Car hire in Nice city centre - rent a car in the French Riviera
Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, is on of the most popular tourist destinations in France second only to Paris. For travellers who would like to explore Côte d'Azur more thoroughly, Nice can be also a great base for day trips to such iconic locations as Cannes, Saint Tropez or Monaco. Below are a few tips about car hire in Nice Airport and city centre.
Hire a car in Nice - also possible to find cheap car rental in Nice city centre
Rent-a-car companies in Nice, France can be found in Nice Airport, in Nice city centre and on the famous Promenade des Anglais that stretches all the way from the airport to the old part of Nice.
In the centre of Nice, you are likely to need a GPS to find your way driving your own car as this part of Nice has a large number of one-way, rather narrow streets.
See map of Old Nice.
Rent-A-Car in French - look for 'Location de Voitures'. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk.
Still, if you want to learn to know the old part of Nice with its many different neighbourhoods, vast choice of ethnic restaurants and grand old buildings, check into a hotel in Old Nice. There are plenty around to choose from and most have underground parking for guests (at a, usually, reasonable price, but always at a price).
Gare de Nice-Ville - car hire at Nice city centre. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk.
If you want to rent a car in Nice city centre, the railway station at Avenue Thiers (Gare de Nice-Ville) close to the main shopping street next to old Nice is where to go. The main shopping street in Nice is called Avenue Jean Medecin and is normally closed for traffic except for trams, but possible to cross by car.
The car rental offices occupy a new wing at the right side of the railway station (or left side when approaching the entrance of the railway station). Nice city rental cars are parked underground at (under) the nearby Ibis Hotel (Gare Thiers).
It is possible to hand back your rent-a-car keys in key-boxes at Nice railway station in the rental car annex/wing.
Always possible to hand back your rental car in Nice city centre/railway station. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk.
In general, the rates for renting cars in Nice are very reasonable.
As in most French destinations, the majority of cheap cars for hire in Nice are the home-grown makes of Renault, Citroen and Peugeot. Although French vehicles account for the majority, you may be able to choose also Volkswagen, Opel or Ford cars at the counter. The cheapest car for rent in Nice is frequently a small Citroen or Peugeot.
Renault Scenic rent-a-car at Promenade des Anglais. © Photo: Find-cheap-car-hire.co.uk.
If booking more expensive vehicles for rent in Nice, Audi and BMW are the preferred cars for hire in Nice Airport as well as in other Nice locations.