Often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, or a city of romance, Paris is an intriguing capital with Europe's most treasured architecture. It is becoming more important, with Paris being the top tourist destination, to know how to travel around France's capital.
In our guide to car hire in Paris, you can find out how to travel in the city in order to make the most of its cultural and historical monuments. With Auto Europe, you are going to receive some of the best deals on the market and an outstanding selection of vehicles. Thanks to the numerous downtown, railway station or airport pick-up locations, we are able to provide you with the best car rental solution in Paris.
We have prepared the road trip planner for your travels in Paris and its surroundings. Check out some great travel ideas!
As in any metropolis with a high level of traffic, it would be best to avoid driving during the peak hours, especially, if you are travelling through the most congested parts of the city. Pay extra attention to pedestrian crossings; it is common for Parisians to cross the street on a red light.
If you are planning to stay in the centre of Paris, perhaps your best choice is to park your car at a hotel, if such facility is provided, and use public transport. You may also book a parking space online in one of many public car parks. On-street parking is paid from Monday till Saturday 9 am to 7 pm. Important to note, parking metres do not accept coins, you need a "Paris Carte", a parking card available form the newsagents. The closer the city centre, the more expensive the parking will be and the available parking spaces will be more difficult to spot.
Car hire in Paris is especially useful if you are to explore more of France with a starting point in its capital. Having a vehicle at your disposal enables you to travel at your own pace. You can choose to pick up a car either from Paris's airports or numerous downtown locations and head to Nantes, Lyon, or, either further south, to Nice.
The centre of Paris is circled by three large roads; the most central is Périphérique, the A86 goes throughout the inner suburbs, and the Francilienne runs through the outer suburbs. Thanks to a well-maintained motorway system in France, driving through the country is easy. Pay a visit to our France driving information page for more details on traffic regulations.
Located in north-central France, Paris is the cultural, economic and fashion centre of the country. The river Seine winds through the city; its banks and bridges in the centre of Paris are very popular walking routes. The city is mostly flat with a few hills towering over the landscape, with Montmartre being the most famous one. Due to its Western European Oceanic Climate, the city enjoys warm sunny summers with temperatures ranging from 15 to 25°C. Spring and autumn are usually mild, though at times, the temperatures may suddenly drop or rise. During winter, the temperature mostly stays above the freezing point. With modest sunshine, winter days are often grey and snowfall is rare.
Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Telephone: +33 1 70 36 39 50
Charles de Gaulle Airport, the largest airport in Paris, is located 16 miles to the north-east of the city.
Paris Orly (ORY)
Telephone: +33 892 56 39 50
Orly is the second largest Paris Airport, some 8 miles to the south of the capital city.
Telephone: +33 892 68 20 66
Beauvais airport is located some 53 miles to the north of Paris.
Underground - Métro: Founded in 1900, Paris underground system is the most popular public transport in the city centre. Over 300 stations, 136 miles of tracks, and 14 lines make up a system that carries over 5 million passengers a day.
Trains: Regional trains are called RER; they provide connections to the suburbs of Paris. There are 5 RER lines: A,B,C,D, and E. The suburban areas of Paris not reached by RER are serviced by trains called Translinien, that run to the main stations in the city.
Bus: 58 bus lines connect the city centre with the suburban areas.
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