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Hiring a car in Paris

Pick up your hire car at Paris airport and head for the most romantic city on earth.

60-second guide to Paris

in its own head

"The home of European chic, we've got it all - the finest food, the world's best wine, the most stylish clothes and the most beautiful women."

but more realistically

You can't deny that Paris does indeed have all that - and more. Few people will fail to be impressed by its unique charms.

the vibe

It doesn't get much more chic than Paris. From the incredible architecture to the cosmopolitan cafes, there's sophistication on every street corner.

the natives

They have a reputation for being aloof, even rude, but - if you don't shout at them in pidgin English - in truth they are actually rather friendly. And, yes, they are beautiful.

the weather

The phrase 'London but better' could probably be used to refer to many things in Paris, including the weather - it's a bit warmer and there's a bit less rain.

the local speciality

French food is the envy of the world's gastronomic community. Think mussels, cheese and steak, rather than le Big Mac.

the celebrity

The list of famous Parisians is considerably longer than your average baguette - take your pick from Claude Monet, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre and Brigitte Bardot to name but a few.

did you know?

"When good Americans die they go to Paris." - playwright Oscar Wilde

they say

Although it would now be hard to imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, it was originally a temporary structure intended to stand only for a maximum of 20 years.

5 to see in town...

1. The Eiffel Tower

Your visit to Paris just wouldn't be complete without a trip to the top of the city's most quintessential landmark.

where to park?

Park your hire car at the Joffre Ecole Militaire car park in Place Joffre, which will cost you €2.60 an hour.

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2. The Louvre

Among the finest art galleries in the world, the building itself rivals some of the works it houses. And that's saying a lot since it provides the backdrop for the Mona Lisa.

where to park?

The museum has its own underground car park. Alternatively, you can park your hire car at the Croix des Petits Champs car park in Rue des Petits Champs for €3.20 an hour.

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3: Arc de Triomphe

The crowning glory of the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument is one of the few in the city that can rival the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre in the un-missability stakes.

where to park?

There are several car parks nearby - one on Avenue Carnot, another on Avenue Mac Mahon and another on Avenue de Wagram. They all charge €2.90 an hour.

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4: The River Seine

Paris's reputation as the most romantic city on the planet owes a great deal to its beautiful river. If you are there with a significant other, consider a stroll alongside the water as the perfect aphrodisiac.

where to park?

Metered parking runs along the Voie George Pompidou on the bank of the river. Or you can use the Place Saint-Michel car park in Rue Hautefeuille (€3 an hour) or the Lutece Cite car park in Boulevard du Paris (€2.60 an hour).

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5: Notre Dame Cathedral

Forget the hunchback - it's the grotesque gargoyles you need to watch out for. But don't let them put you off - this spectacular Gothic masterpiece is an absolute must-see.

where to park?

The cathedral has its own car park, Parking Notre Dame, in Rue de la Cite. The minimum charge is €1.50 for half an hour, rising to €24.40 for up to 24 hours.

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and 4 to drive to...

1: Disneyland Paris

Whether you have kids with you or not, you can always be assured of a warm welcome from Mickey, Goofy and the rest of Walt's gang at Europe's only Disney-themed kingdom.

how to get there?

Disneyland is about a half hour drive from the centre of Paris. Head east on the A4 and take exit 14.

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2: Monet's Garden at Giverny

You have probably seen various elements of these beautiful gardens, as they provided the inspiration for many of Monet's finest works. But nothing beats seeing the real thing.

how to get there?

Leave Paris by the Pont de Saint-Cloud and take the A13 west towards Rouen. Leave the motorway at exit 14 and follow the signs for Giverny. The 45-mile journey will take you around an hour.

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3: Champagne

The only genuine champagne comes from the Champagne region of France. And since it's just a 90-minute drive from Paris, why not make the trip and reward yourself with a glass of the good stuff?

how to get there?

Head east on the A4, which will take you to the Champagne town of Reims, from where you can explore the area.

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4: Le Mans

The town has served as a magnet for petrol heads ever since the world-famous Le Mans 24-hour race was first staged there in 1923 - and it's well worth the journey.

how to get there?

It's a two-hour drive to the west of Paris along the A11.

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