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Car Hire at Nice Airport

This information is correct as of May 2015

Hiring a car at Nice Airport gets your Cote d’Azur holiday off to the perfect start. Whether you’re joining the celebs in Cannes, exploring the winding streets of Monaco, or hitting the famous French Riviera beaches, you can find the perfect car with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Nice Airport

Advantage, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise and Sixt are based at Nice Airport. They have desks in the arrivals hall in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, and are open until 10pm. There’s also a large car rental centre outside the airport, open past 10pm, which you can reach by a free shuttle.

Petrol stations near Nice Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

There’s a Total petrol station beside the airport exit. To reach it, simply enter the airport and drive towards Terminal 1. Keep turning left and you’ll soon spot it on your right hand side.

Driving around Nice Airport

Nice Airport is well connected to the region’s major roads. You can quickly get onto the A8 motorway (aka La Provençale), which is a toll road. Don’t worry if you don’t have any Euro coins on you: the booths accept British credit and debit cards. The airport also connects to the Promenade des Anglais, which runs along the seafront.

Getting to your destination

Nice

With its excellent nightlife, art, cuisine and beach life, picture perfect Nice certainly lives up to its name.

It takes just over ten minutes to reach central Nice from the airport if you take the Mathis Service Road. Alternatively, you can drive along the iconic Promenade des Anglais: this should take 15 minutes, but can take longer if there’s traffic. Most of the on-street parking bays in Nice are reserved for permit holders. If you do find a space, expect to pay €1.30 (about 95p) per hour: the maximum stay is two hours. There are also some paid car parks in the city centre, and Park & Ride facilities on the outskirts of the city.

Monaco

One of Europe’s smallest countries, Monaco is a playground for the glitterati. Luxurious yachts dock in the harbour, oligarchs gamble away fortunes in the casinos, and once a year F1 cars whizz by.

It takes half an hour to reach Monaco on the A8 toll road. On-street parking isn’t available to non-residents. There are a number of public car parks: the first hour is free, the second hour is €4.40 (about 3.20). Subsequent hours are a lot cheaper, and the daily cap is set at €20 (just under £15). There are also some privately owned car parks: rates vary. Some hotels in Monte Carlo offer guest parking.

Cannes

Famous for its star-studded film festival, Cannes is one of the most luxurious destinations on the French Riviera. High end stores, fine dining restaurants, loads of celebs and plenty of natural beauty make it a great choice for a swish getaway.

Cannes takes about half an hour to reach from Nice Airport. It’s an easy drive west along the A8. On-street parking is available in Cannes and falls into three zones: green (the most expensive), orange, and yellow (the cheapest). The green zone has a maximum stay of two hours, which costs €3 (about £2.20) and the first 20 minutes are free. You can park in the orange zone for up to two hours, charged at 40 cent (about 30p) per 20 minutes. You can stay in the yellow zone for up to four hours: the first hour is free, and afterwards it’s €1 (about 75p) per hour. There are also some car parks: you can stay for an unlimited amount of time, but the rates are usually higher.

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