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Major French airports (including Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Beauvais-Tillé) offer the convenience of picking up a car hire/rental quickly after your flight has landed – usually in the same terminal – thereby avoiding a trip into the city.
On the other hand, if you plan to visit Paris for a few days or longer before driving off into the countryside, you may save some money and avoid parking issues by picking up your vehicle at a number of central city locations (including railroad stations) toward the end of your Paris stay.
Booking your car hire in advance can save considerably on the base rental, insurance, and – particularly for non-residents of the European Union – the very high French TVA (en. VAT, or Value-Added Tax).
Discover France has partnered with Auto Europe to offer easy online booking of the widest selection of models to suit your needs and budget. Founded in 1954, Auto Europe is an international car hire broker (consolidator) which has negotiated the guaranteed lowest rates with all major rental companies – including Alamo, Avis/Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Citer, Sixt, TT Car Transit, ucar, and others.
Available car makes include: Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen, Volvo, and more (varies by country and/or location). Body styles include: Mini/Economy, Compact/Midsize, Family Size, Luxury, Sports Car, SUV/4WD, and Cabriolet/Convertible.
There are no booking fees to reserve your vehicle through Discover France. If your travel plans should change, there are no cancellation or change fees at any time!
Based on the model you select, your vehicle pick-up will be pre-arranged at any one of the airport or city agencies, according to your preference. Toll-free customer service is available round-the-clock – 24/7. For longer visits (21 days or more), an attractive lease-buyback program is also available, featuring your choice of brand-new Peugeot models.
For the rules of the road, driver tips, information about speed limits, fuel, highway tolls, rest areas, parking, and a glossary of useful terms – see our article "Driving In France".
Comparing Car Rentals vs. Train Travel
If you were thinking of traveling with family or a few friends by train, consider this: The cost of a car rental will – in most instances – be cheaper than buying FrancePass or EurailPass tickets for your group. You will also enjoy far greater flexibility in scheduling your itineraries and choosing out-of-the-way destinations – if you're so inclined. Feel like taking a walk off the beaten path? Just stash your gear in the trunk, lock it up, and go where you please. Rail travel can't match the freedom and convenience of driving your own car!
Guaranteed Best Rates and Service
Auto Europe guarantees the best rates and service available! We will beat any major competitor's rate that offers a car rental with comparable service, location, terms, and surcharges. Here are just some of the advantages we offer our customers:
Nationality, Age & License Requirements
Residents of nearly 80 countries, from Albania to Venezuela, can qualify for a car hire from Auto Europe. You must be planning to stay in the destination country no longer than 185 days in any consecutive 12-month period. (Note: rentals are not available to residents of the same country where the vehicle will be picked up.)
Car hire is available to drivers age 21 or older4; there is no upper age limit. A valid driver's license is sufficient for all car rentals; although we recommend that you consider acquiring an International Driving Permit or IDP5, it is not a requirement for our rental agreements.
Our Credo: Excellence in Service & Support
Auto Europe is dedicated to providing our Discover France customers with the most competitive rates and the best service available anywhere. We do not believe that customers should expect less because they pay less. If you have never used our services before, give us a try!
We look forward to serving your every travel need – including air, auto, bus and rail transportation, airport shuttle transfers, hotel and youth hostel reservations, city tour and museum passes, currency exchange and more. Discover France is constantly expanding its services to better reflect the needs of our visitors. Please stop by again soon to see what's new! We are dedicated to your satisfaction, and grateful for your patronage and support.
(1) Optional equipment may not be available at all locations and is on request only. Additional charges may apply and are charged locally at time of pick-up.
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