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Car Hire at Marseille Airport - Information

Marseille Provence Airport offers car hire from all the major car rental agencies. The car hire desks can be found on the ground floor of Hall 4, and the welcome desks are located at the outside parking lots.

The car hire companies available are ADA, Avis, Budget, National/Citer, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. All of these companies offer superb customer service and a variety of vehicles, from which customers can make their selection. It is recommended to book your rental vehicle in advance, from the company’s website, rather than waiting until you arrive at the airport. Advance bookings are often discounted and your ideal vehicle choice will be reserved. If you are unsure of which company to hire from, you could use a comparison website, such as Easy Terra, which will display the quotes and services from all the companies, facilitating an easier decision.

Whilst buses and trains provide plenty of routes to all destinations in France and other countries, many people choose to rather rent their own vehicle. It can be much more comfortable and convenient to explore the area in a car, especially if you are traveling with young children.

The car hire companies provide many extra’s that are available for rent to facilitate your journey. Child seats for babies and booster seats, for older children up to 10 years, are essential for save driving and are necessary according to the road safety rules in France. Extra’s could also include a satellite navigation system, which will allow you to travel anywhere with confidence, knowing that you will not get lost and waste precious time. Certain car hire companies offer equipment such as fitted hand controls, that enables a disabled person to drive the vehicle.

The primary renter of the vehicle in France must usually be at least 21 years old, and have held a valid drivers license for 1 year. He should also have a major credit card. Drivers younger than 25 may be charged a higher rental rate or daily surcharges due to the ‘young driver’ risks and implications. A younger driver may also not be allowed to rent certain sports models or larger sized vehicles. A disabled driver may be the primary renter which a designated driver, should he not be able to drive himself.

Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in France and Europe. Make sure that you don’t park in illegal areas and always obey the speed limits to avoid unnecessary fines. Driving speeds in Marseille are limited to 50km/h / 30mph in urban areas, 90 km/h / 55mph on the open roads and 110km/h / 70mph on the motorways and highways.

Confirm with your car hire company at Marseille Airport if they have any special return policies or refueling options. It is also wise to have adequate insurance for yourself and the rental vehicle.