Car Hire from Paris Beauvais Airport
Paris Beauvais Airport is located north of Paris city centre so it offers easy access to the Picardy region of France as well as the country’s capital. Hiring a car from Paris Beauvais Airport allows you to explore at your own pace and venture off the tourist trail.
Where to hire a car at Paris Beauvais Airport
There are six car hire companies based at Paris Beauvais Airport; Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, UCAR, Enterprise and Sixt. The car rental area is located just outside the main airport terminal and passengers are advised to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.
Petrol Stations near Paris Beauvais Airport
For drivers needing to return their rental car with a full tank of petrol, there’s a service station just five minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s a BP garage located on route D1001, approaching the airport from the south.
Driving around Paris Beauvais Airport
Paris Beauvais Airport sits on route D1001 which runs south to Beauvais and north to Froissy and Breteuil. The D901 is another major route passing by the airport. This road travels northwest towards Abbeville and south into Beauvais. From the airport, it’s also easy to join the A16 travelling south to Paris and north to Amiens, and the N31 travelling west to Rouen and east to Compiegne.
Roads around Paris Beauvais Airport are very well-maintained and signposted. The closer you get to Paris, the more congestion you’re likely to experience but traffic around the airport is generally free-flowing. When travelling on the road network, look out for any signs with the word “Bis”; this designates a holiday route, a scenic and less crowded alternative to main routes.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Paris Beauvais Airport, there are lots of destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
France’s capital is world-famous for its art, culture, fashion and cuisine. Visitors can take a stroll along the River Seine, enjoy the views from the top of the Eifel Tower, admire old masterpieces at the Louvre and new art over at Montmatre. There are plenty of museums, restaurants, parks and bars to discover too. Take a look at our local’s guide to some of the top things to do in Paris.
It takes around 70 minutes to drive from Paris Beauvais Airport to Paris city centre, taking the A16 southbound. There are tolls along this route and congestion is likely, particularly at rush hours. Navigation around the city is aided by an inner and an outer ring road and there are lots of parking spaces around the city centre. Parking charges are determined by the zone you find yourself in, with higher fees the more central your space.
Chantilly lies on the outskirts of Paris. It’s famous as the home of Chantilly cream and for its impressive chateau. Visitors can wander around the chateau and discover more about the building and region’s history through archaeological remains, artworks and old manuscripts. There are also scenic gardens surrounding the castle.
Chantilly is 40 minutes’ drive from Paris Beauvais Airport. Drivers should take route D901 southbound to pick up the N31 heading east. It’s easy to park at the chateau and the small town has plenty of spaces too.
Laon is a historic town northeast of Paris with a spectacular Gothic cathedral. Other attractions include a town museum, a funicular and an old medieval hospital. Almost all of the old town buildings were built between the 12th and 18th centuries so there is lots of impressive architecture to see throughout the town.
It takes around an hour and 40 minutes to drive from Paris Beauvais Airport to Laon, taking the N31 east and then the N2 northeast. It’s a good idea to park in the new town as the old town streets are winding, narrow and steep with very few spaces.