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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Nice Train Station Car Rental
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
$42.20 per day
Nice Airport Car Rental
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
$48.80 per day
Nice Airport Car Rental
Dacia Duster or similar
Dacia Duster
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$51.92 per day
Nice Airport Car Rental
Fiat 500X or similar
Fiat 500X
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$53.67 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Nice Airport Car Rental
Volkswagen Passat or similar
Volkswagen Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$73.74 / per day
Nice Airport Car Rental
Citroen DS7 or similar
Citroen DS7
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$110.05 / per day
Nice Airport Car Rental
Volvo XC60 or similar
Volvo XC60
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$113.27 / per day
Nice Airport Car Rental
Audi A6 Avant aut. or similar
Audi A6 Avant aut.
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$115.68 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:31 on 2023-03-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
Average car rental price
$79.49 / per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
Average gasoline price
$2.05 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.16 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.84 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Nice?

Nice is a great destination to visit by heart. Located in the heart of French Riviera, it offers easy to access to all the main attractions of the area, and is an interesting city in its own right.

Nice Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Nice

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

  • From Nice to Marseille - 138 offers from $34.97 per day
  • From Nice to Pescara - 12 offers from $400.87 per day
  • From Nice to Barcelona - 46 offers from $125.96 per day
  • From Nice to Milan - 15 offers from $400.87 per day
  • From Nice to Montpellier - 70 offers from $38.93 per day

Top ways to enter Nice

  • Nice Airport: The third-busiest in France (and busiest outside Paris), Nice Côte d'Azur Airport handled 13.8 million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights by more than 20 different airlines, including low-cost carriers like easyJet and Wizz Air. Located just 8 km (5 mi) west of Nice city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Toulon Airport: Also known as Toulon–Hyères, this small international airport is especially active during the summer months when it hosts flights by nine different airlines; during winter, only domestic flights and flights to Charleroi in Belgium are active. Toulon Airport is 155 km (96 mi) southwest of Nice and can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Marseille Provence Airport: Serving France’s second city and the surrounding region, Marseille Provence Airport handled 9.3 million travelers in 2018. In addition to many European connections, the airport also hosts flights to and from countries in Africa, the Middle East, and North America. Located 199 km (124 mi) west of Nice, Marseille Airport takes two hours to reach by car.
  • Lyon Airport: Located near the border with Switzerland and serving Lyon, France’s third largest city, this airport handled 11 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for Air France, as well as low-cost carriers like easyJet and Transavia. Located 475 km (295 km) north of Nice, the airport can be reached in about 4 hours and 30 minutes.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in Nice by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Gare de Nice-Ville Train Station.

City facts

  • With an urban population of more than 1 million, Nice is the fifth largest city in France.
  • The main language of Nice is French. The knowledge of English varies among the local population, but many people working in the service industry speak it.
  • With mild winters but hot summers, Nice is a typical Mediterranean destination. The precipitation is generally low and sometimes almost non-existent during July and August.

Top destinations and activities

  • Promenade des Anglais. The most famous landmark of Nice. Walking the whole length of 7 km (4.2 mi) of this seaside promenade is a great way to get your first impressions of the city.
  • Colline du Château. The castle hill offers a very scenic view of the harbor and the rest of the city. The castle itself has fallen to disrepair but is nevertheless interesting to observe.
  • The old town (Vieux Nice). Always full of life, the original settlement of Nice has something for everyone, from the local cathedral, the Baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC), to a market where you can buy fruits and other produce from local farmers.
  • Museums. Although primarily known for its scenic coastline, Nice is also home to many interesting cultural institutions that are worth a visit. These include the Chagall and Matisse museums (both of the world-famous painters spent notable parts of their lives in the city), the Museum of Archaeology, which has artifacts left by the original Gallo-Roman inhabitants of the area, and the Museum of Asiatic Arts.

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 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 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 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.
  • The emergency number is 112.
  • If you're an American, it is recommended that you carry an International Driving License. You can easily get one from AAA stores for $20.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to drive in France.

Toll roads

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 fare for taking a toll road depends on the specific route, the distance length, as well as the type of your vehicle - trailer cars and caravans have to pay more than regular cars. You can pay by a 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.

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 day trips

  • Monaco. Just a half an hour’s drive east of Nice, this microstate arguably has the richest population on earth. From opulent architecture to beautiful gardens, interesting museums, and harbour full of five-star yachts, it can be a fun place to explore. Although Monaco is technically not a part of the Schengen Area, it has the same entry requirements as those of France. 
  • Mercantour National Park. About an hour’s drive from Nice, this beautiful nature area in the Maritime Alps has long valleys, friendly villages, and caves with petroglyphs originating in the Bronze Age.
  • Cannes. Smaller to Nice and host of a world-famous film festival, Cannes achieves the seemingly impossible and is simultaneously both glamorous and cozy. Even when the festival is not taking place, Cannes is full of character thanks to its well-preserved old town, the Hand of the Stars area (something of a European version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame), and the scenic nearby twin islands of Lérins.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in France is the Renault Twingo, but travelers also pick the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta a lot. The most popular rental car types are economy,  compact and mini.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around France with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • Avignon. A city of great historic and religious prominence, Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a more relaxed destination than the large coastal cities. The Papal Palace is probably the most important of its many historical landmarks. The drive from Nice takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Italy. The neighboring Italian regions of Liguria, Piedmont, and Lombardy should be visited not only for the sake of their famous capitals (Genoa, Turin, and Milan, respectively) but also for impressive beaches (in Liguria’s case), stunning mountains, and bucolic countryside. The drive from Nice to Genoa takes less than three hours. Do ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit crossing the border.
  • The Alps. Winter resorts like Chamonix and Albertville are among the most famous in Europe, and it only takes about five hours to drive north of the Mediterranean to reach them.

Car Rental Prices in Nice

  • Convertibles - from $159 per day
  • Station wagons - from $107 per day
  • Large cars - from $82 per day
  • Medium cars - from $93 per day
  • Vans - from $172 per day
  • Premium cars - from $119 per day
  • Small cars - from $55 per day
  • SUVs - from $106 per day

Money-saving tips

These are the ways to get a good car rental deal in Nice:

  • Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Nice is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 42% cheaper than the yearly average and 59% cheaper than renting a car in July.
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Top 20 Cities near Nice

  1. Paris Car Rentals from $39.92 per day
    693.6 km / 431.0 miles away
  2. Marseille Car Rentals from $28.17 per day
    163.2 km / 101.4 miles away
  3. Lyon Car Rentals from $31.86 per day
    284.5 km / 176.8 miles away
  4. Bordeaux Car Rentals from $25.99 per day
    644.2 km / 400.3 miles away
  5. Toulouse Car Rentals from $27.85 per day
    470.4 km / 292.3 miles away
  6. Nantes Car Rentals from $34.03 per day
    789.9 km / 490.8 miles away
  7. Montpellier Car Rentals from $32.17 per day
    262.0 km / 162.8 miles away
  8. Lille Car Rentals from $37.82 per day
    835.6 km / 519.2 miles away
  9. Beauvais Car Rentals from $35.51 per day
    752.3 km / 467.5 miles away
  10. Avignon Car Rentals from $37.82 per day
    197.2 km / 122.5 miles away
  11. Strasbourg Car Rentals from $59.70 per day
    543.4 km / 337.7 miles away
  12. Biarritz Car Rentals from $30.23 per day
    704.7 km / 437.9 miles away
  13. Figari Car Rentals from $38.86 per day
    285.6 km / 177.5 miles away
  14. Perpignan Car Rentals from $30.23 per day
    366.8 km / 227.9 miles away
  15. Cannes Car Rentals from $54.38 per day
    19.7 km / 12.2 miles away
  16. Aix-en-Provence Car Rentals from $47.22 per day
    143.7 km / 89.3 miles away
  17. Rennes Car Rentals from $34.44 per day
    847.6 km / 526.7 miles away
  18. Caen Car Rentals from $45.11 per day
    842.7 km / 523.7 miles away
  19. Toulon Car Rentals from $57.16 per day
    107.0 km / 66.5 miles away
  20. Massy Car Rentals from $45.49 per day
    678.8 km / 421.8 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Nice

  1. Nice Airport Car Rentals from $46.21 per day
    5.3 km / 3.3 miles away
  2. 30.4 km / 18.9 miles away
  3. 112.3 km / 69.8 miles away
  4. Rabatau Car Rentals from $67.62 per day
    157.8 km / 98.1 miles away
  5. 158.3 km / 98.3 miles away
  6. 159.3 km / 99.0 miles away
  7. 167.7 km / 104.2 miles away
  8. 200.6 km / 124.7 miles away
  9. 207.0 km / 128.6 miles away
  10. 207.4 km / 128.9 miles away
  11. Nimes Airport Car Rentals from $83.20 per day
    229.1 km / 142.3 miles away
  12. 240.5 km / 149.5 miles away
  13. 261.4 km / 162.4 miles away
  14. 266.2 km / 165.4 miles away
  15. 269.1 km / 167.2 miles away
  16. 284.2 km / 176.6 miles away
  17. 286.2 km / 177.9 miles away
  18. 296.6 km / 184.3 miles away
  19. 297.5 km / 184.8 miles away
  20. Beziers Airport Car Rentals from $31.08 per day
    318.2 km / 197.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Nice 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 Nice
The best month to rent a car in Nice is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $25.77). This is 58% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $106.77 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Nice?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in July, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in February, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Nice

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Nice is July, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Nice by Monthly Searches

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Goldcar, Alamo, SIXT, Europcar, Keddy
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $42 per day
Cheapest supplier Hertz

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Peugeot 208 5 2 Small cars
Goldcar Peugeot 108 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Opel Mokka 5 2 SUVs
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Fiat 500X 4 2 Medium cars
Keddy Hyundai Tucson 4 3 Large cars
Keddy Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
Europcar Toyota Corolla 5 3 Medium cars
Goldcar Citroen DS4 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Opel Mokka X
August 22, 2022
I staid mainly in South of France’s Côte d’Azur. One main recommendation when you drive in France, be careful and respect speed limits on ALL roads, mainly highways, there are radars everywhere. Always buckle-up ALL passengers. Check well when you park in the streets.
Renault Clio
October 17, 2021
Saint Tropez. Leave your car outside the place and bus it in. Parking awfully hard to find and expensive when you do !
Peugeot 108
November 2, 2020
Love it
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
September 22, 2019
Awesome medieval villages - great weather
Opel Astra
January 5, 2019
we recommend smaller cars due to narrow streets, small parking places and many small, one direction streets. In places like Monaco one can face many problems with navigation in the city
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
November 22, 2018
Antibes was superb but also recommend using the car to get out and explore the route Napoleon
Volkswagen Polo
October 29, 2018
I have a small flat and rent a car whenever I have visitors for sightseeing purposes. We drove to Pezenas via Saintes Maries de la Mer and Aigues Mortes- a very interesting area well worthwhile visiting. From Pezenas we visited around. I would highly recommend the town of Sete.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
July 8, 2018
Driving is the best way to check out the Riviera instead of public transportation because of difficult accessibility to public transportation

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
8.91 / 10
Lowest rated company
7.17 / 10
Total number of reviews
Total rental companies
Average daily price
Lowest daily price
Total cars available

Top 14 Suppliers in Nice in 2023

Excellent 8.9 / 85 reviews
3 locations
$50 - $217
Excellent 8.9 / 54 reviews
4 locations
$56 - $135
Excellent 8.8 / 47 reviews
2 locations
$54 - $108
Excellent 8.7 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$54 - $113
Excellent 8.7 / 16 reviews
1 location
$51 - $131
Excellent 8.7 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$60 - $66
Excellent 8.7 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$42 - $71
Excellent 8.6 / 66 reviews
4 locations
$46 - $89
Excellent 8.6 / 455 reviews
1 location
$52 - $60
Excellent 8.6 / 95 reviews
2 locations
$48 - $102
Excellent 8.6 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$49 - $110
Excellent 8.4 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$60 - $60
Excellent 8.2 / 34 reviews
1 location
Very good 7.2 / 74 reviews
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