Car Rental in Biarritz
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Why rent a car in Biarritz?
Biarritz is a great place to explore by car. The town itself is small and cozy, but the freedom of your own ride will let you visit some of the countless amazing places that are located nearby, from pristine beaches on the Bay of Biscay to small Aquitaine villages, coastal cities in nearby Spain, and the Pyrenees.
One-Way Car Rentals in Biarritz
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Biarritz and drop off in another city include:
- From Biarritz to Bordeaux - 47 offers from US$ 33.22 per day
- From Biarritz to Toulon - 69 offers from US$ 32.50 per day
- From Biarritz to Tarbes - 34 offers from US$ 29.66 per day
Top ways to enter Biarritz
- Biarritz Airport. Located just a short ride from the city center, Biarritz Pays Basque Airport serves more than 1 million travelers every year and is especially active during the summer months. The airport is served by a number of airlines of different price categories, and flying into it is definitely the easiest way to reach Biarritz.
- Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport. One of the busiest in France, Bordeaux Airport hosts flights by a large number of airlines and offers flights to and from many European destinations, as well as some in Africa and Asia. Bordeaux Airport is a tad more than a two hours ride north of Biarritz.
- Toulouse Airport. Serving the capital of the Haute-Garonne Region, Toulouse Airport has flights to around 80 different destinations and is served by many airlines, including some low-cost carriers. It is located about three hours drive east of Biarritz.
- Bilbao Airport. Located in the largest city of neighboring Spain’s Biscay province, Bilbao Airport serves about 5.5 million passengers every year. It is a focus airport for large Spanish airlines like Volotea, Iberia, and Vueling. Bilbao Airport is just a two-hour drive west of Biarritz. Keep in mind that you’ll have to cross an international border to travel between Bilbao and Biarritz, so first make sure your car rental provider permits this. Alternatively, you can arrive in Biarritz by public transportation and pick up your rental car there.
- By rail: If you arrive in Biarritz by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Biarritz Rail Station.
- Located on the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz has a temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature in August, the hottest month, is 25°C (77°F), while the average temperature in January is 8.5°C (47°F). Unlike on the Mediterranean coast, summers in Biarritz are only slightly drier than winters and the city still experiences a significant amount of rainy days.
- Both French and Basque are widely spoken in and around Biarritz, with most street signs, menus, etc. written in both languages. Basque is a unique language spoken in Southwest France and Northeast Spain that has no living relative languages. The Basque identity is important for many inhabitants of the region and the Basque red-and-green flag with a white cross can be seen in many places in Biarritz.
Top destinations and activities
- The beaches. Located on the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is one of the top surfing destinations in Europe. The Grand Plage Beach is very central and the most picturesque, although it does get quite full of people during the summer season. Cote de Basque, another beach inside Biarritz, is a good alternative. With a rental car, you can also travel to more remote (and equally beautiful) spots like Anglet Beach. If you’re not big on surfing, but simply want to enjoy the sun and the sea, the beach near the Esplanade du Port Vieux area is your best bet.
- The Museum of the Sea. The people of Biarritz have lived off the sea for centuries. Before tourism and surfing became big, fishing, whaling, and maritime trading were the main industries. The sea also features prominently in the local Basque mythology. Consequently, it’s no surprise that one of the best maritime museums in Europe can be found in Biarritz. Focusing on the aforementioned topics, it also houses many interesting sea creatures such as anemones, different invertebrates, and seals and fish in its aquariums.
- Rocher de la Vierge. Easily reached by car, the Rock of the Virgin is one of the symbols of Biarritz. From the top of this large rock, you can enjoy amazing views of the nearby city and the Bay of Biarritz. It was used as a whale watching place for centuries. Some say that on a clear day it’s possible to see the Pyrenees in the distance.
Traffic and parking
- The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. Unlike on 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 130 km/h, 4-lane expressways to 110 km/h, and 2- or 3- lane roads to 90 km/h. During the rain, the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
- The car’s registration and insurance documents must be in it at all times.
- 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.
- 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 a red number sign. The fare for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, the distance, as well as the type of vehicle - cars with trailers and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by credit card or by 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, though note that this service usually comes with a fee.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Bayonne. Located just 8 km (5 mi) east of Biarritz, Bayonne is a quiet and picturesque place with surprisingly many attractions. Admire its gothic Saint Mary Cathedral, learn more about the local culture and traditions at the Basque culture museum, or go on a long walk along the scenic quays of the river Nive.
- San Sebastián. Many locals refer to it by its Basque name, Donostia, but however you call it, this city is a place you simply must visit. World-class restaurants, long promenades, high quality of life, and interesting local traditions are just some of the things that characterize San Sebastián. About 50km (31 miles) west of Biarritz, it can be reached by car in less than one hour. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to cross the French-Spanish border, so first make sure your rental car provider permits it.
- Pyrenees National Park. A natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees are considered by some hikers to be even more picturesque than the Alps. Its long valleys, rapid mountain rivers, and striking summits are easily explored thanks to the many marked trails that you can find in this park. Pyrenees National Park is also home to unique wildlife such as golden eagles, Pyrenean chamois ( a species of goat-antelope), alpine marmots, and brown bears. The nearest edge of the park is just about a two-hour drive east of Biarritz.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car type in Biarritz is the mini, perhaps thanks to the many narrow and old streets in Biarritz’s city center. The economy and compact classes are also chosen a lot. The most popular rental car in Biarritz is the Opel Adam, followed by the Fiat Panda and the Fiat 500.
- Spanish Basque Country. San Sebastián is a wonderful city, but it only gives you a taste of the wider region to be found west of the border. With a rugged coastline, bullfighting, impressive cities like Bilbao, spectacular mountain villages, and some of the most delicious food on the planet, Euskadi can be explored for weeks. Bilbao is just 148km (92 miles) west of Biarritz, a distance that can be driven in less than two hours.
- Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The largest region of France (that Biarritz is also a part of) Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a fun place to explore. It’s capital, and most famous city, is Bordeaux, a historic place famous for its waterfront. It’s just as interesting to travel around the countryside to see ancient castles and churches, visit farmers markets in villages, and, if you’re traveling with a friend or a partner, to go on an awesome wine adventure to the local vineyards. Bordeaux is about 200km (124 miles) northeast of Biarritz, with many other destinations in Nouvelle-Aquitaine being a lot closer.
- Andorra. A tiny country high in the mountains between Spain and France, Andorra is still ruled by a succession of princes. Best known for its skiing bases like Grandvalira and Vallnord, it also has attractions like Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley wildlife sanctuary, Caldea spa complex, and plenty of ancient churches and small villages to explore. Andorra is about a five-hour drive east of Biarritz, with most of the road snaking upwards through the spectacular Pyrenees. To come to Andorra, you’ll have to cross an international border, so first, make sure your rental car provider permits it. Although Andorra is not a part of the Schengen Area like France and Spain, the entry requirements are effectively the same.
Car Rental Prices in Biarritz
- Station wagons - from $144 per day
- Large cars - from $94 per day
- Medium cars - from $104 per day
- Premium cars - from $136 per day
- Small cars - from $90 per day
- SUVs - from $209 per day
Try these tips to get a great rental car in Biarritz:
- 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 Biarritz is cheapest in January when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit Southwest France in winter!
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Strasbourg Car Rentals from $35.84 per day904.9 km / 562.3 miles away
Toulon Car Rentals from $87.47 per day605.4 km / 376.2 miles away
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Top 16 Locations near Biarritz
Biarritz Airport Car Rentals from $62.30 per day0.7 km / 0.4 miles away
Bayonne Railway Station Car Rentals from $114.32 per day6.4 km / 4.0 miles away
Dax Berdot Car Rentals from $89.92 per day48.3 km / 30.0 miles away
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport Car Rentals from $62.30 per day128.2 km / 79.7 miles away
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport Car Rentals from $42.98 per day165.3 km / 102.7 miles away
Bergerac Airport Car Rentals from $75.76 per day223.1 km / 138.6 miles away
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport Car Rentals from $39.35 per day235.0 km / 146.0 miles away
Toulouse Barriere de Paris Car Rentals from $72.62 per day240.0 km / 149.1 miles away
Toulouse North Car Rentals from $72.62 per day240.8 km / 149.6 miles away
Toulouse South Car Rentals from $133.30 per day241.1 km / 149.8 miles away
Angouleme Train Station Car Rentals from $62.30 per day278.0 km / 172.8 miles away
La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport Car Rentals from $65.90 per day302.7 km / 188.1 miles away
Brive Airport Car Rentals from $39.84 per day304.0 km / 188.9 miles away
Brive Train Station Car Rentals from $62.30 per day307.5 km / 191.1 miles away
Carcassonne Airport Car Rentals from $79.41 per day312.4 km / 194.1 miles away
Figeac Railway Station Car Rentals from $95.61 per day312.5 km / 194.2 miles away
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Enterprise||Renault Kangoo||4||8||Medium cars|
|Alamo||Renault Twingo||3||1||Small cars|
|Alamo||Peugeot 308||4||2||Medium cars|
|Hertz||Renault Clio||5||3||Small cars|
|Enterprise||Renault Trafic||5||15||Large cars|
|SIXT||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Avis||Peugeot 208||4||2||Small cars|
|Enterprise||Renault Twingo||3||1||Small cars|
|National||Opel Corsa||4||1||Small cars|
|Europcar||Fiat 500X||4||2||Medium cars|