Car Hire at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
Taxi service in Nice is notoriously expensive, so the best way for door-to-door travel is to rent a car for the duration of your stay. This ensures that you are in control of the routes you will take and the schedule you need to stick to, so long as you take into account the possibility of road blocks, accidents, or traffic congestions. Nevertheless, just be careful and smart about driving in Nice and you should do fine.
Where to Hire a Car at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
All of the major car rental companies in France and all of Europe have branches at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport. The Car Rental Center is the largest facility available for choosing a car rental in Nice, where vehicle collection and return takes place. The car rental company desks on the arrivals level are Advantage, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, Firefly, Gold Car and Sixt.
These companies provide various options for car rental, including luxury cars, sports cars, and convertibles. There are car rental desks found in the arrivals open for business until 10PM. In Terminal 1, it is located in gates A1/A2, to the right of the information office. In Terminal 2, it is situated between gates A2 and A3.
What to Expect When Hiring a Car from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
When renting a car from Nice Airport, make sure you clearly read the agreement before signing anything. Also, scrutinize the car carefully for any scratches, dents, or other damages, big or small. Take photos to show as proof that you acquired the car already in that condition to avoid additional and unnecessary charges. Similarly, getting a car with some dents and/or scratches already might make it less noticeable if you DO accidently damage it while the car is in your possession.
The A8 autoroute is well-signed from Nice Airport, and the other way around. The Car Rental Center has a dedicated zone for returning rented vehicles, located behind car park P5 at Terminal 2.
Driving from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
Driving on the Riviera is said to be for the brave, due to mad drivers and the possibility of accidents. Just follow the speed limit of 50 kph in built-up areas, and 110 kph in the Alpes Maritimes. If you can't be bothered with struggling to look for parking, you might want to utilize the pay parking station.
Remember to always make sure there is enough time allowance when planning to go for a drive to account for the likelihood of delays such as traffic jams or accidents. Be particularly conscious of the right bend near the airport, where accidents are frequent. The worst times to go for a drive in Nice is in the morning and during the evening rush hour.
Places to Visit by Car from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
The following are some possible destinations to explore by car from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport:
Cannes is the famous seaside town of France. It is the venue for the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival and is considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe. It boasts of both public and private beaches, and a wide variety of food at the Covered Market. You might also like to go to the port to admire the massive and beautiful yachts of the rich, and likely, the famous.
To drive to Cannes, take the A8 Cannes/Grasse exit to Boulevard Carnot. To avoid the congestion there is to immediately bear right after leaving the A8, at the first traffic light. Get onto the right hand lane and stay there. You will eventually encounter a sharp bend, and after that, a traffic light. At the next major intersection after that, turn left and follow signs to Cannes.
Once you're on N85, there will be misleading signs to other parts of Cannes. Do not follow these. Stay on N85 until you reach the bottom, a T junction with a French Telecom building on the left. Turn left and then almost immediately left again. Go into the first parking garage you find.
Saint-Paul de Vence
Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. It features excellent modern and contemporary art museums and galleries, boutiques, and cafes. Situated on a hilltop, the fortified village provides a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and the sea.
The town can be reached via A8. Take exit 48-Cagnes-surMer toward Cagnes-sur-Mer/Vence. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Avenue des Alpes/M336. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Avenue du Cheiron/D436, then turn right onto Route des Serres/D2. Turn left onto D902.
Take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto Route de la Colle/D7D, then turn right tonto Route de Vence/D2. Keep left to continue onto Place du Tilleul, then onto Rempart S O Courtine Saint-Paul. This route to Saint-Paul de Vence goes through partial toll roads.
Sospel is a commune near the Italian border. In the 5th century, it was used as an important staging post on the royal road from the city of Nice to Turin. Most of the town was destroyed during World War II, and renovated after. Today, it contains a part of a château that once belonged to the counts of Provence and ruins of a tower.
Luckily, the best way to get to Sospel is by car. It's a 30-minute drive away from Nice through A8. Take exit 50-Menton, then follow D2566 and D2566A to Avenue Jean Médecin/ D2204 in Sospel.
This information is correct as of June 2018