Rent a car in Nice with Europcar
Located on the French Riviera, the coastal town of Nice is the perfect base for exploring the Côte d’Azur, with Aix en Provence and the island of Corsica both close by. Car rental makes for convenient travelling within the city and the surrounding areas, and car ferries to Corsica and Sardinia are easily accessed from the charming port.
There is also plenty to explore within the city, and renting a car is the surest way of covering as much ground as possible during your stay.
The Europcar car rental experience in Nice
There are several Europcar stations in Nice, with two at the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and another at the main train station. There is one station in the heart of the city on the Promenade des Anglais, and another north of the city near Carros.
Europcar has numerous car and van rental options in Nice. Smaller city cars such as the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Polo will help you zip around the sights in comfort. Families might prefer larger models such as the Ford C-Max, or for that Rivéria chic, the Porsche Boxster is available.
If you happen to be moving, or just need something bigger, van hire in Nice is also available.
Renting with Europcar in Nice is flexible and convenient with long and short-term rental available to suit you.
Driving in Nice
In order to rent a car in France with Europcar, you will need a valid EU driver’s licence.
Nice is accessed via the A8 motorway and the speed limit in this region is lower than in the rest of France, at 100 km/h as opposed to the usual 130 km/h. In the city centre, the speed limit is 50 km/h, and on toll motorways it is 80 km/h.
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.
Bus lanes are reserved for buses, although they are often shared with cyclists. Occasionally bus lanes are physically separated from other lanes to stop cars from entering.
Street parking is free in Nice, but not widely available in the centre of the city. In parts of the city there are meters which are in operation between Monday and Saturday, 9am to 8pm. The parking meters only take change and cost €1.30 an hour. It is important to note however, that the maximum stay in these spaces is two hours, so you will need to find a long-stay car park should you wish to spend the day exploring the town. A full list of car parks can be found on the tourist board website.
Discover Nice and the surrounding area by car
Nice and the surrounding area is ideally explored with a hire car; the bright lights of Monaco are just 20 kilometres away and a little further along the coast you can cross the border and explore the charming Italian coastal town of Ventimiglia.
Nice itself might be full of charm, but its shingle beaches are not for everyone. Luckily, less than half an hour’s drive outside the city, beaches such as Cap d’Ail and Villefranche are both sandy and sunny.
If you are driving onwards from Nice, Cannes (33 kilometres away), St Tropez (100 kilometres away) and Marseille (200 kilometres away) are all within driving distance.
Just seven kilometres away from the French-Italian border, the small coastal town of Ventimiglia (Vintimille) boasts the best of Italian culture, just a hop away from Nice. Stock up on the best Italian produce from the weekly sea-front market (every Friday) and check out the remains of the old Roman theatre, as well as the botanical gardens. Europcar allows you to travel seamlessly between France and Italy in comfort and safety.
Things to see in Nice
The Côte d’Azur has attracted artists for centuries, and Nice is home to some of the most impressive museums in the region, including the Musée Matisse and the Musée National Marc Chagall. Be sure to visit the old town, ‘Vieux Nice’, where the markets and restaurants have barely changed in almost half a century.
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