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Car hire Avignon

Avignon is a beautiful city, rich with history and historical treasures dating back to the early middle ages. Start your journey with Avis car hire right here.

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Plan your journey in Avignon

One of the many must-see attractions in Avignon is the Musée Calvet. Chosen as Lonely Planet’s top pick for Avignon, this fine art museum hosts an array of incredible art including 20th century oil paintings, 15th century wrought iron pieces, as well as a major collection from one of Avignon’s favourite sons, the landscape artist Joseph Vernet.

The Pont d'Avignon, also known as the Pont Saint-Bénézet, is a medieval bridge built in the 12th Century to connect Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and Avignon. The bridge took over a decade to build and is a fantastic feat of engineering that still fascinates engineers to this day.

The Papal Palace (Palais des Papes) is the biggest gothic palace in Europe and was a temporary home to Pope Clement V when fleeing the violence of Rome in the 14th Century. Many celebrations and events are held in the palace throughout the year, making it well worth a visit.

Road trips from Avignon

One of the closest trips from Avignon is the scenic drive to Nîmes. Make sure to check out Les Arenes, a gorgeous twin-tiered amphitheatre and widely recognised as one of the best preserved Roman sites in the whole of France.

A little further afield (2-3 hours depending on traffic) you’ll find the capital of the French Riviera, Nice. Well-known for its fashionable boutiques and antique shops, Nice also boasts the lovely Promenade des Anglais. Take a walk along this famous stretch of beach and enjoy breath-taking views of the Riviera.

An hour or so southerly drive from Avignon and you’ll find yourself in the port city of Marseille. Here you’ll find an array of interesting monuments, cathedrals and a beautiful beach. Marseille is a bustling city with vibrant markets featuring produce from all over the world. Well worth a visit.

Driving rules in France

Which side of the road?
In France, please drive on the right side of the road.

Country driving laws
  • Mobile phones may only be used with a hands-free device. Do not use headphones or earpieces
  • In towns and rural areas, on minor roads and where there is no clear indication of right of way, it may be prudent to give way to traffic coming from the right (“priorité a droite”)
  • Bus lanes are reserved exclusively for buses, taxis and bicycles
  • It is recommended that drivers use dipped headlights at all times

Speed limits

All speed signs will be in km/h.

For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailer:
  • Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph)
  • 4-lane expressways (rural areas): 110 km/h (68 mph)
  • Motorways: 130 km/h (80 mph)

Unless indicated by road signs.

Be aware of changes to speed limits displayed on road signs due to adverse weather conditions

Child safety / Seatbelt laws
  • It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
  • Children aged under 10 and weighing less than 36kg must be seated in appropriate child restraint
  • Children weighing up to 9 kg must travel in a rear-facing car seat, in the back of the car only

Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.

This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.