Car Rental in Aix-en-Provence
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Why rent a car in Aix-en-Provence?
A beautiful city in the heart of the historic Provence region, Aix-en-Provence is a great travel destination. Known simply as Aix among locals, it is smaller than nearby Marseille and Nice. It more than makes up for its size with well-preserved architecture, countless fountains, and museums dedicated to the world-famous artists who hailed from the city. Aix is also near natural attractions like the Verdon Gorge and the Mediterranean coast, so there’s also plenty to explore outside of the city’s borders.
One-Way Car Rentals in Aix-en-Provence
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Aix-en-Provence and drop off in another city include:
- From Aix-en-Provence to Toulouse - 52 offers from $39.77 per day
- From Aix-en-Provence to Marseille - 23 offers from $42.04 per day
- From Aix-en-Provence to Milan - 7 offers from $390.93 per day
Top ways to enter Aix-en-Provence
- By rail: If arriving in Aix-en-Provence by train, you can pick up your rental car at the Aix-en-Provence TGV high-speed railway station. The train station is located 19km (11.8 miles) southwest of Aix-en-Provence city center and can be reached in about 25 minutes by car. It should not be confused with the Gare d'Aix-en-Provence railway station which is located inside the city.
- Marseille Provence Airport: Primarily serving Marseille, but located just 30km (18 miles) southwest of Aix-en-Provence, flying into this airport is the best way to reach the city. The airport handled 9.3 million travelers in 2018, making it the fifth-busiest in the country. Served by more than 20 airlines, it is a focus city for a number of low-cost carriers like Ryanair, Vueling, and Volotea.
- Toulon Airport: Also known as Toulon–Hyères, this small airport is especially active during the summer months when it hosts flights by eight different airlines. During the autumn and winter months, it only provides connections to Paris and Brest in France as well as Charleroi in Belgium. Located 105 km (65 miles) southeast of Aix-en-Provence, Toulon Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Montpellier Airport: Serving the large city of the same name, in 2019 Montpellier–Méditerranée is expected to serve two million travelers for the first time in its history. A focus city for Volotea and easyJet, the airport has flights by around 20 different airlines. Located 155km (96 miles) west of Aix, Montpellier Airport can be reached in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Nice Airport: The third-busiest in France (and busiest outside of Paris), Nice Côte d'Azur Airport handled 13.8 million flights in 2018. The airport is a hub for Air France, HOP!, and easyJet. In addition to many European connections, the airport also hosts flights to and from the Middle East, North America, Africa, and East Asia. Nice Airport serves not only the French Riviera, but also the nearby Principality of Monaco. Located 168km (104 miles) east of Aix-en-Provence, the airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- Beziers Cap d’Agde Airport: Another small international airport on the Mediterranean coast, Beziers-Cap d’Agde provides flights to and from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. Located 220km (138 miles) west of Aix, the airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- Located on the Arc river near the sea, Aix-en-Provence has a Mediterranean climate with very warm summers and mild winters. The average high temperature is 31°C (87 °F) in July, the warmest month, and 11 °C (52°F) in January, the coldest. The city has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Precipitation is quite low, but still noticeable, during the summer months and at its highest in late September and October.
- Settled as Aquae Sextiae in 123 BC by the Romans, Aix-en-Provence was later invaded and ruled by Visigoths, Lombards, Muslim Saracens, and Norman Vikings. The city grew in stature during the Middle Ages even serving as the capital of Provence for a couple of hundred of years. The city became a part of the French Crown in the late 15th century and has been a part of France ever since.
Top destinations and activities
- Granet Museum. A high-quality museum, Granet hosts the works of many world-famous painters like Picasso, Gauguin, Degas, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. The latter artist was from Aix-en-Provence itself, and there’s a special section dedicated to his life and works. In addition to paintings, the museum also hosts many beautiful sculptures and an archaeological section dedicated to the history of the city.
- Aix Cathedral. Built on the site of an old Roman forum, the cathedral was first constructed in the 12th century, but the building (and renovation) of it continued for the next 700 years. Consequently, the church we see today is a unique mix of Gothic, Romanesque, and other styles; even ancient Roman columns and parts of an older 6th-century church are incorporated in the cathedral complex.
- Cours Mirabeau. A wide street in the very heart of the city, Cours Mirabeau is perhaps Aix’s most famous attraction. The location of many cafeterias and restaurants, the street is also surrounded by a number of fountains; the most famous, La Rotonde, is the symbol of the city and can be seen on many postcards.
- Church of St. John. Known in French as Saint-Jean-de-Malte, it dates back to the 1270s and was the first Gothic church in this part of the country. The church is known for its stained-glass windows, as well as a large number of religious paintings, most of which date back to the 17th century.
Traffic and parking
- The speed limit in cities is 50km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30km/h. Unlike for inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by weather.
- Outside cities and as of May 2019, the speed limit depends on the type of the road. Highways are limited to 130km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110km/h, and 2 or 3-lane roads to 90km/h. When it is raining, the limits are respectively lowered to 110km/h, 100km/h, and 80km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50km/h during periods of heavy fog or other times of impaired visibility.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- When you are driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
- As of 2019, hands-free mobile phone use is banned in France and the fines are hefty.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
- The emergency number is 112.
Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with a letter A and you can recognize them by their red number sign. The toll depends on the specific route, distance traveled, as well as the type of vehicle - trailer cars and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by credit card or in cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road.
Some rental cars are equipped with transponders that can be used at the automatic toll booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with transponders.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Montagne Sainte-Victoire. A large mountain overlooking Aix from the east, Sainte-Victoire can be seen in paintings by Picasso and Cezanne. It’s possible to drive near it and then walk the last part; the view from the top is amazing. Sainte-Victoire is 16km (10 miles) from Aix and can be reached in about 30 minutes.
- Avignon. The former papal residence, Avignon is even more historic than most cities in Southern France. The entire city center is made up of medieval palaces, churches, and other buildings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And there’s even more history to discover in Avignon with some of the city’s museums dedicated to the Roman and even pre-Roman times in the region. Located 90km (54 miles) northwest of Aix, Avignon can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
- Marseille. The second city of France and by far the largest in the region, Marseille has its share of landmarks and attractions. Travelers love the Vieux Port or the old harbor area, the Abbey of Saint-Victor, and Palais Longchamp, a fine art and natural history museum. The home matches of Olympiques de Marseille, the local football team, offer a wild atmosphere and are definitely an unforgettable experience. Located just 34km (21 miles) south of Aix, the center of Marseille can be reached in about 50 minutes.
- Arles. Inhabited since antiquity, the cozy town of Arles has some of the best-preserved Ancient Roman remains in the region. These include the Classical Theater, as well as Roman baths and a number of underground galleries of cryptoporticus. This Roman heritage influenced the Romanesque architecture of the early medieval period which is also very prominent in the city. The famous painter Vincent Van Gogh lived here for a while, but unfortunately, there are no original paintings remaining in the city, although some heritage sites exist. The drive from Aix takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car in Aix-en-Provence is the Opel Corsa, but many travelers also go for the Citroen C3 and the Renault Clio. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini.
- Verdon Gorge. A huge and hugely impressive gorge, Verdon has been called Europe’s grand canyon. The gorge is more than 700 m (2,300 ft) deep and offers great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, or just taking amazing photos. The area is very popular among visitors to the region and the best viewing spots can get a bit crowded, but it’s still a stunning place to visit. Located 125km (71 miles) east of Aix, the gorge can be reached in about two hours.
- The French Riviera. This picturesque coastal area might have a reputation for being posh and expensive, but that is only because there’s so much to see and enjoy. Towns like Cannes, St. Tropez, and Toulon offer stunning beaches, lovely architecture, and world-class restaurants. The latter, just 82km (51 miles) southwest of Aix, can be reached in about two hours.
- Grenoble. An impressive city near the borders of Switzerland and Italy, Grenoble has plenty of attractions. Visitors love it for the Bastille Hille, the Palace of the Parliament of Dauphine, and the city’s tranquil atmosphere. Grenoble is also a gateway to the French Alps and the many national parks and ski resorts that can be found there. Located 295km (83 miles) north of Aix, Grenoble can be reached in about three hours.
- Nice. Nice is not just one of the largest cities in the French Mediterranean, it is definitely also among the most pleasant to visit. Known for its scenic waterfront, well-preserved old town, and high-quality art museums, it is also a hub of delicious cuisine. The drive from Aix-en-Provence will take just over two hours.
Car Rental Prices in Aix-en-Provence
- Convertibles - from $151 per day
- Large cars - from $157 per day
- Medium cars - from $141 per day
- Vans - from $242 per day
- Premium cars - from $211 per day
- Small cars - from $127 per day
Get a great rental car by following these tips:
- Compare the rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Aix-en-Provence is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 34% cheaper than the yearly average. Enjoy early summer by coming to the south of France!
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Marseille Provence Airport Car Rentals from $56.64 per day18.5 km / 11.5 miles away
Marseille-Saint-Charles Train Station Car Rentals from $116.72 per day23.4 km / 14.6 miles away
Avignon Train Station Car Rentals from $71.34 per day68.3 km / 42.5 miles away
Toulon-Hyères Airport Car Rentals from $93.33 per day74.7 km / 46.4 miles away
Nimes Pont du Gard Car Rentals from $109.89 per day80.9 km / 50.3 miles away
Nimes Airport Car Rentals from $101.89 per day85.2 km / 53.0 miles away
La Môle - Saint Tropez Airport Car Rentals from $68.18 per day92.4 km / 57.4 miles away
Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport Car Rentals from $71.34 per day117.8 km / 73.2 miles away
Montpellier Sud de France Car Rentals from $71.34 per day120.8 km / 75.1 miles away
Cannes - Mandelieu Airport Car Rentals from $73.46 per day123.7 km / 76.9 miles away
Nice Airport Car Rentals from $39.87 per day145.6 km / 90.5 miles away
Nice West Car Rentals from $73.46 per day147.1 km / 91.4 miles away
Beziers Airport Car Rentals from $61.91 per day168.2 km / 104.5 miles away
Grenoble Train Station Car Rentals from $43.87 per day188.3 km / 117.0 miles away
Narbonne Train Station Car Rentals from $25.01 per day198.4 km / 123.3 miles away
Grenoble Alpes–Isère Airport Car Rentals from $21.69 per day206.0 km / 128.0 miles away
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
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