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

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

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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

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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 the

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

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

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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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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…

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Driving in France

American licenses may be eligible for a reciprocal exchange towards a French one, depending on the state of issue of the original.

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Are you prepared for driving abroad?

Image not found.Unfortunately breakdowns are an everyday motoring risk. The safety of you and your passengers together with other road users is a top priority, so here are some tips on what to do if your vehicle breaks down when driving abroad.

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

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Motorcyling in the Quercy

Like a good many of us who plunge straight into moving lock, stock and barrel to France, never having had a holiday home here, we underestimated the challenge of living in a foreign country…

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Driving in France: key words and phrases

Whether you are moving there or just visiting on holiday, be sure to learn this list of key phrases relating to hiring a car in France, French road signs and other key phrases relating to driving in France Hire car glossary

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Driving in France over the age of 70

The European Directive states that the driving licences of EU member states are valid in other EU countries. This means that you can keep your UK licence until you are 70 years old and drive in France.