Your own car is a great thing to have when traveling around the Ile-de-France region, especially if you are one of those people who find it hard to stick to a schedule. While trains and buses are readily available, having your own car means you can travel wherever you want, whenever you want. There are a number of locations where you can rent a car in Ile-de-France, including from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. There are several car rental offices within the city of Paris as well.

Driving around the region should not be a hassle, as most routes are well-marked. You will want to avoid traveling to and from Paris during rush-hour, and driving within the city of Paris can be a little harrowing as well (remember the Griswald's European vacation?). Like most of western Europe, driving is on the right in France.

If you are relying on public transportation to get around the region, taxis provide a reliable method to get around town. However, they can be expensive, so if you plan to travel a long distance, your best bet is to take the bus or train.  To check prices of car rental before you arrive

Check out one or two of the following websites:

www.hertz.com

www.avis.com

www.sixt.com/car-rental/france