Charles de Gaulle Airport, also known as Roissy Airport, is 48 minutes (24.9 km) from Paris. Driving in Paris is difficult at times, but the airport site and locations of other popular attractions make the airport a perfect location to rent a car. Being informed helps travellers make the most of a trip to the "City of Lights." Read on to learn more about renting a car, rules of the road, and places to go.
Renting a Car at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Renting a car allows travellers to explore the area at a pace that is convenient and comfortable, and renting a car at the airport is a fairly easy process if travellers plan ahead. There are 14 car rental agencies with locations serving Charles de Gaulle Airport. Car rental offices are in each terminal and are open from the first to the last flight of each day. The rental car companies and terminal locations are below.
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminals 1, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, and Paris-Orly Terminal: Alamo, Advantage Rent a Car, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Thrifty, and TT Car Transit.
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminals 1, 2A, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G and Paris-Orly Terminal: Sixt and Hertz.
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminals 1 and Paris-Orly Terminal: Interrent.
- Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal 2ACD and Paris-Orly Terminal Ouest: Firefly.
All of the companies at the airport offer a variety of rental options which include mini, economy, intermediate, full-size, premium, luxury, and specialty rentals. Rates are usually cheapest for mini and economy vehicles. However, the low rates and great fuel economy of these vehicles make them a favorite among arriving passengers. Rental rates are dependent on the number of vehicles companies have available. So, if travellers are interested in a larger rental, it is a good idea to check rates for those vehicles as well.
In France, drivers must be over 21, but some companies charge extra fees for drivers under 25. Tourists should become familiar with rental car policies on the following items:
- Documentation needed to rent a vehicle
Driving a Rental Car in France
Driving in Paris can be demanding for tourists. The narrow medieval streets are difficult to navigate and the traffic is very heavy. Plus, with everyone trying to get somewhere in a hurry, street laws are often not obeyed. Due to the driving conditions and scarce parking in the Paris city centre, many suggest parking a rental car outside of the area and taking public transportation while in downtown Paris. Below are some rules for driving in France.
- Drive on the right side of the road.
- There are some toll roads.
- An international driver's licence is not required, but is accepted.
- A valid driver's licence from the EU or the tourist's home country is acceptable, as long as it is valid and issued for more than a year.
Places to Visit Around Paris
- Disneyland Paris is a major world-class amusement park attracting millions of visitors each year. The magical theme park with thrilling rides is a 36-minute (43.8 km) drive from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
- Palace of Versailles, once a royal chateau, is 56 minutes (50.3 km) from the airport.
- Chateau de Chambord is a world-famous tourist site known for beautiful Renaissance architecture. The chateau is a 2-hour, 37-minute (207 km) drive from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
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