Rent a car in Ajaccio with Europcar
Situated on the west coast of the French island of Corsica, Ajaccio is famed for being the birthplace of the French general Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as being the capital of Corsica. The port and original citadel sit by the sea, on the Gulf of Ajaccio, while the town occupies a sheltered position at the foot of wood covered mountains. Ajaccio is a beautiful destination for both couples and families looking for a beach holiday with charm.
Renting a car is the ideal way to explore the town, and discover more of Corsica. Europcar will have you on your way to a wonderful holiday.
The Europcar car rental experience in Ajaccio
Pick up your rental car from one of our two stations in Ajaccio. One is located in the heart of the town, near the Museum Bonaparte, while the other is conveniently situated at Ajaccio Airport, ideal if you’re flying in and want to be on your way quickly.
The Renault Twingo or Citron C3 are perfect choices for small groups, whereas a Volkswagen Passat or Renault Megane are good choices for larger families or groups.
Europcar van hire is also available from the Ajaccio Airport station. Whether you’re looking for a moving van or something a bit smaller, we have a selection of reliable models available.
Your car hire is 100% flexible with Europcar so if for instance you are picking up a car from Ajaccio but crossing over to Marseille, you can drop off your car rental there at the end of your trip.
Driving in Ajaccio
In Corsica, similar to mainland France, cars drive on the right hand side of the road. Speed limit signs are displayed in kilometres per hour and signposts show distances in kilometres.
In order to rent a car in Corsica with Europcar, you need a valid EU driver’s licence.
Although the maximum speed limit on Corsica, as in France, is 90 km/h, the winding and hilly terrain and poor road conditions generally mean you will not be travelling faster than 60 km/h. Because of the variable terrain, allow for more time than usual when travelling around the island.
While the roads in Corsica have improved in recent years, be aware that some might not be in good condition, with potholes etc. Also look out for slow moving traffic, animals on the road, and scooters and motorbikes which are often popular transport choices on islands like Corsica.
In Ajaccio, parking areas are divided into blue and orange zones. In blue parking zones, you can park for up to four hours, while the orange zone is limited to two hours per stay. Parking can be paid for in cash or with a credit/debit card.
Discover Ajaccio and the surrounding area by car
A trip to Ajaccio could be a relaxing beach holiday, a gastronomic experience, or a water sports adventure. However you choose to spend your time in this port town, renting a car is the easiest way to experience this chic location.
The main benefit of hiring a car in Ajaccio is the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside and towns. Take your time, stop to take photos, and set your own pace for your journey. Nearby day trips include the Tower of Parata, which offers an unbeatable view of the coast, and the A Cupulatta tortoise sanctuary, not to mention several coastal villages.
The A Cupulatta tortoise sanctuary is a unique and unforgettable experience just half an hour from Ajaccio. Home to over 130 species, A Cupulatta is the largest tortoise and turtle sanctuary in Europe, with over 2,000 animals living there. The centre offers a rare opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitat. Travel from Ajaccio in your hire car to discover this unmissable day out.
Further afield, interesting destinations include Bonifacio (131 kilometres away), the stunning bay of Porto-Vecchio (139 kilometres away) and the northern town of Bastia (150 kilometres away), all easily accessible by car.
Other things to see in Ajaccio
Ajaccio is a great place for history lovers as most of the town pays tribute to its most famous resident - Napoleon! The house where he was born and lived until he was nine years old has been renovated and preserved as a museum, with interesting memorabilia including a lock of his hair. The Salon Napoléonien is also well worth a visit.
The main museum in Ajaccio is the Palais Fesch – Musée des Beaux-Arts, which houses the largest collection of Italian paintings outside of the Louvre.