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Question about car rental pickup in Paris to drive to Caen

Hi-
My goal is to simplify our drive to Caen. I'm looking at two pickup locations for a rental car
Europcar: 27 Rue du Port, 92000 Nanterre, France
Hertz: Parc des Princes, 2 Avenue de la Porte St. Cloud, Paris, FR 75016

We'll be walking/ taking the metro from Ile de la Cite, so I need help with picking a rental location that is both convenient to get to on foot/metro and convenient to drive away from.

(I already looked at train to Caen and renting a car there, but it's a much more expensive rental).

Thanks in advance
Alison

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The Hertz location is right by the Porte de St-Cloud Metro station and easy access to the A-13 to Normandy.
Take the No 4 Metro north to Strasbourg-St-Denis and change to the No 9 Metro direction Pont de Sevres.

Posted by
8700 posts

If you take the RER A to Nanterre, you'll be well west of Paris traffic when you pick up your car.

Posted by
4954 posts

Wouldn't it be even easier just to take a train to Caen? if you need a car in Normandy, rent it in Caen. (That's what I did.)

Posted by
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Tim - How bad is Paris traffic around Parc des Princes? I'm a bit more comfortable renting from Hertz than Europcar for no other reason than it's a familiar entity and I feel like I would be able to negotiate better if there ended up being a problem.

Andrew - That was the plan I started with, but the 6 day rental was twice the cost starting in Caen and not including the train tickets. In addition, renting in Paris gives us more time flexibility, we don't have to time our train arrival to when the rental place is open.

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16941 posts

The traffic should be fine if it is not during rush hour, or there is not a football match at Parc de Princes. Turning right out of the Hertz location it is a straight shot down the Route de la Reine about a mile and a quarter. You'll cross the Seine on a bridge and stay to the left. Big overhead sign, "A-13 Rouen" and you are on the autoroute to Normandy.
The Hertz location is about 200 yds from the Metro exit (if you come out the northwest side next to the church).
The location in Nanterre is about 3/4 of a mile from the Rueil-Malmaison RER station. Also easy way on to the autoroute to Normandy.

Posted by
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Thanks Sam - I love the simple detailed directions:)

Posted by
8700 posts

When I was in France I booked with Auto Europe and the car was provided by Europcar. The service was fine. I suspect that Europcar will be cheaper than Hertz.

Posted by
9110 posts

Europcar is one of the best ones around. Hertz is uniformly the worst outside of the U S. It's unfortunate that so many people gravitate to a familiar name.

Posted by
61 posts

Europcar ended up cheaper so that's who I went with. Thanks everyone for the help.

Posted by
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Hi Alison... I'm late to the party. I used Europcar and departed from Gare du Nord. It was easy leaving Paris but I returned on a Friday afternoon so the traffic was bad coming back in.