Car hire in Nice
Hiring a car in Nice
When it comes to great holiday destinations, Nice should be somewhere near the top of the list. The city features a vibrant and rich mix of different vibes and attractions, making it ideal whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a backpacker trip. With sunshine all year long, fantastic food, stunning views of the ocean and a thriving art scene, there is so much to explore and enjoy in Nice. You can make your French adventure even better by hiring a car, which will open the city up to you, as well as the wider area.
What you need to know
Hiring a car in Nice couldn't be any simpler. There are a number of car hire companies in Nice, so you'll have plenty of choice when it comes to finding the right vehicle for your trip. You can make the decision easier by using our handy booking tool, which shows you all the available vehicle types and price packages. Not only can you be happy with the knowledge that there are no hidden extras, Holiday Autos also provides 24/7 support and free cancellation should you need it. This is why millions of people come to us for their car hire needs.
Where to pick up your car
Hiring a car in Nice means you can get on and start enjoying your holiday straight away, especially as you can pick up your car from the train station or Nice Airport. If flying into France, you'll find the car hire desks near the arrivals information office in Terminal 1 or in the arrival hall of Terminal 2. You'll then be able to pick up and return your car at the Car Rental Centre at Terminal 2. In the train station, you'll have to find the office for your car hire company, which the information desk can help with.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Once you've got your hire car, the French Riviera is yours to explore. You can brave the one-way streets and winding roads of Vieux Nice, the city's old town, take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Côte d’Azur coastline or fill up on the culture of the region. You can even scale Mont Boron to look over the area and get some stunning photographs. There really is so much to see that you'll want to fill every moment of your trip with something new, which hiring a car in Nice allows you to do.
Located on the southern coast of France, Nice is right in the area of the country that has historically been popular with the rich and famous. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the village of Beaulieu Sur Mer. Located just 10 km from Nice via the M6007, Beaulieu Sur Mer - meaning beautiful place by the sea - has played host to royalty and celebrities. The small village is a little taste of paradise by the Mediterranean Sea and features great historic sites, including the Kérylos Greek villa. It also has amazing beaches that you won't want to miss out on.
For a big dose of history, you should head 27 km down the A8 to the coastal town of Antibes. Enclosed in ramparts built in the 16th century and home to Fort Carre, Antibes can teach you a lot about the area. Coupled this with gorgeous beaches and the impressive Port Vauban and you're sure to have a great day out.
You can easily embrace the glamour of southern France by taking a trip to Cannes. The popular city is around 33 km away from Nice via the A8, with much of the journey taking you right along the coast. Cannes is definitely the place to be if you want to do a bit of designer shopping or fancy seeing if you can spot any celebrities. The city's beauty is also a great draw, with the old quarter of Le Suquet and the bay being perfect places to explore.
While you may think that staying in Nice means sticking to France, you can make a day trip to Italy to visit the stunning city of Genoa. The city is the largest seaport in Italy and is just over two hours away from Nice via the coastal route along the A10 and E80. Genoa is rich in history, offering a maze of small lanes, beautiful buildings and a number of interesting museums.
Top attractions to visit in Nice
The flexibility of car hire will allow you to see all that Nice and the south of France has to offer, including some top attractions.
Eating and drinking
Great food is available in abundance in Nice, meaning you don't need to search long before you find a gastronomic delight that suits your taste. From ice cream and gelato made onsite to fresh, succulent seafood and fish, you'll be spoilt for choice. Whether you visit a big and opulent restaurant or a small hidden bistro, the atmosphere as well as the food is sure to have you hooked. At the end of the day, you can relax outside a bar on the seafront and watch the glorious sunset in style.
Things to do
As well as just wandering around the city to soak it all in, there are many other ways you can spend your time in Nice. There are a number of museums that you can head to, but one of the most recommended is Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain. This features a great range of European and American art from the 1950s, as well as an exhibition space on the roof that offers great views of Nice.
You could also take a break from driving and hop onto a boat for a tour of the coast. This will allow you to see Nice in a different way and enjoy the sunshine out on the open water. The only way this could be more perfect is if you finish the tour by heading to one of the stunning beaches in the area.
There is great architecture everywhere you look in Nice, but there are a few places you should make a special trip to see. While Port Lympia is often forgotten about, it is a beautiful place for a walk. Head along the quays and take in the gorgeous Venetian-coloured buildings, as well as the view out to sea.
If you want to make the most of the sunshine, a trip to Parc du Château is a must. Located above the old town on a rocky outcrop, the park has the remains of a 12th-century castle, children's playground and an artificial waterfall. There is so much to explore that you're sure to love wandering around..