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    Driving Information France

    Driving Licence Requirements

    To drive a car in France, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving licence. For foreigners, an International Drivers License is highly recommended for picking up a car hire in any French city.

    Age Restrictions

    Generally, the minimum France age restriction for hiring a car is 21 years old, but can vary between car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations; a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check the Terms and Conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    Driving Distances

    • Avignon to Marseille - 105 kms (1hr/10 mins)

    • Biarritz to Bordeaux - 200 kms (2hrs/30 mins)

    • Bordeaux to Toulouse - 245 kms (2hrs/40mins)

    • Marseille to Nice - 205 kms (2hrs/15 mins)

    • Paris to Calais - 287kms (3hours/17 mins)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General France driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

    • Driving in France is done on the right-hand side of the road.

    • Overtaking is on the left-hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving in France is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • Drivers are to carry a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.

    • Dipped headlights to be used at poor daylight visibility.

    • In most major cities you will find that many petrol stations in France are open 24 hours. Fuel tends to cost more when you buy it at a station on the highway.


    The toll highways in France are labelled as 'Autoroute peage' and marked by blue signs with the letter 'A' before the number. Drivers take a ticket on entering the road and pay according to distance travelled. The current cost is about €1 per 10 miles.

    Parking Information

    Ticket machines are now quite common in many small towns. Most large cities have 'blue zones' where you display a France parking disc or ticket on the dashboard of your car when you park. These discs are available at police stations, tourist offices and some shops.

    One-Way Car Hire

    Domestic one-way rentals are unrestricted and free of charge within France, with the exception of Biarritz and the Isle of Corsica. There are fees for international one-way car rentals and not all vehicles are allowed.

    We offer car hire in France at all major pick up locations together with a large car hire fleet. Book online today with Auto Europe and make the most of your trip with our special conditions in France. For more information contact us on +441233225114.

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