Driving from Heathrow to Paris

Apr 12th, 2011, 08:51 AM
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We are to fly into Heathrow since the plane tickets are cheap then rent a car from Sixt and drive down to Paris.

Apparently you do not intend to stay in London. That said, you might find that using Heathrow is a false saving after factoring in the cost of getting to Paris by whichever means you choose.
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Apr 12th, 2011, 09:07 AM
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Has anyone addressed the actually NEED for a ar IN Paris????
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Apr 12th, 2011, 09:32 AM
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I did not notice that you had changed your flight plan.

As for a rental, try Kemwel or Autoeurope. If your credit card will carry the CDW with no deductible, choose their "basic" rate. I think that you will discover that it is cheaper than any other rate. If you plan to pick up and return the car in Paris, you might avoid the extra RR station or airport pick-up fee by choosing a downtown location. What ever the quote, it will include the VAT but not the daily road tax, pollution tax if you rent an automatic, and the above mentioned pick-up fees. If doing a one-way rental, check that there is no charge for that. Once you have browsed the various web sites, you might want to discuss your needs with a representative at Kemwel or Autoeurope (same person if you ask).
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Apr 12th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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I would like to mention (while not necessarily recommending it) that millions of visitors to Paris survive with their cars: French tourists, German tourists, Belgian tourists, Swiss tourists... etc. Actually many people from much farther away drive to this part of Europe on holiday. I see tons of licence plates from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechy, Bulgaria, etc. Do these people use their cars to drive around Paris once they have arrived? Some do, some don't.

But people who always arrive on a plane or who always arrive by train should probably not automatically assume what is best for them is best for all other travelers.
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Apr 12th, 2011, 09:55 AM
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Yes, people do drive in Europe, but sometimes there is not as much to actually be "seen" en route, as you would enjoy getting there by train, and then renting. Sights from the autoroutes in France are not always "charming". Why so much driving? This is also a honeymoon. I would trade 3 hours visiting on the TGV to Avignon from paris for 8 hours driving in the car, putting in tolls, and stopping at the rest stops on the autoroute. The other 5 hours could be having a great dinner and turning in early.
Just because you "can" drive doesn't mean it is the best way to see the most things.
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Apr 12th, 2011, 10:01 AM
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Agree with kerouac; I like driving, even in Paris, London, Amsterdam. Much easier to drive if you have luggage. Though I would not drive from LHR to Paris after arriving from the US; I'm glad you changed that.
Provence, Rome, Venice, Milan, Paris would be too much in two weeks for me, but it's doable. I would take out Rome since it's much further south, and maybe include two nights on lake Como (instead of Milan - or maybe just a day in Milan for shopping). Drive through Switzerland from Como on your way back to Paris.
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Apr 12th, 2011, 10:15 AM
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I'm picking up the car when I leave for Provemce from Paris

As far as the original post is concerned, I think that the discussion about having a car in Paris is moot.
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Apr 12th, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Well said, Kerouac
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Apr 19th, 2011, 01:11 AM
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Further plan change. I'm taking a train to Provence. Picking up a car in provence. Hitting Rome, Venice, then stopping off at Lucerne for one night on the way back to Paris from Venice. I found parking at Mester for the few nights at Venice.

What is a must see of Provence?
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Apr 19th, 2011, 01:12 AM
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BTW, I will miss Monaco Grand Prix by two days! Quite disappointed. Would it be a good idea to swing by to check out the area while driving from Provence to Rome?
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Apr 19th, 2011, 01:54 AM
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Are you considering staying in Mestre or just leaving the car there? Staying in Mestre is not a good idea, you want to stay in Venice proper, not on the outskirts.

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May 1st, 2011, 01:33 AM
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Ya we are staying in Venice, at the Boscolo Bellini Hotel but parking the car in Mestre.
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