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With sea views, an atmospheric old town and a still-active fishing industry, Marseille is one of France's most compelling coastal cities. Enjoy people-watching and fresh seafood at the Old Port, shop in the gritty Noailles district, and hire a car for day trips into Provence and the Camargue.

Language: French | Currency: Euro (€) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr 55 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Marseille?

The minimum age requirement for renting a car in Marseille varies from one car hire company to the next, but many generally ask drivers to be at least 21. It’s possible to hire a car if you’re younger, but your options will be limited and the conditions more stringent. To know for sure, consult with your provider in advance.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Marseille?

The absolute minimum requirements include a full driving licence, another form of ID – such as a passport – and a credit or debit card. You don’t need to present an International Driving Permit if you hold a UK licence. It’s also handy to have with you your Certificate of Motor Insurance. If you’re unsure, contact your provider in advance.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Marseille?

You are not legally required to take out car hire excess insurance in Marseille when you rent a car. That’s because when you do book a rental, the cost usually includes a basic level of protection, such as a collision damage waiver. However, if you have an accident, you will have to pay the excess (this is mandatory). Car hire excess insurance covers this cost if the event of a claim. Try a standalone policy – it’s cheaper than purchasing it at the desk.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Marseille?

In Marseille, many car hire companies will allow you to pay for a rental with a debit card. However, they usually only accept certain debit cards, such as Visa or Mastercard. You’ll also find that certain car categories will be restricted – premium vehicles are often only possible with a credit card.

Which rental companies are available at Marseille Provence Airport?

You can rent a car from some of the best-known car hire companies in the world at Marseille Provence Airport. These include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, National and Sixt.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Marseille?

An ‘airport surcharge’ can be added to the cost of hiring a car at an airport, so it can be cheaper to rent off site. Compare your options online in advance to be sure.

Can you rent a car in Marseille and drop it off in another city?

Yes. Many car hire companies in Marseille offer one-way rentals, so you can pick up a hire car in the city and drop it off in another one. Check with your provider to confirm that your desired drop-off destination is included.

Can you rent a car the same day in Marseille?

You can absolutely hire a car on the same day in Marseille. It’s worth checking in advance whether the car hire firm’s offices will be open by the time you arrive there.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Marseille?

Yes, you can hire a car in Marseille if you are 21. You generally will need to have held your licence for at least one year (sometimes two) and will likely have to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’. Also, You may be restricted to certain vehicle categories.

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