Car Hire at Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Montpellier offers points of interest like Place de la Comedie, Musee Fabre, Montpellier Cathedral, and Jardin des plantes de Montpellier, to name a few. Enter this French city via Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport and drive around the area through the numerous car rental companies that operate here.
Where to hire a car at Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport
Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport has a car rental area that can be found outside of the airport’s terminal building. The car rental area is located opposite the Business Centre and arrivals area of the airport. Companies that provide car rental services at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt, Thrifty, and AutoRapido. The car rental parking lot is where you will return the vehicle, located at the P6/P8/Car Rental area.
What to expect when hiring a car from Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport
Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport in southern France is located approximately seven kilometres or four nautical miles east-southeast of the city of Montpellier in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The airport is situated at the edge of the motorway network, making it easy for you to drive off into the city proper as well as the beaches, in just 30 minutes. The routes that lead to Montpellier from the airport are via D66, via A9, or via Avenue Georges Freche/D21.
Driving around Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport
Montpellier, a city located within southern France, has lots of parking spaces in and around the city centre. Transports de l'agglomération de Montpellier (TaM) manages many of the city’s parking facilities, most of which can be found near the tram stations. Just like any city centre, Montpellier gets pretty busy during and throughout the day. Areas are also not well-signposted so it is best if you park your rental car outside of the city centre, such as the Odysseum station on line 1 or Sabines on line 2. If you still prefer to park within the city centre, you can try to find a spot in the Polygone shopping centre.
Getting to your destination
When planning on a road trip within France, starting from Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport, get to destinations like Marseille, Strasbourg, and Nice.
Drop by Marseille and visit the Old Port of Marseille, Notre-Dame de la Garde, Palais Longchamp, and Calanque, in addition to many more.
Drive to Marseille from Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport by taking A9 then A54/E80, N113, A54, A7 and A55 to Avenue Vaudoyer/Quai du Port in Marseille. Next, exit via Vieux-Port from Tunnel de la Joliette. Take Avenue Saint-Jean, Rue Caisserie, and Rue Bonneterie to Quai du Port to reach the destination. Total trip duration is around an hour and 54 minutes for 166 kilometres.
When visiting Strasbourg, expect to see points of interest that include Strasbourg Cathedral, Palais Rohan Strasbourg, Barrage Vauban, and Musee alsacien, to name a few.
When driving from Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport to Strasbourg, drive from D66 to A9 then go down A7, A6, A36/E60, and A35 to Rue de la Kaltau in Strasbourg. Take the exit via Meinau/Neudorf from E52/N4. Total travel time is around six hours and 49 minutes for around 788 kilometres.
Travel to Nice in the French Riviera and visit its well-visited destinations like the Musee Matisse, Nice Cathedral, and Musee d’art moderne et d’art contemporain, among others.
To get to Nice from Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport, it will require driving for approximately three hours and 13 minutes, covering around 323 kilometres from point of origin. Starting from D66, drive to A9, then take A8/E80 to reach Boulevard Georges Pompidou/M6202 in Nice. Exit via 50-Nice-Promenade des Anglais from A8/E80. Lastly, drive down Boulevard René Cassin and Voie Mathis/Voie Pierre Mathis/Voie Rapide to Place du Général de Gaulle in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.