Driving in France

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If you’re planning to drive in France, especially Paris. Good luck! But there’s a bright side to this madness. There’s nothing hard about applying for an (IDP) International Drivers Permit in France. As long as you are an adult of at least 18 years of age with a valid drivers license, you are eligible for an international license.

“Explore France and drive her opened roads.”


Note: If you decide to get an (IDP) International Driving Permit — make sure it’s translated in French. Just ask the AAA, American Automobile Association to provide you with that. And if you’re staying in France for longer than 90 days, you can drive with your US license for one year. You can find more information about the requirements through the French Embassy (External link). A valid driver’s license (permis de conduire) and passport are required to operate a motor vehicle, a minimum age of 18 and proof of insurance is necessary and don’t forget your extended visa. Remember to carry your identification, license, insurance certificate and vehicle registration (carte grise) with you when you drive.

You can find further information at Official France Website for Tourists

Pro tips: A few things that you have to know about before you decide to rent or borrow a car. Gas prices in France are insanely high and remember it’s in liters and not gallons, toll bridges are expensive, the speed limits may vary so pay attention to the flow of traffic and look out for speed ‘camera’ traps.

Note 1: The flip side is that you can drive about 80 mph/130 km on the highway and in the city is around 30 mph/50 km.

Note 2: France and large cities were not built for cars and parking is insane. French drivers are the rudest in the world and forget about how scooters and bicyclist, too. Another thing, if you try and park your car on the street, good luck because it’s every man for himself and let’s not forget about the roundabouts — they’re everywhere. But trust me when I say it will be well worth it.

So, now that you’re ready to hit the roads. Here are a few places worth gasin’ up the car and explore the open roads:

  1. Normandy
  2. Étretat
  3. Paris
  4. Metz
  5. Loire Valley
  6. Strasbourg France
  7. Nice
  8. Brittany
  9. Cannes
  10. French Riviera
  11. Alsace-Lorraine
  12. La Cote d’Or

Helpful tips: No need to jot these down. Just bookmark this on your mobile device to get you around Paris.

Things to do around Opéra: Here are a few amazing things you can do around the Opéra Garnier House located at the 9th arrondissement. Click here

Best Cafes in Paris: Knowing a little bit of the french language when you go to a cafe will go a long way while you’re in Paris and remember that Paris has no shortage of cafés: Click here

Tea shops in Paris: When you need to kick back and relax with a nice cup of tea. Where to go in Paris? Read it on our blog: Click Here

The French Baguette: Where to find the best Baguette in Paris:  Yum, Yum, YUMMY

Try the Best Crêpes in Paris: Where we think are the best crêpes in Paris. Click here to find out more on our blog.

Macarons OMG: See and taste why Macarons are the most famous pastry in France and from around the world. Find out where they are on our blog: Best Macarons in Paris

Try some of the best Pizza in Paris:  Hungry? Craving Pizza? Who doesn’t like Pizza? Click here for mouthwatering Pizza on our blog.

Visit the Best Parks in Paris: Where are the most beautiful parks in Paris? We’ll let you know and if there is one thing that Paris does right, it’s with their parks: Click here

Visit Paris Cemeteries:  See some of the most incredible cemeteries in Paris. Click here for more information on our blog.

Metro Map: Use the Paris Metro to help you to get you around the city. We’ve put together official maps and apps to help you: Click here

Paris Bucket List: When you’re Paris, make sure that you do these things. Click here.

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