Car Hire in France with SIXT

Say bonjour to one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and explore the diverse scenery on offer with SIXT car hire in France. Whether you need to hire your vehicle in the stunning southern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the captivating capital city of Paris or the beautiful Bordeaux in the south-east, SIXT has numerous branches for your convenience. Hire a premium convertible and travel through the wine regions with the wind in your hair. If you’re travelling with your family, get an MPV so you can fit everyone. With our friendly 24/7 customer service team and our competitive, affordable prices, car hire in France has never been so seamless.  

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SIXT Services in France

Perfect if you need either a long-term rental or a one-day rental, SIXT car hire in France is flexible and convenient. Pick between a range of car categories, including a minibus for if you’re travelling with a lot of friends and family or a luxury saloon model for if you want to make an impression while on business in France. With the option to add child seats, extra protection or an additional driver, you can relax knowing everything is taken care of.   

Good to know when you’re visiting France

Under-25 Car Hire

The minimum car hire age in France is just 18 years old. Be aware the driver must hold a valid licence for at least 2 years and a surcharge is included for young drivers.  

Crossing Borders

This will depend on the country and vehicle type but generally you can take your car into the surrounding EU countries. Please confirm your travel plans beforehand and feel free to call us to check. 

One-Way Car Hire

It is possible to choose a different drop-off location within or outside of France. Check using the booking tool but please be aware of an additional fee for this.  

Driving Tips

Your UK licence is valid to use in France without an International Driving Permit. Always drive on the right side of the road and never use a mobile while driving. Also be aware of the speed limit differences between wet and dry roads.  

Payment Methods

A credit card is required for any car hire in France and we accept all major cards. However, debit cards and prepaid cards are not accepted.  


There are various tolls in France that can be paid with cash or card. Generally you will receive a ticket entering a major motorway and pay it on the way out.  

Best places to visit in France

  • Visit Nouvelle-Aquitaine and enjoy the contrast of the wild Atlantic Ocean situated next to the peaceful Landes forest. The largest region in France, to see all that it has to offer you'll need a vehicle. Take your car hire up the coast to the port city of La Rochelle or, if you’re looking for more adventure, head down to France’s surf capital, Bordeaux, and catch some waves. 
  • Take a trip to Paris where you can enjoy some of the most renowned tourist attractions in Europe, including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the catacombs of Paris. Go a bit further afield and drive 45 minutes to the former royal residence, Palace of Versailles. 
  • Take a step back in time and educated yourself on the D-Day landings in Normandy. Drive between the beaches or visit the D-Day Omaha museum in Vierville-Sur-Mer, which is an informative source on the beach landings in 1944. 


  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 from 40005 Ratings

Graeme de P.

We were very impressed with the caring, helpful Omeima who helped us out at the desk. Great service.

Bouthaina B.

Very good service fast and reliable

The cars are new

Very good experience

No extras deduction and no playing around

Charlie E.

The staff at Sixt car rental could not have been more pleasant, efficient and helpful. On both the initial rental and the return, the process was quick and easy.

Yael M.

We had Rebecca and she was amazing and helped us a lot!

nevermindthe b.

Hired a car from sixt at Nantes airport, very professional, polite staff made the process very easy , would definitely use again.


Phil M.

Staff at Sixt Lyon Aéroport kindly stayed late when my flight was delayed.

Vehicle was new and in excellent condition, parked right at reception.

Handover was probably the quickest I have ever experienced at a car rental.

Staff very friendly and sincere.

Happy to recommend Sixt Car Rental at Lyon airport.

Josh W.

Great, smooth and efficient experience all the way through from picking up car at Nice Gare after a long train trip to returning it at Nice Airport. Friendly, helpful employees at each location, no long lines (like at other agencies we saw), and an excellent selection of cars at reasonable prices. Particular shout out to the awesome employee at Nice Gare who was there with our rental info when we arrived and took the time to explain everything and make sure the car was to our liking. This was our first time using Sixt. We will be using it a lot from now on.

james p.

Friendly, easy and efficient, Sabine made the entire process a pleasure!

Waleed A.

Meryam at cannes branch is the best

She was helpful and friendly

Susan C.

Great cars for a great price. I will continue to rent from this company. Staff is friendly and courteous.

Steve W.

Arrived at Perpignan airport and straight to Sixt desk. No queue excellent staff. Car ready to go. Brand new car available which was my automatic preference. Perfect rental Drop off was equally as easy. Will recommend to anyone after this experience.

Tiffany O.

Amazing staff, lovely office, fabulous car; a great experience from start to finish

Debora A.

We had to rent a car on short notivce because our own car broke down on our way home from vacations. We arrived at SIXT in Nice airport pretty stressed and exhausted. After being unsuccessful at Europcar we queued up at SIXT (a few minutes of waiting). Amber helped us to get a car for a oneway journey back to Zurich. Super fast and for a very honest price. In approx 10 min we had the keys and a way back home! She took all stress away and even offered us water. She was an angel! The car was new and easy to drive. The pickup as well as drop off process are pretty easy and uncomplicated. The hotline is also very helpful. Amber is a very well trained employee with top customer service and orientation! We'd be happy to book with her again. Thanks for your amazing work and customer service! Keep up the good work!


Good experience & friendly staff .


Sixt in Nice / Airport Côte d'Azur (Summer 2022): For the car booking I like the Sixt webpage. Good overview, all important information compact. Nice design. That's why I book a few times a year.


End of July we got our car in Nice / Airport. We arrived from Zurich (holiday) and were really relaxed: After 10-15 minutes everything was settled.


Unfortunately, the login on the page and on the app did not work for us with the new booking. Two days ago, I wanted to postpone the return via the service line. Attention !! If you use the English service, you get the sounds of a stock market somewhere in Far East? Nobody will answer and after 15 seconds you will be kicked out. If you chose the German service, you are kicked out directly.


You should go over the nice French voice. Within 3 Minutes everything is fixed. Today I returned the car at Nice / Airport Côte d'Azur, one day earlier and get the extra day back. I discussed my experience with the service line with the lady at the counter. She explained me the new centralization corporate strategy.


For the new Strategy (Hello Management, are you sleeping ??) and the silly service line in English = Zero points. For the work and commitment of the people in Nice = 5 points.


We will be back in Nice and look for the best car rental company.

Eoghan D.

Very friendly and helpful team in Bordeaux. Made car rental as easy as possible. Thanks!

moh_ g.

Excellent company easy transaction very good car good value excellent service special thanks to Chloe she was amazing and extremely helpful I recommend this company and I will be using it in the future thank you

Craig G.

Pleased with the car and the fact I had no waiting time to get it. My experience at this airport in the past involved a long wait so it was great to be seen to immediately

Why Rent With Sixt?

Why Rent With Sixt?
  • New Cars - On Average 3 Months Old
  • Vast Fleet Of Premium Cars
  • Car Hire Made Quick And Easy
  • Friendly 24/7 Customer Service
  • Free Cancellation When You Pay On Arrival
  • No hidden costs or credit card fees

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