How to rent a car in France?

Here is our guide to car rental at French agencies: requirements, prices, vehicle types, peak seasons, risks and advice

Renting a car in France:  very easy, very chic!

Have those beautiful pictures that you see when you cycle through the Loire Valley long ago entered your eyes and Instagram account? If it's been as long since you've been planning that trip because the cycling inspires laziness or terror... you have two alternatives. The healthiest option is to join the gym, as if you were opting for the Tour de France. But, if you've gone this far, chance are that the bike ride isn't your dream trip. What if instead you rent a car and see the same castles and even more, making all the necessary stops for incredible lunches and views? What's more, you can load up the bike and pedal... just once in a while. That's where we come in!

Is renting a car in France varied... and cheap?

Car rental agencies in France have a good supply of vehicles, although there tends to be more variety and availability of mini, economy and mid-range cars than minivans, SUVs, crossovers and luxury cars. And, of course, it is with an abundance of national models, such as Renault and Citroën. Visit if you want to have further more information about car hire in France. If you're travelling as a family, make sure you start your review well in advance, in case the bigger models sell out or get priced up. Here is a rough overview of car models and prices in France:
  • Mini cars: Renault Twingo, Fiat 500, Fiat Panda, from £32/day*.
  • Economy cars: Fiat Punto, Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, from 38 euros/day*.
  • Saloon cars: Opel Astra, Renault Megane, Citroën DS3, from £51/day*.
  • Family cars/SUVs: Ford Grand C-Max, Peugeot 3008, from £65/day*.
  • Vans: Mercedes Citan, Citroën Spacetourer, from £59/day*.
* Indicative prices calculated for rentals in 2019, including premium insurance.

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