In France, all roads lead to Paris. With a great motorway network spanning out around it, from the capital you can reach any destination north or south easily. Equally, its no more than a few hours drive to any one of the port crossings on the coast, meaning travel to and from the UK is a breeze too. Find the best way to drive with our guide to driving from London to Paris. With a car in Paris you are free to tour the city and its surrounding areas, as well as chase the football across the other venues. With the freedom and ease of having your own vehicle, there’s no need to get caught up in the crowds on the metro or at Paris’ central stations.
Paris Driving Tips
Don’t worry too much about how to drive in Paris; French drivers are generally quite restrained and don’t pose much of a threat. Our best advice is to try and avoid the city centre on match days, and remember that driving is on the right hand side of the road. The motorways in France are often tolled, and the speed limit in cities is 50km/h. Remember too that the drink driving limit in France is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, and that police are allowed to conduct random breathaliser tests.
- Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris Centre: 30 km / 36 mins
- Paris Orly Airport to City Centre: 18 km / 21 mins
- Paris City Centre to Stade de France: 9 km / 27 mins
- Paris to Parc des Princes Stadium: 9 km / 19 mins
- Paris to Versailles: 20 km / 40 mins
- Paris to Giverny: 73 km / 1 hr
Sixt Car Hire Branches in Paris:
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Terminal 1 + 2,
95711, Paris Roissy
Paris Orly Airport
Orly Airport West,
Paris Gare du Nord (North Train Station)
2 rue de Compiègne,
Parking Tips in Paris
If you’re planning to pull up in an inner-city car park, reserving your spot online is swifter, cheaper and saves eons of time. Comparison site Neoparking sifts through every company and comes up your top spot. One useful native tip to know is that street parking is completely free on Sundays and bank holidays! If you’re staying for a couple of hours any day this is certainly the better option. Two car parks that are free night and day are on the east and west outskirts of the city, located at Paris’ beautiful pair of wooded parks; Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes.
Rumbling around on public transport in a new city can be stressful, costly and downright exasperating. Take the hassle out of your travel in Paris with a minibus hire from Sixt. Cruise the sights together in supreme comfort with your roomy and air-conditioned minibus rental.
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