Car Hire from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
France is home to world-renowned cuisine, excellent wines, famous artworks and some incredible, historic cities. Hiring a car from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a great way to explore the country at your own pace, discovering hidden gems and getting a real taste of France.
Where to hire a car at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Car hire companies operating from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt, Alamo, National and Thrifty. The car hire desks can be found in the Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrivals halls.
Petrol Stations near Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Cars hired with a full to full fuel policy will need to be refuelled prior to returning them. The closest petrol station to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is located within the airport grounds. It’s a Total garage on Rue de l’Or, a few minutes from the airport terminal, before you reach the A1.
Driving around Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
The A1 provides the main route to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. It heads north towards Lille and south to join with Paris’ outer ring road. From the outer ring road, you’ll find routes heading in all directions. The A1 southbound also allows you to bypass Paris altogether by offering easy access to the N2, heading northeast towards Laon and the E50 travelling towards Reims.
Drivers from the UK usually find French roads less congested than back at home. This doesn’t necessarily apply to Paris though, where you’re likely to encounter traffic jams, particularly at peak times.
Around Paris and France, there are a number of motorways with toll booths. Fees are calculated depending on the distance between your entry and exit points on the motorway. There are also speed cameras on many French motorways, catching out drivers who exceed the 130km/hour limit.
Getting to your destination
With a rental car from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, you’re within easy reach of lots of fantastic French destinations. Here are a few of them:
France’s capital, Paris is a bustling, cosmopolitan city. Visitors can walk the banks of the Seine, head up the Eifel Tower, get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa and browse the artists’ works in Montmartre. Incredible architecture, excellent cuisine and lively nightlife are all in abundance here too. Take a look at our local’s guide to things to do in Paris here.
It takes around 30 minutes to drive from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris city centre, taking the A1 south and then the N1. Paris has both and inner and an outer ring road, making navigation that little bit easier.
There are lots of parking options in the city centre. Street parking is charged depending on which zone you find yourself in (the city is divided into three zones) and is cheaper the further out of the centre you go.
Versailles is famous for its incredible palace, transformed by Louis XIV from a hunting lodge into the grand structure it is today. The surrounding area is also fairly regal, with tree lined boulevards, antique shops and upmarket restaurants to discover.
Versailles is 40 minutes’ drive from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, taking the A1 south, the inner ring road south and west and then the E5. Parking around the area is easy and there are lots of well signposted car parks.
Chartres is situated southwest of Paris. It’s an old medieval city with a 12th century cathedral at its heart. Visitors can take a tour of the cathedral, enjoy a walk along the River Eure or explore the winding streets and ancient architecture of the city.
It takes around 90 minutes to drive from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Chartres, taking the A1 south, the E15 south and then the E5 southwest. There are toll roads along the way but there are a number of alternative routes if drivers would rather avoid a fee.