Where and What to Hire
Car hire in Nice is possible both in the city centre and at the airport. Hertz, Budget, Sixt, Europecar, Firefly and Enterprise are all available at Nice Airport. Rent a Classic Car is located on the promenade while another branch of Hertz can be found in Beaulieu Sur Mer. A variety of cars are available for hire from two-door city cars to four and five-door family cars and even some sports cars for anyone wanting to tour the Riviera in style.
Driving in and around Nice is a wonderful experience. With stunning natural beauty to please the eye and well-maintained roads, the Cote d’Azur is a driver’s dream. It is important to remember that driving is on the right-hand side of the road, and passing on the left. Nice has some automated tollbooths that drivers will need to contend with. They are not staffed and only accept automatic payments. There is a rush hour in Nice, from around 7.30am to 9am and again from 4.30pm to 6pm. The Riviera does see some reckless drivers and pedestrians so it is wise to stay vigilant.
Parking at a hotel or garage is wise in Nice as many drivers double park without giving a second thought. On-street parking is available and costs €1.30 per hour from 9am to 8pm Monday to Sunday with a maximum parking time of 2 hours. Free parking is available but it is only on the outskirts of the city. Car Parks in Nice cost from €2-4 per hour and €24-30 per day.
Where to Go and What to See
Having a hire car is a great idea in Nice as there is so much to see in the nearby area. From Antibe and Cannes to St-Tropez and perfume-making Grasse, there are some wonderful places to visit with a hire car. Just 50 minutes south of Nice is Cannes, more glamorous, more expensive but well worth the trip. With a sandy beach, fine dining, fashion boutiques and a fabulous film festival, this is an upscale paradise for those who don’t mind splashing out. Just 40 minutes northwards along the coast is Monaco. This unique principality, whose harbour glistens with million pound yachts on a brilliant blue sea, is filled with casinos, shops, sumptuous restaurants, and of course the world famous Grand Prix circuit. Families visiting with children should have no problems keeping the little ones amused with beaches, fabulous French ice cream, delicious cakes and promenades to roller skate on, however there are some other places they might also like. Near to St Guilhem-le-desert, just under 4 hours from Nice, is the Herault River with its small but lovely beach, perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Available to rent on site this is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Older kids can scramble around on the rocks and even jump from them into the river. Four hours west of Nice is Sigean which has a spectacular African Safari Park with lions, giraffes, rhinos, gorillas, elephants, emus, flamingos and hundreds of monkeys.