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Hire a Campervan in France
With its diverse landscapes, charming villages, and renowned attractions, France is a dream destination for road trips. Hire a campervan in France and explore its hidden gems, soak in the natural beauty, and immerse yourself in the rich culture at your own pace. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a food lover, hiring a campervan in France is a fantastic idea that guarantees unforgettable memories and an authentic travel experience. Pick up your campervan 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 Motorhome & Campervan Fleet in France
From classic VW campervans to spacious motorhomes for the family, the following roadsurfer campers are available to hire from our stations in France:
Your roadsurfer advantages
Free 2nd driver included
Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Free camping equipment and kitchen utensils included
Your Road Trip in France
Hire a campervan in France and enjoy the freedom to explore, discover hidden gems, immerse yourself in the culture, indulge in outdoor adventures, and 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.
Driving Rules in France
Driving in France can be an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it’s essential to familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations to ensure a safe and smooth journey. If your nervous about navigating the narrow streets of Provence, we recommend hiring a smaller campervan. 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 the congested motorways by choose a lane where you can pay by credit card.
- With a height of less than 2 metres, our campervan is considered a car which is convenient at French motorway 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, 110 km/h (68 mph) on divided highways, and 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 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 authorised 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 campsites to more adventurous options like wild camping. Here’s what you need to know about camping in France:
- Wild Camping – is 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 200 metres 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 Campsites – offer low-priced pitches, basic facilities, generally spacious and have managed to preserve their conviviality.
- 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 spotting. 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 campervan 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 and prestigious sporting competitions to 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 days cycling race held annually during the summer, captivates the world as professional cyclists traverse the picturesque French landscapes, 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 14th July throughout France.
Fête des Lumières in Lyon, 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 handicrafts and delicious treats, and the joyful sounds of carols, creating a truly memorable and enchanting Christmas experience.