Car Hire at Biarritz Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
The region of Aquitaine offers many outdoor activities and towns that are worth a visit. Biarritz is a good starting point for exploring the vast countryside and the beach towns, as car rentals are available right at the Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne Airport. Book your rental vehicle in advance in order to enjoy your holiday discovering the hidden gems of France's leading region for golfers.
Where to hire a car at Biarritz Airport
There are five car rental companies with branches at Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne Airport. Car rental providers Avis, Enterprise rent-a-car, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt Rent a Car have desks at the terminal. Each car rental provider offer many different types of vehicle available for hire, from compact cars and sedans to SUVs, minivans, and even 4WD and luxury cars.
What to expect when hiring a car from Biarritz Airport
Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne Airport is located near the city of Bayonne and city of Anglet. It is five kilometres southeast of Biarritz, the primary city it serves. Nearby is the A63 motorway of southwest France, which connects Bordeaux to the border with Spain. The A64 autoroute, also called the La Pyrénéenne or European route E80, is a 291-kilometre long motorway that connects Bayonne to Toulouse via Tarbes and Pao.
Driving around Biarritz Airport
Driving in France is on the right side of the road. The roads are generally in excellent condition, especially the main roads and motorways. In the roads off the beaten path, the roads are likely to be in less good condition. Take note that hands-free use of mobile phone while driving is strictly prohibited. This law covers usage of a mobile phone via wire, Bluetooth, or headset. There are also over 150 unmarked police vehicles with on-board speed cameras to monitor motorways, and major and minor roads throughout France.
There are several areas in Biarritz with free parking, including Charles Floquet Avenue, "Fleurs" racecourse, SNCF Train Station, Marbella and Milady beaches, and Horse Club. Paid parking is also available in the downtown area.
Parking is also easy in Bayonne. There is regulated on-street parking available in 2518, in three quarters of the centre: District of Grand Bayonne, Quartier du Petit Bayonne, and Saint Esprit. Parking is limited to two hours within the city and four hours for the outlying areas. Payment can be made in cash or blue card.
Getting to your destination
Saint-Paul-lès-Dax is an attractive town known as a spa and holiday resort. It features four indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzis, bubble seats and beds, geysers, saunas, various treatment packages, the food specialty foie gras, bull fight games, and more for a nice, relaxing day trip.
There are three alternative routes you can take from the airport: via A63, via A63 and D12, or via A64.
Bayonne is a city at the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers. It is divided by the Nive into Grand Bayonne and Petit Bayonne, connected by five bridges. The main attractions include the elegant Gothic structure Cathédrale Sainte-Marie, the Château Vieux dating from the 12th century, the ethnographic museum Musée Basque, and the art gallery Musée Bonnat. Bull-fighting season in Bayonne runs between July and September.
From Biarritz – Anglet – Bayonne Airport, take D810 and Avenue Maréchal Soult, Boulevard du Bab/D260, or D810 only to reach Bayonne in about 20 minutes.
The commune of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is the only sheltered bay between Arcachon and Spain. Tourism in Saint-Jean-de-Luz involves the safe, clean beaches, a thalassotherapy spa, swimming pools, luxury hotels, a casino, and golf courses. Festivals and events held in Saint-Jean-de-Luz include the Basque carnival of Ihauteriak (February), Weekend Andalusian festival of Pentecost, Sardine Night Festival (end of July to August), Rue de la République Festival (September), and Young International Film Directors Festival (October).
The route from the airport to Saint-Jean-de-Luz via A63 has tolls.
Anglet is a commune in the traditional province of Labourd, completing the urban area called Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz or B.A.B. It has a 4.5-kilometre long coast and 11 beaches. Anglet also has sports facilities, allowing visitors to choose from a variety of sporting activities such as basketball, horseback riding, football, golf, ice hockey, aikido, skateboarding, and surfing.
Anglet is a short drive away from the airport, accessible via D810 and Avenue d'Espagne/D810.