Paris is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, welcoming over 30 million visitors each year. Easy to both get to and explore, its little wonder that the City of Light is so popular with its pavement cafés, air of elegance and famous sights. A Hertz Car Rental in Paris lets you cruise down the boulevards, see the Seine and admire the Arc de Triomphe.Driving in Paris is as exhilarating as the city itself. Many streets are one way, avenues are angled, there are roundabouts without any road markings and at the Place Charles de Gaulle, the site of the Arc de Triomphe, no fewer than twelve straight avenues including the Champs-Élysées meet. All of these make discovering Paris by car a thoroughly energising experience. It’s also common in Paris for vehicles to drive bumper to bumper, so taking extra caution whilst driving in the city is highly advised. A Hertz car rental in Paris is a rewarding driving experience in more ways than one.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Paris. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Paris, take a look at our page about renting a car in France.
Be mindful that Paris runs several low emission schemes, including an odd/even scheme which is based on the numbers on your number plate. These are publicised on electronic signs as you enter the city.
There are car parking spaces in Paris in addition to some free on-street parking areas. Parking meters have now been replaced by pay-and-display machines known as horodateurs and require a special card called a carte de stationnement, which is available from tabacs and costs €10 or €30. Free parking is available after 7pm, at the weekend and throughout August. Do not park in areas marked for taxis or deliveries, it's an instant tow-away and recovering your vehicle will eat into your Euros.
Opening hours:Mo-Th 0800-1800, Fr 0800-1900, Sa 0800-1300 1400-1600, Su 0800-1300.
Address:99 Rue de Rivoli Musée du Louvre
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0400-2400
Address:Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0600-2400.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1900, Sa 0800-1300 1400-1800, Su 0900-1300
Address:2 Avenue de la Porte St. Cloud
Opening hours:Mo-Sa 0830-1200 1330-1930, Su 1800-2000,Effective 15 December 2015, this location will be permanently closed.
Address:17 Boulevard Malesherbes
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-2100, Sa-Su 0900-1200 1400-1800
Address:Place des Passagers du Vent, Marne la Vallee Chessy
Opening hours:Mo-Th 0700-1800, Fr 0700-2000, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed
Address:2 Rue du 8 Mai 1945
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0630-2300, Sa 0730-2200, Su 0730-2300.
Address:193 Rue de Bercy
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0800-1830, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed
Address:70-74 Av. Aristide Briand RN20
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0630-2330, Sa 0700-2200, Su 0700-2330
Address:18 Rue de Dunkerque, Paris, Level -1 Eurostar Terminus
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1800, Sa 0830-1200, Su closed
Address:121 Rue Manin
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1900, Sa 0830-1200, Su Closed
Address:35 Blvd. Malesherbes
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1800, Sa 0900-1200, Su closed
Effective 30 October 2016, this location will be permanently closed.
Address:100 Rue de Courcelles
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0700-2000.
Address:21 Avenue Emile Zola
Opening hours:Mo-Th 0800-1200 1400-1800, Fr 0800-12200 1400-1900, Sa 0800-1200 1400-1700, Su closed
Address:213 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, Left Bank
Opening hours:Mo-Sa 0730-2000, Su 0830-2000.
Address:352 Rue Lecourbe
Opening hours:Mo-Th 0800-1300 1400-1800, Fr 0800-1300 1400-1900, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed
Address:50 Boulevard St Michel
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0700-2100, Sa 0700-2000, Su 0800-2100.
Address:27 Rue St. Ferdinand
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0700-2200, Sa 0700-2000, Su 0800-2200
Address:45 Avenue du Maine,
For return, please go to Vinci Gaite Montparnasse car park, Level -2, 15 Rue du Commandant Mouchotte, 75014 Paris
Gold customers must go directly to the Gold counter situated at the Centre Commercial Gaite - level 2
If you’re using a Hertz Car Rental in Paris to drive into the city, then you’ll also certainly meet the giant ring road that takes traffic in, out and around the city. The Périphérique, as it’s called, is often congested yet enables you to pick up the right road at the intersection or portes to take you where you need to go. Once in Paris, crossing the Seine over the Pont d'Iéna and heading down the Avenue de la Bourdonnais takes you past the Eiffel Tower and Champs du Mars public park. Bear left at the Ecole Militaire down Avenue de la Motte Picquet before it turns into Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg. Cross over the Seine again at Pont des invalids and you’ll pass the Grand Palace. Head down to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées or go round the Place de la Concorde and you’ll eventually pass the Louvre, crossing the river again in order to see and visit Notre Dame Cathedral.
Roads in France are categorised as Autoroutes, Routes Nationales, Routes Communales and Routes Départementales. Autoroutes are motorways and toll roads with an A in front of the number of the road, Routes Nationales are national ‘N’ roads, Routes Communales are rural ‘C’ roads while Routes Départementales are local ‘D’ roads.
The main routes into Paris are the A1 from the north, the A13 from northwest France, the A4 from the east, the A10 from the southwest and Spain and the A6 from Lyon and the French Alps.