Driving in France

Sixt wants to make sure that you are aware of some important road safety rules and tips before you start your travels in France. The following tips can prove helpful but make sure to inform yourself as well.

Traffic laws in France: Important Signs and Rules

Type of roads:

  • Blue sign marked with an A: Highway/Motorway
  • Green sign marked with a N: National highway
  • Yellow sign marked with a D: Departmental route
  • White sign: In Town


Emergency phone numbers:


  • Police: 117(from a mobile phone) / 17 (from a fixed line)
  • Fire Brigade: 118 (from a mobile phone) / 18 (from a fixed line)
  • Ambulance: 115 (from a mobile phone) / 15 (from a fixed line)


Driving in France

  • Bus lanes are reserved exclusively for buses, taxis and bicycles
  • In cities and towns the right of way is sometimes given to vehicles coming in from the right. When no traffic light or sign is at intersection the vehicle entering from the right has the right of way.
  • Almost all roundabouts in France now give priority to traffic already on the roundabout but there are very occasional exceptions (Paris) where people on the roundabout must give priority to cars entering the roundabout.
  • Seat belts must be worn by all passengers

French Speed Limits

Unless indicated otherwise, speed limits are:

  • 30 mph in towns
  • 50 mph on the outskirts of Paris
  • 55 mph on main roads
  • 70 mph on dual-carriage ways and 80 mph on motorways 


Please note these speed restrictions change in wet and other dangerous weather conditions.

Things to Bring Along

Make sure you carry your driver’s license and the following items at all times in your car:

  • warning triangle
  • safety vest
  • breathalyzer

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