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Car rental: here is the best agency in Paris

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Whether you are a provincial or a tourist from abroad, renting a car in Paris can be a practical solution adapted to your program, especially for getaways outside the city... 

bitten by culture, lover of high gastronomy or night owl, Paris will satisfy all your desires, the most eclectic ! steeped in history and a extraordinary heritage, the City of Light never disappoints. The most beautiful city in the world is home to a large number of the most visited monuments: the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Opéra Garnier and so many others... These must-see places represent one of the reasons why tourists from all over the world flock in droves. 

But for several years, Paris has also been the scene of several conferences and other trade shows. Whether in the field of agriculture, tourism, high-tech or gastronomy, the city organizes more than 400 major professional gatherings each year, such as the Salon de l'Agriculture, the Foire of Paris, the Mondial de l'Automobile, the FIAC... Not to mention the Fashion Week, which takes place 3 times a year and which brings together in one and the same place, the greatest fashionistas of this world!

Moreover, if Paris is one of the capitals best served by public transport in the world, in these times of health crisis it is still more prudent to travel by car... Being motorized for the duration of your stay represents many advantages, especially if you are traveling with several people, or as a family with young children. 

Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Avis… In Paris, as in all major cities, car rental agencies do not miss. These offer daily rates, which vary according to the time of year, but in all cases, they are decreasing, as soon as you choose to rent a vehicle over several days. 

To find the most advantageous rates for your dates, we advise you to use the site To do this, you will need to fill in some essential information such as the type of car you want, the number of seats you need, etc.  

These various agencies have a wide choice of vehicles, both French and international brands: Peugeot, Renault, Fiat, Citroën, Lancia… Or still others, categorized more “luxury” like BMW, Porsche, Audi, Maserati or Mercedes. 

Whether you want to rent a real racing car, a state-of-the-art sports car or a large car for a family getaway, you will be spoiled for choice. 

Our recommendation? Within the Paris Select team, we are all seasoned travelers and for our part, the company Europcar never disappointed us. Very well established in Europe, we have never encountered any problems with this company. Their online booking tool is easy to use and very intuitive. It allows you to compare prices and choose the category of car you choose. For those who are not comfortable with the online booking tool, know that you also have the option of making your reservation by phone. 
We also like: the large flexibility offered by Europcar. Whether you are planning a trip around Paris just for the day – the castle of Saint-Germain en Laye, that of Versailles or even the zoological park of Thoiry represent essential destinations! – or a trip during the weekend, Europcar adapts to your needs and will offer you the best rental experience. comfortable possible.

If you reach the capital by plane, whether at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport or Orly, you will easily find the various car rental counters on the arrivals floor. 
Good to know: Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport is located 26 kilometers. Depending on traffic, count approx. 45 minutes to join the downtown. As for Orly airport, it sits 14 kilometers south-east of Paris and this strategic position allows you to reach the city in just 20 minutes... Provided you travel during the off-peak hours, that is, from late morning to early afternoon and evening! 

Yes, because as great as the city is, we have to admit, traffic in Paris can be a real nightmare when you hit the road in rush hours… So avoid the end of the day from 17 p.m. and Friday afternoon, before leaving for the weekend! 

Also, if you arrive by train, don't panic. The 5 main stations are located in inner Paris and all have rental counters. Even more practical than at the airport since you are already in the very heart of the city!

In any case, to immerse yourself with moreauthenticity and don't miss the spirit of Paris, we strongly advise you to rent a car during your stay.

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