How and where to rent a motorhome in the Saint-Etienne area?

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Are you planning to visit France or Europe in a motorhome? Did you know that it’s possible to rent a motorhome in the Saint-Etienne region? 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 Saint-Etienne 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 Saint-Etienne 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 Saint-Etienne 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 its GVW is less than 3.5 T.

From integral to van, here are four types of motorhome that you can rent in the Saint-Etienne region 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 + 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 Saint-Etienne 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 Saint-Etienne or the surrounding area?

How does it work?

  • Start by selecting Saint-Etienne 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, you sign the return inventory and that’s it!

Rent a motorhome around Saint-Etienne

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

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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 Saint-Etienne area, the average daily price is around 72 euros. Of course, if you plan ahead, you’ll have more choice!

Where to travel by motorhome from Saint-Etienne?

To travel from Saint-Etienne 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 from Saint-Etienne in a motorhome or camper van, that you’ll need several years’ vacation!

Here are a few ideas for possible week-long motorhome itineraries from the Saint-Étienne region.

Saint-Étienne is relatively centrally located. You can aim for the Massif Central, the South of France or the Alps. Discover the Pilat Regional Nature Park, visit Le Puy-en-Velay, and continue on to the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. A visit to Clermont-Ferrand is a must. The Puy de Dôme, the town of Le Mont-Dore and the Puy de Sancy are must-sees in the region. Make a stopover in Murol (for its castle) and Saint-Nectaire to taste its namesake: one of France’s finest cheeses. Take the road to Aubrac, with Salers, Aurillac and Saint-Flour. Mende, the villages of Lozère and the Cévennes National Park round off our suggestions for this gourmet tour.

For one month from Saint-Étienne by motorhome, we’ll take you all the way to Galicia in Spain. Drive along the Auvergne volcano route, its towns and villages (Clermont-Ferrand, Salers, Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Flour, Aurillac), and head south. Discover the Causses du Quercy region (Rocamadour), the villages of the Lot, Cahors, and the Midi toulousain: Montauban, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Albi, Castres and Toulouse. To the west, visit Tarbes and Lourdes, the Gavarnie cirque and the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, in the Pyrenees National Park. Don’t miss the Ossau lakes, near Laruns. Then on to the Basque country: Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, San-Sebastián. Spain by the coast reveals its provinces: Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. Visit Bilbao, Santander, Gijón, La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela.

Here are some nearby countries you can visit if you rent a motorhome or van in Saint-Etienne 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)