Orly Airport Approach
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Paris is the capital city of France and therefore offers a variety of beautiful sights you have to visit with your hired car.
The Orly airport (ORY) is located in the south, about 13km from the city centre of Paris.
Depending on how you arrive in Paris, you have the opportunity to pick up the hired car directly at the Orly Airport Orly Airport (ORY) - Île-de-France. With this option, you are able to start your stay with your hired car and can enjoy your trip to Paris flexible and independent.
The other option would be to pick up the hired car at one of the rental stations in the city centre of Paris. On Driveboo.com you can compare offers online and find the best location for you to pick up and return the car.
When you pick up the hired car at the airport, you don't have to carry your baggage around in public transport.
A one-way rental is an option you can choose while booking your hire car. One-way rental means that you pick up your hired car at one station and return it at another. In other words, this means that the pick-up station, therefore, does not correspond to the drop-off station
On Driveboo.com, you can inform yourself where rental stations are and where to return the hired car. Many car hire companies offer one-way rentals for a one-way fee.
Paris offers a variety of beautiful destinations and sights that you can easily visit with your hired car. In the list below, you will find some examples:
Arc de Triomphe
With a hired car, you are independent and flexible of public transport and tourist groups. Therefore, you can visit the sights at any time you want and save the money you would have spent on Taxi or train.
Speed violations in France can result in unpleasant fines, so you should be sure to stick to the maximum speed limits listed below:
|Vehicle type||Urban areas||Outside urban areas||Expressways||Highways|
|Motorcycles, cars, carts and motorhomes up to 3.5 t||50 km/h||90 km/h||110 km/h||130 km/h|
|Motorhomes over 3.5 t||50 km/h||80 km/h||100 km/h||110 km/h|
So, you already know the Parisian Catacombs and have done a night boat trip on the Seine? Then you should take your hired car for a trip outside of the city. A must-visit place is, of course, the Palace of Versailles and—if you are not afraid of a long drive—even a day trip to Mont Saint-Michel, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Wadden Sea of Normandy. Those who plan to holiday in Paris with children can also take a trip to Disneyland, where the whole family will get money's worth.
|Destination||Distance with a hired car||Time|
|Palace of Versailles||21.6 km||46 min|
|Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House||26.2 km||44 min|
|National Museum of the Renaissance in the Château d'Écouen||35.4 km||58 min|
|Disneyland Paris||43.3 km||41 min|
|Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte||60.2 km||55 min|
Travelling in a hired car in Paris is not rocket science. A wide range of car parks, where you can park your hired car from just one euro per hour, makes it easy for you to get to most of the beautiful sights in the city. However, if you are in the suburbs and cannot find a parking garage, then it is advisable to pay attention to the lane markings, which tell you whether or not you can park your car there. A general stopping ban applies under bridges and in tunnels or underpasses.
|Colour of lane marking||Meaning of lane marking|
|Blue||Limited or free parking with parking disc allowed|
|Yellow dashed||No-parking zone|
|Yellow||Holding and parking ban|
Most French motorways are subject to a toll, so it is advisable to plan your trip in advance if you want to go outside of Paris with your hired car. In most cases, the toll is either payable when driving onto the motorway or a ticket must be drawn to pay the fee when leaving.
If you are not proficient in French, it is advisable to memorise some traffic signs before starting your journey. The most important traffic signs are listed below:
|Toutes Directions||All directions|
|Rappel||Reminder (mostly at speed limits)|
|Centre Ville||Direction city centre|
|Passage interdit||Do not pass|
|Serrez a droite||Stay on the right|
|Vous n'avez pas la priorité||No right of way|
|Fin d'interdiction de dépasser||End of overtaking ban|
With the right insurance through Paris
Even if you drive very carefully and safely, damage may occur to the hired car. To ensure that you can continue your journey without stress, we recommend that you take out fully comprehensive insurance without excess. In the event of damage, you will have to advance the costs. However, you will be reimbursed by your insurance company after your arrival back home. Simply submit the relevant receipts when you return from Paris.
For those who want to do a road trip to Paris with a hired car, the one-way rental might be the best option. This means that you can pick up your hired car at the location of your choice and return it conveniently to another location.
What does the additional driver option actually mean? If you specify another person as an additional driver when booking, you can take turns driving the hired car. Distances in France can be very long and if you are planning to do a road trip through different cities. For example, you can visit other cities like Brussels and Versailles.
So that the driver can sit back and relax, too, you can simply hand over the steering wheel to the additional driver.