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    Car hire in Nice at the best prices

    For over 56 years, Auto Europe has become a leading company in the car rental industry, with quality services offered at over 24,000 locations in 180 countries worldwide. We focus on offering our clients not only the lowest prices on the market, but also a quality, client-oriented service. We understand that clients are not all the same, and that there is no "one solution that fits all". We have, therefore, developed our website so that everyone can find a car for their needs. Thanks to our strong relationship with international and local suppliers, we are able to offer you the right choices, so that you can have a car rental service tailored to your own specific needs.

    In order for you to have greater flexibility when choosing where to pick up a car in Nice, we have eight different pick-up locations available, including Nice Airport, two railway stations and five downtown locations. Book your car hire in Nice with Auto Europe now and enjoy an unforgettable driving experience in France! Get some travel inspiration from our French Riviera Road Trip guide. To find out what our customers think, visit our Nice car hire reviews page for all the latest comments and opinions about about Auto Europe's car hire products and services in Nice.

    How is the traffic in Nice?

    Traffic in Nice becomes heavier during peak season, particularly in August, whereas spring, autumn and winter months should be far less busy. The highest amounts of traffic on the French Riviera are to be expected in St. Tropez and Monaco. Nevertheless, it is always preferable to avoid rush hour when driving with your car rental in Nice.

    The city centre is a maze of one-way streets, so take extra precaution. Street lights are situated on the pavement and may sometimes be easy to miss. Speed cameras are in operation in Nice. The tunnel under the Promenade du Paillon and the motorway to Monaco are the top spots in France for speeding fines. The A8 motorway is the best option to head to Cannes or nearby Monaco.

    Nice is, unfortunately, known for "vol à la Portière" theft. Juvenile delinquents approach a car standing at a traffic light, open unlocked passenger doors, pull out a purse or any personal belongings and flee on a scooter. It happens most often to tourists or people driving foreign cars off the motorway exit into the city centre.

    Where can I park my car hire in Nice?

    Street parking in the city itself can be difficult to find. Local cars are often parked on bike lanes, which causes cyclists to manoeuvre in between vehicles on the street. On street parking is paid Monday to Saturday between 9am and 8pm, and parking meters accept only coins. On the bright side, there are many paid multi-storey car parks where you will find a place to park your vehicle. As an alternative, there are free P&R facilities available along the tram line. Here are some public car parks you may consider for your rent a car in Nice:

    Parking Semiacs Arénas
    455 Promenade des anglais
    06200 - Nice

    Parking Vinci Park Barla
    Rue Auguste Gal
    06300 - Nice

    Parking Semiacs Corvesy
    Rue Alexandre Mari
    06300 - Nice

    Nice Airport

    Nice Airport, located four miles south-east from the city centre, is the third busiest air base in France after Paris airports. It receives both domestic and international air traffic and is the main airport for Côte d'Azur, as the region is called in French. The airport serves as a hub for Air France and as an operating base for easyJet. Nice Airport is also the main airport for Monaco.

    Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE)
    Official website: www.nice.aeroport.fr
    Phone number: +33 820 42 33 33
    Email: CS@cote-azur.aeroport.fr

    What to do in Nice

    The list of things to do in Nice is long. However, we have resorted to the most popular travel highlights in the city. As much as it is difficult to meet all tastes, we have come up with a couple of ideas that could appeal to different travellers.

    • The Castle Hill: The Castle Hill offers its visitors spectacular views over Nice. Also known as the Nice Chateau, today it is a green oasis dotted with ancient ruins and jaw-dropping vistas. You can either get there on foot and walk up the hill from Old Nice or Place Garibaldi. Another less-tiring option is taking a free lift to the top of the hill. The elevator is located on the seashore, next to the Hotel Suisse; look for a "Ascenseur de la Chateau" sign.
    • Vieux Nice - Old Town: Once the Castle Hill turned out to be too little for the growing population, the new settlements began to appear at the foot of the hill. It began to thrive into what is now called the Old Town. It boasts a number of picturesque streets, boutiques and the lively Cours Saleya street market.
    • Promenade des Anglais: Take a walk along the Nice landmark, a promenade along the sea. Promenade des Anglais is home to various street artists' performances, skaters and roller-jumpers. Also known as "La Prome", it hosts numerous events and festivals, including one of the most famous, the Battle of Flowers, as a part of the annual Nice Carnival held in February.
    • The Chagall Museum: This is not an average museum. Marc Chagall took part in creating the museum as its curator. The artist chose which of his works are going to be exhibited and specified places where they are displayed. The Musee Marc Chagall in Nice is the largest public collection of the artist's works. Chagall also designed the layout of the gardens surrounding the museum building.
    • The Musee Massena: The museum is based in a belle epoch villa with gorgeous gardens, located by Promenade des Anglais. The villa was built by the Massena family connected to Napoleon. The museum is dedicated to the history of Nice and Napoleon, it includes some personal belongings of Napoleon and Josephine.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Nice

    Being located on the French Riviera, Nice boasts a number of day trips options. We are presenting some of the one-day journeys you can take while staying in Nice. Take a look at our ideas for a lovely one-day trip on the French Mediterranean coast.

    Monaco

    Once you are in Nice, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit Monaco. Located only eight miles away from Nice, Monaco is a must-see! Experience Monte Carlo first-hand, the place that has been a witness to the fascinating history of the Grimaldi family and the American actress Grace Kelly. The state rooms of the Prince's Palace of Monaco, the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, are open to the public during the summer. There are two route options; the coastal one through the M6098 or the M6007 road with stunning views, or, if you want to save some time but not money, you can choose to drive via the paid A8 motorway.

    ST Tropez

    Portrayed in numerous films, St Tropez, the playground of the rich and famous, is located 69 miles west of Nice. The road stretch between the two cities is said to be the busiest road on Côte d'Azur. As an alternative to a stressful car drive, there is a more relaxing way of getting to St Tropez: boats from Nice run every day during high season in July and August. During the ride, you will be able to enjoy scenic views of the French Riviera. You will have five hours to explore the city, visit fancy and pricey cafés and restaurants, before the return trip to Nice.

    Cannes

    Originally a small fishing village, Cannes grew to be the global film capital due to its international film festival. It is, perhaps, the best moment to visit the city to make the most of the stay and to catch a glimpse of the film stars. As Nice-Cannes road is also very busy, we recommend taking a train ride, which takes only 40 minutes. There are a couple of places to watch the festival movies for free, including screenings by the beach with chairs and blankets provided.

    Geographic Information & History

    Nice is located in the south-east of France at the foot of the Alps on the Mediterranean coast, the French Riviera. Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and a popular tourist destination. The region's temperate Mediterranean climate makes it a perfect holiday spot. Summers in Nice are hot and dry, and winter temperatures are mild. Even during the winter, rainfall is not a major concern and Nice enjoys in average over 300 sunny days throughout the year. Therefore, a car hire in Nice is a good option for travelling along the French Riviera any time of the year.

    The previously mentioned Castle Hill was the original setting place of the Greeks in 350 BC. Due to its formidable and difficult to conquer location overlooking the sea, the Greeks called the hill Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. During the Italian period, it was called Nizza and, later, it became Nice.

    During the Middle Ages, when the hill became too crowded, the new village settlement began at the foot of the hill and is known today as the Old Town. The city was many times unsuccessfully conquered until it was taken over by Louis the XIV in 1706, who requested to dismantle the fortress and village walls. Many of the stones were used to built Promenade des Anglais. During the WWII, Nice was first occupied by the Italians and subsequently by the Germans. The latter used an ancient spring dwelling on the Castle Hill to build an elevator to carry the weapons. This is the same free elevator that you can now take to arrive at the top of the hill.

    Today, Nice is a very popular tourist destination famous for its annual carnival. It has also been home for artists such as Marc Chagall or Henri Matisse, whose work is displayed in the city's museums and galleries. With the third busiest airport in France, after Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, the city receives four million visitors each year.

    How to get around Nice

    As a busy tourist hub, Nice has a well-developed transportation system that incorporates bus, tram, trains and ferries.

    Buses & Trams

    Nice's bus network, called "Lignes d'Azur", runs over 100 bus services and connects most of the city. You can buy a ticket directly on the bus. Besides single-trip tickets, you also have the option to buy a day pass or a seven-day pass. It's important to note, however, that most buses stop quite early in the evening, at around 7pm. Bus tickets can also be used in trams, which run until midnight. The tram line is u-shaped and provides access to the city centre for the people living in the suburbs of Nice, and links the main train and bus station, the university and downtown. Unlike for bus, tram tickets can be purchased from the machines at tram stops.

    The TAM, inter-city bus system connects Eastern Riviera cities, towns and villages between Cannes and Menton. There are two bus connections to Monaco, the 100 route along the coast and the faster 100 Express service.

    Trains

    The Nice-Ville station, Gare de Nice-Ville, is the main railway station in Nice and was built in 1867. The station is centrally located, while originally this was not the case; the city grew around it over the years. Nice-Ville offers connections to other French cities, such as Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux. There are also train links to Monaco, Rome, Milan and Venice. A service to Moscow tops in Minsk, Warsaw and Vienna. The TGV high-speed train network connects Nice to Paris, with the trip taking around six hours. The main train service is the national French railway SNCF, connecting coastal towns and cities. There are also local TER trains linking the main towns on the Riviera from Cannes to Monaco and Italian Ventimiglia.

    Ferry Port

    As the closest city to Corsica, Nice is home to a ferry port with regular services to the island. The services are provided by the two companies, the SNCM and Corsica Ferries - Sardinia Ferries. Please check with your car hire supplier if the rental car is allowed to be taken on ferries and if any additional fees apply.

    Can I hire a campervan in Nice?

    If you love exploring all the wonders that France has to offer, its food, culture, history, nightlife and leisurely beaches, there is no better way to do so than with a campervan from Nice. Auto Europe has a large selection of motorhomes to choose from, all at competitive prices. Check our offer online or call our motorhome experts!

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