Paris Car Hire

by : Fiona Hiliard

Paris, easily one of Europe's prettiest cities comes to life when you rent a car. Hiring a car in Paris means you'll get to see the amazing and iconic sights of the capital, as well as a range of wonderful hidden gems outside of the city centre. As one of Europe's most desirable city break destinations, Paris means different things to different people. City of light, city of love and city of revolution, there's something for everyone to like about the beautiful French capital. With car hire in France, you're free to explore the spectacular sights of nearby Versailles as well as the fabulous shopping, cultural attractions and museums of Paris.

Paris Mini-Guide:

Charles de Gaulle International Airport is situated 23km to the northeast of Paris. The airport has three terminals, offering a range of facilities including duty-free, discount shopping facilities, special amenities for people with disabilities and cafés and restaurants.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one of the most popular for short breaks, a visit to Paris offers plenty of scope for touring.

Things To See/Do:

One way to see the sites of Paris city is to follow a guide on a walking tour. In this way, you are guaranteed to take in sites like L'Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées Notre Dame Cathedral, Montemartre and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

A drive outside of Paris offers the chance to visit important cultural and heritage sites such as the famous Palace of Versailles.

Being the fashion capital of the world, Paris is famous for its shopping. Chic boutiques and department stores stock luxury designer goods. Meanwhile, unusual items, special offers and bargains may be found at flea markets which take place at the ancient gates of the city.

Eating Out/Nightlife/Accommodation:

French cuisine is renowned all over the world. However, the city has become a melting pot of cultures, where each one offers their own special dishes into the mix. It is possible to eat cheap in Paris. If you are adhering to a budget, there are plenty of cheap snacks to be enjoyed at charcuteries and boulangeries in the Quartier Latin. Most French restaurants offer specials or three course meals for a set price too.

Paris has a lively and varied nightlife including jazz, techno, garage and hip-hop clubs. Most clubs open their doors at around 11pm and revellers are free to dance until dawn. Not surprisingly, many Parisians don't go out until around 3am. If you're looking for something quintessentially Parisian you could also go to the cabaret by booking a table at the Moulin Rouge.

Paris offers a good deal of cheap, practical hotels which are convenient to the city centre. Hostel Richard, located at the 11th District is one option for thrifty travellers, who can rest easy from €28 per night. On the upper end of the price-line is Amarante Champs Elyseés, which is located within easy reach of the city's main thoroughfare and offers luxury rooms starting at €190.