How and where to rent a motorhome in Normandy?

Vue aérienne du bord de mer avec des falaises de craie à Etretat - Normandie, France

Are you planning to visit France or Europe in a motorhome? Did you know that it’s possible to rent a motorhome in Normandy? We’ll tell you how!

Why not take to the roads of France and Europe in a motorhome, converted van or camper van? A veritable home on wheels, the motorhome is once again on a roll, offering considerable freedom of movement when you want to travel. However, setting off on a tour of France or Europe in a motorhome from Normandy requires a great deal of organization!

As well as selecting your itinerary and finding parking areas or parking lots where you can park your vehicle, you should also find out where and how to rent a motorhome, van or camper van in Normandy. There are many sites offering rentals for several days or even several months, for all budgets, and sometimes with just a few clicks on the Internet!

Wondering how to go about it? Don’t panic, we’ll tell you how to rent a motorhome in Normandy and the surrounding area.

How to choose a motorhome or van?

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The first step to a successful holiday is to rent a vehicle suited to your trip! And the good news is that with just a « B » driving license, you can rent any type of recreational vehicle, as long as it has a GVW of less than 3.5 T.

From integral to van, here are four types of motorhome that you can rent in Normandy and drive with a B driving license:

The nasturtium

  • Freeway: Category 3
  • Ideal for families
  • Sleeps up to 6
  • Water and gas supply + heating + refrigerator + sanitary facilities and shower

The profile

  • Freeway: Category 2
  • Versatile
  • For 2 to 4 people, sometimes 6
  • Water and gas supply + heating + refrigerator + sanitary facilities and shower

Integral

  • Freeway: Category 2
  • Interior volume & comfort
  • Ideal for a couple
  • Water and gas supply + heating + fridge + sanitary facilities and shower

Fitted vans and panel vans

  • Freeway: Category 1
  • Ideal for one person or a couple
  • Little space, but well optimized
  • Small kitchen area, sometimes refrigerator + sanitary facilities and shower

→ Good to know: If you’ve decided to think bigger and want to rent a motorhome with a maximum weight of over 3.5 tons, then you’ll need to have a HGV license in your possession! In addition to a different license, it’s important to take into account freeway charges when budgeting for a heavy-duty motorhome: vehicles over 3.5 tons belong to category 3, just like a bus or a two-axle truck.

In fact, three-axle motorhomes are even considered Class 4!

Where can I find a motorhome rental in Normandy and the surrounding area?

Before starting your vacation itinerary, it’s a good idea to make an online reservation via an online campervan and motorhome rental platform.

These sites are now numerous on the road-trip and wild camping market, and they allow you to enjoy a vehicle at a lower cost, like Yescapa for example. Would you like to rent a motorhome or converted van in or around Normandy?

How does it work?

  • Start by selecting Normandy and its surroundings as the geographical area where you wish to collect the vehicle (for example Chalon-sur-Saône, Monceau-les-Mines, Bourg-en-Bresse…).
  • Make sure you choose unlimited mileage, check the number of berths available, whether it is possible to travel abroad, etc.: you can filter the results by selecting several search criteria.
  • Make an online rental request and share your travel information (dates, rental options, mileage, etc.) with the owner.
  • If your request is accepted, after payment you will have access to the owner’s contact details to set up a first meeting.
  • On the day of departure, present your driver’s license and pay the deposit.
  • An inventory offixtures is drawn up and a rental contract is signed by both parties. On your return, after an unforgettable trip, sign the return inventory of fixtures, and that’s it!

Rent a motorhome around Normandy

How much does it cost to rent a motorhome or van in Normandy?

Camping-Car

It’s no secret that renting a motorhome or van is always more affordable when it’s done privately. Prices vary according to a number of criteria, such as the number of beds, the model of motorhome or van, the equipment available, the type of motorhome and whether pets are allowed.

In the Normandy region, the average daily price is around 73 euros. Of course, if you plan ahead, you’ll have more choice!

Where to travel by motorhome from Normandy?

Belle vue sur l'île de marée du Mont Saint-Michel, belle lumière dorée le soir au coucher du soleil en été avec des balles de foin sur les champs vides, Normandie, Nord de la France

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To travel from Normandy in a motorhome, van or camper van, you’ll need to select your stops and forget about the idea of being able to see everything in one go.

Your itinerary will logically depend on your vacation dates: you don’t go on a motorhome trip for a week the way you go on a road-trip for several months. There are so many different ways to travel by motorhome or van from Normandy, that you’ll need several years of vacation!

One week

The land of the Vikings, despite the rain and wind, has many charms to offer.

  • Start by visiting the D-Day beaches (Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Sword and Juno Beach) in Calvados. Visit Bayeux and Caen, then the green roads and villages of the Pays d’Auge.
  • Then the Cotentin region reveals its wonders, with Barneville-Carteret, the Pointe d’Agon and the seaside town of Agon-Coutainville. And don’t miss the harbor town of Regnéville-sur-Mer.
  • Admire the dunes of Hauteville-sur-Mer, visit Mont-Saint-Michel and Granville. Leave the car on the mainland to explore the magnificent Chausey Islands.
  • Head south to finish your road-trip in Brittany. On the program: Cancale, Saint-Malo, Dinard, Dinan and Rennes.

One month

  • Don’t miss the cliffs of Étretat and the city of Rouen. Along the coast, discover Honfleur, Deauville-Trouville, Caen and Bayeux, then the Cotentin region.
  • Stop off at the D-Day landing beaches. In La Manche, the beaches of the west coast, Granville, the Chausey islands and Mont-Saint-Michel are all worth a visit.
  • Take a tour of Brittany’s coastline from Saint-Malo to Vannes, via Brest: the Emerald Coast, the Pink Granite Coast, Cornouaille, Quiberon Bay. Brittany offers a singular world, a culture apart.
  • At the end of your wheels, visit Nantes and head up the Loire: the Châteaux of the Loire (Angers, Saumur, Amboise, Cheverny, Chambord, Blois, Orléans) await you.

Here are some of the nearby countries you can visit if you rent a motorhome or van in Normandy and the surrounding area:

  • Austria (Graz, Vienna, Salzburg)
  • Germany (Stuttgart, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg)
  • France (Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Toulouse)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague)
  • Italy (Venice, Rome, Milan, Florence)
  • Switzerland (Lausanne, Geneva, Bern)