Frequent question: Can you stay overnight in French Aires?

Can you stay overnight in an ‘aire de service’ on a French motorway? Yes, often it is allowed. They often have specific motorhome parking areas and there will be an allowed time you are allowed to stay for. … Just remember, it’s a motorway service station, so it’s not the nicest of places to stop.

Are Aires in France Safe?

If you trawl the internet you will of course find stories of people being robbed. You will also find people telling you they’ve been staying in them for 30 years never had a problem. We’ve stayed in 3 Aires and have been perfectly safe.

Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in France?

For a motorhome or campervan in France, le camping sauvage (wild camping) means parking and sleeping in your motorhome anywhere that’s not a campsite or designated camping ground. … Motorhome wild camping is permitted in France with the permission of the landowner or tenant and subject to certain limitations.

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Can you stop overnight in France?

As regards to overnight parking, you can simply stay in a car park. French traffic law even recommends to stop driving your motorhome overnight if you are tired late in the evening and driving is a struggle.

Are Aires in France free?

How much do Aires cost in France? Typically Aires are free. You might occasionally be charged a small fee of 2 – 10 euros for a night, or perhaps a small surcharge for electricity, grey waste, black waste and fresh water. Typically 1 – 2 euros per service.

Are French Aires Open all year?

Aires make suitable night stops all year round and, unlike campsites, few close for the winter. Municipally provided Aires normally look like any other municipal parking area and you are free to come and go as you please.

Can you sleep at a service station in France?

If you’ve driven in France, you’ll have come across the country’s superb and extensive network of ‘aires’ – no-frills areas, often by service stations, where car campers and campervans can spend the night for free or for a low cost. … That sum often includes vouchers for breakfast in one of the service station cafés.

Is it illegal to wild camp in France?

France. Wild camping in France is a legal grey area, but is generally tolerated with the permission of landowners, or if you’re well away from tourist sites. You are also advised not to stay beyond 9am the next day. And whatever you do, don’t light a fire.

Can motorhomes stay overnight in motorway services?

You may not have realised it yet, but many motorway services areas allow caravans to halt overnight for a reasonable charge. … Various regulations apply to staying at a service area overnight; for example, the use of gas inside a caravan is forbidden due to fire regulations.

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Can I drive my motorhome through France?

UK driving licences are perfectly acceptable to use and you probably won’t need an IDP (find out the changes made to driving in Europe after BREXIT) You will need a green card to prove you have motorhome insurance cover when travelling in France.

Can I stay in a French hotel?

Short answer: Yes. Hotels in France are permitted to remain open during the lockdown. Hotel restaurants must close, but they are still allowed to provide room service. Some hotels may have chosen to close, but others are still advertising rooms on platforms such as booking.com.

How many Aires does France have?

There are well over 5,000 aires across France. Most large towns and cities will offer somewhere for motorhomes to park, and many rural villages too. Along popular routes and wherever there is a tourist attraction, you’ll find a French aire.

Are there any Aires in the UK?

We don’t yet have Aires in the UK

Anyone who’s taken a motorhome across The Channel will no doubt have been hugely impressed by the vast and comprehensive network of motorhome stopovers known as ‘Aires’ which are found through Europe.

Do French Aires have showers?

Turn up in the morning to have the best chance of not being turned away! Aires differ in price (from free to €20 per night) and facilities vary too – from what is essentially just a car park, to more of an aire camping experience with showers, loos, electricity, boules pistes, swimming pools, bread vans and more.

What does Aire mean in camping?

An aire is a low cost or free private camping area in France. Often, they are run by the local town council. There are various names for this type of camping, though aire de service is by far the most common.

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How much does it cost to hire a campervan in France?

The price of a van rental starts at 60 € / day in low season. For this price, you can enjoy a 100% habitable van with all the comfort equipment.