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Although named Paris Orly Airport, this international air hub actually overlaps the cities of Orly and Villeneuve-le-Roi. However, the airport is located just outside of the city of Paris—only about 8 miles south. It serves a wide variety of international destinations, including North America, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
Although Charles de Gaulle Airport has taken over some of the international traffic, Orly is still the busiest airport in France for domestic traffic, and the busiest airport in France in terms of passenger numbers, serving over 32 million passengers a year.
There are plenty of rental car options available at Orly, including Alamo, Advantage/Europcar, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Hertz, National, InterRent, Sixt, and Thrifty.
Here’s everything you need to know about renting a car at Paris Orly Airport.
The federal minimum age for car rental in France is 18, and there is no maximum age. However, many car hire services providers at Paris Orly Airport may set their own minimum age higher (usually between 21-23). There are also surcharges for younger drivers, which can be quite pricey. Here are the policies for the services offered at Paris Orly:
Minimum age: 21 years old (mini and economy only); 23 (mini, economy, cargo vans); 24 (all styles except luxe and premium); 30 (no restriction)
Young Driver Surcharge: Approx. €30
Minimum age: 18 years old (styles available will vary according to driver experience; contact the service location directly)
Young Driver Surcharge: Surcharges will apply; contact the service location directly.
Minimum age: 18 years old (classes of cars available are restricted by age)
Young Driver Surcharge: Approx. 30USD (may vary; contact location for specifics)
Minimum age: 21 years old (some vehicle class restrictions apply); 25 years old (no class restrictions)
Young Driver Surcharge: Approx. €30
Minimum Age: 21 years old (vehicle classes restricted)
Young Driver Surcharge: €37.13 (up to 25 years old)
Minimum Age: 21 years old
Young Driver Surcharge: €5.00
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Young Driver Surcharge: €30.00
Vehicle classes are restricted based on driving experience.
The car rental companies at Paris Orly Airport charge, on average, €5-€10 per day for additional drivers. This fee may, in some cases, be waived (if the additional driver is your spouse, or the rental is on a corporate account).
Paris Orly Airport two public terminals, numbered 1 and 3. Each services has a counter in both terminals, located on the first level of each terminal’s parking garage.
The car hire companies available at Paris Orly Airport include:
Please be aware that you should schedule your pick up and drop off times when making your vehicle reservation; some companies will have after-hours drop off policies, while others will not. Hours of operation below. Hours will be subject to change based on holidays. Please contact companies individually for holiday schedules, especially if you are unfamiliar with Canadian holidays.
Sixt comes highly recommended via online reviews (check all of the reviews in Chrome for translation if you don’t speak French). Hertz also has several favourable reviews. Both companies are praised online both for their commitment to fulfilling reservations and for being able to help travellers on the spur of the moment.
Dollar Car rental has a variety of negative reviews online, largely because they have a confusing set up at the airport, and often require customers to pick cars up at different locations.
Budget gets dinged for long waits and inability to solve customer issues on site—and for not having the vehicles promised by pre-reservations. This can be especially troublesome if you are anticipating an automatic transmission vehicle and none are available. Nor does Budget do automatic, free upgrades if they don’t have a vehicle in your class available.
Paris is one of the busiest and largest cities in France, and Paris Orly Airport itself is bustling! Construction and traffic are likely to slow you down and cause some confusion.
We always recommend using GPS navigation when driving in an unfamiliar city. You can even use crowd-sourced traffic apps like Waze, which can be very helpful in navigating conditions that may change from hour to hour or day to day.
Paris does not have congestion charges, but they have been proposed in the past, and may change in the near future. They do, however, require that vehicles have an approved emissions sticker or pay a fine. This won’t impact someone renting a vehicle from Paris Orly International Airport, however, if you do rent a vehicle from outside of Paris during your stay, confirm with the rental company that it has this sticker if you will be driving it in Paris.
French speed limit laws may be unfamiliar to outsiders, as there are two distinct set of limits: dry weather and wet weather. Furthermore, those with their license for less than two years are required to follow the wet weather limits at all times. The limits are as follows:
Wet Weather Speed Limits:
Dry Weather Speed Limits:
There are three conveniently located gas stations near Paris Orly Airport:
Aerogare Orly, Avenue de l’Aeroport · +33 1 49 75 24 99
Open 24 hours
Novotel Paris Orly Rungis, 1 Rue du Pont des Halles · +33 800 94 10 29
Open 24 hours
1 Rue des Lances · +33 1 46 87 59 29
Mon-Fri 5AM-9PM; Sat 6AM-1PM; Sun Closed
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