How and where to rent a motorhome in the Clermont-Ferrand area?

Vue sur Clermont-Ferrand et sa cathédrale

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

Why not take to the roads of France and Europe in a motorhome, converted van or camper van? A real home on wheels, the motorhome is back in vogue, giving you considerable freedom of movement when you want to travel. However, setting off on a tour of France or Europe in a motorhome from the Clermont-Ferrand region requires a great deal of organization!

As well as choosing your itinerary and finding parking areas or parking lots where you can park your vehicle, you also need to find out where and how to rent a motorhome, van or camper van in the Clermont-Ferrand area. 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 Clermont-Ferrand and the surrounding area.

Rent a motorhome around Clermont-Ferrand

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 the Clermont-Ferrand area and drive with a B license in your pocket:

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 + refrigerator + 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 Clermont-Ferrand 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.

There are now many such sites on the road-trip and wild camping market, and they enable you to take advantage of a vehicle at lower cost, like Yescapa, for example. Would you like to rent a motorhome or converted van in Clermont-Ferrand or the surrounding area?

How does it work?

  • Start by selecting Clermont-Ferrand and the surrounding area as the geographical zone 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 Clermont-Ferrand

How much does it cost to rent a motorhome or van in the Clermont-Ferrand area?

louer camping-car Clermont-Ferrand

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.

To rent a motorhome in the Clermont-Ferrand area, the average daily price is around 68 euros. Of course, if you plan ahead, you’ll have more choice!

Where to travel by motorhome from Clermont-Ferrand?

Coucher de soleil à Nice

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To travel from Clermont-Ferrand 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 like you do on a road-trip for several months. There are so many different ways to travel by motorhome or van from Clermont-Ferrand, that you’ll need several years’ vacation!

One week

  • Start your tour with Mauriac, the medieval village of Salers and the Puy Mary, a Grand Site de France at 1,783 metres. Admire Eiffel’s work at the Garabit viaduct.
  • The town of Mende is your gateway to the Cévennes National Park. Nature in the Cévennes is a veritable cornucopia of forests, lakes and tangled mountains.
  • To the west of Mont Lozère, don’t miss the 154 granite menhirs at Cham des Bondons. This is the second largest concentration of megalithic monuments in Europe, after the Carnac alignments.
  • Cross the Lozère Massif on the Corniche des Cévennes, from Florac to Saint-Jean-du-Gard. The route passes through superb villages such as Barre-des-Cévennes and Moissac-Vallée-Française.
  • In the Gard region, visit the Prafrance bamboo grove in Anduze, Alès and Uzès. Don’t miss the Pont du Gard and a stroll along the Espiguette beach at Port-Camargue.

One month

Where to go in a month by motorhome from Clermont-Ferrand? Discover the south-east and Provence! We propose the same 7-day itinerary as above, but with a broader scope.

  • Enjoy the Ardèche gorges at Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, or the Sautadet waterfalls at La Roque-sur-Cèze.
  • Visit the Roman ruins of Nîmes, including the Arena, Tour Magne and Maison Carrée.
  • Head east for the historic and cultural heritage of Avignon, the city of the Popes.
  • The Vaucluse and the Lubéron natural park, its wines and its exceptional villages are yours to discover, including Gordes, Roussillon and the Colorado Provençal at Rustrel.
  • The road takes you to Manosque and the majestic Gorges du Verdon. Visit the village of Castellane, and take in the sea air in the Estérel massif, between Fréjus and Cannes.
  • Finish the tour with a visit to Nice!

Here are some of the nearby countries you can visit if you rent a motorhome or van in Clermont-Ferrand 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)

Now you know how and where to rent a motorhome in Clermont-Ferrand!