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 CDG 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 below.


This is at the notorious roundabout at the 'Arc de Triomphe' and although the roads are not all like this after a long-haul flight or for your first time in the city -maybe it is best to avoid driving.



Other options to Paris


AirFrance coach


RER Train




Roissy Bus





To Paris by car


Driving in Paris


From Orly Airport


From Beauvais Airport





Our advice is don't do it !!!...use another form of transport

...see here




You will have to know where your destination in Paris is located as you have a choice of autoroute (motorway / freeway) A1, Porte de la Chapelle  or A3, Porte de Bagnolet to take you away from the airport. You set out following the signs to Paris A1- A3 and you  will drive parallel to the autoroute for a short time before joining it - you will have the choice A1 or A3 - again check out what route you should take before setting off.




As you get closer to the city you need to know what direction on the circular ‘peripherique’ you need to take, you have the choice between the inner ring road (périphérique intérieur) which runs in a clockwise direction and the outer (périphérique extérieur), which runs anti-clockwise). If you want to reach the heart of the city our advice would be to take the A1, Porte de la Chapelle route then head west and enter at Port Maillot. 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 lanes 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......


Paris Péripherique



Journey time between exits/gates are now displayed on illuminated overhead panels. Exit signs for each gate into the city are given plenty of time in advance so as not to miss them, make sure you position yourself correctly, in the right-hand lane. It is a good idea to try and stay out of this lane, traffic permitting, until you are close to your exit or you can very easily, like many before you, head off on the wrong slipway. There are four lanes for the majority of the route but it also goes down to three and up to five lanes in places. You should also be aware that vehicles entering the expressway from the right have priority over vehicles already there. The speed limit is 80 km/h (50mph),  Watch out for the speed traps.


You can get up-to-date traffic info for Paris here: http://www.infotrafic.com/route.php?region=IDF


Car rental Paris Charles de Gaulle 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, checkout here...


If you you really must drive then you can check out your route into Paris from the airport  here...