Cost of a week's car rental in France jumps 35% in two years

Average national price increase hides huge regional variations with visitors to popular tourist destinations bearing the brunt of rises

21 June 2021

Renting a car for the summer holidays in France has become more expensive with prices jumping an average of 35% in two years, a study shows.

The average cost of renting a city car for a week between June 1 and August 31 in France is now €352, according to the study by Carigami, published in Le Parisien.

But the average price increase hides massive regional variations - and visitors to popular tourist destinations are bearing the brunt of the increases. 

The average cost of renting the same-sized car in Biarritz has jumped from €257 a week in 2019 to €464 this year - an 81% increase. Meanwhile, prices in Nice have jumped 74% to €416. And, in Corsica, prices have risen 87% over the same period, from €198 in 2019 to €370 this summer.

Meanwhile in and around Toulouse, prices have risen just 6%, with a week's rental of a city car averaging just under €300. Similar small increases were noted in Toulon, Marseille and Lille - where the €259 reported price was the lowest in the study.

One reason for the price rises, the report noted - demand is outstripping supply. 

Car rental firms reduced the size of their vehicle fleets during the Covid-19 health crisis, and manufacturers are supplying fewer vehicles right now because of a shortage of semiconductors. 

As a result, there is a shortage of modern, rentable vehicles, at a time when France is coming out of lockdown, and people want to go on holiday again.

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