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The Champs-Elysees at night, Paris, France

Driving from London to Paris is fast becoming a popular route for travellers who want to explore two of Europe's most beautiful cities. The six hour drive will take you past gorgeous scenery, impressive castles and many scenic towns. If you're looking for recommendations on the best route to take while you're on holiday, or are looking for the top things to see and do in 'The City of Light,' we at VroomVroomVoom can help you with this. Check out our comprehensive guide below.

How to get from London to Paris?

Distance: 5 hours and 43 minutes via A1

Driving Directions: You can take a hire car from London to Dover. The driving time takes around one hour and 36 minutes. From Dover, take the ferry to reach Calais. It takes one hour and 15 minutes to get there. Upon arrival in Calais, take the route straight to Paris using the A26 and A1 road. The drive is no more than three hours.

Can you rent a car from London to Paris?

Hertz UK registered vehicles may be taken to France. However, additional equipment may be required for vehicles being taken out of the UK mainland to meet the legal requirements of the country visited such as France. The renter will be required by law to present form VE103B and an authorisation from Hertz which also includes a Driving Abroad Fee. Please note that this fee includes AA continental cover and can only be purchased at time of pick-up. Click here to know more about rental qualifications and requirements.

According to one-way fee waiver issued by Hertz UK, one-way rentals are permitted between many locations within country of rental and in Continental Europe, inter-country one-way rentals are also allowed between selected major cities. The Hertz Rent-It-Here/Leave-It-There (RIH-LIT) option is subject to a one-way drop fee, although one-way rentals within selected cities may be free of charge. It is recommended you contact Hertz reservations to be sure.

Driving Licence Requirements

The minimum age for Hertz rentals in the UK is 25. Customers under 25 years old will be required to pay young driver surcharge. The driver must present a valid driver's licence for the duration of the rental in their own name, held for at least 1 year (2 years for some car groups). If the driver has been disqualified from driving in their own country, they will not be able to rent. Also, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is recommended as local laws in some countries require foreign drivers to have an IDP.

Essential information

  • Taking the Eurotunnel if you are coming from Great Britain is another fast way to reach France. Note that Eurotunnel's car carrying service runs via the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone to Calais/Coquelles. From the UK, take junction 11A off the M20. If you are coming from France, take junction 42 off the A16 motorway. As of 2017, one way car fares start at £79.
  • The speed limit on UK motorways is always 70mph, unless stated otherwise, and once you enter France the maximum speed limit is 80mph, or 130 km/h.
  • Keep in mind also that upon disembarking from the train or ferry that you must drive on the right hand side in France!
  • The minimum age requirement for renting a car in France is from 21 to 25, with some agencies charging a surcharge fee for drivers under the age of 25. 
  • For additional useful information about driving in Europe, be sure to read click here.
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