Car Hire at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Driving in Paris is a challenge, but that's the beauty of it. While it is not recommended for navigating around Paris, you can explore the surrounding areas with utmost freedom using a rental car.
Where to hire a car at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
A large number of car hire companies offer their services at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The following car hire companies have counters at Terminal 1, Terminal 2ABCD, and Terminal 2EF, unless stated otherwise: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt, Thrifty, TT Transit (except T 1), Interrent (except T 2ABCD and T 2EF), and Firefly (except T 2ABCD and T 2EF).
The counters in Terminal 1 are located at the arrivals level, after the baggage claim area, right between gates 24-30. Locations of service counters in Terminal 2 are as follows: for 2ABCD, the counters are in the Espace Service level between 2A/2C and 2B/2D; for 2EF, the counters are in the Arrivals level, gate 2, central parking plaza, between terminals 2E/2f). There are no service counters in T 2G and T3, only secure key drop boxes for returning keys.
What to expect when hiring a car from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
There are several ways to get to and from the airport: it is connected to the motorways A1 (Paris Porte de la Chapelle and Lille, Brussels), A3 (Paris Porte de Bagnolet), A104 (Marne-la-vallée and A4 Motorway), D104 (Cergy-Pontoise), and N102 (Paris Porte de la Vilette and Soissons, Laon). You have to be very vigilant when approaching the airport to make sure you're going on the right direction, depending on which part of the airport you want to arrive at. To get to the terminals, simply follow the signs to Terminal 1, Terminal 2, or Terminal 3. To get to the long term car parks, follow the signs PR or PX; Terminal 2A for P AB, Terminal 2G for PW, or Terminal 3 for P3 Résa. To return a rental car to T1, follow Parc P1. To return it to T2, follow Parc P EF. To return it to T3, proceed to T1 (Parc P1).
Driving around Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle is situated approximately 25 km northeast of Paris. Autoroute A1 directly links the airport to both Paris and Lille. Traffic in Paris can be very dense during the day, and finding parking space tends to be difficult in most neighborhoods of the city. If you're going to rent a car in Paris, make the most of it by going to the surrounding areas.
Getting to your destination
The city of Versailles is situated on the western edge of Paris. It is best known for being home to the vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV. If you plan to visit Château de Versailles, or the Palace of Versailles, make sure you get there early.
You can get to Versailles via A86 or via A1.
Fontainebleau is a charming historical town some 55.5 km south of Paris. Its most famous feature is the large and scenic Forest of Fontainebleau. It also contains one of the most beautiful castles in France, Château de Fontainebleau.
To get to Fontainbleau, follow the signs from Paris towards the south, then the signs for Lyon and the A6. After approximately half an hour of driving, you'll see the signs for Fontainebleau.
Chartres is a small city located in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The primary attraction visitors come for is the 12th-century cathedral; it is considered by many art historians to be the finest surviving structure representing the High Gothic period.
Take the A10, then the A11. Chartres is 91 km from central Paris.