Rent a car in Nice with Europcar
Located on the French Riviera, 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 traveling 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 four Europcar stations in Nice, with two at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and another at the main train station, located in the heart of the city on the Promenade des Anglais. The fourth is 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 Riviera chic, the Porsche Boxster is available.
If you happen to be moving, or just need something bigger, van rental 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
US driver’s licenses are valid for rentals in France.
Nice is accessed via the A8 autoroute 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 center, the speed limit is 50 km/h, and on toll autoroutes it is 80 km/h.
In wet weather, speed limits on the autoroute are reduced by 10 km/h. If the visibility is less than 50 meters, the speed limit is 50 km/h on all road types.
You should stay away from bus and cycle lanes, which are sometimes physically separated from other traffic.
Street parking is free in Nice, but not widely available in the downtown area. In parts of the city there are meters which are in operation between Monday and Saturday, 9am to 8pm. These 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 parking lot or garage should you wish to spend the day exploring the city. A full list of these can be found on the tourist board website.
Discover Nice and the surrounding area by car
Nice and the surrounding area are ideally explored with a hire car; the bright lights of Monaco are just 20 miles away.
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 (20 miles away), St Tropez (60 miles) and Marseille (120 miles) are all within easy reach.
Just four miles across the border, the small coastal town of Ventimiglia (Vintimille) boasts the best of Italian culture 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 theater, as well as the botanical gardens. Europcar allows you to travel seamlessly between France and Italy in comfort and safety.
Off the Thalys train, start driving your day at the railway station with Europcar!
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.
No trip to Nice would be complete without a visit to the jaw dropping Castle Hill. Once the heart of the city, this magnificent maze of greenery and ruins looms above the old town. Take a stroll up the Castle Hill gardens and be rewarded with a wonderful view of the city and some stunning seascapes. Hire a car by Castle Hill and step back into Nice's intriguing past.
With a car rental in Nice, you'll be free to explore some of the other delights of the region. From the creative whirlwind that characterizes Cannes to the chilled out calm of an Antibes resort, or the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city state of Monaco, you'll have easy access to some fantastic destinations.
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