Rent a car in Bastia with Europcar
Located on the northern tip of Corsica, Bastia is the second largest town on the island. A true representation of a modern Corsican town, Bastia is both animated and charming. From the historical neighbourhoods of Terra Vecchia and Terra Nova, to the old port, Bastia has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
Discover more of Bastia and further afield in Corsica with car hire from Europcar. Choose one of our reliable economy or luxury car rentals, and tailor-make your perfect Corsican holiday.
The Europcar car rental experience in Bastia
There are two Europcar stations in Bastia. One is located in the town centre, and the other is in Bastia Airport, convenient for those arriving by plane. Some visitors choose to take the ferry from Nice or Marseille to get to Bastia.
The Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Polo are both popular choices if you want something small to drive around the island. Families and larger groups may prefer to opt for a larger model such as the Renault Megane or Volkswagen Passat.
Europcar van hire is available from Bastia Airport station. Whether you need to hire a moving van or something a bit smaller, we have a selection of reliable models to choose from.
Europcar car and van hire is available for short and long term periods, giving you total flexibility for your trip.
Driving in Bastia
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.
Bastia has several paid parking zones, around the Vieux Port and the St Francois chapel, with parking available for up to 24 hours.
Discover Bastia and the surrounding area by car
Bastia is home to winding streets, many with historical significance to the town. Explore the Terra Vecchia and Terra Nova neighbourhoods where you can take a tour of impressive religious attractions including the Cathédrale Ste-Marie and the baroque Chapelle de l’Immaculée Conception.
When you hire a car in Bastia, you can explore more of the local countryside and surrounding towns. The best day trips nearby include the highest point in Corsica, Monte Cinto, or the port of L'Île-Rousse.
Further destinations within driving distance of Bastia include the popular Corte (68 kilometres away) and the island’s capital, Ajaccio, (148 kilometres away).
Things to see in Bastia
With its sprawling squares and amber-coloured buildings, Bastia is an authentic and charming seafront town. Head to the Place St Nicholas to enjoy a drink at one of the terrace cafés and admire the statue of Napoleon Bonaparte. The local museum which houses Italian art and artefacts is another must-see, plus there are several good fish restaurants and ice cream parlours to keep you well fed during your visit.
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