One Way Car Rental in France

When you need a one-way car rental in France, Sixt has affordable options to meet your needs. Our one-way rental deals allow you to pick a car up from one location and return it in another without breaking the bank. In some cases, you can even rent a car in France and return it in another country. We make it easy to do a one-way rental for a road trip, relocation or to save time. Below you will find an overview of the vehicles we offer, route ideas, and rules and restrictions.


Vehicles Available for One Way Rentals

We offer a wide selection of luxury vehicles for one-way rentals. However, there are some restrictions. Only passenger vehicles in and up to a full-size category (F***) with a maximum of 7 seats can travel across country borders within Europe. Vehicles of the following makes can travel only to the countries of Zone 1 (see below for a list of country zones): Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover Range Rover, and Mini. For questions about qualifying vehicles and availability, contact the branch where you wish to pick up your rental car.

Route Inspiration for Your Drive from France

Getting from France to another country is easy with a one-way rental from Sixt. With our suggested routes below, you can find your way from France to the UK, to Spain, or to Italy. 

  • Driving from France to the UK: Taking a car rental from France to the UK is straightforward. No matter where in France you are coming from, you'll need to go through the Euro Tunnel with a car transport. The departure point is near Calais, France, and it is best to book your spot and pay ahead of time to avoid delay. The trip from France to the UK takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour. 
  • Driving from France to Italy: The route between the two countries will take you through mountains and beautiful landscapes. You can drive your car rental from France to Italy via Lyon and Turin, driving through a wildlife park and national park. If skiing is of interest, Albertville, France is just off the route. You can also cross the border a bit further north, passing by Geneva just over the Swiss border, and going through Chamonix and Mont Blanc. 
  • Driving from France to Spain: Traveling with your car rental from France to Spain, you might want to drive near one of the coasts. Drive through Toulouse and then cross the border to San Sebastian. Or journey through Toulouse and then see the Pyrenees mountains before heading to Barcelona. 
One-Way Rental Rules and Restrictions

Unfortunately, due to insurance regulations and costs for returning vehicles, sometimes there are fees or restrictions with one-way car hire. However, at Sixt we are always upfront with these charges and there are no hidden fees! The one-way fee depends on the location of the pickup station and the destination. Simply enter your desired pick-up and drop-off locations in the booking function at the top of the page. You will see a pop-up notification if a one-way car rental between the two locations is not possible. The one-way rental fee (if any) will be added to the total amount payable at the end of the booking process. For unannounced one-way rentals, we reserve the right to charge an additional fee, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly to avoid any extra costs.


For more information about one-way restrictions, please see the rental information for your desired pick-up country or simply get in touch.


In general the rental vehicle may only be used in the state of pick-up and the surrounding geographical area (Region) as specified in the table below.

France and Europe

Cross border rentals and territorial restrictions

The vehicle selection can restrict travel to certain countries. For a description of these restrictions on admission, the countries are divided into three zones:

Pick-up Zone: Can drive in:
Zone 1: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Vatican City.
Zone 2: Croatia, Czech Republic*, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland*, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Zone 3: All countries which are not in zone 1 or 2.

Entry into any country in zone 3 is not permitted. In case of offence against cross border and territorial restrictions all insurances lose their validity.