Car Hire from Paris Orly Airport
Paris Orly Airport is a great starting point for a French road trip. The city of Paris, beautiful surrounding countryside, historically significant locations and ancient villages are all easily accessed when you hire a car from Paris Orly Airport
Where to hire a car at Paris Orly Airport
There are a number of car hire companies to choose from at Paris Orly Airport. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Sixt, Interrent, Alamo and Dollar are all based in the West Terminal. A free shuttle bus is available between the West and South terminals.
Petrol Stations near Paris Orly Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a petrol station five minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s located on the N7, heading north away from the airport.
Driving around Paris Orly Airport
From Paris Orly Airport, the N7 runs north in the direction of Paris and south towards Evry. Northbound, the N7 has connections with the A85, an outer ring road surrounding Paris, and with the A68, a road which runs to the inner ring road. Southbound the N7 offers access to the E5 towards Chartres, the A6 towards Nemours and the A5 towards Montereau.
Driving in France is usually straightforward. Roads and signposts are good. Drivers should be aware that drink driving rules are stricter than in the UK with a lower legal alcohol limit. Even one drink could send you over the limit so it’s best to steer clear altogether.
Traffic around Paris can be congested, particularly at rush hours in the morning and evening. There are a number of motorway toll roads around Paris, the fees for which are calculated depending on the distance you travel. Many motorways are also equipped with inconspicuous speed sensors so keep to the limit (130km/h or 110km/h in wet weather) if you want to avoid a fine.
Getting to your destination
Paris Orly Airport is located south of Paris city centre and within easy reach of lots of great destinations. Here are a few of them:
Paris is full to bursting with attractions; the Eifel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame cathedral. Visitors can also head up the steps of Montmartre, take a walk along the Seine or enjoy a show at the Moulin Rouge. As France’s capital, Paris is filled with excellent restaurants, shops and nightlife too.
It takes around 25 minutes to drive from Paris Orly Airport to Paris city centre. Drivers can take the N7 north and then pick up the A68 heading north into the city. The outer and inner ring roads around Paris are handy for navigation and avoiding the worst of the city centre jams.
Parking meters for street parking in Paris don’t accept coins. Instead, you’ll need to buy the “Paris Carte” card, which can be bought from tobacconists, to pay your parking fee. As well as street parking, there are lots of designated car parks to choose from too.
Chartres is a small city southwest of Paris Orly Airport. The city has a medieval history and an impressive 12th century gothic cathedral. Tours run at the cathedral during the day and there are light shows in the evening. Chartres sits on the River Eure and there are picturesque walking trails along its banks.
Chartres is an hour’s drive from Paris Orly Airport. Drivers should take the N7 heading north to pick up the A68 heading south and be aware that there are some tolls along the way. There are lots of car parks in the city centre. One of the most central options is a large underground car park close to the cathedral and the tourist information office.
Once the home of Charles Monet, the small village of Giverny is popular between April and October. This is when the Maison et Jardins de Claude Monet are open. Visitors can wander around the house and rambling gardens and take a look at the studio where the painter created some of his masterpieces.
Giverny is an hour and 20 minutes from Paris Orly Airport. Drivers can take the N7 north, head west on the outer ring road and then pick up the E5 heading northwest. There are tolls along this road and alternative routes for drivers who would rather avoid them. Giverny is a small place with plenty of parking spaces for visitors.