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Car Hire at Nice Airport - Information

Car hire companies are available at Nice Airport that provide rental of vehicles for business or leisure purposes. The car hire companies have desks in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the airport.

Passengers can select their ideal rented vehicle from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Citer, Sixt or Libertans. The car park for hired vehicles is a little distance from Terminal 2, but can easily be reached by a free shuttle bus that runs every 7 minutes. The shuttle bus is easily recognized by it’s bright royal-blue color, and is accessible to disabled passengers with a wheelchair ramp.

Passengers at Nice Airport are advised to book their vehicle in advance from the chosen car hire company’s website. Advance bookings often receive a discounted rate, and are essential to secure a reservation for the type of car that you need. The websites are very informative and easy to understand, although be aware that Libertans’ site is only available in French.

The quote that you receive will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of the vehicle, the length of rental period required and the time of year. It is important to choose a car that is large enough for all your luggage and passengers. Petrol is expensive in France, therefore consider your options for a diesel (gasoil) powered vehicle, especially if you are planning a long trip.

If you can get away with renting a smaller sized vehicle, this does have its advantages. Smaller cars are often much more economical to drive and are easier to navigate and park on the streets of Nice. Driving and parking can be difficult in Nice, therefore many passengers visiting this city prefer to travel by bus. Trains are also a very popular form of transportation in Europe.

A rented car though, offers freedom and convenience to explore the beautiful surrounding areas. Nice Airport is situated nearby the A8 motorway, which provides easy access to a variety of regional destinations. In Nice, the speed limits are 50km/h/30mph in urban areas, 90km/h/55mph on the open roads, and 110km/h/70mph on motorways or highways. Cars drive in the right-hand side of the road in Europe.

Each car hire company may have slightly different rules, but most require the primary renter to be at least 21 years of age, with a drivers license held for 1 year. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 may pay a higher rental rate or a ‘young driver’ surcharge.

When hiring a vehicle from any of the companies at Nice Airport, make sure that you fully understand the charges to be met, their return policies and any other applicable details of the agreed rental. It is also wise to be adequately insured for the rental period.

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