Cars in Loire Valley

Planning a trip to Loire Valley

The drive southwest from Paris takes about 2–3 hours to the Loire Valley

 

Planning for a trip to France

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The most important things to know before booking a rental car

 
An aggregator/consolidator like Auto Europe can let you compare car rental rates side by side (Photo courtesy of AutoEurope.com)

How to find the lowest rates on a rental car in France

 
The national speed limits in France are 50kph in towns and cities, 90kph (soon going to 80) outside of cities, and 130kph on autoroutes (major national highways) (Photo Public Domain)

Obey the speed limits of pay the (high) price

 
Trust me. You do not want to have to deal with the traffic in Paris. (Photo Public Domain)

Hints, tips, resources, and pointers for getting your own set of wheels in France

 
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Hints, tips, and advice for renting a car in France

 
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There are hundreds of road signs blocking your view on French roads and—more importantly—telling you how to get where you're going

 
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French road rules are similar enough to North American ones that you'll get by fine; here are the important differences

 
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How to decide if a rental car is the best choice for your France vacation

 
Hotel garages are expensive in every country (Photo )

The hotel garage will often be far costlier than a nearby public garage or other parking option

 
Gas in Europe is expensive (Photo by Images Money)

Renting a car and driving in France

 
Trust me. You do not want to have to deal with the traffic in Paris. (Photo Public Domain)

A rental car is not always the best choice for a France vacation

 
Keep right, except to pass (Photo by Unknown)

Stay in the slow lane (the rightmost one) on a European highway unless you are actively passing another car

 
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How to get the most out of renting a car in France with the lowest cost and least hassle

 
Michelin makes the best France road maps (Photo courtesy of the publisher)

A good road map can save you time and help you discover places and things not in your guidebook

 
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Get your airfare to France and rental car together and save on both

 
Every country in green is on metric; the yellow and orange ones are in the process of converting (yellow is closer to the goal). Only the U.S., Myanmar, Libera, and North Korea have not gotten with the program. (Photo by Thespaceface)

Get ready to do some math in your head

 
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How to arrange for a short-term lease on a brand-new car in France—cheaper than a rental for longer periods, and far better insured

 
Gas in Europe is expensive (Photo by Images Money)

Prepare for REALLY expensive gas—like $7 per gallon

 
The author, at 12, with his Uncle Marc (19) and the author's trusty hippie-orange VW family campervan somewhere in the Alps (Photo © Frank Bramblett)

Camping is a great way to see France, but you needn't be tied down to tent pegs; RV rentals are as easy in Europe as they are here at home

 
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You do not technically need a IDP for France, but consider getting one

 
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Don't leave anything visible in the car

 

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