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About Paris

Paris is the land of love and great food. The most visited tourist destination in the world has so much to offer and is now so easy and affordable to reach, you have to stop by for at least a romantic weekend! There are three main airports in Paris - Charles De Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais, the city has amazing metro connections and trains that connect you the rest of France and Europe, and even better the transportation is so cheap!  Tune in with music playing by various street artists all around the city as you nibble on the delicious caramels or many of the baked goods in the area. Go see the most famous cabaret in the world, Le Moulin Rouge, where the glorious French cabaret singer known as The Sparrow, Edith Piaf, performed in the spring of 1944. Enjoy a smooth glass of wine and sinfully tasty French cheese while you are having fun learning French Parisian people highly appreciate that   and lastly, have the time of your life, which should be a piece of cake in Paris. Or should we say, a piece of Crème brûlée.

Another simple task is hiring a car in Paris. There’s a lot of car hire agencies to choose from, such as Sixt, Keddy, Europcar and more that can offer you a rental that is perfect for your adventure!

Basic info and car hire in Paris

  • Location: North-central France.
  • Population:34 million (2015)
  • Official language: French
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Weather: The climate is moderate. Winters are damp, but not severe, the average temperature is around 45 °F/7 °C. Snowfall is light and sunshine is rare; grey, foggy days are frequent. Summer temperatures range from 59 - 77 °F/15 - 25 °C, but rain can be heavy. Spring and autumn have, on average, mild days and fresh nights but are changing and unstable. The average temperature is around 9°C/48°F.
  • Holidays in Paris: For public holidays in France click here »
  • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and other buildings offer Wi-Fi. There are 400 hotspots in Paris so you shouldn't worry. Read more »
  • Road conditions: Roads are well maintained but congested.
  • Car hire in Paris: The most common vehicle collection location is Charles de Gaulle Airport. The average daily price for hiring a car in Paris in summer is 24 £ / 28 €, 25.8 £ / 30 € in spring, 17 £ / 20 € in autumn and 32.6 £ / 38 € in winter. Please note that rental prices vary frequently. It’s best to reserve a car booking 3 to 8 weeks prior to your pick-up date – this way you can also ensure the lowest car hire price. All that being said, it is possible to get a great last minute car hire deal. Find the best car hire deal in Paris!

Driving in Paris

Paris has good road connections but the toll roads are expensive and traffic jams are common. The best time to visit Paris (weather-wise) is springtime. However, depending on your budget, tolerance for crowds and points of interest, another time of the year may suit you more. Bear in mind that while driving, the maximum BAC level is 0.05 %, and 0.02 % for those with less than 3 years of driving experience.

  • Age limits: 21 (minimum age may vary according to car hire companies. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In order to hire a car, it is required that a driver has held a driving licence for more than one year).
  • International Driving Permit: No, but it is highly recommended.
  • Additional papers: ID (passport), a valid driving licence and the proof of insurance (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire company, in case your policy does not cover your insurance while driving in France.)
  • Additional requirements: Hands-free equipment with hearing aids are required while driving and talking on the phone, a warning triangle and a reflective jacket. There is no current legislation demanding a fine for not carrying a self-test Breathalyzer (alcohol test) in the car, but it is required by law.
  • Children in the car: Children under the age of 10 years must travel on the back seat. If they weigh less than 33 lbs (15 kg), a child seat is needed and if they weigh from 33-80 lbs (15-36 kg), they have to use a booster seat with an adult seat belt.
  • Driving side of the road: Right.
  • Lights: Dipped headlights are recommended day and night and must be used not only at night, but also in poor daytime visibility.
  • General speed limits: 80mph / 130kph on motorways (70mph / 110kph in wet weather and on urban motorways), 90kph on other roads outside built-up areas, 30 mph / 50kph in built-up areas.
  • Parking suggestions: There is plenty of parking stations etc., but finding a free spot can sometimes be a long process. Prohibition and restriction of parking is indicated by road signs or yellow lines. White line indicates free parking for a permitted length of time that has to be displayed showing your arrival time. Wrong-parked vehicles cannot only be fined, but also immobilized by wheel clamps or towed away and impounded.

What to see in Paris

The legendary "Grand Dame of Paris" is just one of the nicknames for Eiffel Tower and of course, a must-see. Say hi to Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum, if it’s a sunny day visit the Holy Chapel and be amazed by the spectacular light show of the 13th-century stained glass this chapel is lined with. Lovers of Gothic architecture will be blown away by the Notre-Dame Cathedral. It’s a pure masterwork of Gothic architecture, both on the outside and the inside. Don’t miss many of the five-star relics.


Our favourite spots

Luxor Obelisk in Paris from a far

Luxor Obelisk

Can you read hieroglyphs? The magnificent Egyptian Luxor Obelisk is decorated with hieroglyphs praising the reign of king Ramses II. It stands at the centre of Concorde Square. This is a well-known square which is also close to many important Parisian sights mentioned in this article.


Cars can be parked at Place de la Concorde (five minutes) and Madeleine Tronchet (ten minutes).

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Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Champ de Mars

Historically significant park which was once used for military drills, public gatherings and celebrations. The park is named after the Campus Martius ("Mars Field") in Rome, a tribute to the Latin name of the Roman God of war. It covers as many as 24.5 ha. You can get a great view of the Eiffel Tower.

 


Parking is available at Saint-Dominique and Pullman Tour Eiffel are less than ten minutes away.

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Sacré-Cœur Basilica on Montmarte in Paris, France

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

This stunning Romano-Byzantine basilica is popular not only for its looks, but also for its dome which offers breath-taking views of Paris.

 


Cars can be parked in Garage d'Abbeville fifteen minutes away.

Arch de Triomphe in Paris, France

Triumphal Arch

This national symbol is dedicated to the fallen soldiers during the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. It stands right at the top of Champs-Élysées Avenue.

 


Parking is available at Mac Mahon covered parking less than five minutes away.

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Paris catacombs skulls and bones walls details

Catacombs of Paris

Want to feel the hair stand up on theback of your neck? Visit the Catacombs of Paris – A truly haunting sight – underground tunnels decorated with the remains of around 6 million people. Get a guided tour and listen to the chilling stories of the history of the Catacombs.

 


Cars can be parked at Saint-Jacques 1 (three minutes) and Saint Jacques 2 (eight minutes).

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View of Champs-Élysées Avenue from the sky

Champs-Élysées Avenue

This mile long (2 km) avenue persists on being the world’s most splendid one. Chic boutiques, deluxe cafés, welcoming bistros, and so much more for you to explore.

 


Parking is available at 45 Cours Albert 1er and Alma George V are less than five minutes away.

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Hotels in Paris

La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa:

A luxurious, centrally located hotel and spa treats their guests with great service, elegant rooms and suites. Parking is available.

Relais Christine

This boutique and charming hotel is only fifteen minutes away from the Louvre Museum. It offers rooms and suites and has available parking. 

Pavillon de Paris

This elegant hotel is a five-minute walk from Moulin Rouge. Chargeable public parking is available. 

The New Hotel Opéra

This hotel is in the centre of one of the city’s best entertainment districts. Many theatres, including Mogador Theatre, Opéra Garnier and Paris Casino are a short walk away. Metered parking is close by. 

Drive your rental car around Paris

For those hungry for more in regards to sightseeing, we warmly recommend a car hire – it's easy, fast and convenient.

For your first trip, you can pick the Palace of Versailles – the snobbish, ostentatios UNESCO's World Heritage site is jaw-dropping and only a half hour drive from Paris. If you don't want to end your search for opulence yet, you can visit Versailles' rival, Opéra Garnier, drizzled in Belle-Epoque style. A rental for the opera house is not necessary, since it’s about one mile (three km) from Champs-Élysées. However, if you decide to drive there anyway, the car park Galeries Lafayette is only three minutes away.

Go on a castle hunt and drive to the town of Chantilly. Known not only for its whipped cream, but also by one of the most impressive castles closest to Paris (about 31mi / 50km northeast). The chateaux, the gardens and the hunting palace are exquisite. If you’re not in a rush, consider making a stop in the town of Senlis, only a 15-minute drive further. There you can walk the old streets, pass medieval walls and abbeys and enjoy the town’s parks.

For art lovers, especially those fond of Claude Monet, a trip about 43mi / 70km south-west of Paris to Giverny town is quintessential. Giverny was loved and, as a consequence, depicted by the famous artist. Walk under old willow trees, pass the Japanese bridge, count the lily pads and enjoy the tranquillity of Monet’s Garden.

For true romantics who don’t mind a long drive to reach absolutely magical places, Mont Saint-Michel (223mi / 360km north-west of Paris) is a dreamer’s paradise. This island commune is a unique sight, set in a bay between Normandy and Brittany. The Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is a medieval gem, inspiring awe and imagination. You’ll also notice plenty of hotels, restaurants, museums and charming boutiques as you walk the old streets. If you’ll arrive to Mont Saint-Michel by car, it’s advisable to learn more about parking your vehicle.

Our last longer road trip suggestion is a journey to Loire Valley (128mi / 207km south-west of Paris) where you can visit numerous castles.

Where to eat, drink and party in Paris

On top of all the amazing sights to see, Champagne, pain (English for bread), wine and French cheese (like Brie, Camembert and Roquefort) will also make your visit to Paris memorable! Many of the staple foods of Paris are based on meat, such as beef, veal, pork and lamb. The popular foods are also salads done in a million different ways, desserts like croissants, brioches and macarons, Pot-au-Feu (beef soup) and Entrecote Marchand de vin (steak served in red wine sauce).