Car Hire at Nimes Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
If you’re heading to Nimes, you may be surprised to know that one of the main attractions here is actually a Roman Amphitheatre. Aside from ancient architecture, there are also plenty of tours, cafes, restaurants and foodie shops to fill your time with. See why the south of France is perfect for family adventures.
Where to hire a car in Nimes Airport
Alamo, Hertz, National, Avis and Europcar all have branches within Nimes Airport. They are all located within the arrivals hall, and the car rental car park is to the left of the main car park. When returning your car to Nimes Airport, follow the signs for the car rental car park at the roundabout.
Petrol stations close to Nimes Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a fuelling station located behind Nimes Airport, less than a 10 minute drive from the entrance. When exiting the airport, take the 3rd exit on the roundabout to continue for 3.5km. At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the D42, and continue for another 3.5km. The petrol station will be on your right.
If this petrol station is not available, continue along the D42 until you reach the outskirts of Nimes, and turn left to enter the main shopping center – where you can find another fuelling station.
Driving around Nimes Airport
Nimes Airport is located 15 minutes from the centre of Nimes, and it stands between a few neighbourhoods. The road exiting the airport leads you onto a number of highways to the south coast, and the E80 motorway, which can take you north. There is a large roundabout to navigate prior to joining the E80.
Popular destinations to drive to from Nimes Airport
A number of small French towns are within reach of Nimes Airport. You could also drive down to the south coast from here to soak up some Mediterranean sunshine.
Nimes is full of beautiful architecture and it’s perfect for foodies too. This city makes a great base point for exploring the Languedoc region of France.
The fastest way to get here is by using the E80. Take the fourth exit on the 1st roundabout and the first exit on the next to merge onto the A54, driving toward Nimes. Continue on this toll road for 6km until you see the exit for 1-Nîmes-Centre. Keep left on the D42A, and continue this road onto the first exit at the roundabout. Drive for 2km until you come to another roundabout – this time take the first exit for Avenue Président Salvadore Allende. Drive straight along this road until you see the signs for the D6113 – and take the third exit at the 2nd roundabout to merge. Continue to reach Nimes city centre, but do bear in mind these are toll roads.
There are several car parks in the city centre, especially around major attractions like the ampitheatre.
Arles shares the same whitewashed, medieval structures as Nimes, but it’s actually part of Provence – not Languedoc Roussillon. This is a quieter town, which is well worth exploring too.
Take the fourth exit at the roundabout, then take the first exit at the next. Continue on the A54 ramp towards Arles. Continue for 15km, and merge onto the N572 for 4km, and merge onto the N113. Take exit 5 towards Arles city centre. This town has many small town houses and smaller roads winding in between them, and there are not many designated parking spaces. Street parking is also permitted here.
They say that this is still one of the lesser travelled parts of the south of France, with an incredible local food culture and enough castles and fortresses to sink a battleship (literally). Festival d’Avignon is an annual event that draws in the cultural crowds, too. This is also one of the closest areas to Pont du Gard, the epic Roman bridge built over the river.
The fastest way to get to Avignon is by using the E80 towards Nimes. Take the fourth exit on the 1st roundabout and the first exit on the next to merge onto the A54, driving north, then take exit 25 Nimes towards Avignon. Continue for 25km. Take exit 23-Remoulins for Avignon, and keep left onto the N100 – this is a toll road. At the roundabout, take the 2st exit to stick on this road, and continue straight through the next five roundabouts to keep on the N100 to Avignon. Whilst you could park at your hotel, there’s plenty of opportunity to park up on the street in Avignon.