If you have come to France only to experience 'The City of Lights', that is Paris, then we recommend you avoid the driving adventure entirely. If you’re flying into Orly and your final destination is beyond the city boundaries then a car is a necessity to take advantage of what this wonderful country has to offer. You may however still want to take the train nearer, or to, your holiday location and pick up a hire-car there for any local site-seeing / travel.
If you need convincing not to drive in Paris check out the video opposite. This is at the notorious roundabout at the 'Arc de Triomphe', the roads are not all like this but after a long-haul flight or for your first time in the city - it may be best to avoid driving.
If you you really must drive then you can check out your route into Paris from the airport: here
For central Paris take autoroute A6, Porte d'Orleans to take you away from the airport. You set out following the signs to Paris centre and as you get closer to the city you need to know what direction on the circular ‘peripherique’ you need to take, west or east. If you want to reach the heart of the city then head west and exit at Port Mallot. Check with your hotel or holiday provider as to which exit on the
peripherique to take. We would advise you to try and get into / stay in the the two right-hand lane as this should increase you chances of actually reaching your preferred exit. You can see a video of the drive along the peripherique here........ Also check out our 'Driving in France' page here......
Car rental Paris Orly Airport
All the major hire companies have locations at the airport including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. Probably best to book in advance to be assured of a vehicle and then you are only looking for one company's location,