Car rentals in Paris: All you need to know
You want a great vehicle to take you around Paris whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Paris. CarRentals.com has answered the most frequently asked questions about car rentals in Paris. Keep reading to discover which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
How do I get a bargain rental car in Paris?
You are on your way to locating the best rate on your car rental with us. But, there are ways to get an even cheaper price on your upcoming rental. Be sure to:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups and drop-offs, which typically are more expensive
- Know ahead of time how much fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Paris.
What rental companies have outlets in Paris?
From global names like Avis and Enterprise to budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Paris?
That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what activities you want to do in Paris. If you're having trouble deciding, make sure to look over the table below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury or Premium-class||Everyone who wants to travel Paris in style||Infiniti, Audi, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Large groups who want to navigate Paris together||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want to get the most miles per gallon on their trip||BMW i3, Toyota Prius, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Paris?
Normally, to rent a car in Paris you must be at least 21. However, you may find that there is an additional fee if you're under 25 or for higher category rentals. Read over the terms to find what any additional fees is before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Paris?
Insurance is always needed, no matter where you're renting a car. Nevertheless, you might already be covered by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, these policies may not cover you 100%, and you'll need to add it on to your booking. Check in advance and, if it's required, you can just add it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to find a gas station close to your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your vehicle. Use as much gas as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental dealer. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a quarter of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only be charged refueling fees if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with an empty tank. Some providers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't have to search for a gas station before you bring back the car||You usually pay a more expensive rate for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually recommend that customers choose the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Paris?
If you want to check out all that Paris and maybe even the rest of Illinois offers, you are going to want unlimited miles. You can drive as far as you'd like without worrying about additional fees. Go over the fine print to be certain your mileage is truly "unlimited."
Tips before you leave the lot
Before you get going on your Paris vacation, make sure you check a few items prior to leaving the car rental lot. You should take time to:
- Check out your vehicle and determine if there is any dents or scratches. If you notice any, mark it down on the paperwork
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Paris car rental today
When you book with CarRentals.com, you know you can depend on a wonderful vehicle that will result in more extra money to spare. Book today to cash in on cheap deals on your perfect Paris car rental. See you out here.