Car hire at Nice Airport
Car hire at Nice Airport
Nice Airport (NCE) is the third busiest international hub in France and serves the Cote d’Azur area. It is located less than four miles away from Nice city centre, which can be reached by car in around 20 minutes via the Voie Pierre Mathis and Voie Rapide roads. Arriving in the city, you will be greeted by a metropolis that has long attracted artists, as well as an accompanying beach.
What I need to know
There are several car rental companies in operation at Nice Airport, with many of the most famous names represented. You’ll be able to find the best car for you at the best price, whether you need a compact vehicle to drive about in or a minivan that will accommodate the whole family. Compare car hire deals using our site to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right choice.
Where to pick up my car
Most of the car hire companies at Nice Airport have desks within the terminal buildings, which are located in the arrivals hall in both Terminal One and Terminal Two. They are open until 10pm and after this, vehicles must be collected at the Car Rental Centre in Terminal Two. The rental firms that do not have a presence in the terminal offer a free shuttle bus or meet and greet service to take you to your hire car.
“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
Nice Airport car hire will enable you to discover the best of what this French city has to offer, from its rich culture to its delicious food. Explore the exciting urban seafront along the Bay of Angels and Nice’s old town, where you can see exactly what life is like in this pretty city.
Nearby Nice Airport
A 25-minute drive from Nice Airport is the charming village of Villefranche-sur-Mer, where you will be met with a pleasant pebble beach. Soak in the atmosphere of the quaint streets and visit the citadel, which dates back to the 13th century and offers great views out to sea. Alternatively, head to Monaco, which is less than 40 minutes from Nice Airport by car, and see its opulence first-hand.
Explore further afield with your Nice Airport rental car and head to Marseille, where the old and new meet in typically French style. See the architecture of Zaha Hadid contrasting with centuries-old churches and the traditional port. Just an hour and a half away by toll road, Toulon offers up sandy beaches and a stunning mountain backdrop.
Eating and drinking
As the home of the famous Cuisine Nicoise, Nice is known for its culinary innovation. The Old Town boasts numerous charming eateries where visitors can try local dishes including socca, pissaladiere and Salade Nicoise in a scenic setting.
Things to do
Take some time out to wander around the seven-hectare Parc Phoenix, which is located in the west of Nice. There’s a lake and a zoo, an Asian Arts Museum and a huge glass house.
Sports lovers will not want to miss out on a trip to the National Museum of Sports. As well as various pieces of sporting memorabilia and history, there are interactive exhibits, such as a giant football table.
Henri Matisse lived in Nice and the Matisse Museum - a 17th-century villa on the outskirts of the city - houses one of the biggest collections of his work anywhere in the world.
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