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Sally is a key member of the MoneyMaxim editorial team. She is a frequent hire-car user and often goes on holiday with her family. With an interest in getting great value for money, Sally shares her hints and tips for travelling and insurance.
Roy Hodgson announced the provisional England squad yesterday and it is packed full of dazzling new talent. Euro 2016 is shaping up to give us an exciting summer hopefully with plenty of goals. If you are planning on watching Jamie Vardy kick the ball into the back of the net over in France - or perhaps you support one of the other national teams - then hiring a car can help you travel between the venues in comfort.
The matches are taking place across France from Toulouse and Marseille in the south to Lens and Lille in the north. As some of the stadiums are quite a distance apart hiring a car, particularly between a group of friends, could work out an economical option if you are watching more than one match. We found flights from London - Marseille return from 2-9 July for £161. Car hire for a compact car from Marseille airport can cost as little as £200 for that week. Car hire excess insurance can give you extra peace of mind and many of the policies will cover more than one named driver.
Car hire enables you to travel between the host cities with ease and explore a little in between at your leisure. Why not make the most of your trip to France and soak up some of the local culture? The venues are all located within reach of beautiful destinations such as the beaches on the south coast, the Alps or charming villages. Before you set out on your journey ensure you are familiar with driving regulations in France.
Whichever method of transport you decide on, it is important to get your accommodation booked before you go. It is likely to be extremely busy and there is a risk you will be unable to find somewhere to stay if you do not book in advance. The Euro 2016 host cities all have tourist information websites to help you find information about places to stay.
As with any holiday, make sure you are covered with travel insurance. An EHIC card is essential as it provides you with the same level of state medical cover as a citizen of the country where you are staying but it will not cover all costs of medical treatment should you need it.
Lastly, if you were unlucky and didn't manage to get any tickets but still plan to travel to France to enjoy the atmosphere, that's fantastic. But do not try to buy tickets at the matches. It is illegal to sell tickets outside venues in France, so, if anybody is selling any, they are almost certainly not genuine.
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