Europcar Car Rental in Paris

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Rent a car in Paris with Europcar

Paris is the French capital city, and is flanked by other large cities including Lille and Nantes. Car rental in Paris is great not only for making the most of the city, but for fully exploring the surrounding areas too.

Whether you are staying in Paris itself, or simply passing through before heading out on a French road trip, Europcar has several Paris car rental options to help you on your way. There are multiple stations around the city and near major transport points, including Gare du Nord, for travelers arriving via Eurostar, and Charles de Gaulle Airport for those flying in.

The Europcar car rental experience in Paris

In Paris, car rental options are flexible and numerous, with a range of top models available. If you want a small city car, the Fiat 500 or Volkswagen Golf will see you from A to B in comfort and style. Families and bigger groups can enjoy more space with larger models such as the Ford C-Max. If you are moving house, or just need something a little bigger, van rental is also available. 

And to make your stay in Paris completely flexible, you can rent cars and vans for short or long periods to suit you. 

Driving in Paris

US driver’s licenses are valid for rentals in France. 

In the city center, the speed limit is 30 km/h, and the Paris ring road (périphérique) has a separate speed limit of 70 km/h. The limit on autoroutes is 130 km/h, or 120 km/h in wet weather.

Paris is known for its unique layout, with the city divided into 20 districts (called arrondissements) that spiral out from the city center. It is congested at peak times, particularly along the main boulevards, but the flow of traffic through the center is consistent throughout the day. 

You should stay away from bus and cycle lanes, which are sometimes physically separated from other traffic.

Be aware of the many cyclists on the roads, particularly in tourist areas where they may not be familiar with the roads, and/or cycling.

Along the Seine are embankment roads (called voies sur berge) that can be used by cars when they are open; however, they are increasingly being designated for pedestrian use only.

Discover Paris and the surrounding area by car 

One of the benefits of renting a car in Paris is the opportunity to explore the surrounding areas, such as the beautiful château and forest of Fontainebleau, and the inimitable Versailles and its spectacular gardens, both just an hour away by car. 

If you want to explore further afield from Paris, Reims, the home of Champagne (90 miles away), the seaside resort of Deauville (120 miles) and Lille (145 miles) are all within easy driving distance.

Disneyland Paris is one of the main attractions in Europe, and boasts two theme parks, seven hotels, a golf course, and dozens of attractions including Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the classic Space Mountain. There is endless fun to be had, and renting a car with Europcar means you can travel there easily and in comfort. Whether you pick up your rental for an onward journey or finish at the park itself, Europcar has flexible options to suit you. 

Things to see in Paris

From quintessential museums such as the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay, to resplendent parks and riverside walks, there is so much to see and do in Paris. While the center of the city houses Notre-Dame and most of the museums, there is also a lot to be seen in the outer arrondissements. Parisian favorites, the Buttes Chaumont park, with its grottos and waterfalls, and the leafy Canal Saint-Martin and cobbled Montmartre where much of the cult film Amélie was shot, are destinations not to be missed.

With Privilege, be rewarded for choosing Europcar

Europcar Privilege program is our free international loyalty scheme, with four levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Privilege membership enables you to earn rewards by renting with us in over 140 countries worldwide, and you can earn a free weekend each time you move up a level.

We are proud to be European leaders in car rental. To find out more about the Europcar car hire experience, be sure to visit our car rental page!

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Car hire at Paris is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Paris for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Paris. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Paris with certified commitments.