Car Rental

Nice has branches of all the car rental agencies active in France. Many of the companies have branches both downtown and at the airport. It is important to check the reputation of the car hire companies noted with (*) - some get many vigorous complaints. Use the search function on the TripAdvisor Forum for France or Provence to see what other travelers say.

It is best to reserve a car before you arrive for the best price. You can compare prices from the different car rental companies with one search at a reputable car broker such as AutoEurope. The broker Kemwel is a lower cost subsidiary of AutoEurope with quite different prices at times. Always stick to well known car rental companies and never commit to an un-named rental car company.

The car hire companies available at Nice Airport are:

The official Nice Airport website in English is Nice Cote d'Azur Airport

In considering car rental, be aware that it is not always necessary to rent a car simply to get around the Riviera. Public bus and train services are inexpensive and will get you wherever you want to go. Car rental is more expensive, and parking can be a problem, especially overnight, and it can be expensive once found. Traffic congestion is a problem in numerous areas, especially in high season. Where car rental makes sense is if you are renting accommodation in an area poorly served by buses, have mobility and baggage issues, or simply can not imagine yourself travelling any other way.

Motobike Rental

It is also possible to rent motorcycles and scooters, though the cost is not vastly different to budget car rental. You will be asked to show a driving license (original, not a copy) that qualifies you to drive one, and motorcycles are not recommended unless you are a confident user of these machines - accident and fatality rates in France are high. The best possible use of two wheels is if you hanker to visit St Tropez in the Summer months, when a motorcycle is the only road vehicle that gets through the one long traffic jam in and out.

Private transfer

Some companies offer private transfers from the airport to the hotels of Nice. You can pre-book your transfer online in advance and pay a fixed price. Upon your arrival at the airport, a driver will wait for you holding a sign with your name. This is the best option to avoid queuing for a taxi at the exit of the airport. Moreover as you pay a fixed price in advance, you avoid bad surprises with the taxi counter.

  • Airport Collections is offering private transfers from Nice Airport to Nice city centre, Cannes, Montpellier, and all others main cities and cruise ports of south of France. They have vehicles for individuals and any size of group.
  • Resort Hoppa
  • Guidoon
  • Sun transfers

Taxis 

Taxis in on the Riviera are expensive compared with some parts of the world, and not always very easy to find. They are not permitted to pick up passengers when hailed from the street, but only from designated taxi stands. In Nice these are found at Nice airport and the train station, and generally outside the big hotels in the centre. Taxi is easily the most convenient way to get to or from the airport if cost is not particularly important to you. (There are express buses which achieve a similar result at a fraction of the cost) Taxi fares from the airport are regulated according to a fixed tariff according to time of day, number of passengers and amount of luggage. Currently its around 30 - 35 euro between Nice central and the airport. If your final destination is beyond Nice or in the direction of Cannes expect the cost to be quite significant - possibly more than your airfare to Nice, for comparison.

Parking

PARKING in Nice can be difficult, especially if looking for a street bay overnight near your accommodation.  On the street the meters operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. costing in excess of a euro an hour. Parking tickets are handed out like sweets by municipal police, and in the event fines go unpaid the penalties escalate rapidly.

There are many Vinci garages --- you can usually  find one near your apartment/hotel if you are in a popular area.  One great deal is the multi-day parking pass.  You need to get one at one of the Vinci offices.  This pass will allow you to go in and out of one garage as often as you wish for a specified number of days.  The per-day cost drops with longer stays, and this is really the cheapest way there is to park.