France Campervan and Motorhome Hire FAQs
What Do I need to know about campervan hire in France?
Yes, it is really cheap to rent a campervan in France.
The earlier you book the cheaper it is to rent.
Not all depot locations in France have cheap campers.
These depots have small campers, camping cars and sleeper cars to hire in France:
- Bastia choose from Black Sheep or Indie Campers.
- Biaritz for Blask Sheep Campers. (VW Californias.
- Bordeaux for Black Sheep, Indie and the newer Avis Caraway campers.
- Bretagne (Brittany): Nantes and St Malo for Black Sheep.
- Cannes rent Black Sheep campers.
- Clermont for Black Sheep Campers.
- Colmar for Black Sheep Campers
- Lille. Catch the Eurostar to Lille to rent from Black Sheep and Origin Campers.
- Lyon to hire Black Sheep campers.
- Marseille to hire Black Sheep Campers, Indie Campers, small Big Sky and Avis Caraway.
- Montpellier to hire Black Sheep Campers
- Paris to rent Black Sheep
- Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport to rent from Indie Campers.
- Salon De Provence to rent Black Sheep campervans.
- Vichy to rent Black Sheep Campers
- McRent Campervan and Motorhome Rental.
- Avis Caraway Camping Cars, motorhomes to hire.
- Avis Caraway and Big Sky have depots in:
- Ajaccio on Corsica.
We have depots all across France where you will find the option of renting campervans and motorhomes from. Here you will find the top new and near new campervans and motorhomes at slightly higher rental prices due to their age:
McRent and Pure Motorhomes have depots in:
If you need any assistance find a cheap camper in France, please call or email us.
France has a huge network of campsites and free overnight camping. These are called Aire de Service.(service areas)
You can save on your holiday by choosing these campsites. They are usually well positioned and have facilities such as showers or toilet blocks. Great if you are in a low-top camper or a VW Camper without a shower on board.
This site is useful in finding aires de services but in most areas they are signposted Aires de Camping
If you have never hired a campervan or motorhome before then France is a good starting point. The roads are wide and there are campsites everywhere.
Plan your journey to explore a region. Try not to pack in long distances every day. The joy of hiring a campervan or motorhome is being able to make your holiday flexible to suit you.
If you enjoy a place then you can stay longer. You can leave early and move on if the weather turns bad or if you have seen everything you wanted to.
Campervans and motorhomes are easy to drive. Watch out for the overhang above the passenger side and take extra care when reversing. Many are automatic and the choice between manual and automatic is offered at the time of booking. You can use our filter system on our booking engine to select which you prefer.
We are Here to answer your questions and get the right camper at the cost that suits you. Our reservation staff are here 24 hours a day. That's 7 days a week!
Yes as long as you have held a licence for three years or more. You must be 21 years old to drive a campervan from Indie campers or Black Sheep. You have to be 25 or older to rent from Avis Caraway. McRent accepts 21 year old drivers for their smaller campervans. You will have to be 25 or older to drive the bigger motorhomes.
Your International Driving Licence must be presented with your national driving licence.
All terms and conditions are available when you book or when you check out the costs of renting on our booking engine.
Absolutely! We encourage you to have an adventure and travel throughout Europe. If you want to travel to any of these countries we may not be able to get insurance or breakdown cover so won't be able to allow it. Check with us first:
Driving a Campervan or Motorhome In France.
Yes, you will soon get used to a larger vehicle. Ask one of the passengers to watch you reverse. Many campers and motorhomes are now fitted with reversing cameras to help you.
Ask a passenger to keep watch when you get close to the hedge or wall on the passenger side especially if you have a larger motorhome with the bed above the cab. Many new drivers forget about this.
Get help with parking in a confined space. Use those great mirrors.
Request an automatic transmission campervan or motorhome if you prefer.
At peak season during July and August it is definitely busy around campsites. If you are planning to camp near a resort for several days then we suggest booking ahead especially if you want a hook-up for the campervan.
You can take advantage of the Aires de Service which usually have plenty of room.
If you are happy deciding each day whether you want to stay put or move on then you can always check with your fellow campers, site owners and local tourist offices how busy it is and how booked up it is for your next stop.
Yes, this is usually 5-7 days. These vary depending on the season. You may be able to rent a camper in France for the weekend so pick up Friday and return on Monday. Many depots in France are closed on a Sunday.
One way hires may have a longer time that you need to rent for.
No, you just need to enter the dates, pick up and drop off locations and follow the steps all the way to where you enter your payment details. This is the summary of all the costs involved in renting a campervan or motorhome in France.
Collecting My Campervan That I've Rented.
Full details including a map are listed on our website. You will also be given the adress and contact phone number when booked.
In most cases you will have to make your own way to the depot.
We list the cost of a taxi and the nearest train station if applicable.
Yes, we have started to build a page with suggested itineraries for a campervan road trip. Road Trip France from Marseille To Nice
Yes, and there will probably be an extra fee to pay for this. But this will be itemised in your payment summary when you make the booking request.
Some companies do offer one-way rentals between countries in Europe.
Times do vary. When you make your booking request we do ask for a time that you would prefer to collect your campervan. This is to give the depot time to slot you in for the introduction to how everything works and where is everything kept session.
Introducing you to your home on wheels takes about an hour. Please take advantage of this time as even if you have never rented a campervan or motorhome before there could be something that is done a little different than the last time.
The depot will have to have time to prepare the campervan for the next person to rent it.
The vehicle has to be cleaned. The fluids topped up and a general maintenance check carried out so times given to get the campervan back to the depot are important.
What Equipment is in the Campervan?
The range of equipment contained in each campervan or motorhome varies between companies and the size of camper you have rented.
The smaller low-top campers or camping cars only have basic bedding such as sleeping bags and basic cooking equipment as there is not much room to put anything else.
The larger campervans and motorhomes have:
- Propane gas for cooking and heating water. Sometimes the firdge will operate on dual fual which may also be gas.
- Toilet chemicals. Where a casette toilet is fitted.
- Fire extinguisher
- Water hose
- Electric hook up cable to connect the camper to the mains electricity supply.
- Cleaning equipment
- Spare fuses and bulbs and emergency triangle
- User's Manual
- Maps and Guide books from some suppliers. We suggest getting a copy of "Aires de Services" if not supplied.
- Crockery and cutlery.
- Kitchen equipment including utensils and pots pans.
Bedding kit includes blanket, sheets, pillow and 1 towel. Additionally there may be other items such as chairs, baby seats, bike racks, bikes, which may be offered as a hire option when you make your booking request.
Take soft bags that can collapse down and be put in a cupboard or under a seat.
Some depots offer luggage storage when you collect and return to the same location.
Yes in some cases you can. Each company has a slightly different policy.
The companies that do allow dogs ask for a higher deposit or extra cleaning fee.
What are The Differences Between the Campervans and Motorhomes?
They do vary depending on road conditions, speed and driving style :
- Small Camper Van Conversion for 2 people: 18-23 miles per US gallon : 10-13 litres/100 km
- Small motorhome for 2 people: 17 - 21 miles per US gallon : 11-14 litres/100 km
- Medium Motorhome with garage: 16 - 21 miles per US gallon : 11-15 litres/100 km
- Large Motorhome : 18 - 23 miles per US gallon : 10-13 litres/100 km
If you are travelling between different European Countries you may find the connections on the gas bottles are different. Please tell the rental company which countries in Europe you will be travelling through to ensure that you have the correct adaptors.
Most campsites and fuel stations will refill or exchange gas bottles.
Most campsites and garages have public water to refill your freshwater tanks.
All campsites have facilities to drain your grey water tanks into. These are also available at dump stations and some garages and service areas.
You must dispose of the toilet cassette contents at a dump station or into a toilet.
Yes, you will find most of the motorways are toll roads.
Payment can be made using credit cards or cash.
Is there anything else I need to know about campervan rental in France?
Yes you can free camp in France. We always advise checking with other campers or local people to make sure that you are not on private land without permission.
It is a useful option but we recommend that you take maps with you just in case you lose signal.
Note that there are many places in France with the same name. Please check when you are using any GPS that you are heading for the right town or village that you want to visit.
We list all the dimensions of the campervans and motorhomes that we rent out.
We also include the bed sizes too.
The prices vary and we suggest using our useful links page to check out the daily rates as they van vary from between €15 to €35 per night.
We have to rely on our suppliers. If you book during the working week then we are very likely to confirm within 24 hours.
We operate our reservations office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but not all of our suppliers do so it takes a little longer over the weekend or on public holidays.
Please contact us at any time if you have any concerns.
We are very experienced. After 20 years arranging campervan and motorhome hire for our clients we are very good.