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Car rentals in Paris

There’s hardly a person on this planet who hasn’t heard about Paris. It’s the romantic heart of Europe with stunning architecture, hundreds of sights, delicious cuisine, passionate people and rich cultural and historical heritage. For some people it’s only about shopping and fashion, some see it sunny and vivid, others mention only the rain and gloomy colors. Paris can’t leave you indifferent. And the best way to discover what you feel about this city is to visit it.

Discover Paris on a rental car

Paris is an atmospheric city which makes people fall in love even if they don’t have a better half. The public transport in the town is highly developed that’s why it’s easy to move around the capital. However, if you are on a family vacation with kids, a group of friends or on an important business trip, a rental car is an excellent solution for you. It will definitely save your time and money. Moreover, it’ll give you the freedom to head wherever you want and discover the picturesque suburbs of the city.

If you decide to get a rental car in the Paris, you must think about your safety and always buy an insurance. Citizens have this awkward form of parking when they can hit your vehicle and leave without even calling the police. It’s an absolutely normal situation for them to have lots of scratches and marks on their autos. But service providers would not be happy to see them and would make you pay for the repair. Also, mind that most French cities suffer from traffic jams in the morning, lunch and evening. So try to plan your trips and tours when all the Parisians are at work or already at home.

Where to rent a car in Paris?

Offices of service providers are located all over the town. If you are flying to the capital of France, you can get a rental car at any of the Parisian Airports. If you decide to rent a vehicle when you are already in the city center, there are plenty of location in every district where you can pick up a rental car. Here are some of the addresses:

  • 15 Rue des Pyramides;
  • 57 Rue de la Procession;
  • 10-12 Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle;
  • 78 Boulevard Soult.

You’ll need an international driving license, a passport and a credit card which belongs to the driver to get a rental car in Paris. Mind, that the driver must be older than 21 and has more than 1 year of a driving experience.

Cost of a rental car in Paris

You will find such service providers as Sixt, Avis, Europcar, InterRent, Rentacar, and others. The cost of the automobile depends on the duration of your booking, the location of the office and the service provider, and, clearly, the model and class of the vehicle. And, clearly, an early-booking can help you save nearly 20-30% of the price and your time.

If you are on a budget, a rental car with a diesel engine will help you spend less money. Small local companies is another great way to save some extra money, but check your vehicle before signing all the papers, it might have some malfunctioning. A price for an economy auto typically starts with 35 EUR a day and 101 EUR per week. Premium class autos like Audi A3 Cabrio or Alfa Romeo Giulia shall cost you about 220 EUR per day and 700 EUR for a week.

Best Attractions in Paris

It’s hard to say what are the main or best tourist destinations in such a diverse city. Wherever you look, there are spots which catch your attention. Basically, in Paris you can just wander along its cozy streets and boulevards, drinking a cup of coffee here and there, and visiting various museums or art-galleries which are on your way. Or you can create a list of places you want to visit during your stay. In case you don’t have any, here are some of the most famous site you must see:

  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the main streets of the town that hosts most of the parades, holidays and events, and is featured in many movies. 2 kilometers in length, this avenue ends near the magnificent Arc de Triomphe;
  • The Quartier Latin is the ancient district of the capital, which grew around the most famous Sorbonne University. Situated on the left bank of the river Seine, this destination is filled with stunning architecture, excellent cafes and coffee-houses, and attractions like the Pantheon, museums, Luxembourg Gardens, and many others;
  • One cannot visit Paris and skip the Louvre Museum - the most famous one in the whole world. Just imagine a building that has a size of 22 football fields and fill it with the most expensive and precious pieces of art. It has 8 sections each devoted to another epoch, countries or styles;
  • Locals say that those who haven’t seen Montmartre haven’t seen Paris. The district is located on the hill and has the atmosphere of the ancient times. Here you shall find numerous sights and beautiful spots. One of the main sites is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica seen from any place in the city;
  • Notre-Dame de Paris is another destination you can’t miss. It’s a masterpiece of the gothic architecture built back in 1345 which people can admire for hours. It seems that even if you watch it for a whole day, you’ll find another interesting detail every now and then;
  • And what would the capital of France be without its symbol - the famous Eiffel Tower? Either you want to get to its observation deck or just admire it quietly from a cruise along the Seine or the Trocadero Square.

Car rentals in Paris

What to see near Paris in a rental car?

But don’t limit your vacation to only staying in the town. France is marvelous! Hop into your rental car and head to discover the beauty of this picturesque country and the Parisian neighborhood have to offer. We listed some of the places you might want to visit:

  • It doesn’t matter if you are small or old, there’s no bad time to attend the Disneyland located only 43 km from the capital. The famous castle of the Sleeping Beauty, hundreds of attractions and a fun atmosphere will make the day spent in this wonderful place unforgettable!
  • The Palace of Versailles is an outstanding palace which depicts all the extravagance of the royal life. Besides the palace itself, you can admire the beauty of the gardens and fountains. It’ll take you only 35 minutes to get there from the center.

There are plenty of marvelous palaces and castles located close to the capital of France. Devote one day of your star to explore their magnificence:

  • Chateau de Vincennes
  • Château de Malmaison
  • Château Maisons-Laffitte
  • Chateau d’Écouen
  • Chateau de Monte-Cristo
  • Chateau de Rambouillet
  • Château de Chantilly
  • Château de Pierrefonds