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Tips for renting a car in Paris

What side of the road do you drive on in Paris?

If you’re traveling to France from the US, you may be relieved to find out that your Parisian road trip will take place on the right side of the road, just like at home. However, be sure you’re up on your stick shift skills, as most rental cars in Paris are manual transmission.

Do I need a permit to drive in Paris?

You can drive in Paris with your US license for up to one year, though it’s recommended that you obtain an international driving permit. This is a translation of your license, and can save you time since locals won’t have to puzzle over your current license. You’ll also need to show your passport and have proof of insurance. This insurance is automatically factored into booking prices, though you may also be able to use your own policy as a supplement.

What are the best day trips from Paris?

Renting a car in Paris makes it easy to take incredible day trips to other parts of France! It’s about a 40-minute drive west on A13 to reach the Palace of Versailles and its gorgeous gardens, sculptures, and fountains. Love bubbly? Drive two hours northeast to the beautiful (and delicious!) Champagné region and treat yourself to Moet, Veuve Clicquot, or Dom Perignon on their home turf. War history buffs should not miss Normandy—Omaha Beach is about a 3-hour drive away from Paris.

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