Car rentals in Paris: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Paris whether you're traveling for a business or pleasure. Check out the top sites around the city and pull up in front of the popular restaurants in Paris. We've collected the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Paris. Keep reading to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How can I get a bargain rental car in Paris?
We always strive to get you the best deal. But, to get the most savings on your trip to Paris you can do a few things. Be sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which typically are more expensive
- Determine ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Paris.
What rental companies have outlets in Paris?
From budget-friendly brands like Budget and Thrifty to global names like National and Hertz, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for you.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Paris?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Arkansas town means you're bound to find a vehicle that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you want to travel Paris in style||Mercedes C-Class, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|SUV||Families with plenty of suitcases and a need for space||Ford Escape, Chrysler Town & Country, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||For those looking to save the most on their trip||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Paris?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Paris is 21. Please note, there might be an added fee if you're under 25 or for larger or higher category rentals in particular. Read over the terms to find what any additional charges is before you reserve your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Paris?
When cruising through Paris or the rest of the U.S.A., you'll need insurance. Almost every supplier requires that you show proof of insurance before you pick up your vehicle. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase temporary insurance with the rental supplier. Additionally, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
Many major card issuers, like Visa or Discover, give some coverage, but there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Paris rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find a gas station near the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you collect your car. Use as much petrol as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. If you refill the tank before you return your car, you won't be charged a refueling cost||You only pay for the fuel you use. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Some providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you return your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect the vehicle, and you won't need to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You fill the tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
We usually suggest that you opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good option if you decide to do some sightseeing or visit several customers all over Paris. You can drive as much as you want without incurring additional charges. Read over your rental agreement to discover if there are mileage limitations.
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items before you leave the rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scrapes. If so, write it down on the paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Get comfortable working the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new city
Book your Paris car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal vehicle that can align with your requirements and not deplete your travel fund.