Car Hire from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle is the main international airport for Paris, situated north east of the city.
This information is correct as of October 2015
Where to hire a car at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle is a large international airport, so there are plenty of different car hire services. Firefly, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, Sixt, InterRent, Alamo, Advantage, Dollar, National and Thrifty all have car rental points across all of the terminals. The majority of car hire offices are located in Terminal 1. In 2ACD, you can rent from Thrifty, National, Dollar, Advantage, Alamo, Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise, Budget and Avis.
If you need services from the Paris-Orly terminal, you’ll have a choice between Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Europcar, Firefly, Sixt, Interrent, Alamo, Advantage, Dollar and Thrifty.
Petrol stations close at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The nearest Shell petrol station is to the west of the airport. You’ll reach the station in approximately 12 minutes. Exit the airport, keeping left at the fork for the A1, then keep right to follow the A1 and A16. At the roundabout, take the second exit, then follow onto the first exit on the next for the D902a and follow this road. At the roundabout, take the first exit for the D47a and continue on this road to find the Shell garage.
Driving around at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport is located 30km to the northeast of Paris’ city centre. This makes it pretty difficult to get into the city centre via car at rush hour, but the ring roads (N3 and E15) make it easier to navigate. The airport is also closely located to the A1 and N2, two major motorways, which are the best ways to reach other parts of France.
Driving around the airport itself can get congested, but once again it’s generally well sign posted and easy to navigate.
Popular destinations to drive to from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris, France’s capital city, is a must-see city in Europe. The capital has so much to offer in terms of art, culture and amazing food too. However, it’s generally recommended that you don’t drive into the city, purely due to congestion in the centre. You could use one of the Park & Ride car parks found at train stops around the city, or head into the city and use the Pay & Display parking on the streets. Small rental cars are perfect for Paris’ small city roads.
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To get to Paris, exit the airport on the A1 then move onto the A3 southbound. Follow the Quai de Bercy onto the E15. Continue on Quae de Bercy to reach the centre.
The Palace of Versailles and the surrounding township are to the south west of the city.
You can easily reach it by following the A1 and A86 from the airport, following the directions for Versailles. The D182 and D185 will lead you straight to the centre. As you can imagine, it can be hard to find parking close to the Palace, however if you’re willing to walk park in the town centre near the train station or on street for a more affordable option.
The small historic town of Chantilly is best known for it’s thick, luxurious cream and intricate lace exports, but the town itself is well preserved and perfect for historians.
To get to Chantilly, follow the A1 north out of Charles de Gaulle Airport. You can continue on the A1 or merge onto the D16 for Chantilly. It only takes half an hour to reach the national park.