Driving in France

Road signs FranceWelcome to our comprehensive guide to driving in France. Here, you can find all the new rules of the road and French road signs. Discover everything you need to know about the French autoroute and all the law changes for UK motorists in France.

An introduction to driving in France

Whether you're planning a short trip in Paris or driving all the way across France, our guides will give you all the rules and information you need. See our handy infographic on the autoroute in France.

Driving rules in France

FrenchEntrée can help you check the latest rules and requirements for driving in France.

French driving licences

Need advice obtaining a driving licence in France? Find out how here.

Renting a car in France

All the essential rules and information you need to know about car hire in France.

Further information

Find more important driving information here, or browse our articles below.

LATEST ARTICLES ON DRIVING IN FRANCE

Buying a car in France

How to buy a used car in France

Buying a used car in France – Introductory guide While some people moving to France will take their right-hand drive car with them, at least for the first few months, others will want to make a fresh start on the

UK driving license and car hire in France

Car hire in France advice: the new rules

We speak to the AA about the controversial DVLA scheme for car hire abroad For some care hire in France customers this summer there was chaos and confusion, but the dust has now settled on the DVLA’s decision to introduce a digital-only

A French autoroute near Avignon

The autoroute in France: An infographic

The autoroute in France is familiar to us all. From north to south, east to west, from Lyon down to the Riviera on the mythical, almost sensory route du soleil, a humble stretch of French road can be a source of holiday

Photo by Sergey Peterman

Driving in France: hands-free kit ban effective June 30

If you are going to be driving in France, take note of the new ban on hands-free kits in vehicles that will take effect on June 30, 2015. The ban includes any mobile device hands-free kit that requires a wired or wireless ear bud, headset, or headphone.

Behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Spider

Touring Languedoc-Roussillon in a classic car

Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…

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Driving in France – an introduction

Before setting off onto the French roads, it is vital to acquaint yourself with some basic principals concerning driving in France as well as the road network and administrative requirements relating to driving licences.

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Driving licence FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the eligibility of foreign licences, how to obtain a French driving licence, the penalty points and other important rules

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Vehicle import and car registration in France

If you bring a car to France you can keep the original overseas licence plates for up to a month only. Here’s how to change them over, plus information on registering new and second-hand French cars

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Cheap fuel in France

Use the new government website to find who sells the cheapest diesel and petrol in the Tarn & Aveyron. The government hopes that by displaying their prices, it will encourage retailers to be more competitive.

Drinking & Driving in France

The relaxed attitude to drinking and driving in France has surprised and sometimes delighted many foreign visitors. Tales such as the account in ‘A Year in Provence’, where policemen were helping drunk partygoers into their cars at the end of a village meal were not rare. But things have swiftly changed, since the French government pledged to lower the terrifyingly high number of deaths on French roads…