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Car hire in France

France is the undisputed European home of culture, fashion and romance. From its charming countryside to its dazzling beaches, stunning fashion shows and exquisite cuisine, the country carries off its reputation with panache and style. One of the best ways to tour France is by self-drive, which allows visitors to fully absorb the scenes of lavender fields in Provence, snowy peaks of the Alps, countless sunflower fields across France, and D-Day landing beaches of Normandy.

Major airports and ports

While there are several international airports in France, the main transport hub for visitors is the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Bordeaux and Lyon-Saint Exupery international airports, to the east and southeast of the country respectively, service regional travellers. As there is an airport for each region of France, it is one of the most travelable countries in Europe. Several channel ports between France and England ferry passengers and their vehicles between the two countries.

Transport

With over a million kilometres of extensive road and motorway systems, car rental in France is a smart choice for those who want to see all of the country’s attractions and hidden charms. Light and high-speed railways also crisscross the country, taking visitors to major cities such as Paris, Lyon and Toulouse. France car hire depots are located in many of it's large towns and cities, but check before you travel.

Driving tips

Full driving licences from the EU, EEA, USA and Canada can be used in France for 90-day visits. Drivers must have a valid ID at all times, while UK citizens will need passports. The minimum age is 20 for those wanting to arrange car hire in France, and most suppliers require a major credit card as a deposit. Many motorways have toll booths, so drivers should always have the appropriate change ready. Huge fines and penalty points are imposed on those using mobile phones at the wheel.

Places to visit

The world renowned French Riviera, popularized in the 1970s, boasts superb beaches such as the famous Saint Tropez. Also not to be missed are historic grand castles such as the Chateau de Chambord. The sand Dune of Pyla by the Arcachon Bay is set amid historical landmarks like the Versailles Palace. Compare cheap car hire in France with CompareCarHire.co.uk if you want to visit all of these fabulous places.