Whether you are planning a business trip to Paris or you just want to spend a couple of days in the City of Lights, if you are looking for car rental in Paris you have come to the right place. We are not just a regular rent-a-car set up. We are a reliable partner for you and your travels, working on decent terms, affordable prices, with no hidden costs and always available. From the moment you arrive at one of the airports of Paris, you will have all the necessary means to travel around safely and in comfort. Using our GPS and Wi-Fi devices, provided for free with your car as soon as you pick it up, you will find your way easily even in dense traffic, in the French capital or even beyond.
And where would you go from there? Well, that is not hard - Paris is an impressive city, attractive even when it is cold or too hot, raining or even in wintery conditions. If you are planning an active holiday during which you wish to see the important sights, to taste the amazing French cuisine and inspect the local stores for the latest arrivals for a full round of shopping, you had best avoid the month of August. It is the only period of the year when many of the attractions are closed because the locals are out of town. On the other hand, the best period to visit Paris is in the low season, spring or autumn, but also part of the winter, when it is not all that busy and you will not waste so much time queuing up for hours for an entrance ticket to the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay or the Tour Eiffel. Let's first discover the main points of interest of Paris.
The Louvre or Musée du Louvre, one of the largest museums of the world and a truly historic monument of Paris, hosts one of the most important collections of artworks and antiques, with no less than 350,000 priceless exhibits. It is best known for the world-famous La Gioconda painting, more commonly called Mona Lisa, or the Aphrodite of Milos, also known as Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace or Niké de Samothrace, or its incredible Egyptian section, which is among the world's largest with over 50,000 interesting objects.
Across the Seine from the Louvre is the Musée d'Orsay, built originally as a train station in 1900 to help organize the Universal Expo, it subsequently became a theatre and then an auction hall. During the 1970s, the municipal authorities even contemplated its demolition, a plan eventually abandoned for a more suitable destiny for the erstwhile Gare d'Orsay - a museum. Today it shelters important collections of various artistic movements, such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Symbolism.
Undeniably, the most emblematic symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel. This unique construction was designed and built by architect Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to celebrate L’Exposition Universelle. It is the best observation point in Paris from high up above the city. It was the tallest building in the world for more than 40 years, losing this title to New York's Empire State Building in 1931.
The Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral is located on an island - Île de la Cité - with a history of more than 2,000 years, some say it is the very place of birth of today's metropolis. Île de la Cité is the true heart of France, both spiritually and geographically and this Gothic cathedral is one of the most beautiful of its kind, hosting the largest historic organ in the country.
Another special monument for Parisians is the Basilica de Sacré-Cœur, built on top of Montmartre in 1914 to honour 58,000 national heroes who fell during the Franco-Prussian conflagration at the end of the 19th Century.
The Arc de Triomphe is also considered an emblematic symbol, this time of imperial origin, located in Place de l'Étoile, at the end of the Boulevard Champs-Élysées. Built to commemorate the victory of Napoleon over Russian and Austrian armies in Austerlitz, it was only inaugurated in 1836, a long time after Napoleon’s death.
We could of course mention hundreds of other attractions and it would probably take weeks for anyone to visit them all. But with a rented car you can see the aforementioned places, plus maybe Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, L’hôtel des Invalides, the Tour Montparnasse, the Opéra de Paris or any of the following museums, based on your own preferences: the Musée Grévin, the CNAC Centre Pompidou, the Grand Palais, the Palais de Chaillot, the Musée Carnavalet or the Musée Picasso. Parks are also great spots to admire local architecture, or to just spend a few hours far away from downtown bustle. Have an evening walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Jardin des Tuileries, allow yourself an afternoon break on the alleyways of Bois de Boulogne or, a bit further away, Bois de Vincennes, all easy to reach if you are in one of our rented cars.
Parks and other beautiful places, like castles and small country towns, but also the notorious Disneyland Paris or its distant cousin, the Parc Astérix, can be visited on the outskirts of Paris, within its metropolitan area and just outside, mostly at under one hour’s drive. Here is a small list of some of the attractions to be seen if you visit the French capital and allow yourself a hired car for short escapes:
Top attractions around Paris
First we are going to take a look at Disneyland Paris, former known as the Euro Disney Resort.
Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée
43 km / 45 min
Recommended for: entertainment, families with kids, amusement park
This is a must for anyone, Europe's most visited theme park, with over 12,000 employees, the "happiest place on earth” as it is often called. It is far from perfect and not exactly cheap, but an experience that one should have at least once in one’s lifetime. Visit with or without children, preferably at a time when it might be less crowded.
20 km / 30 min
Recommended for: history, arts and culture, architecture
Grandiose and unique, placed here under Paris even though it is a town in its own right. It would be better to read up on a little bit of French history about the reign of their Sun King, Louis XIV, before visiting. But either way you are guaranteed to be impressed.
Monet's gardens at Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny
75 km / 60 min
Recommended for: history of art, nature lovers, relaxation
About an hour’s drive to the North-West, Giverny offers an unique landscape, the source of inspiration for world famous painter Claude Monet. Lush vegetation, with oriental influences, plus the story of an artist famed for his natural brushstrokes.
16 km / 30 min
Recommended for: religious buildings, history, art
A Parisian suburb and a shady neighbourhood, Saint-Denis is known for the Basilique de Saint-Denis and its imposing Royal Necropolis. The cathedral, located in the heart of the suburb, is a unique Gothic masterpiece and the largest funeral museum in the world. Impressive are the monuments dedicated to Henri II of France and Catherine de Médicis, nicely embellished with two angels, or the one devoted to François I and his wife, Claude.
Fontainebleau forest and palace
70 km / 60 min
Recommended for: medieval art and architecture, nature, history
Fontainebleau is as impressive as Versailles and all the history of France can be studied within its walls.
Of course there are many other places to see by car. You could even think about opting for a day trip to the Loire Valley and its amazing castles, or as far as Normandy to see the bloody fields of war. Alternatively, Provins and its medieval setting, part of the UNESCO list of heritage sites, would be a great choice too, at about 90 minutes away. Another fine piece of architecture lies in the East - Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - at an hour’s drive, a source of inspiration for Jean de La Fontaine as well as Molière, both titans of French literature.
Paris exerts a kind of magnetism over its visitors which is a feeling unlikely to fade fast. Book your rented car from Autoclick, get on a plane and fulfill your dreams in "La ville lumière".