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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in France

With fantastic regions offering local produce, an excellent road system and so much to see and do, France is perfect for drivers and foodies. Hertz Car Rental operates throughout every region in France, and offers you the opportunity to hire high quality cars at great value from all our French branches.

A visit to France will give you the opportunity to drive along some of the most scenic roads in Western Europe. Whether it is taking in the views of the rows of vines that stretch above the highways or stopping at charming villages along the way, you'll never get tired of the changing vistas. Beaches, the Alps and fairy tale châteaux and castles - France really is a driver’s paradise.

Hertz has more than 370 car rental branches in France at all the key locations including, airports, train stations and large hotels. Hertz Car Rental make it easy for you to hire a car wherever your journey takes you.

Rules and regulations for driving in France

France has some very specific rules when using the road, some of which are probably the most complex in Europe. Some only came into action in 2015, so it is worth checking you are up to date before leaving for your trip if you want to avoid an on-the-spot fine.

In France you drive on the right and overtake on the left. However, if the left lane has heavy traffic then you cancan overtake on the right of slower moving vehicles.

Many of the items required in your car will be supplied by Hertz, to ensure you have everything you need for holiday. However, it is your responsibility to double check that everything is included. Please feel free to ask one of our representatives if you have any questions.

Driving in and around France

Special attractions

The Conservatoire Citroen brings together 250 cars, either straight from the production line, prototypes and one-offs. It is worth booking onto one of the guided tours given by a heritage member of staff.

In April every year, you can join 100,000 motor enthusiasts at the Tour Auto Optic 2000. The oldest motor race in the world started in 1899. Starting in Paris and travelling to the seaside resort of Biarritz, La Rochelle or Marseille.

Take the panoramic road along one of the rims of the Canyons of the Rhone Valley. Some call it the Grand Canyon of France, created by the temperamental French waterway, the Ardeche.

Take six days and travel from Evian to Nice. Drive through the forests and glaciers in the shadow of Mont Blanc. Stop in Morzine, Avoriaz, Chamonix, but bear in mind that the dramatic mountain passes are only accessible in the summer.

Quick information

Minimal car rental age is 21. A young drivers surcharge of €31.73 (including tax) per day with a maximum charge of €445.54 until the age of 25 years old. Certain vehicles have higher age limits of 28 years old and 30 years old.

Average speed limits: Motorways 130km/h, dual carriageway with central reservation 110km/h, other roads 90km/h, built up areas 50km/h.

Toll roads and costs: All motorways in France are subject to tolls. Click here for more information. (http://www.autoroutes.fr/en/key-rates.htm)

Required documents:

Renting a car and driving it in France requires the following documents:
- You must have a valid national driving licence which has been held for at least one year, or an equivalent licence issued in the European Union. Holders of Non EU licences need to present an International Driving Permit along with their original driving licence. You will also need your passport, and credit card if you’re planning to pay by card.

Other important information to rent a car with Hertz:

The following items must be carried at all times:

- reflective jackets
- warning triangle
- headlamp beam deflectors
- breathalysers/alcohol test.

failing to carry them can result in a fine.

• All drivers are prohibited from wearing headphones when driving, both for music and for telephone conversations.

• Children must be restrained in a car seat (based on weight not height) and are not allowed to travel in the front under the age of 10 without a special chair.

• Eating whilst driving is prohibited

• For drivers who have less than three years’ experience the alcohol limit is 0.22mg/ml and 0.50 mg/ml for those with more than three years of experience.

• French motorways are known as autoroutes and are identified by a blue sign with an A prefix. They are usually toll roads, so make sure you have enough change.

• Any devices capable of detecting speed cameras including satnav and gps systems showing speed cameras as points of interest are prohibited.

• When it comes to filling up the supermarkets are cheaper. Most are self service with chip and pin and you can pay with your credit or debit card. These are the options you might see: Essence (petrol), Sans Plomb (unleaded petrol), Gazole ou Gasoil (diesel).

•Parking in most French towns is on one side of the road for half of the month and then it swops over to the other side. It may alternate weekly. Parking is free on roads with no markings or a dotted white line.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.