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With lots of scenic routes, vineyards and major cities to explore - hiring a car in France is a great way to travel around the country. Whether you're attracted to the beautiful beaches by Nice or the exquisite food of the Burgundy region, you won't be disappointed with all that France has to offer.

Hiring a car in France

Getting hold of a car is easy. All cities and most larger towns have rental agencies where you can pick up from. Major airports will also have car hire booths. In France they drive on the right hand side of the road. Motorways are well maintained and usually provide a pleasant drive, but watch out for toll roads, as many of the motorways have a small charge for driving between cities.

Places to visit

La Cote d'Or - A must for wine enthusiasts. This 37-mile drive from Santenay to Djon provides rows of terraced vines and you can even stop off at towns such as Volnay and Beaune - the capital of Burgundy wines - to enjoy the typical French atmosphere.

Grenoble to Cannes - One of the most scenic routes in France, this drive is 291 kilometres long - providing some remote mountain scenery, stunning little towns and breathtaking views before ending up in Cannes - where you can put your feet up on the beach.

Col de la Bonnette/Alps Maritimes - One of the most famous roads in the Alps, due to the fact it is - at 2,807 meters - the highest road in Europe. The smooth road surface means you?ll be able to reach the summit rather easily.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in France, and any additional charges.


Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in France. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in France!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.