Car hire Paris-Orly Airport - compare rental prices in Paris
The capital of France is served by three international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Beauvais.
Serving over 30 million passengers per year, Orly Airport (ORY) is the second largest airport od Paris and France in general. It is located in the communes of Orly and Villeneuve-le-Roi, approximately 9 miles south of Paris city center. See location map. LINK. The French name of the airport is Aéroport de Paris-Orly.
Renault Twingo is the city car class if often the cheapest hire car in Orly Airport.
Paris-Orly Airport consist of two terminals: South Terminal / Terminal Sud and West Terminal / Terminal Ouest – see general Orly Airport map.
Car hire companies Orly
Rent a car services at Paris-Orly Airport are provided by a variety of well-known international car hire brands, amongst them: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar, Sixt, Firefly and Interrent.
In order to swiftly compare offers from many suppliers, use online search engines of car hire, such as Cartrawler on www.find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk. Cartrawler partners with all major car rental companies, allowing to find the most competitive deals and to book online.
Cheap car hire at Paris airport Orly
The rates for Orly Airport car hire are surprisingly accessible in comparison to other airports serving major European cities, and even more so if the booking is placed well in advance.
Outside the peak season (July and August, as well as Easter and Christmas holidays), a small city car is usually available to rent at Orly for approximately £60 for a week. In this class (mini) Citroen C1, Renault Twingo, or, less commonly, Fiat 500 are the most popular models.
In the economy class, prices increase to about £70-80 for one week hire of Ford Fiesta or similar.
Although the popular international makes (Ford, VW, Opel, etc.) are often use to advertise car hire deals in France, you stand more chances to be provided a French car at the car rental desk.
The good looking Ford Focus is often chosen to represent the compact class by car rental companies.
The local car hire companies display their French patriotism by purchasing primarily Renault, Peugeot and Citroen to support the countries car industry. As such, if you reserve a Ford Fiesta, you are more than likely to be provided with a Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 or even the new Citroen C3.
The more expensive compact vehicle group (in France usually represented by Renault Megane, Citroen C4 or Peugeot 308) will usually cost around £150 to hire for one week in Paris.
Peugeot 308 is amongst the most popular compact cars in Paris Orly.
Booking well in advance is required especially when booking vehicles with some specific characteristics – for example SUV, minivans, luxury cars - as those may come in a short supply.
People Carriers are cheap to hire from Paris-Orly
If you require a more spacious family vehicle a VW Touran sized vehicle (in France more likely to be a Citroen C4 Picasso or Renault Espace) is a good option.
This type of vehicle (MPV – multi purpose vehicle) with space for up to 7 people, when booked well in advance, can be hired at Paris-Orly at very affordable rates. It is worth keeping in mind that the 7 person MPV often has 5 adult seats and 2 seats of a smaller size, not to mention the reduced luggage space when all 7 seats are in use.
Renault Espace, a French 7-seaters, in the fleet of, for example, Sixt and Avis at Paris Orly Airport.
If space for a larger group, up to 9 people, as well as for their luggage is required, a minibus is a better choice. Paris Orly Airport offers a fairly wide choice of minibuses to rent, including models as Renault Trafic, Opel Vivaro, Mercedes Vito and VW Caravelle.
Remember to check the hire contract (excess on insurance)
Car hire in France is usually straightforward and without pitfalls.
You can however expect the excess on the hire vehicle’s insurance for theft and accidental damage to be high in France compared to, for example, Spain, Italy or Portugal.
You will find the insurance details under the ’price details’ section of all hire quotes provided by the Cartrawler search engine.
It is not unusual to see an excess of €1000 or more, even when hiring a small vehicle in France. It is in instances like this where it may be a good idea to consider purchasing an additional insurance, which will refund the excess in case of a damage or theft. The excess insurance can be purchased directly at the desk of the car rental company or, at a much more competitive price, during the booking via the Cartrawler search engine. The additional advantage of the excess refund insurance available through Cartrawler is a very comprehensive coverage which includes damage to the windscreen, lost keys, pumping incorrect fuel into the fuel tank (expensive), damage to the undercarriage and tyre damage, often excluded from the standard accidental insurance.
Please note that in France it is often permitted to drive the hire vehicle to other countries. Each country permitted should however be specifically mentioned in the ‘important information’ section of your hire quote.
How to get from Orly Airport to Paris
The road access from Orly to Paris is possible via A106/A6B motorway which connects to Paris ring road (Boulevard peripherique). With normal traffic, it takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Orly to Paris.
Travellers who opt for public transportation have a few options at Orly Airport. The automated Orlyval train connects the South Terminal to the RER B train line, with a terminal station in Paris city centre. The price of the one way ticket is €13.25, the commute takes approximately 30 minutes.
Cheaper and possibly more convenient are private bus links available from the airport to Paris and destinations within Paris metropolitan area.
Dedicated bus service is also provided by Air France linking all Paris airports with the city centre.
The cheapest way of transfer between Orly and Paris is the municipal bus number 183 which connects the South Terminal with Porte de Choisy. One way ticket costs €2 but the travel time can easily exceed and hour due to the frequent stops en route.
UK flights to Paris-Orly
Direct flights to Orly Airport are provided by British Airways, with departures from London-City.