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Find Holiday accommodation in France

  • Book your travel and holiday services right here!

    Finding your ideal holiday let in France – one of life’s great pleasures. And when you’ve chosen where to stay, we can help you get there. We also have some really useful stuff to make sure your holiday goes smoothly.

    We love making life easy for our holidaymakers with one-stop booking for accommodation, travel and services.
    If you’ve never browsed our Travel section, now is the time to check it out. You’ll find:

    •    Car hire – we compare prices from all the major car rental suppliers to find you the best deal.
    •    Ferries – see all the routes to all the ports and use our easy search to find the best route and price for you
    •    Flights – see our recommendations for airlines offering both great value cheap flights to France and a quality, reliable service.
    •    Trains - For relaxing and environmentally friendly travel, book tickets for Eurostar, TGV, SNCF, Motorail and Snow Train services – and for trains within France
    •    European breakdown cover – our partner Breakdown Direct European has the experience and expertise to save your holiday with the minimum of hassle
    •    Mobile phones and internet – stay in touch and save money on mobile calls and internet in France with LeFrench Mobile
    •    Currency exchange - compare & save Up To 10% On Foreign Currency using our currency comparison tool powered by MyTravelMoney.co.uk.
    •    Holiday date guide – Not sure when the roads will be busy due to public holidays? Check out our month-by-month Holiday Guide with key dates, ideas and information for each month of the year
     Travel safely and have a wonderful holiday in France this summer!

  • Hiring a car? Paper UK driving licence counterpart invalid from 8 June

    From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard UK driving licence will no longer be issued by DVLA. Those already issued will, they say, be invalid.

    This does not apply to anyone who has only a paper licence, issued before cards came into use. It only applies to those with a card and a paper counterpart.

    This means that if you are hiring a vehicle on or after 8 June this summer and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), this will only be accessible online.

    The online service is free and known as the Share Driving Licence service. We can’t find a link for that yet on the DVLA website, but you can see a ‘View Driving Licence’ service through the link below and this indeed may be all you need. It’s still quite confusing!

    The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders. To log on, you need your National Insurance number and some of the digits of your licence number.

    Once you log on, you can download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared. You will also receive a unique code to present to the car hire firm when you arrive to pick up the car. The car rental firm will then be able to use the code to access your driver's record from the DVLA website.

    However, the code will be valid for only 72 hours, so those leaving home more than three days before they are due to collect their car will have to find a way to access the DVLA site from abroad.

    The big car rental firms will hopefully make all their local offices familiar with this service once it is in force – their representatives say that they are learning and testing, although they were given short notice of the change. Also, many car hire offices only want to see the card licence so this will not be a concern. However, we do advise that you print out your record and take it with you, together with your unique code.

    Hire offices can access the service online or by phone (except Sundays). There is a charge for phone calls.

    Let’s hope your experience leaves you as happy as the couple in our photo!

  • New! We bring you car hire price comparison for fantastic rates

    Planning to travel to France by plane or train and need to pick up a little runaround car from the airport or station? Want to find a spacious, convenient vehicle to take your family or group and their luggage on the ferry? Hiring a car is now quicker and easier with our new, one-stop price comparison search. All you need to do is enter your pick-up and drop-off location and some brief details on our car hire page and quotes at great rates will be instantly displayed from a whole range of top brand providers, including Hertz, Avis, Budget and Eurocar and more.

    We've combined with CarTrawler to offer you this service which offers an unbeatable price promise, so you save time and can book all your holiday extras with French Connections. There are no credit card fees, breakdown assistance is on offer and, should you need help or advice, there's a UK based customer service.

    Search for your car hire deal