Car rental in France
Fiat PuntoNumber of days: 775 EurFord FiestaNumber of days: 785 EurPeugeot 107Number of days: 780 Eur
Mini CabrioNumber of days: 7150 EurOpel AstraNumber of days: 7100 EurCitroen DS3Number of days: 7100 Eur
Audi A6Number of days: 7185 EurMERCEDES SNumber of days: 7200 EurVW PassatNumber of days: 7126 Eur
Range RoverNumber of days: 7200 EurNissan X-trailNumber of days: 7168 EurAudi Q5Number of days: 7230 Eur
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France is a country which can provide you with a rest suited to every fancy. Having rented a car, it is possible to plan an interesting trip and do not anyhow depend on tour agencies. Having received the keys of a mini car or luxury one, it is possible to discover France. At that you can do it in such an order as you will wish. Car rental is ‘louer une voiture’ in French. It is best of all to start looking for a car you need within one and a half or even two months before the start of your trip. This variant is more profitable than hiring a car on site right after arrival in France.
On average, a C class car with the insurance and in-car navigation system will cost you from 60 till 70 Euro per day. The cost of a mini or economy class car ranges from 30 till 40 Euro per day.
All French roads are good and you cannot be afraid of renting a car with a low clearance. It is also extremely convenient to drive a car in France since the so-called holiday routes are located in the country. They are earmarked for steering around possible traffic jams on highways. The situation on the roads is considered to be the most difficult during the second and last weeks of August. This is because most of the French prefer to have a holiday at this time of the year.
In order to hire a car, you need to:
- Provide the international driving license.
- Provide the credit card on which a definite sum of money will be blocked as a deposit.
- Sign the rental agreement.
People who have a right to drive a car in France shall be at least 21 years old. However, a driver, who is younger than 25, will have to pay the so called ‘young driver charge’.
The car rental cost includes:
- Unlimited mileage (in the great majority of cases);
- Standard CDW insurance (this insurance covers the damage of the car inclusive of the wheels and windscreens).
If the driver needs additional services and devices such as a child seat, in-car navigation system, funnels, roof racks, he needs to inform the rental company about it beforehand. In France, you will get a car will a full tank. You are obliged to return it with a full tank as well. In the event of short rent, there is an opportunity to return a car to the representative office of the company in another city without having to pay additional money for this. In the event of long rent, this question should be ascertained beforehand.
The following companies work on the territory of France:
- National – this is a French car rental company which offers profitable conditions.
- Avis, Budget, Hertz and others – these are famous international car rental companies.
- Rentacar – this is a company which attracts customers with extremely low prices.
- Rentalcars, Drive Booker – these are car rental brokers.
The average cost of car rental for 3 days and for 7 days
The cost of car rental in France depends on many different factors. The first factor is the class of the car, the second one is the rental term and third factor is the season and region. It is clear that the rental cost of the car in Nice during the high season will be higher than its cost in Paris in the late autumn. However, the average prices are the following:
|Category||3 days’ rental term||7 days’ rental term|
|Mini||70-95 Euro||190-270 Euro|
|Economy||120-190 Euro||250-380 Euro|
|Standard||210-300 Euro||360-440 Euro|
|Premium||350-650 Euro||650-840 Euro|
|Wagon||170-250 Euro||260-420 Euro|
|Utility vehicle||300-450 Euro||420-550 Euro|
|Shelter carrier||350-530 Euro||500-750 Euro|
Cabriolets which let travelers enjoy sunny days are popular in the country.
Road traffic regulations and fines in France
Like any other European country, France is a territory where strict regulations are in force. The violations will definitely result in fines. At that the sums of fines are significant. There are some road traffic regulations necessary to be observed:
- Children who are younger than 10 shall sit on the back seats. They also shall be in special child seats according to their age, height and weight.
- All passengers and the driver shall fasten the safety belts.
- You should drive a car in order not to go along the inner lane. The inner lane is only used for overtaking.
- An unspoken rule is in force on French roads. The pedestrian is always right. It means you are obliged to give pedestrians the right of way in any case.
- The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5%.
Speed limitation in France:
- The maximum speed allowed in cities is 50 km/h.
- You can make not more than 90 km/h outside the city.
- It is possible to drive a car with the speed of not more than 110 km/h on highways,
- You can accelerate up to 130 km/h on expressways. The minimum allowed speed is also in force on expressways. Equal to 80 km/h, this speed is higher than the minimum speed required in Germany or Spain.
Concerning the fines, the French policemen are entitled to give them on site. Do not try to agree with the French police officer. This will turn into extremely bad consequences. There is no other way except from paying the fine for the committed violation. There are some of the most widespread fines:
|Speed infringement||From 68 till 1500 Euro|
|Violation of car park regulations||From 17 Euro|
|Driving through the red light||From 135 Euro|
|Talking on the mobile phone without a hands-free device||From 35 Euro|
|Unfastened driver or passenger||From 46 Euro|
|Increased blood alcohol level||From 135 till 4500 Euro|
|Absence of a high-visibility vest||From 90 Euro|
Some roads in France are paid. It means that a definite sum is charged from every car. As a rule, the payment for the road can be made in cash or by credit card. Such roads are called ‘Autoroute peage’. The sign informing about these roads is on ordinary letter ‘A’ on the blue background. There is a small list of toll roads:
- Mont Blanc tunnels (this is a road from Chamonix to the Italian city Courmayor), Frejus and the tunnel under the English Channel.
- Viaducts and bridges of Miyo, Normandy, Tancarville, the bridge of the Re Island.
The cost of driving through these roads ranges depending on the season, car and number of people. There are also seasons when mountain tunnels are closed.
The speed cameras are installed all over France. They automatically control the observation of speed regimes by drivers. There are no warning signs on the road today. At that the function informing about the nearest speed camera shall be turned off in the car.
At the daytime, the dim light ought to be used only in the event of bad visibility. The dim light is obligatory when driving through the tunnels. There are also two signs necessary to be observed. They both are related to the necessity to free the lane. These signs are ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’ and ‘Cédez Le Passage’.
Insurance in France
Standard insurance packages offered when hiring a car in France are:
- TP – this is the insurance from car theft limiting the liability of the car renter.
- CDW – this package is in force in the event of the damage to the car. Wheels and windscreens are not covered by this insurance package.
- TPL – this is the package which covers the liability of the car renter in the event of causing damage to the third parties.
The standard franchise is equal to from 500 till 1500 Euro. However, you can acquire the full insurance package with a zero franchise and do not think about money in the event of various circumstances. Such an additional insurance policy can be purchased on our website. Then you will not have to pay additional money when hiring a car in France.
Fuel in France
The standard fuel applied for rental cars is fuel 95 and fuel 98. The oil fuel is called ‘sans plomb’ and the diesel fuel is called ‘gazole’. There are a large number of fuel stations in the country. There are the ones which work from 08:00 till 22:00. In all large cities, there are automatic fuel stations which work 24 hours per day. The prices for fuel are the following:
- Fuel 95 – 1.39 Euro.
- Fuel 98 – 1.52 Euro.
- Diesel fuel – 1.23 Euro.
Where and how to park a car in France
There are many equipped car parks in France. Problems with looking for a parking lot can occur only in the most popular tourist zones. As a rule, there is a parking meter near every parking space. The parking meter is called ‘horodateurs’. It accepts only cards. The cards can be purchased at a tobacco shop.
The time when you can park your car at the parking lot for free is from 19:00 till 7:00. Parking is always free on the weekends and on holidays. In August, when the French tend to have a rest, the car parks are free practically all the time. If you need to park a car for more than one day, you had better look for a suitable parking lot beforehand. This is because parking a car for one day or more is not allowed everywhere. You can book a parking place beforehand when coming to Paris. To do it, use the services of the website www.parkingsdeparis.com.
Parking lots are differentiated by color:
- Blue parking lot is used for short time parking within up to 1.5 hours.
- Green zone is earmarked for long-time parking within up to one day.
- Red zone means it is not allowed to park a car here.
All places where paid parking is possible are marked with a special sign P or ‘Payant’.