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Rent a Camper Van in France
With its diverse landscapes, charming villages, and renowned attractions, France is a dream destination for road trips. Rent a camper van or Class B RV and explore its hidden gems, soak in the natural beauty and immerse yourself in the rich culture, all at your own pace. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a food lover, renting a Class B RV or compact camper van in France is a fantastic idea that guarantees unforgettable memories and an authentic travel experience. Pick up your camper van rental at one of our roadsurfer stations in Paris, Bordeaux, Aix-Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes, Geneva – Pays de Gex, or Lyon, and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
roadsurfer Camper Van & RV Rentals in France
From classic VW camper vans to spacious Class B RVs for the family, the following roadsurfer campers are available to rent from our stations in France:
Your roadsurfer Benefits
Rent a fully equipped roadsurfer camper van or RV and enjoy the ride with exclusive benefits. Your freedom on the road starts the moment you pick up the keys!
Brand new, fully equipped camper vans & RVs
Unlimited mileage & free 2nd driver
Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Camping equipment & kitchen utensils included
Your Road Trip in France
Rent a camper van or Class B RV in France and enjoy the freedom to explore, discover hidden gems, immerse yourself in the culture, indulge in outdoor adventures, and have a cost-effective travel experience. From the rugged beauty of the French Alps to the stunning coastal landscapes of the French Riviera, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Experience the authentic charm of French culture and create lasting memories with your roadsurfer camper van rental. To help get you started on your journey, we have collected some useful information to support you in the planning process.
Driving Rules in France
Driving in France can be an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations to ensure a safe and smooth journey. If you’re nervous about navigating the narrow streets of Provence, we recommend renting a smaller camper van. Here are some key points to keep in mind when driving in France:
- In France, you drive on the right-hand side of the road, and the steering wheel is on the left side of the vehicle.
- France has an extensive network of toll roads, known as “autoroutes”. These roads offer faster travel but come with toll charges. Be prepared to pay toll fees at various points along your journey.
- You can pay by cash or credit card, and some toll booths also accept electronic payment devices. (roadsurfer tip: Save time and avoid congested highways by choosing a lane where you can pay by credit card)
- With a height of less than 6 and a half feet, our camper vans are considered a car which is convenient at French highway toll stations.
- The general speed limits in France are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas, 80 km/h (50 mph) on non-urban roads, 90 km/h (56 mph) on roads with no separating median, 110km/h (68 mph) on divided highways, and 130 km/h (80 mph) on freeways, unless otherwise indicated.
Priority on the right is a long-standing French driving rule.
- You will also find “Crit’air” accesses in the largest French cities to regulate pollution. Make sure that your vehicle has a “Crit’air” sticker and that you are in the category authorized to drive, as failure to have a sticker can result in a fine.
Camping in France
France offers a wide range of camping options, from traditional campgrounds to more adventurous options like wild camping. Here’s what you need to know about camping in France:
- Wild Camping – Allowed in certain areas of France under specific conditions. It is becoming more and more complicated as it is forbidden in many places such as nature reserves, beaches, public areas, and less than 655 ft from access to clean water for drinking. Always practice Leave No Trace principles by respecting nature and leaving your campsite as you found it.
- Municipal Campgrounds – Offer low-priced campsites with basic facilities, are generally spacious, and have managed to preserve their charm.
- Camping in National Parks – France is home to several stunning national parks, such as the French Alps, Pyrenees, and Provence. These parks often have designated camping areas where you can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy activities like hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. However, it’s important to check the regulations for camping within national parks, as they may have specific rules and restrictions.
- Private Campsites – support local hosts and experience the French culture with roadsurfer spots. Whether you pitch on a farm, in a vineyard, or in private garden, discover a unique camping experience away from the tourist crowds.
Popular Events in France
Embarking on a camper van or Class B RV road trip in France not only allows you to explore the country’s stunning landscapes but also provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the excitement of popular French events, from world-class music festivals to prestigious sporting events, and lively cultural celebrations, all while enjoying the freedom and flexibility of your own cozy mobile accommodation. Here’s an overview of some of our highlights:
- Nice Carnival (February, Nice) – A dazzling and vibrant event where the streets of Nice come alive with colorful parades, elaborate floats, and lively music, showcasing the City’s rich cultural heritage and festive spirit.
- Fête de la Musique (June, whole country) – A lively and inclusive celebration held on June 21st each year in France, where musicians of all genres take to the streets, parks, and venues, to perform free concerts, creating a vibrant and festive atmosphere throughout the country.
- Tour de France (July) – An iconic 23-day cycling race held annually during the summer, where professional cyclists traverse the picturesque French landscape, conquering challenging stages and captivating audiences with their incredible athleticism and determination.
- Bastille Day (July, whole country) – A vibrant and patriotic French holiday celebrated on the 14th of July throughout France.
- Fête des Lumières (December, Lyon) – A mesmerizing festival where the city becomes a captivating canvas of light and art for 4 days, with stunning light installations illuminating the streets, buildings, and landmarks, creating a magical and enchanting atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.
- Strasbourg Christmas Market (December, Strasbourg) – A magical winter wonderland where the enchanting streets of Strasbourg come alive with festive lights, charming stalls selling handmade crafts and delicious treats, and the joyful sounds of carols, creating a truly memorable and enchanting Christmas experience.