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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Nice Train Station
Mini
Renault Twingo or similar
Renault Twingo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$32.30 / per day
Nice Train Station
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$33.17 / per day
Nice Train Station
Compact
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$40.19 / per day
Nice West
Intermediate
Lynk & Co 01 or similar
Lynk & Co 01
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$56.82 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Nice Airport
Premium
BMW 1 Series or similar
BMW 1 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ok Mobility
$63.09 / per day
Nice Train Station
Standard
Peugeot 508 or similar
Peugeot 508
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$81.39 / per day
Downtown
Compact Elite
BMW 1 Series or similar
BMW 1 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$85.64 / per day
Nice Airport
Full-size
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Hybrid or similar
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Hybrid
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$100.57 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:00 on 2024-05-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
French
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+33
Average car rental price
$62 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 130 km/h or 50 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.99 per liter or $7.52 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.84 per liter or $6.95 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.15 per liter or $8.14 / 1 gallon

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

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 $34.87 per day
  • From Nice to Pescara - 12 offers from $399.69 per day
  • From Nice to Barcelona - 46 offers from $125.59 per day
  • From Nice to Milan - 15 offers from $399.69 per day
  • From Nice to Montpellier - 70 offers from $38.82 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

  • Villefranche. Located just east of the city, Villefranche is a village and coastal suburb of Nice. Its main appeal comes from the fact that the coastline here is much less rocky than the public city beaches of Nice – and from the fact that the drive from Nice takes only ten minutes. The area gets a bit crowded during the summer months, but with a rental car, you can just continue to travel along the coast until you find the perfect beach for you.
  • 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.
  • Marseille. Larger and certainly more rough around the edges than Nice, France’s second city can nonetheless be a charming place to visit – if you know where to look. Inhabited since antiquity, it boasts many classical landmarks and artifacts in its museums, and the Old Port is one of the most interesting urban areas in all of France. Located about 200 km (120 miles) west of Nice, Marseille can be reached by car in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Car Rental Prices in Nice

  • Convertibles - from $199 per day
  • Station wagons - from $44 per day
  • Large cars - from $42 per day
  • Medium cars - from $35 per day
  • Vans - from $97 per day
  • Premium cars - from $63 per day
  • Small cars - from $32 per day
  • SUVs - from $39 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. 20 km / 12.4 miles
  2. 64.6 km / 40.1 miles
  3. 119.8 km / 74.4 miles
  4. 154.7 km / 96.1 miles
  5. 163.2 km / 101.4 miles
  6. 197.1 km / 122.5 miles
  7. 207.4 km / 128.9 miles
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  10. 229.6 km / 142.7 miles
  11. 235.4 km / 146.3 miles
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  14. 284.5 km / 176.8 miles
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  17. 313.8 km / 195 miles
  18. 344 km / 213.8 miles
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  20. 399.2 km / 248.1 miles

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Nice vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Nice
$21.33
January
$38.59
February
$45.11
March
$43.46
April
$51.68
May
$70.00
June
$70.48
July
$50.66
August
$51.74
September
$42.25
October
$24.59
November
$36.05
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Nice is January (when prices average $21.33 per day). This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $70.48).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Nice?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in February, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Nice
8
January
5
February
7
March
6
April
6
May
8
June
8
July
7
August
6
September
6
October
6
November
6
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Nice is August, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Nice by pick-up date relative to the average
45%
January
34%
February
41%
March
59%
April
91%
May
115%
June
210%
July
218%
August
163%
September
121%
October
54%
November
47%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Goldcar, Ok Mobility, Keddy, Alamo, Europcar
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $32 per day
Cheapest supplier Enterprise

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Peugeot 208 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Peugeot 108 5 1 Small cars
Ok Mobility Seat Ibiza 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Ok Mobility Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Toyota Corolla 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Tipo 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.

Italy
Fiat 500
April 17, 2024
Everything ok
Denmark
Peugeot 208
March 16, 2024
You could tell a little more about how to find rent car- terminal 1 or 2 - free tram between. Early when you know- but first time-
India
Peugeot 508
November 25, 2023
A lovely drive through the French Riviera region starting from Nive & going to the Provence region driving this fabulous car was more than one could ask for! Delighted with the car, the places, the people we met, the great road experience & the glorious weather!
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Vietnam
Peugeot 308
October 18, 2023
Excellent
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
October 16, 2023
Antibes and La Madrague were beautiful places to stay
Qatar
Lynk & Co 01
July 17, 2023
We drove the French and Italian Riveria in 13 days. It doesn't get much better than that!!
Canada
Peugeot 308
June 19, 2023
Lavender fields outside of Gordes were beautiful. Would spend a night in Gordes next time - just an unbelievable city and beautiful area.
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Ireland
Toyota Yaris
June 18, 2023
Great area lovely cities close together easy to access
Ireland
Peugeot 208
June 9, 2023
Camping La Baume was brilliant!
Mexico
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.
Sweden
Fiat 500
February 27, 2022
I will certainly come back to both Discover car and Hertz.
Ireland
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 !
France
Peugeot 108
November 2, 2020
Love it
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
September 22, 2019
Awesome medieval villages - great weather
Poland
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
Canada
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
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Thrifty
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Sicily By Car
7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
44
Total rental companies
17
Average daily price
$61.65
Lowest daily price
$32.30
Total cars available
601

Top 17 Suppliers in Nice in 2024

Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.7 / 15 reviews
3 locations
$35 - $97
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.3 / 68 reviews
2 locations
$32 - $204
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 8.2 / 762 reviews
1 location
$34 - $79
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.2 / 149 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $207
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.2 / 23 reviews
3 locations
$52 - $282
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.2 / 13 reviews
3 locations
$35 - $55
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Very good 8.1 / 157 reviews
1 location
$37 - $138
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 102 reviews
3 locations
$59 - $402
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.1 / 78 reviews
4 locations
$51 - $110
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 157 reviews
4 locations
$41 - $80
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8 / 28 reviews
2 locations
$53 - $84
Budget
Budget
Very good 8 / 25 reviews
3 locations
$67 - $285
National
National
Very good 8 / 21 reviews
2 locations
$36 - $144
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.9 / 17 reviews
1 location
$64 - $73
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
3 locations
$59 - $88
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.3 / 34 reviews
1 location
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7 / 23 reviews
1 location
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