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Car Hire in France with SIXT

Say bonjour to one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and explore the diverse scenery on offer with SIXT car hire in France. Whether you need to hire your vehicle in the stunning southern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the captivating capital city of Paris or the beautiful Bordeaux in the south-east, SIXT has numerous branches for your convenience. Hire a premium convertible and travel through the wine regions with the wind in your hair. If you’re travelling with your family, get an MPV so you can fit everyone. With our friendly 24/7 customer service team and our competitive, affordable prices, car hire in France has never been so seamless.  

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Perfect if you need either a long-term rental or a one-day rental, SIXT car hire in France is flexible and convenient. Pick between a range of car categories, including a minibus for if you’re travelling with a lot of friends and family or a luxury saloon model for if you want to make an impression while on business in France. With the option to add child seats, extra protection or an additional driver, you can relax knowing everything is taken care of.   

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France car hire FAQ

What do I need to drive a hire car in France?

To hire a car in France you'll need a valid licence as well as your passport. Your UK licence continues to be valid in France as a tourist. If you have been in the EU for longer than 6 months then you will require an EU driving licence.

Can I drive into other European countries?

Yes, you are able to use your hire car in neighbouring Spain, Italy and the majority of other countries in Europe. Please inform us if you plan to use your car outside France as a small fee will apply for foreign usage.

Can I drive my hire car from France to the UK?

Yes, you are able to pick up a hire car in France and drive to the UK. If you plan to use your car in the UK then a daily/weekly foreign usage charge will apply.

Can I hire a car without a credit card?

You can use all major credit and debit cards to hire a car in France. Prepaid cards and cash are not accepted.

How old do I have to be to hire a car in France?

In France you are able to hire a car from 18 years of age as long as you have held your licence for at least 2 years. There are certain restrictions on which car categories are available depending on how long you've held your licence. A small young driver fee applies to all renters under 25.

Do I need insurance to hire a car in France?

Your car hire package in France comes with Third Party Liability insurance which includes cover for personal injuries, material damages and damage to the environment. Extra protection packages are available as an optional add-on.

Best places to visit in France

  • Visit Nouvelle-Aquitaine and enjoy the contrast of the wild Atlantic Ocean situated next to the peaceful Landes forest. The largest region in France, to see all that it has to offer you'll need a vehicle. Take your car hire up the coast to the port city of La Rochelle or, if you’re looking for more adventure, head down to France’s surf capital, Bordeaux, and catch some waves. 
  • Take a trip to Paris where you can enjoy some of the most renowned tourist attractions in Europe, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the catacombs of Paris. Go a bit further afield and drive 45 minutes to the former royal residence, Palace of Versailles. 
  • Take a step back in time and educated yourself on the D-Day landings in Normandy. Drive between the beaches or visit the D-Day Omaha museum in Vierville-Sur-Mer, which is an informative source on the beach landings in 1944. 

Summer in France

France is a country with stunning landscapes and there’s no better time to enjoy it than summer. Visit the world-famous Dune du Pilat in the Arcachon Bay area and scale the tallest sand dune in Europe. Camp under the stars in Brittany and enjoy the rugged coastline and its plethora of fascinating beaches. Drive to one of the numerous national parks, such as the Pyrénées National Park, and hike up iconic mountain range. 


  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 from 38858 Ratings

Christof le R.

I was on my way back to Strasbourg to return my rental vehicle and catch a TGV train to Paris. I allowed in my timing enough time to refill the vehcle at a Total filing station next to the freeway just outside Strasbourg, but to my surprise this filling station was closed. There was no time before my train trip to search for another filling station and had to return the vehicle with a half tank. I was told at Sixt’s office that I would have to pay an absorbitant price per litre because an employee of Sixt would have to drive it to a filling station to fill up the tank.I find this practice as totally unacceptable. I would accept a cost for this service added to my account but not just increasing the rate per litre to fill up the tank of the vehicle.

Edoardo M.

very courteous, professional and honest staff

Jordi M.

Excellent booking, service and experience from beginning to end. Our car was upgraded at a reasonable cost and the pick up and drop off went very smoothly. We will use Sixt again.

Edoardo M.

Good car! very professional and kind employees!

Erikk P.

The customer service at this location is stellar, Nancy was more than accommodating. Our car we booked was not available so she upgraded for us for free. But it was too big so we got a smaller car and she gave us a great discount.

Pascal C.

Accueil et personnel professionnel et aimable

Fabs R.

personnel sympathique et professionnel

Kirsty A.

Friendly staff, easy pickup and return process.

Anders C.

I like Sixt and the cars that you provide. But it seems that Sixt staff is trying to negotiate a different car than the one you have booked. Which has happened on several occasions over our last rentals. It is time consuming and unnecessary as I have booked online the car I would like to drive. I prefer Hertz priority where they accept the booking you have made online and you only very quickly pick up an envelope with keys and instruction and you are off. Instead with Sixt I have to negotiate my choice of car with the staff. In Nice it took almost 1 hour of discussions and a very persistent up-selling effort from the Sixt staff. You really need to change your practice here. I prefer the cars of Sixt but I certainly prefer the service of Hertz. On the positive side for Sixt. The car was great (BMW) and return was easy.

Mark C.

Paul at Sixt Aix-en-Provence centre was a model of service excellence. He provided a detailed breakdown of the prices and options when we rented the car, and was quick and efficient when we returned it. As usual, I felt the service at Sixt was a cut above its competitors.

Love 4.

Best Service Friendly Customer Service and The Best Drive

Ivan Q.

Location was good considering it does not have the premium location price tag. Car park was near to the office, but entry can be a little tight for bigger vehicle, a normal issue in Europe.

Arnaud D.

good vehicule, new and clean. Good driving options onboard.


Excellent service from Sixt in Grenoble.


In my case I usually rent small trucks. The vehicles are of high quality. The prices are in general reasonable (especially if you are flexible).


The personnel is very professional.


All in all SIXT in Grenoble is a highly suggested place for renting small trucks.

Matthias P.

Avoid this station when the Promenade is closed, otherwise it is very convenient

Dinesh D.

It has all the facilities of a usual EU airport should have but the toilets could be little more cleaner

Byron H.

The lady at the desk was great. So friendly and chatty. It made the usual boring car rental experience great. I didn't catch her name unfortunately. Monday morning June 20th. She was great.

Why Rent With Sixt?

Why Rent With Sixt?
  • New Cars - On Average 3 Months Old
  • Premium Fleet Of German Cars
  • Car Hire Made Quick And Easy
  • Friendly 24/7 Customer Service
  • Free Cancellation When You Pay On Arrival
  • No hidden costs or credit card fees

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