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With an excellent public transport network running along the Côte d'Azur, car hire in Nice might seem unnecessary. However, if you're planning on exploring nearby natural parks, or taking a Riviera road trip, driving a rental car will be more enjoyable than cramming onto a busy train or bus. 

Language: French | Currency: Euro (€) | Avg. Flight time: 2 hrs 10 mins

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

You need to be 21 years old to hire a car in Nice, and most companies require you to have held a full driving licence for at least a year. Although there is no legal maximum age limit, many companies set an upper age limit of 70 or 75.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Nice?

You need a full driving licence, held for at least one year, a credit card in your own name and a valid form of ID, such as a passport. UK drivers may need to supply a DVLA check code, too.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Nice?

No, car hire excess insurance is optional in Nice. But if your vehicle is damaged, stolen or involved in an accident, you’re liable for the excess fee, which can be anything from €500 to €2000. Excess insurance covers this. Standalone third-party insurers usually charge less than purchasing a policy directly from the rental desk.

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

Some – but not all – car rental companies accept debit cards in Nice. You need to have enough funds on your card to pay a refundable security deposit, cover the rental and pay any potential excess charge. Check what payment cards your preferred provider accepts before you book.

Which rental companies are available at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport?

Car rental companies at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Goldcar, Hertz, National, Rhodium and Sixt.

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

Airport fees and taxes usually mean it costs more to pick up a hire car from the airport, but there are still great car hire deals at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport – it’s worth comparing prices online in advance.

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

Yes, you can rent a car in Nice and drop it off in another French city, and in some cases, you can even return it in another country. A one-way hire usually comes with a surcharge.

Can you rent a car on the same day in Nice?

Absolutely. You can search and book same-day car hire online or book directly from the rental desk. It’s always best to check availability with your preferred car hire company before you arrive and compare prices online, even if you’re renting a car on the same day.

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

Yes, you can hire a car at 21 years old in Nice, but some companies will only allow drivers over 25 to rent a car. Before you book, check the age restrictions of your preferred provider. If you’re under 25, expect to see an additional ‘young driver surcharge’.

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