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Jun 22, 2012

Tipoa Car Hire Location in France

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Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), in the Paris area, is one of the world's principal aviation centres, as well as France's main airport.

Opening hours: Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is open 24/7, except for terminal 2G which closes from 23:30 to 5:00.

Getting there
From Paris, take the A1 via Porte de la Chapelle. Alternatively, take the A3 via Porte de Bagnolet, join the A1 and follow signposts for the airport.

The Airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is the oldest. Terminal 2 was originally built exclusively for Air France, since then it has been expanded significantly and now also hosts other airlines. The third terminal (T3, formerly T9) hosts charter and low cost airlines.

The CDGVAL is a light-rail shuttle that links the terminals, railway station and parking lots.

Terminal 1
Terminal 1 has a single main building for check-in and baggage reclaim with 7 satellites for arrivals and departures. Each satellite can handle about 5 aircraft at any given time. Underground walkways with moving walkways connect the satellites to the main building. Terminal 1 was built to an avant-garde design which is maintained today even though interior sections of the building have been renovated and modernised.

Terminal 2
Today consists of multiple terminals joined together by ground-level or below ground passageways. The seven terminals consist of 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F and the separate 2G. Terminal 2G is located 2.5 km (1.6 mi) away from the terminals 2A-2F and a bus ride is needed for transfer.

Terminal 3
Has a single hall. It is located 1 km (0.62 mi) from Terminal 1, but the walking path is 3 km.

Car Parks

Each terminal has its own covered car park with direct access to the terminal by lift. The long-term car park PR is for terminal one, and car park PX is for terminals two and three. You can get to the terminals from any of these car parks via a free airport shuttle bus.

Car hire

Car hire has never been easier and with a huge fleet of vehicles including economy, luxury, or family cars to choose from.
Car rental is as easy to pick up as it is to book as our offices are conveniently located close to the Charles De Gaulle Airport arrivals hall. If you wish to leave the country from a different airport it is possible to make a one way journey.
Our website is linked to most of the major rental car companies of the world and displays the availability in real-time based upon the search criteria you have entered. You therefore have direct access to the cheapest online car hire and there is no need to visit mutiple websites or wait in telephone call center queues.

Useful Tips

When driving in France, you will need a recognised full driving licence, the car's registration certificate (for cars registered in the UK, the V5C certificate), and proof of insurance. The insurance document is most commonly the "green card", though a standard insurance document from any EU country provides basic insurance for your vehicle (third party cover) throughout the Union, whether or not a green card is provided.
Minimum driving age is 18. Thus no-one under the age of 18 can drive a car in France, even if he or she holds a valid licence in another country.
Seatbelts must be worn at all times, by both adults and children, and both in the back and front seats.

Be aware that many of the roads in France are toll roads and it is useful to have change on you to navigate these roads.

Here are the normal speed limits for driving in France:
The normal speed limit on French motorways is 130 km/hr (just over 80 mph). - or 110 km/hr in rain.
The normal speed limit on dual carriageways (divided highways)110 km/hr
The normal speed limit on main roads is 90 km/hr (outside built-up areas)
The normal speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/hr – unless otherwise indicated.

Mobile phones: it is an offence to hold and use a mobile phone while driving in France and drivers are liable to an on-the-spot fine. Hands-free use of mobile phones is not illegal.

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