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Driving Tips in France

Driving in France Tips

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Driving Distances in France

Licence Requirements

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving, laws rules and regulations in France;


It is mandatory to carry the following equipment in your vehicle, which is to be used in the event of an accident, incident or breakdown:

Motorists are also required to carry a spare set of bulbs and fuses.

Child Safety Seats

Children under the age of 10 years old are required to be seated only in the back seats of the vehicle and be wearing a seat belt or fasted in an appropriate restraint.

Speed Limits

Speeding is taken very seriously in France, with many speed camera's in operation around the country along with hidden mobile police radars. Below are the speed limits in France, unless posted otherwise.

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in France is 0.05g/1L. There are plenty of police out on the roads who have the authority to pull over drivers for checks, so stay sober to avoid any sort of infringements or imprisonment.


Highway tolls are applicable on most Autoroutes marked with 'A'. Tolls are determined on distance travelled and payments are accepted in cash and with most major credit cards.

Road Signs

Road Signs in France adopts the standardization of the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which many European countries now utilize, but with slight variance. Signs in France are commonly found in the countries local language however English is also used on city roads and state highways. The signs are very easy to understand as the vast majority of them are posted with symbols.


Within many large cities in France, parking is generally on a fee basis. Parking is only permitted in spaces marked in white and those marked in yellow are only permitted for commercial vehicles. Parking is to be paid for if you see a sign saying 'Payant'. Parking tickets are to be purchased from machines located along the street, which accept cash and most major credit cards. Tickets can be purchased up to 2 hours and will need to be displayed on the front windscreen of the vehicle. For extended parking there are many parking lots readily available but can get quite costly. Parking is strictly monitored, vehicles found without a ticket, over their time limit or illegally parking may find having their vehicles towed and left with a fine.

Visa Information

Visa, Passport, and entry requirements for Australians visiting France:

Winter Driving

Winter driving in the mountains of France - particularly the French Alpine regions and the Pyrénées - can involve snow and ice conditions. As well as preparing for a mountain or ski trip, it is worth remembering that a vehicle will also be affected by the cold and snow and should be well-prepared. Click here for more information.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016