You have read our road trip guides and are ready to travel, but want to lower your cost? Use these tips and tricks and learn how to save money on your road trip in France. I will describe why it is better to drive safely to save money, choose between diesel or a gasoline car and the best travel periods for your road trip.
How to save money?
The traffic rules a strictly monitored by the French police. They have radar controls on almost every major highway, do regular alcoholic breath tests and drive undercover to catch traffic violators. Also there are a lot of long distance speed checks, in which they will measure your average speed over an X amount of kilometers.
Rent a diesel car
Diesel is much cheaper the gasoline in France. If you plan to rent a car upon arrival, try to secure a car with a diesel engine. It can save up to 10 euro per tank! Also the price difference between getting gas on the highway or in a village is almost 10%. All the big supermarket chains like Carrefour and Leclerc have a station.
Travel in the off-season
Peak months are June, July and August. During this time it will be very busy in the capital cities, but also on the campsites. Having a caravan or camper is a big part of the French culture, therefore you will save some money if you travel outside of these months. If you do plan to make a road trip during this time, make sure you made all your reservations in advance. It will get packed as it is the number one destination in Europe.
Join a free tour
By joining the walking tour of Free Walking Tours France, you’ll be guaranteed an intimate and personal guided experience from a local perspective. They over a wide variety of free tours including Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Nimes and Beziers. You will see all the famous tourist attractions and of course get that amazing selfie shot. It is also a great way to meet new people and really explore the city on a budget.
Fly to a smaller airport
Although, most people only know the international airport Charles de Gaulle Airport, low-budget airliners like Ryanair, Easy Jet and Wizz Air mostly use smaller airports like Paris Orly Airport. For a full-list of all French airports please click here