Rent a car in Biarritz with Europcar
Located on the south-western coast of France, south of Bordeaux, Biarritz boasts its own distinct charm. Part of the Basque Country, Biarritz is a seductive mix of Art Deco buildings, fun surf culture, and the glitz of the jetset. Not sold yet? The beaches and incredible seafood restaurants might just win you over. Rent a car in Biarritz to discover all this fascinating town has to offer, and find out why it has always been a favourite destination of the French nobility.
The Europcar car rental experience in Biarritz
There are two main Europcar stations in and around Biarritz to make picking up your hire car super simple. The station within Biarritz Airport is usually a preferred option for those staying in the town or heading out to the local area. The second station is further afield in Capbreton.
For small groups of travellers, check out our fleet of compact vehicles to get you around the area safely. Our new and reliable models include the Fiat 500 and Ford Focus. If you need a bigger car, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Renault Megane are stylish options.
Europcar Biarritz also has a station near the airport catering only for van hire. From moving trucks and vans, to minibuses and large cars for big groups of people, we have a vehicle to suit your needs.
Car and van hire in Biarritz is entirely flexible. Reserve your chosen model on either a short or long term basis.
Driving in Biarritz
In order to rent a car in France with Europcar, you will need a valid EU driver’s licence.
In France, the national speed limits are 130 km/h on motorways, 110 km/h on dual carriageways, 90 km/h on other road types, and 50 km/h in built up areas.
When driving in wet weather conditions, motorway speed limits are reduced by 10 km/h. If your visibility is less than 50 metres in front of you, the speed limit is 50 km/h on all road types.
There are several car parking facilities across Biarritz, especially along the seafront. From Monday to Saturday, between 9am and 7pm, parking is charged per hour. You can park in these areas for up to two hours.
In France, it is prohibited to drive while using headsets or headphones, either listening to music or making phone calls.
Discover Biarritz and the surrounding area by car
Being so close to Spain gives Biarritz a rich history and unique vibe. If you are a sun goddess or surf bum, make for the Grande Plage to get an instant flavour of Biarritz. Several attractions take inspiration from the coast, from quality seafood bistros, to the Musée de la Mer, an aquarium near the old port.
While there is plenty to keep you busy in town, Biarritz also boasts plenty of gems outside the city walls. Hop in the car and head to Anglet, north of Pointe St-Martin, to check out the best surf beaches for miles. Along the shore front there is Planète Musée du Chocolat, a shrine for chocoholics. Start with the history of the cacao bean, and finish with a bowl of steaming chocolat chaud. The culturally significant Basque city of Bayonne is just 20 minutes away by car.
Further afield, foodie destination and seaside gem San Sebastian is just an hour away (50 kilometres), Bilbao a little further (148 kilometres) and the famous religious town of Lourdes is 172 kilometres away.
A 15-minute drive from Biarritz, the Cité de l’Océan is a hub for all things sea and sea-life. Somewhere between a museum, theme park and education centre, this is a great attraction for all the family. There are several sections and workshops to enjoy, ranging from climate change to 3D deep-sea diving simulation. Plus, you can try your hand at virtual surfing.
Other things to see in Biarritz
Casinos, sprawling sandy beaches, seaside brasseries, elegant architecture - it is easy to see why Napoléon III and his wife chose Biarritz as their preferred holiday destination. Stroll around Les Halles market place, where you can grab a bite to eat or browse the fresh food stalls. Visit the Virgin’s Rock in the Bay of Biscay, with an unbeatable view of the coast. Or take in the Asian wonders of the Musée d'Art Oriental Asiatica.