
Postal address: British Embassy
BP111-08, 75383 Paris Cedex 08, France
British Consulate Bordeaux
353, Boulevard du President Wilson
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 22 21 10
Fax: +33 (0)5 56 08 33 12
British Consulate Marseille
24, Avenue du Prado
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 91 15 72 10
Fax: +33 (0) 4 91 37 47 06
British Trade and Investment Lyon
5, place Jules Ferry
Telephone: +33 (0) 4 72 62 99 55
With Auto Europe, you can now also book a campervan in France! Travelling in a home on wheels will allow you to freely set your holiday itinerary and explore France fully. Thanks to our business partnership with leading suppliers, we offer the possibility of picking up a motorhome at numerous locations, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, and Ajaccio on Corsica.