Hiring a car from Nice airport Terminal 1

Hire a car at Nice airport and join the rich and famous at their fabulous and beautiful French Riviera playground. Book car hire Nice airport

Hiring a car from Nice airport Terminal 1

Hire a car at Nice airport and join the rich and famous at their fabulous and beautiful French Riviera playground. Book car hire Nice airport

Why hire a car at Nice airport terminal 1?

That all-important first mile: driving out of Nice airport terminal 1?

60-second guide to Nice airport Terminal 1

in its own head

"Azure seas, beautiful beaches and a Mediterranean climate - it's no wonder this city's called Nice. There's no better place to sit back, enjoy the sun and sip on an ice-cold G&T."

but more realistically

There's more to Nice than lounging on the beach. The city has enough museums to quench anyone's thirst for knowledge, while history buffs will be turned on by the ancient Roman ruins.

the vibe

Had your fill of sun, sea and culture? Then grab a seat in one of the many squares, enjoy an espresso and watch the locals stroll by wearing sunglasses.

the natives

Nice is, like much of the French Riviera, a playground for the rich and famous. Expect to rub shoulders with the odd Formula 1 driver in the local supermarket.

the weather

Don't forget to pack your flip-flops - Nice is pretty warm all year round, especially between May and October. Prepare for a spot of rain between September and March though.

the local speciality

A pan-bagnat - essentially a Nicoise salad in a bap - is a local lunch favourite. They're also partial to a bowl of ratatouille on the Cote d'Azur.

the celebrity

Celebrity babies Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline - the spawn of Hollywood superstars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - were born at the Lenval Hospital in Nice.

did you know?

During the 1500s local heroine Catherine Segurane apparently helped defend Nice from Turkish invaders by exposing her bare bottom and offending their morals.

they say

"Nice has an undeniably sophisticated touch with its cafe terraces and palm-lined seaside promenade stretching along the water." - Time Out Guide

Nice airport Terminal 1 Q&A

Where are the car hire desks?

Car hire desks are conveniently located in the arrivals hall of the terminal building.

What should I buy at duty free?

Maison Côté Sud should take care of any last-minute gift shopping - the shop stocks a variety of tempting goodies, including locally produced glassware by Verrerie de Biot.

Are there any cashpoints?

Terminal 2 has plenty of ATMs located in the arrivals hall, as well as a bank and bureau de change.

Where's the best place to eat?

Head to the fourth floor of Terminal 2 for the delicious Mediterranean cuisine served at La Badiane. For a quick snack, you're best bet is Paul - the popular French boulangerie and pâtisserie is located next to the security gates.

The secret tip

Fingers crossed for a fit and healthy holiday, but if you do come down with a bug and need to visit a chemist, you'll find a pharmacy in Terminal 2 that's open every day from 8am to 8pm.

The big draw: Nice airport Terminal 1

Distance: 4 miles

Arguably the highlight of the Côte d'Azur, Nice is the epitome of a glamorous and glitzy French city. Gorgeous blue sea, pebbled beach, high-end dining and luxurious shopping, this place simply oozes Gallic charm.

Nice airport Terminal 1 the gateway to...

Monte Carlo Casino

Distance: 12 miles

Regardless of whether you've got pocketfuls of euros to gamble with, Monaco's legendary casino has to be visited for its sheer opulence - from the ornate chandeliers and lavish bathrooms to the Belle Époque-era marble and gilt interior. Just don't wear your beach gear.

Saint Tropez

Distance: 66 miles

The exquisite French Riviera town has been a magnet for society's most lovely and loaded for decades and its appeal - picturesque harbour, pastel-coloured houses, golden beaches and art scene - is timeless.

Grasse

Distance: 24 miles

Sitting pretty at the top of a hill, Grasse has long been famed for producing perfume. With its narrow winding streets, 17th-century townhouses and surrounding fields of violets, roses and lavender, it looks just as good as it smells.

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Local taxi driver Karim Belkhadra on car hire in Nice

Outside of summer, driving in Nice is a breeze - there are lots of parking spaces available and the roads are uncongested. In summer it seems that the whole of Europe descends on Nice and sometimes it might be easier to park your hire car in a central car park and walk around the centre of town. If you're out in the evening be aware that many areas that are pedestrianised during the day, such as the Marche aux Fleurs, become open to cars in the evenings and are a great place to park.