Nice, or Nice la Belle, to give the city its full name, is the fifth most populous city in France and lies on the Cote d’Azur on the south coast. Glamorous and glorious, golden sand meets the turquoise Mediterranean in a sweeping, curved bay while the old town combines Gallic charm with plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. A Hertz car rental in Nice lets you explore this charming French city in style.
Nice and its surrounding area is a city dominated by colour: the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean, the golden yellow sand, the terracotta and gleaming white buildings on the seafront. It’s a green city too, thanks to the Promenade du Paillon, 30 acres of park running from the city centre to the sea.
It is possible to park and drive in Nice, however with the narrow streets of the old town and the Promenade des Anglais hugging the curve of the Bay of Angels, although expect to do some walking too. Nevertheless, a Hertz car rental in Nice is ideal for getting you where you want to go, before stepping out and getting up close and personal to this delightful city and all its offerings.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Nice. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Nice, take a look at our page about renting a car in France.
Parking in Nice can be somewhat difficult to find. Metered parking is available from 9am to 8pm and costs approximately 1.30€ an hour. Parking is free after 8pm and on Sundays. For free street parking, head to the streets of Mont Boron close to the Old Town, then take bus 14 back down. Parking lots offer one hour free parking, but be careful you don’t over stay even by a minute as you’ll get charged.
Parking lots include Palais du Justice, Place Massena, Sulzer on the Prom, and the slightly less expensive Corvesy in the Old Town and Promenade des Arts near Place Garibaldi. Corvesy and Promenade des Arts offer weekly parking rates too.
There are five large ParcAzur lots located at various points along the tramway route where you can leave your car for free from early morning until late at night as long as you pay for a round-trip on the tramway.The apps Parkopedia or NeoParking can also help you find somewhere to park when using your Hertz car rental in Nice.
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0630-2400.
Address: Cote d'Azur Airport
Opening hours: Mo-Sa 0800-1300 1400-1900, Su 0830-1230.
Address: Avenue Thiers
Opening hours: Mo-Sa 0830-1300 1400-1800, Su 0900-1230.
Address: 9 Avenue Gustave V de Suede
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1200 1400-1800, Sa 0800-1200 1500-1800, Su closed
Address: 119 Avenue Simone Veil
A Hertz car rental in Nice lets you explore all the major attractions such as the Musée Matisse on 164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, the Musée d'art Moderne et d'art Contemporain on Place Yves Klein or the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Avenue Nicolas II. Elsewhere you can visit the Musée Marc Chagall on 36 Avenue Dr Ménard, Opéra de Nice on 4-6 Rue Saint-François de Paule or the Observatoire de Nice on Boulevard de l'Observatoire.
Or why not make the most of your Hertz car rental in Nice by heading out of the city and exploring even more of the French Riviera?
The A8 autoroute and toll road is the easiest way to access Nice from the west such as Cannes or Aix en Provence. Simply take exit 55 and follow the signs for ‘Nice centre.’ If coming from the east such as Menton or Italy, take exit 50 and follow the signs for the Promenade des Anglais.
Basse, Moyenne and Grande, the three ‘corniches’ on this route offer spectacular views, with the Grande Corniche, at 500 metres above sea level the highest one, being the most spectacular. Nice airport is just 7km away from the centre of Nice.