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

New speed camera warnings launched in France

Official Map of the Placement of Fixed Speed Cameras Online

  The official map of fixed radars (Conventional fixed speed cameras, two-way speed cameras, medium speed cameras etc…) and dummy control routes (where radars are moved regularly) has just been posted on the Road Safety website. This map shows the

Obtaining a French Driving Licence

At the moment it is not mandatory to exchange your UK licence for a French Permis de Conduire (except in the event of a traffic infringement, out of date licence etc.) However, due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit – and

How to Drive on French Autoroutes Like a Native

  Outside of the month of August, driving on France’s Autoroutes is generally a joy. You’ll experience little of the tedious congestion and seemingly endless roadworks that we have to endure year-round in the UK. However, what you will experience

Air Quality Certificate

Don’t get your head stuck in the clouds 6 million Brits could be driving on the wrong side of the law this summer   Motorists who lease their vehicle could be falling foul of the law when driving overseas.  

How to Save Money on Car Hire in France

Hiring a car in France is a great way to travel around at your own leisure and explore the best France has to offer, free from the shackles of public transport and pre-determined timetables. With hundreds of locations throughout France

Importing and registering a UK vehicle in France

Importing a UK vehicle and registering it in France

This fact sheet explains the procedure for importing and registering a UK registered motor vehicle or trailer/caravan in France. (The procedure is more or less the same for importing a vehicle from any EU country.) It applies to anyone living

Driving licence in France

Driving in France after Brexit

At the moment you do not have to change your British driving licence for a French one if you move to France. This is because the British driving licence is an EU licence and any licence issued by an EU

Dont get lost in France

  In 1900, fewer than 3000 motor cars roamed the roads of France. Any journey could easily turn into quite an adventure! The Michelin brothers’ faith in the future of the motor car was absolute. To encourage the development of

Driving in France using a left-hand drive car

Buying a left hand drive car in the UK

Options for driving in France Moving to France and unsure of your best motoring options when you live there? There are several directions for drivers to take: 1. Sell your UK-registered car and buy a left-hand drive (LHD) when you

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

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.