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This question comes up all the time on the Facebook group, so let's talk about it: is it smart to rent a car in France or not? Hint: Yes and No, it's all explained in the episode!
Is renting a car in France worth the trouble? In other words, for my intellectual friends: To drive or not to drive, that is the question! Wise visitors will weigh the pros and cons of driving vs. finding another mode of transportation while on vacation in France. Fools will ignore this, do what they want, and get stuck in traffic.
Is Renting a Car in France Worth the Trouble?
As you will find out in this episode, sometimes driving in France is no problem at all. A lot depends on where you are going and when you are going. In general, driving in France is surprisingly easy for most of the people who have talked to me about it on trip reports (see Related Episodes).
When Renting a Car in France Is NOT Worth the Trouble
But there are a few times and places where driving in France is a terrible idea and I want to tell you why because I am a local and I've gotten stuck in traffic myself many time! I also want to give you alternatives that probably won't pop into your mind naturally if you're a visitor from North America.
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If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to related episode(s):
- Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138
- The Rules of Driving in France, Episode 16
- Tips for Using Uber in Paris, Episode 151
Driving is the best thing to do in at times, but if you've never visited France before, you may not be in the best position to evaluate if it is right or wrong in your particular situation. So, listen to this episode, get the lay of the land in France, so you can make the smart choice for you.
We guarantee that this episode will save you a lot of time and aggravation no matter what you decide to do!
Did you decide to go ahead and drive? Book your car in advance, especially if you need an automatic!
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