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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$19.31 / per day
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Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Compact
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$23.84 / per day
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Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 308 or similar
Peugeot 308
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$25.12 / per day
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Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$25.84 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$27.88 / per day
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Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$28.43 / per day
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Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$29.61 / per day
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Corsica Bastia - Poretta Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$30.48 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 10:50 on 2020-11-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
French
Currency
EUR
Country code
33
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.7

Why rent a car in Bastia?

Bastia is a great place to visit. Located on Corsica’s northeastern coast, this historic city boasts impressive architecture, a picturesque marina, and some of the best seafood restaurants in all of the Mediterranean. After visiting Bastia, you can drive to explore the rest of the island, from its beautiful beaches and little coastal villages to the wild and mountainous inland areas.

Bastia Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Bastia

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Bastia and drop off in another city include:

  • From Bastia to Figari - 17 offers from US$ 47.15 per day
  • From Bastia to Porto Vecchio - 7 offers from US$ 88.23 per day
  • From Bastia to Ajaccio - 17 offers from US$ 47.15 per day
  • From Bastia to Calvi - 11 offers from US$ 47.15 per day

Top ways to enter Bastia

  • Bastia Airport: Also known as Bastia-Poretta, the airport handles nearly 1.5 million travelers every year. The airport is especially active during the summer months when it hosts flights by more than 20 different airlines. Located in the village of Lucciana, the airport is 17km (11 miles) southeast of Bastia city center and can be reached in 15-20 minutes.
  • Calvi Airport: Calvi – Sainte-Catherine Airport handles about 400,000 travelers every year. The airport is served by 12 different airlines that include low-carriers like easyJet and Volotea. Located on the western coast of Corsica, Calvi Airport is about 110km (68 miles) from Bastia and can be reached in just under two hours.
  • Ajaccio Airport: Sometimes simply called Corsica Airport, it is also known as Napoleon Bonaparte Airport after the most famous son of the island. The airport is a large hub for Air Corsica and is also served by Air France, Alitalia, and a number of other airlines. Ajaccio Airport is 143km (88.8 miles) southwest of Bastia and can be reached in about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Figari Airport: Serving the city of the same name, Figari-South Corsica handles about 700,000 travelers every year. Most of the traffic is provided by HOP!, easyJet, Air Corsica, and Volotea. Like with all the other airports on Corsica, Figari is much busier during the summer months. Located 165km (102 miles) southwest of Bastia, the airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • By sea: It’s possible to arrive in Bastia by ferry - there are connections from Marseille, Toulon, and other cities on Mainland France, as well as Genoa, Livorno, and Savona in Italy. It’s important to look up the ferry schedule in advance as the routes are much more frequent during the summer and early autumn months. While it might be possible to bring a rental car on a ferry, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it. Another option is to travel without a rental car and to pick up one after arriving in Bastia.

Useful city facts

  • Like the rest of Corsica, Bastia enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. The average high temperature is 29°C  (85°F) in August, the hottest month, and 14°C  (57°F) in January. Bastia gets most of its precipitation from October to December; there is almost none in July and August. Bastia is also one of the sunniest cities in France, having nearly 1,000 more hours of sunshine per year than Paris.
  • Although French is understood by virtually everyone on the island, Corsica’s native tongue is Corsican. Like French, it is a Romance language, but it is actually more similar to Italian. Corsican is estimated to have some 250,000 to 300,000 speakers worldwide, most of them living on Corsica. There are many Corsican cultural centers in Bastia and other cities on the island. Knowledge of English is not especially high, even among the people working in the service industry.

Top destinations and activities

  • The Old Port. Known in French as Vieux Port, the former naval center is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bastia. Made up of historic buildings that house restaurants and cafeterias, cultural centers, and a beautiful marina, the Old Port is a popular place for relaxing and enjoying Mediterranean sunsets. Many other landmarks of Bastia, like Bastia market square, are just around the corner.
  • St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral. Also located near the port area, St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral is one of the most beautiful buildings not only in Bastia but in all of Corsica. Featuring ornate windows and examples of religious art, the cathedral is as beautiful from the inside as it is from the outside. One of the most visited and most photographed places in the city, the cathedral has the status of a historical monument.
  • Bastia Citadel. Built in the late 14th century by the Genoese who ruled the island at the time, nowadays the citadel is a walled neighborhood containing many of the city’s landmarks. Here you’ll find the Governor's Palace, the City History Museum, the Donjon Square, and the Cathedral of St. Mary. After exploring the citadel, head to the nearby Romieu Gardens where you can either enjoy the shade or have a picnic.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The speed limit in cities is 50km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30km/h. Unlike with inter-city roads, the urban speed limit is unaffected by weather.
  • Outside cities, as of July 2018 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. During the rain, the limits are respectively lowered to 110km/h, 100km/h, and 80km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • As of 2018, 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.
  • Most Corsican towns are quite old and have plenty of narrow streets, so picking a smaller car might be preferable if you only plan to stay in urban areas. Even if you aim to travel in rural areas or drive to the mountains in the island’s interior, getting a 4x4 vehicle is not a necessity as most roads are in good shape.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads in Corsica, but there are many toll roads in Mainland France.

Most of the main highways in France (autoroute in French) are toll roads. Their names start with letter A and you can recognize them by a red number sign. The toll for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, the distance, as well as the type of your vehicle - cars with trailers and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by credit card or with cash. You’ll be given a ticket that you have to keep while on the toll road.

Some rental cars are equipped with toll road transporters and can use the automatic toll road payment booths (Télépéage). Ask your rental car provider to find out if they offer cars with toll road transporters.

See the official French toll road website for more information. Use the website's toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Beaches. Although Corsica has plenty to enjoy in terms of history and culture, the island’s number one attraction remains its beautiful beaches. On the northeastern coast, where Bastia is located, there are plenty to choose from - Arinella Beach is fun and popular with locals, the Lotu Beach is bordered by a beautiful green area, and the nearby peninsula of Cape Corse is dotted with picturesque tiny villages.
  • Saint-Florent. Although the town of Saint-Florent is small, it has plenty to enjoy, from a beautiful marina to restaurants where seafood is made according to local recipes and even its own citadel. Nebbiu Cathedral is also worth a look. The perfect escape if Bastia is too busy for your taste, Saint-Florent is 22km (14 miles) west and can be reached in about 40 minutes.
  • Wine museum. Located in the nearby village of Patrimonio, it is one of the more unique museums of Corsica. Visitors can learn about centuries-old winemaking techniques, take a walk through vineyards, meet local winemakers, and even try their hand at making wine themselves. If you’re traveling with a friend who can drive (or if you decide to stay in one of Patrimonio’s guesthouses), trying the local production is a must - but even if you can’t, the museum is still very much worth visiting. Located just 17km (11 miles) west of Bastia, Patrimonio takes about a half an hour to reach.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car type in Bastia is a compact, followed by economy and mini. The most popular rental cars are the Ford Focus, the Peugeot 308, and the Citroen C4. 

Further destinations

  • Calvi. A picturesque town on the northeastern coast of Corsica, Calvi is an even more popular tourist destination than Bastia or the island’s capital, Ajaccio. The city is all about its endless (and endlessly beautiful) beaches where you can not only swim but also dive around its coral. Many visitors also enjoy visiting the Calvi Citadel and Santa Maria Cathedral, a church of unique architecture and distinctly pinkish hue. Located 110km (68 miles) west of Bastia, Calvi takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach.
  • Corte. Charmed by the island’s coastline, very few visitors travel to Corsica’s interior. Those few who make it, however, are richly rewarded. Corte, the area’s largest town, is surrounded by stunning summits, deep canyons, and swift mountain streams. A lot of hiking and climbing takes place here, and the area is also a winter sports paradise. Located 68km (42 miles) southwest of Bastia, Corte can be reached in just over one hour.
  • Regional Natural Park of Corsica. Taking up nearly 40% of the territory of Corsica, the impressive park has plenty to enjoy. Travelers love visiting the Fango Valley Biosphere Reserve, the ancient sites of Cucuruzzu and Capula which are located within the park’s territory, and a turtle sanctuary in Moltifao. The latter is 58km (36 miles) southwest of Bastia and can be reached in one hour.

Car Rental Prices in Bastia

  • Station wagons - from $192 per day
  • Large cars - from $43 per day
  • Medium cars - from $36 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $59 per day
  • Small cars - from $28 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Getting a good rental car is easier if you follow 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 Bastia is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 25% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Cities near Bastia

  1. Paris Car Rentals from $18.15 per day
    898.1 km / 558.1 miles away
  2. Lyon Car Rentals from $13.69 per day
    514.3 km / 319.6 miles away
  3. Nice Car Rentals from $15.66 per day
    222.1 km / 138.0 miles away
  4. Marseille Car Rentals from $16.34 per day
    343.4 km / 213.4 miles away
  5. Toulouse Car Rentals from $16.34 per day
    662.6 km / 411.7 miles away
  6. Bordeaux Car Rentals from $17.16 per day
    857.4 km / 532.7 miles away
  7. Montpellier Car Rentals from $20.12 per day
    463.1 km / 287.7 miles away
  8. Ajaccio Car Rentals from $19.31 per day
    89.9 km / 55.9 miles away
  9. Grenoble Car Rentals from $19.14 per day
    421.3 km / 261.8 miles away
  10. Toulon Car Rentals from $20.51 per day
    296.9 km / 184.5 miles away
  11. Massy Car Rentals from $17.28 per day
    886.4 km / 550.8 miles away
  12. Strasbourg Car Rentals from $18.68 per day
    681.8 km / 423.6 miles away
  13. Perpignan Car Rentals from $22.92 per day
    541.3 km / 336.4 miles away
  14. Aix-en-Provence Car Rentals from $13.20 per day
    353.5 km / 219.6 miles away
  15. Cannes Car Rentals from $13.44 per day
    228.7 km / 142.1 miles away
  16. Figari Car Rentals from $22.22 per day
    120.8 km / 75.1 miles away
  17. Angers Car Rentals from $39.74 per day
    948.9 km / 589.6 miles away
  18. Biarritz Car Rentals from $21.68 per day
    900.8 km / 559.8 miles away
  19. Béziers Car Rentals from $24.08 per day
    517.3 km / 321.5 miles away
  20. Mulhouse Car Rentals from $20.51 per day
    581.0 km / 361.0 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Bastia

  1. 56.8 km / 35.3 miles away
  2. 89.9 km / 55.9 miles away
  3. 120.8 km / 75.1 miles away
  4. 221.4 km / 137.6 miles away
  5. Nice Airport Car Rentals from $15.66 per day
    222.1 km / 138.0 miles away
  6. 233.4 km / 145.0 miles away
  7. 255.3 km / 158.6 miles away
  8. 279.0 km / 173.4 miles away
  9. 296.9 km / 184.5 miles away
  10. 344.5 km / 214.0 miles away
  11. 353.5 km / 219.6 miles away
  12. 360.9 km / 224.3 miles away
  13. 402.9 km / 250.4 miles away
  14. 410.0 km / 254.8 miles away
  15. 421.3 km / 261.8 miles away
  16. 427.3 km / 265.5 miles away
  17. Nimes Airport Car Rentals from $37.69 per day
    432.4 km / 268.7 miles away
  18. 456.3 km / 283.5 miles away
  19. 459.0 km / 285.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Bastia?

Car rental prices in Bastia vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Bastia
January
$74.18
February
$33.50
March
$27.52
April
$37.69
May
$27.73
June
$31.55
July
$35.29
August
$30.97
September
October
November
December
The best month to rent a car in Bastia is April (when prices for an Economy class start from $27.52). This is 26% cheaper than the yearly average and 63% cheaper than renting in February (when rental prices start at $74.18 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Bastia?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in August, the average rental period is 8 days.
Average Rental Length in Bastia
10
January
10
February
9
March
9
April
9
May
9
June
9
July
8
August
8
September
10
October
14
November
10
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Bastia?

While travelers visit Bastia year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Bastia by Monthly Searches
87%
January
390%
February
405%
March
2%
April
2%
May
2%
June
3%
July
2%
August
36%
September
26%
October
69%
November
177%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
SIXT Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
SIXT Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
SIXT Peugeot 5008 5 1 People Carriers/Vans
SIXT Peugeot 3008 4 3 Large cars
SIXT Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
Alamo Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Citroen C3 4 2 Small cars
Europcar Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Peugeot 5008 4 3 People Carriers/Vans
SIXT Peugeot 208 4 3 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Slovakia
Peugeot 308
August 14, 2019
We were in nature park Scandola, it was the top of our all trips in Corsica. Another nice places were for example the villages Occi, Piana, St. Antonio. Notre Dame de la Serra in Calvi offer very nice view on the city and sea.
Spain
Opel Astra
August 7, 2019
Corsica is very beautiful!

Top 8 Suppliers in Bastia in 2020

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9
+33820007498
Aéroport de Bastia Poretta route de l'Aéroport, 20290 Lucciana
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
0967490785
AEROPORT DE BASTIA PORETTA,
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8
+330495300950
PORETTA AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:30-12:00; 18:30-22:00
Tue:09:30-12:00; 18:30-22:00
Wed:09:30-12:00; 18:30-22:00
Thu:09:30-12:00; 18:30-22:00
Fri:09:30-12:00; 18:30-22:00
Sat:10:00-14:00
Sun:17:00-22:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7
0967490785
AEROPORT DE BASTIA PORETTA,
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5
+330495300950
PORETTA AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:00
Tue:06:30-23:00
Wed:06:30-23:00
Thu:06:30-23:00
Fri:06:30-23:00
Sat:06:30-23:00
Sun:06:30-23:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+33495545546
Aeroport De Poretta
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00
Tue:09:00-13:00
Wed:09:00-13:00
Thu:09:00-13:00
Fri:09:00-13:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+330495545409
Bastia AirportBp 20 - Lucciana
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00
Tue:09:00-13:00
Wed:09:00-13:00
Thu:09:00-13:00
Fri:09:00-13:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
0967490785
Aeroport De Bastia Poretta
Working hours
Mon:10:00-14:00
Tue:10:00-14:00
Wed:10:00-14:00
Thu:10:00-14:00
Fri:10:00-14:00
Sat:10:00-14:00
Sun:10:00-14:00
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